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Giving Back to the Community: Health Services Administration Grad John Molina (B.S., '10)

June 14, 2010

John Molina (Photo Credit: Aracelis Diamantis)

John Molina knows all too well the impact that health disparities have on poor, urban neighborhoods. At Lehman, the health services administration graduate has found the tools that will help him contribute to solving that problem.

"I attended elementary school in a community where asthma rates are among the top twenty nationwide," says the Bronx resident. "I remember being terrified as I witnessed a classmate fighting for her next breath while we helplessly waited for an ambulance. Thirty years later, the look in her eyes still haunts me, as does the fact that this scenario is still a common occurrence."

Molina returned to school after more than twenty years, entering through Lehman's Adult Degree Program. After taking a course with Health Sciences Professor Jane Levitt, he discovered his true calling.

"I am passionate about making a positive impact on the overall health care outcomes for the vulnerable populations that languish in underserved communities," says Molina, who has two members of his family battling life-threatening diseases.

He adds that while health care professionals directly affect the health of an individual, health care administrators can affect the delivery and quality of healthcare for a greater number of people.

Molina says his professors at Lehman have been challenging, thoughtful, and considerate, and he has benefitted greatly from their 'real world' experience. He hopes to eventually create program models for the delivery of healthcare in his community.

He will move one step closer to his goal this fall when he enrolls in the graduate program in health care administration at New York University's Wagner School. "Lehman has been instrumental in aiding me to fulfill my potential and has prepared me to achieve my dreams," he says.