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Dr. Rosa M. Gil is the Founder, President and CEO of Comunilife, Inc. a multi-service, not-for-profit organization, founded in 1989, that assist New Yorkers in need including persons living with HIV/AIDS and mental illness. Comunilife helps then to achieve self-sufficiency and a better life in the community through safe and affordable housing, behavioral health and social services. Comunilife has been recognized for developing Community Defined
Evidence Based Practices by incorporating cultural proficiency in clinical services.
She has had a distinguished career in the fields of health, mental health,social services and higher education. Dr. Gil served as Health Policy Advisor to the Mayor and Health Administrator of New York City. She is the former Chairperson of the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation. In addition she has held positions as Executive Director of Woodhull Medical Center and Metropolitan Hospital; Senior Vice President of Generation and Northern Manhattan Health Network; Senior Vice President Mental Hygiene Services at the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation; Executive Deputy Commissioner for Families and Children Services at the NYC Human Resources Administration. Dr. Gil is the former University Dean for Health Sciences at the City University of New York.
Some of her accomplishments include prevention and wellness initiatives; expansion of primary care; quality improvement of health care in New York City public hospital system; expansion of housing and case management for persons living with HIV/AIDS and mental illness; increase access to health insurance; suicide prevention among Latina adolescents and development of the Multicultural Relational Approach for Diverse Populations.
Dr. Gil serves as a Commissioner on the Commission of Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s Commission on Women Issues. She is a member of the President Carter Center Mental Health Task Force and the Board of Trustees of Emblem Health, Inc. Dr. Gil was appointed to New York State Governor’s Adult Home and the Mentally Ill Persons Task Force; Planning Board of the Surgeon General Report on Mental Health; National Advisory Council to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Minority Women Panel of Health Experts of the U.S. Public Health Services. She is one of the founders of the Urban Institute for Behavioral Health of New York City, Latino Commission on AIDS, the Association of Hispanic Mental Health Professionals and 100 Hispanic Women.
Dr. Gil has published numerous articles on mental health, ethnicity, and child welfare and gender issues. She is the co-author of the "Maria Paradox," the first authoritative book on self-esteem and Hispanic women.