2009 LAHIDAN Distinguished Trinko Service Award
Delia Solis, MS, RD, LD
It’s great that she is getting the recognition that she has earned through her years of service to the Latino community. Delia’s commitment to Latinos/Hispanics is exemplified from the beginning of her career as an RD, where she helped collect and analyze data in a research study designed to evaluate the nutritional status of children living in Mexican border towns. For the past19 years, Delia has been working at the renowned Dallas Parkland Hospital and Health System as the Clinical Nutrition Manager where she has been instrumental in the hiring and recruitment of bilingual registered dietitians. Under Delia’s direction and planning, Parkland’s clinical nutrition programs at the Community Clinics have expanded from one clinic to eleven clinics. Delia’s special interest in Hispanic and Latino outreach has extended to her professional interests. She helped lead and develop the “Spanish Speaking Dietitians,” which after several reorganizations is now known as LAHIDAN Member Interest Group (MIG). She has served as LAHIDAN’s Chair, Treasurer, Adviser and Webinar Coordinator. For the past 11 years, in her “spare” time, Delia has been teaching English as a second language to immigrants in several area churches. This has included citizenship classes and tutoring for those individuals seeking to reach their dream to become US citizens. As a truehearted registered dietitian, Delia has integrated nutrition and health information in these classes as a way to guide immigrants to health resources in the community.