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UNC: Herrera Named Health Care Hero by Triangle Business Journal

Mr. Andrew Herrera, an alumnus from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected to receive a 2020 Health Care Hero Award from the Triangle Business Journal. He is one of 24 winners who include doctors, nurses, volunteers and administrators in health care settings and nonprofit organizations across the Triangle.

The winners of the Health Care Hero Award were chosen based on demonstrated innovation and compassion to improve the human condition. Mr. Herrera was honored for his leadership role at Curamericas Global – a global health nonprofit headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina – and his commitment to improving community health in the Triangle and communities across the globe.

Curamericas Global, where Mr. Herrera serves as executive director, strives to improve the health of women and children in remote areas around the world, including countries such as Haiti, Sierra Leone, Guatemala, Kenya and Bolivia. He joined the organization in 2009 and has held his current position since 2013.

“I am honored to receive this recognition and to be named among a group of incredible leaders in the local health care industry,” said Mr. Herrera. “I am proud to be working every day to make our world better, and I couldn’t do it without the support of my family, colleagues and the Curamericas Global Board of Directors.”

Mr. Herrera received his Master of Public Health degree in 2017 from the Gillings School’s Public Health Leadership Program in the Leadership Track with a focus area of field epidemiology. In an interview with the Gillings School in 2017, he said the program allowed him to work full-time while in school and immediately apply what he learned to his outreach at Curamericas.

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