Steelers to honor Dr. Diego Chaves-Gnecco

The Steelers have selected Diego Chaves-Gnecco, Director and Founder of the program Salud Para Niños at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, as the recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award.

The NFL and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) have partnered for the fifth annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards during the 2015 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The awards recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.

The Steelers will honor Dr. Chaves-Gnecco on Sunday, Sept. 20 at their Hispanic Heritage game when they face the San Francisco 49ers at 1 p.m.

Dr. Chaves-Gnecco is a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician, Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, and Director and Founder of the program Salud Para Niños. He graduated from Gimnasio Moderno in Bogotá, Colombia. His clinical and academic interest include the diagnosis and treatment of children with Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, providing care to families and children with disabilities, providing care to children from minority and underserved populations and addressing barriers to health care access. In 2002, he started his residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and joined its Community Oriented Residency Education (CORE) program, an area of concentration in the pediatric training program that aims to train leaders in community health and child advocacy. In the summer of 2002, Dr. Chaves-Gnecco created the First Pediatric Bilingual-Bicultural Clinic in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Since its creation, this clinic has expanded to the program Salud Para Niños (Health for the Children). At Salud Para Niños, culturally and linguistically competent primary care for children and families is complemented with activities oriented toward prevention and empowering the community about its own health.

Each award recipient will select an organization of their choice that serves the local Hispanic community to receive a $2,000 donation.

Dr. Chaves-Gnecco has chosen Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation/Hispanic Clinic to receive this donation.

The NFL will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month during week 3 of the season. A national spotlight will be shined on the NFL's celebration during Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football and *Monday Night Football.

*About the Hispanic Heritage Foundation

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is an award-winning nonprofit which inspires, identifies, prepares and connects Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America's priorities. HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions.  For more information on the year-round, high-impact programs and work of HHF, including the Hispanic Heritage Awards, visit

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