Edward L. Martinez, MSSenior Consultant
National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems
and American Hospital Association/Institute for Diversity
in Health Management
Mr. Martinez has nearly thirty years of experience as an executive and administrative leader in the public sector. He consults in the areas of health care executive management and operations with focus on organizations serving diverse populations. He is currently Senior Consultant for the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH) and for the American Hospital Association/Institute for Diversity in Health Management (IFD). Mr. Martinez was Assistant Vice President with the NAPH in Washington D.C. where he coordinated initiatives assisting member organizations in accessing resources for Photo not available 6 improving operations and responding to the health care needs of culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Prior to joining NAPH, he was Associate Director for Programs with the American International Health Alliance in Washington D.C., a USAID-supported organization that managed partnerships between U.S. health care systems and those in countries of the former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe, and Latin America. In addition, Mr. Martinez served for over twenty-five years with the County of Los Angeles, where he specialized in hospital administration and human resources management. He managed one of the largest public hospitals in the U.S. as Executive Director of Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center and held key management positions at other public academic medical centers in the Los Angeles County Health Care System.
Mr. Martinez has been a member of a number of national advisory groups addressing issues of health care quality, cultural and linguistic competence, disparities, and literacy. In July, 2011, he was elected t the Board of Directors of the American Hospital Association's Institute for Diversity in Health Management. He has co-authored a number of publications in the areas of improving access to quality care for diverse communities, addressing health disparities, and providing language access. Mr. Martinez is also a manuscript reviewer in the area of cultural and linguistic competence for the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
In addition to earning his B.A. Degree in Philosophy from St. John's College in California and a M.S. Degree in Political Science/Public Administration from California State University at Los Angeles, Mr. Martinez completed NAPH/Pew Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Management at New York University and in Washington D.C.