The youngest of six, Elizabeth Vega-Lebron emigrated from the Dominican Republic with her mother and moved to the Upper West Side where she was exposed to a vibrant progressive community which she credits with forming her “real education.” Committed to the work that improves access to quality programs and services for underserved communities, Elizabeth has spent the last 18 years working among pioneers of health care reform in New York City to improve access to quality health care.
With a penchant for entrepreneurship she contributed to the start-up of two non-profit health plans in New York City growing marketing efforts from scratch. Using her own blend of grass roots social marketing she helped grow the plan, Community Premier Plus from a five- person shop to a 140 million dollar enterprise within 10 years. The plan consistently received high rankings and accolades for its unique approach to connecting patients to the healthcare system. In her former role of Corporate Director of Marketing and Communications for New-York Presbyterian Hospital Community Health Plan she grew the plan from 66,000 members to over 100,000 in one year gaining the plan the status of one of the largest health plans in New York City.
She is currently working on an MBA to learn more about how to apply strategies from the for-profit sector to social ventures. Elizabeth is a Coro Immigrant Civic Leadership Fellow and a Fellow of the Health Disparities Leadership Program. She has received numerous awards for her community work including the 2007 Distinguished Latina Award from El Diario Newspaper, Angelo Del Toro Award for Civic Leadership from the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus, 2006. She lives in the East Village with her husband and daughter.
what is your current, past or ideal job title?
VP of Marketing and Community Relations
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what countries have you lived in?
what's your Hispanic connection?
I was born in Dominican Republic.
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