José was initially motivated to move to the US in 1964 to pursue language studies towards a career in diplomacy. He worked at the University of Southern California, studied English and French, and then began a master’s degree in health care administration. After completing the degree, he moved to New York to work as a health care manager in Social Services. Opportunity called and José moved to Colombia to undertake managing the health education and training programs at a 450 bed teaching hospital there. Next, he returned to Boston to complete a doctoral degree in international health, his life-long goal. For a time, he worked as an independent consultant providing technical assistance to many international health organizations in over 39 countries.
José then settled in Bethesda, Maryland where he accepted the position of Director at the Office of Minority Health Resource Center, US/DHHS with the mission of providing health education and training to women and minorities. Seventeen years later he retired and moved to Cape Cod, where José serves as a board member on behalf of women and minorities at WE CAN. As WE CAN continues to strategize to meet the needs of the under-served and a growing diverse population on Cape Cod, José offers many years of experience with developing services to meet the needs of women and minorities. José has already been influential in making connections with the Cape Brazilian community on behalf of WE CAN.