brian etheridgeHidalgo Medical Services (HMS) is excited to announce that Brian Etheridge, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician at HMS, has been selected to participate in one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) leadership programs. These programs connect leaders across the country—from every profession, sector, and field—to learn from and work with one another in creating more just and thriving communities.

Specifically, Dr. Etheridge was selected for Culture of Health Leaders.  Designed to expand and amplify the talent these leaders already possess. Culture of Health Leaders offers intensive learning opportunities with some of today’s foremost health and equity experts, fostering cross-sector collaboration and supporting leaders in their continued growth and development as agents of change for health and equity. 

According to Dan Otero, HMS CEO, “providing support for HMS practitioner to participate in opportunities such as the RWJF leadership program is extremely important to us to ensure our employees are making an impact locally and nationally. Dr. Etheridge has been very active in personal development, public policy and participation in several local and state collaboratives to improve healthcare delivery and quality of life for residents of New Mexico.”

Dr. Etheridge, a pediatrician in the community for the past 12 years, brings a wealth of experience to this cohort.  In addition to his work in the community he has been active at the state level such as advocating for continued universal access to pediatric vaccines through efforts culminating in the passage of the Vaccine Purchase Act to working to improve pediatric specialty care through the Pediatric Specialty Care Task Force in 2018. 

Alumni from this program will carry the unique distinction of being a graduate of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation leadership program and become a part of a tightly knit network of visionary change agents across sectors and disciplines.

To learn more about Culture of Health Leaders and RWJF’s other leadership programs, and to meet other participants, visit