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Local Doctor on Time's 25 Most Influential Hispanics List

By Rachelle Bowden in News on Aug 16, 2005 3:11PM

2005_08_giacello.jpgWhen you think of the most influential hispanics in America who comes to mind? Alberto Gonzales? Jennifer Lopez? Robert Rodriguez? Don't forget the lesser-known people who do noble work but just happen to not have a high-profile political gig, or a box-office hit, or a million dollar pop album, or a clothing line to throw them in the limelight. Like Chicago's own Aida Giachello, who was included in Time's selection of America's 25 Most Influential Hispanics.

Giachello is the founder of the Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Center at UIC. The organization is a national model for engaging community leaders to collect data, assess the medical needs, and develop plans for fighting health problems that affect Latinos.

Giachello said she is deeply honored and humbled to be included in the Time magazine report. She added, with a laugh, "Two Puerto Ricans in the same magazine .. but there's nothing wrong with being in the same league as J-Lo. That's right. She's also one of the persons who has gone through a lot of struggles and challenges." Now someone get Giachello her own fashion boutique!

Image via Time