Hispanic Heritage Month lets us focus on the diverse experiences of Hispanic/Latino communities. It gives us the perfect opportunity to highlight the specific ways we can help Hispanic/Latino people take charge of their eye health.

For Hispanic Heritage Month, we reached out to NEI staff and National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) Planning Group members that identify as Hispanic/Latino and asked them to share the unique knowledge that they have about starting in their field and what excites them about their career.

Explore their testimonials below — and share them with your networks using our social media posts and graphics. Remember to tag us on Facebook (@NationalEyeInstitute) and Twitter (@NatEyeInstitute).

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Patricia Becerra, Ph.D.

Healthy Vision Month graphic with a headshot of Dr. Patricia Becerra

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We’re recognizing @NationalEyeInstitute’s Hispanic/Latino researchers for #HispanicHeritageMonth! Today we’re introducing our NEI ambassador Dr. Patricia Becerra. She explains how she got involved in her career and what sparked her interest in biochemistry.

Visit NEI’s ambassador webpage for more stories! https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/outreach-campaigns-and-resources/eye-health-among-hispanicslatinos/hispanic-heritage-month/meet-our-hispanic-heritage-month-ambassadors #HHM #EyeHealthEducation

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We’re recognizing #HispanicHeritageMonth by sharing stories from @NatEyeInstitute's ambassadors in the research field! Dr. Patricia Becerra explains how she got involved in her career and what sparked her interest in biochemistry. Retweet and share your story! Read more stories: https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/outreach-campaigns-and-resources/eye-health-among-hispanicslatinos/hispanic-heritage-month/meet-our-hispanic-heritage-month-ambassadors #EyeHealthEducation #HHM

Rafael Villasmil, M.S.c S.C.Y.M.

Healthy Vision Month graphic with a headshot of Dr. Rafael Villasmil

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@NationalEyeInstitute researcher and #HispanicHeritageMonth ambassador Dr. Rafael Villasmil talks about his first job in a lab and how his current work inspires him! How did you get involved in your career and what sparked your interest?

Visit NEI’s ambassador webpage for more stories! https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/outreach-campaigns-and-resources/eye-health-among-hispanicslatinos/hispanic-heritage-month/meet-our-hispanic-heritage-month-ambassadors #EyeHealthEducation #HHM

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Meet Dr. Rafael Villasmil, one of @NatEyeInstitute's scientists and a #HispanicHeritageMonth ambassador! He talks about his first job in a lab and how his work inspires him. To hear more stories, visit https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/outreach-campaigns-and-resources/eye-health-among-hispanicslatinos/hispanic-heritage-month/meet-our-hispanic-heritage-month-ambassadors #EyeHealthEducation #HHM

Michael Maldonado, O.D.

Healthy Vision Month graphic with a headshot of Dr. Michael Maldonado

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Dr. Michael Maldonado is one of @NationalEyeInstitute's #HispanicHeritageMonth ambassadors, and he has some important advice for future Hispanic/Latino optometrists! Do you have any advice to share?

Visit NEI’s ambassador webpage for more stories! https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/outreach-campaigns-and-resources/eye-health-among-hispanicslatinos/hispanic-heritage-month/meet-our-hispanic-heritage-month-ambassadors #EyeHealthEducation #HHM

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#HispanicHeritageMonth ambassador Dr. Michael Maldonado has some advice for aspiring optometrists in the Hispanic/Latino community. For more stories, visit https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/outreach-campaigns-and-resources/eye-health-among-hispanicslatinos/hispanic-heritage-month/meet-our-hispanic-heritage-month-ambassadors #EyeHealthEducation #HHM @NatEyeInstitute

Zelia M. Correa, M.D., Ph.D.

Healthy Vision Month graphic with a headshot of Dr. Zelia Correa

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What excites you the most about your career? @NationalEyeInstitute’s #HispanicHeritageMonth ambassador Dr. Zelia M. Correa is proud of the work her team has done so far, and is looking forward to training the next generation of eye doctors.

Visit NEI’s ambassador webpage for more stories! https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/outreach-campaigns-and-resources/eye-health-among-hispanicslatinos/hispanic-heritage-month/meet-our-hispanic-heritage-month-ambassadors #EyeHealthEducation #HHM

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What excites you the most about your career? @NatEyeInstitute's #HispanicHeritageMonth ambassador Dr. Zelia M. Correa shares with us what she’s looking forward to. RT to share! For more ambassador stories, visit https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/outreach-campaigns-and-resources/eye-health-among-hispanicslatinos/hispanic-heritage-month/meet-our-hispanic-heritage-month-ambassadors #EyeHealthEducation #HHM

Last updated: October 7, 2021