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NEWSLETTER

Monthly NHMA Newsletter submitted by Dr. Elena Rios

22nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Join us and register today!              

MEMBERSHIP

Have a Voice. Make an Impact. We Invite you to become a member.

Help Victims in Puerto Rico and  Mexico

Hurricane Maria and Earthquake have brought devastating destruction to Puerto Rico and Mexico. As an organization based on helping the Hispanic community, we ask that our members look at some of the following ways to help the victims of these tragedies. 

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PUBLICATIONS

Consensus Summit on Building Diversity in Medicine and Research Report

As a part of an ongoing commitment to promote health care equity and quality, the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) convened a meeting of national experts to the Consensus Summit on Building Diversity in Medicine and Research, on January 29, 2015 at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.  National leaders for underrepresented populations in science and medicine discussed their best ideas and practices for improving representation; established recommendations, and formulated a direction and consensus statements, with the aim to build diversity in medicine and research in the U.S. not sure about the wording:  Link here to the Summit Final Report.

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NHMA White Paper: NHMA Produced a white paper entitled: “An Examination of Minority Populations and the Dental Service Organization Model in the US," which examines dental access among minority & low -income populations.

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WHAT'S NEW AT NHMA

Introducing the NHMA Endorsed Employee Benefits Program: NHMA is excited to respond to the needs of its member physicians and supporters by offering our new NHMA Endorsed Employee Benefits Program.  The program offers access to quality health plans and valuable supplemental insurance and business products for NHMA physicians, members and their staff. Click here for more information. 

NHMA's "CALL TO ACTION" against GOP Health Care Bill to Repeal  : This week, the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Bill was introduced in the Senate as a last effort to Repeal the ACA this year. NHMA is not in favor of this bill.  NHMA advocates for health reform that includes access to affordable healthcare insurance for all and Medicaid expansion and subsidies and cost sharing for insurance plans. We must move forward to improve health reform policy that includes Essential Beneifits, health care professional diversity, leadership development and the support for the Offices of Minority Health at the US HHS agencies. Go to Government Affairs for Call to Action for more details and to Call your Senator TODAY.

NHMA Conference - Mar. 22-25, 2018, Washington, DC  - We are seeking Speakers Abstracts - till Sept. 30th; Sponsors; Exhibitors to Share Career Opportunities for physicians and health professionals; and Loan Repayment programs, Masters programs for policy, public health, business for medical students; Financial planning and Technology for physicians and medical students.  See Conference page on this website.

Research Training Programs - NHHF PCORI Program - seeking Jr Faculty Mentees and Sr Faculty Mentors - includes webinars and 2 day training at NHMA Conference on Mar. 21-22

                                                    NIDDK Program seeking Residents for one day training at NHMA Conference on Mar. 22

NHMA College Scholars Program - Conferences for College PreHealth Students - Los Angeles (TBD), San Antonio (TBD), Washington, DC (Mar. 24, 2018) - We are seeking Mentors - medical, nursing, public health, dental students who will meet at least once per month with a college student.

NHMA Medical School Liaison Program - We are seeking NHMA members to meet with medical students 3 times during the academic year.

For programs above - send an email to NHMA@NHMAmd.org

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NHMA May 2014 Newsletter

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

President Obama Calls for Reduction of Current Carbon Plants’ Emissions

As the Obama administration readies its proposal for limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, new research says strong rules could offer health benefits by reducing air pollutants. Tough carbon rules could reduce the risk of heart attacks, lung cancer, asthma and other health problems by limiting pollutants that contribute to soot, acid rain and ozone, according to a study Tuesday by researchers at Harvard and Syracuse universities. When power plants limit carbon emissions, they release less sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, mercury and particulate matter.

Slated to be announced June 2, the controversial rules will be a key component of President Obama's plan to fight climate change, since power plants account for a 40% share of the nation's heat-trapping carbon emissions.

Opponents, including business groups and Republicans, say the Environmental Protection Agency rules amount to "a war on coal" by making it difficult for coal-fired plants to remain economically competitive. These plants, which supply 39% of U.S electricity, emit more CO2 than do those powered by oil or natural gas. On Wednesday, the Chamber of Commerce plans to release a report warning that the EPA rules could negatively impact jobs and cause higher electricity prices. The National Resources Defense Council's analysis says the rules could create hundreds of thousands of energy-efficiency jobs and, by lowering energy use, reduce consumer utility bills.

The Obama administration's historic proposal to reduce carbon emissions from U.S. power plants, expected Monday, could accelerate the nation's shift from coal to natural gas and renewable energy. These regulations will exceed those from last year for new power plants and the  2011 requirement that new cars and light trucks double fuel efficiency by 2025.

Please also read NHMA’s recent press release: http://nhmamd.org/index.php/nhma-media/nhma-in-the-news/358-nhma-applauds-epas-new-standards-on-carbon-pollution

First Lady Michelle Obama leads call to action to support healthy food programs for schools – and gets push back from school districts without budgets to keep up with the new costs involved.  NHMA supports the bipartisan policy introduced in Congress that calls for CBO to score legislation over longer periods of time than the current 10 years to show the impact of prevention on health care costs and health.

NHMA PROGRAMS UPDATE

NHMA Hispanic Health Congressional Briefing on Obesity and the need for healthy policies in schools and with the education efforts of the ACA – June 12th with the Congressional Tricaucus, Dannon, Dairy Council and the Department of Agriculture. Supported by the National Hispanic Health Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Hispanic Early Childhood Obesity Leadership Campaign

NHMA California Leadership Fellowship - Physicians who participated in meetings with California State Health Leaders – Secretary of Health and Human Services, Directors of Public Health and Health Services, Covered California, Health Equity, Governor’s Office, Senators Hernandez and Lara,  and leading advocate - now working on California policy recommendations on the need for Health Prevention for Latinos and the Expanded Health Professions Diversity – they will present their recommendations at the Annual NHMA Conference 2015 in March.  Fellowship is supported by the California Wellness Foundation.

Child Obesity Physicians and Health Leaders requested for policy and media campaign outreach – contact Teresa Chapa, NHMA Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to join this team by August 1, 2014. The team will be briefed on talking points and the NHMA Obesity Report done on 2013 State Summits in NY and CA. Program is supported by the WK Kellogg Foundation.

NHMA Council of Young Physicians and Residents Mentoring Programs – needs Mentors and Mentees this summer to be invited to meet at our Regional Forums in September and October. Please contact John Aguilar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 1, 2014.

HispanicHealth.Info has been updatedwith a Calendar of Events, a collaboration with the NHMA Regions Steering Committees and the National Hispanic Health Professional Leadership Network – established in 2004 in Washington, DC - the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Hispanic Dental Association, APHA Latino Caucus, Physician Assistants for Latino Health, Latino Forum for Health Executives, the NY Association of Hispanic Health Executives, Latino Nutritionists, Mental Health Organizations, and the Podiatrists.

NHMA REGION NETWORKING FORUMS:

DC Metro Region – Dr. Minerva Campos, Region Chairperson introduced Sonia Mora of Montgomery County Health Department discussing Welcome Back Program for international medical graduates in Maryland to an audience of 100 persons – we had in attendance DC Director of Health, FDA, NIH, AHRQ, AARP, MAXIMUS, Joint Commission, and many other health advocates, physicians, and medical students.

North East Region-

June 6: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Cultural Competence Conference and NHMA NE Region Reception

June 12: Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, President, New York Academy of Medicine Reception to honor new NYC Health Commissioner Bassett and Deputy Commissioner Oxiris Barbot, MD, NHMA Leadership Fellow.

June 16: Association of Health Care Executives Awards Dinner, New York Academy of Medicine, contact www.ahhe.org

June 16: New York Academy of Medicine Annual Awards Gala, The Pierre Hotel, 6-10 pm, contact www.nyam.org

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

NHMA Members are encouraged to become active in our programs and nominations to leadership positions – representing the NHMA to health advisory committees for the Federal government or private sector hospitals, clinics, conferences and associations ---to support the mission of NHMA – to improve the health of Hispanic populations. We also need physicians for the Board of Directors committees – Membership, Development and Finance, Communications campaigns with media, Technology, NHMA Journal, and the NHMA Conference. Contact John Aguilar in the office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for interest.

NHMA is seeking partners to support the National Hispanic Health Foundation’s National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship and Mentoring Program – go to www.nhmafoundation.org for more details. Twelve outstanding students with academic excellence, documented leadership and commitment to serving the Latino population will be awarded as well as Leaders in Hispanic Health on Nov. 20 at the JW Marriott, LA LIVE, Los Angeles CA and on Dec. 4 at the New York Academy of Medicine. We have supported over 150 students with over $450,000 of scholarships so that we have more Latino health professionals in our communities. Applications now available for graduate students enrolled in medical, nursing, dental, public health, policy, podiatry, pharmacy and physician assistant schools.

Dr. Sam Arce discussed Latino health on New York City television about diabetes challenges and the growing epidemic among our communities

Dr. Norma Parra addresses the national Latino Medical Student Association Conference in Houston Texas and provides an update about the National Hispanic Medical Association

Dr. Kathy Flores participates in Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Inter-Professional meeting on community-based training programs.

EPA requests NHMA Physician Speakers – Dr. Jose Cordero, Dean of The Public Health School at the Univ of Puerto Rico; Dr. Teresa Ramos with Humana in Chicago; Dr. Sal Salcedo at the Univ. of Pennsylvania and others have participated for the NHMA and EPA partnership to raise awareness of environmental health and Latino communities.

Dr. Elena Rios speeches:

May 8th, Alliance of Health and Economic Development Conference on the ACA and the Challenge for Workforce Development, Anaheim, California.

May 16th, NY State Latino Health Conference on the ACA and Campaigns needed for Latino Health – ACA education and enrollment; Childhood Obesity Education and STEM and Health workforce, Albany, New York.  

May 21st, Cleveland Clinic’s National Patient Empathy Conference on Cultural Competence and Latino Patients, Cleveland, Ohio.

NHMA invites you to join as a Member – go to www.nhmamd.org to join and to consider how to participate in the organization activities at the national or regional levels.

Donate today to support the Headquarters Office to continue to advocate, coordinate programs and build the NHMA collaboration with our public and private partners – go to www.nhmamd.org.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Family Practice Medical Clinic for Sale in Dallas, Texas

Located on a main thoroughfare in the Dallas, Texas area, this is a niche opportunity for the right person. 

One doctor has run this practice in the same location for 14 years.  There are six years left on a street front lease where landlord is responsible for everything.   Clinic has a comfortable waiting room, reception area, three exam rooms, two bathrooms, lab, office, and walls full of charts of established patients and their extended families. 

100% CASH ONLY PRACTICE.  No Medicare-Medicaid or private insurance.  No hassles with non-payment or delayed payment.   Patients are mostly Spanish speaking, hardworking people who either have no insurance or high deductibles.  The practice is walk-in 9AM-4PM and treats common family medical needs and chronic conditions.

Ideal for practitioner wanting to slow down and practice medicine the old fashioned way or new doctor wanting to step into an established practice, all without the increasingly complicated and mostly unfunded mandates.

Doctor wants to relocate and retire.  For information contact:  Audrey Martin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Facts Up Front: The Nutrition Facts Panel, Simplified

Stroll the aisles of your local supermarket and you’ll see more and more products bearing the Facts Up Front label. Facts Up Front takes the most critical information from the Nutrition Facts Panel and places it on the front of food and beverage packages to help busy consumers – especially parents – make informed decisions when they shop.  Grounded in consumer research and developed by the Grocery Manufacturers Association and Food Marketing Institute, Facts Up Front labels display how much calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugars per serving are in a product. They may also provide information about fiber, vitamins, calcium and other nutrients that are essential for a balanced diet. Making this information more easily accessible helps shoppers quickly compare products on the grocery store shelf and identify the foods that best meet their family’s nutritional needs. 

Facts Up Front is supported with a robust consumer web site that includes a nutrition calculator, meal planning tips and recipes, available in English and Spanish and optimized for mobile devices.  The site also features a section for healthcare professionals.  To learn more about Facts Up Front, visit www.factsupfront.org.

HealthHIV Primary Care Training and Certificate online CME program

We are delighted to offer the HealthHIV HIV Primary Care Training and Certificate CME program to the National Hispanic Medical Association membership. This dynamic, self-guided continuing medical education activity is free and includes up to 2.75 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

The HealthHIV HIV Primary Care Training and Certificate program is based on HealthHIV’s STEP (Staged Training to Engage Providers) Model. This professional development CME activity is designed to help primary care clinicians develop new skills and professional competencies in order to optimize the quality of care they provide to patients infected with HIV. By participating in this web-based certificate program, you (and your staff) will be able to immediately apply lessons learned to your practice.

Below is a link to the activity:

http://healthhiv.healthcourse.com/cms/hiv

Should you have any questions or comments about this activity, please feel free to email Sherlyn Celone, Educational Strategist, HealthHIV at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bridge Clinical: Improving Minority Participation in Clinical Trials - June 6-7, 2014 - Atlanta, GA

Though minority populations continue to carry the burden of chronic disease, they are grossly underrepresented in clinical research. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to increase and strengthen its guidance around diversifying clinical trials and pharmaceutical companies are more focused on the market opportunity of minority populations. Physicians, clinical researchers and graduate students are invited to join us for a Friday evening dinner meeting where we will have an in depth discussion on increasing minority participation in clinical trials. On the following Saturday, join us to learn strategies to address these issues and successfully enroll minorities. Physicians new to research are encouraged to attend the workshop all day Saturday, while seasoned investigators can join in the afternoon. Participants are eligible to receive one (1) AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit for Friday and up to seven (7) AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits for Saturday.

For more information and to register please click here: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/bridge-clinical-research-5403333411

University Hospitals Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University are currently inviting candidates for the position of Chairman of the Department of Surgery

The Department of Surgery was founded in 1834 and enjoys a rich and illustrious history including several notable Chairs. The Chair of the Department of Surgery oversees faculty in 10 Divisions including Cardiac Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, General and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Hepatobiliary and Transplant Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Thoracic and Esophageal Surgery, and Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy both at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and within a 14 hospital system throughout northeast Ohio. The Department has a strong tradition of surgical education, and longstanding educational collaborations with Metrohealth Medical Center and the Louis B. Stokes VA Medical Center.

The successful candidate will be an accomplished surgeon with National and International recognition and a vision and drive to navigate the complexities and changes of our modern healthcare environment.  

University Hospitals (UH), is a comprehensive health care system with $3.5 billion in annual revenues, almost 25,000 employees, and a national reputation for providing the highest-quality health care.  UH is an integrated system with 14 medical centers, 26 outpatient health centers, eight urgent-care centers and more than 230 physician offices across Northeast Ohio.

The system’s flagship hospital is UH Case Medical Center, one of only 18 hospitals in the nation on the prestigious U.S. News & World Report 2013-2014 Best Hospitals Honor Roll. This 1,036-bed academic medical center is the primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. UH Case Medical Center also earned the 2012-13 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize – the most prestigious national award for leadership and innovation in quality improvement and patient safety. UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, on the UH Case Medical Center campus, ranks among the country’s Best Children’s Hospitals, according to U.S. News and The Leapfrog Group.

UH’s reputation for clinical breakthroughs, community engagement and patient-centered care of the highest quality have inspired 65,000 individuals, corporations and foundations to provide more than $1.1 billion in philanthropic support to Discover the Difference: The Campaign for University Hospitals over the past eight years.

Interested individuals are invited to send a letter of interest and CV (electronic submission preferred) to:

Warren R. Selman, M.D.
Harvey Huntington Brown Jr., Professor and Chairman
Department of Neurological Surgery
Case Western Reserve School of Medicine
Neurosurgeon-in-Chief, University Hospitals
Director, UH Neurological Institute
11100 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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NHMA April 2014 Newsletter

Washington, DC

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

ACA UPDATE

The White House announced 7.04 million people signed up for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act by the March 31  deadline and 80 -90 percent have paid premiums (consistent with insurers’ reporting)

RAND survey covered by the Los Angeles Times found that about one-third of exchange sign-ups were previously uninsured, at least 4.5 million previously uninsured adults have enrolled in Medicaid, about 9 million--most of whom were previously insured--have bought plans directly from insurers, and fewer than one million who had plans last year are currently uninsured due to plan cancellations as a result of the ACA.  CMS announced that 3 million more people were enrolled in Medicaid as of the end of February, compared with the average total number enrolled in the several months prior to ACA open enrollment.

A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Urban Institute survey offers insight into the demographics of its estimated 5.4 million people who are newly insured under the Affordable Care Act. Some key points:

Of the 5.4 million, about 2.6 million were low-income adults through Medicaid expansion, 2.6 million were middle-income adults eligible for exchange subsidies, and 200,000 were higher-income adults.  Young adults ages 18-30, and nonwhite, non-Hispanic adults -- groups historically more likely to be uninsured -- made large gains in coverage.  States that expanded Medicaid saw significantly larger jumps in insured rate than those that did not.

With the end of ACA open enrollment, insurers have largely stopped selling plans that previously would have been available year-round. While companies are allowed to sell all year, most are choosing to do the limited open enrollment period since the ban on rejecting consumers because of pre-existing conditions makes year-round enrollment risky, as individuals could opt to buy an insurance plan only after becoming sick.

EPA on Monday, March 31, sent draft carbon-emissions standards for existing power plants to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review, by the deadline set by President Obama of June 1, 2014.

The fiscal year 2015 budget released by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan blasts proposed emission regulations for power plants and criticizes the administration for making fossil fuels more expensive, while also slashing spending on climate-change mitigation largely by eliminating foreign efforts. The proposal would also zero out a clean-technology fund and a strategic climate fund offering that support energy-efficient technology and international climate-change work.

Supreme Court of the US voted 6-2 in favor of the State of Michigan to uphold the policy to not use race in admissions to higher education in that state. On April 22nd, Justices Sotomayor and Ginzberg voted against this or dissented – to maintain “race-sensitive admissions policies”.

The Following are excerpts from the Dissenting Opinion: The Constitution of the US, while it does not guarantee minority groups victory in the political process, it does guarantee them meaningful and equal access to that process. It guarantees that the majority may not win by stacking the political process against minority groups permanently,, forcing the minority aloe to surmount unique obstacles in pursuit of its goals – here, educational diversity that cannot reasonably be accomplished through race-neutral measures. Race sensitive policies further a compelling state interest in achieving a diverse student body precisely because they increase minority enrollment, which necessarily benefits minority groups. Under our Constitution, majority rule is not without limit.  The Fourteenth Amendment instructs that all who act for the government may not deny to an person the equal protection of the laws. We often think of equal protection as a guarantee that the government will apply the law in an equal fashion – that will not intentionally discriminated against minority groups.  But equal protection of the laws means more than that; it also secures the right of all citizens to participate meaningfully and equally in the process through which laws are created.

Political-process doctrine

Contrary to today’s decision, protecting the rights to meaningful participation in the political process must mean more than simply removing barriers to participation. It must mean vigilantly policing the political process to ensure that the majority does not use other methods to prevent minority groups from partaking in that process on equal footing.  She goes on to say about this case (of Michigan voters changing their constitution to delete race-based admissions) : What the majority could not do, consistent with the US Constitution, is change the ground rules of the political process in a manner that makes it more difficult for racial minorities alone to achieve their goals. In doing so, the majority rigs the contest to guarantee a particular outcome. That is the very wrong the political-process doctrine seeks to remedy.

Race Matters

Race matters in part because of the long history of racial minorities’ being denied access to the political process. And although we have made great strides, voting discrimination still exists.  Race also matters because of persistent racial inequality in society – inequality that cannot be ignored and that has produced stark socioeconomic disparities – in areas like employment, poverty, access to health care, housing, consumer transactions.

After California eliminated race-sensitive admissions, the University of California saw declines in minority representation – for example at UCLA, Hispanic freshmen declined from 23 percent in 1995 to 17 percent in 2011, and Black freshmen declined from 8 percent to 3 percent, even though the proportion of Hispanic college-aged persons in California increased from 41 percent to 49 percent  and the proportion of Black college-aged persons in California increased from 8 percent to 9 percent during that same period.

Today’s decision permits the decision of a majority of the voters of Michigan to strip Michigan’s elected university boards of their authority to make decisions with respect to constitutionally permissible race-sensitive admissions policies, while preserving the boards’ plenary authority to make all other educational decisions. Today’s decision eviscerates an important strand of our equal protection jurisprudence. For member of historically marginalized groups, which relay on the federal courts to protect their constitutional rights, the decision can hardly bolster hope for a vision of democracy that preserves for all the right to participate meaningfully and equally in self-government. (6th Circuit Case: Bill Shuette, Attorney General of Michigan, petitioner v. Coalition to defend affirmative action, integration and immigrant rights and fight for equality by any means necessary (BAMN), et al.)

The 2015 President’s Budget proposes major new investments to build the health care workforce and improve the delivery of health care services, particularly primary care services, across the nation.

Modernizing Graduate Medical Education: Create an updated approach to residency training by targeting $5.23 billion in mandatory funds to an innovative competitive grant program to create new residency slots with a focus on community-based ambulatory care. This program will be administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). It is expected to produce 13,000 physicians over the next ten years and advance key workforce goals, including the training of more physicians in primary care and other high need specialties, aligning training with more efficient and effective care delivery models, and encouraging physicians to practice in underserved areas including rural areas.

National Health Service Corps (NHSC): Expand the Corps to increase the availability of providers in those areas across the country most in need. Over the next 6 years, the Department will devote $3.95 billion in mandatory funds to the NHSC which will greatly expand the number of NHSC health care providers in underserved areas from fewer than 8,900 to an annual field strength of 15,000 for each year from 2015 through 2020.

Extend Enhanced Medicaid Primary Care Payments: Extend the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) enhanced Medicaid primary care payments through Calendar Year (CY) 2015 to better target primary care and expand eligibility to mid-level providers practicing independently, at an estimated cost of $5.44 billion.  The ACA requires Medicaid reimbursement for primary care services furnished by eligible physicians to be increased to the Medicare rates for CYs 2013 and 2014.

Michelle Obama's push for better nutrition is bringing sweeping changes to agriculture, manufacturing, commerce, schools, and American homes.

By many accounts, the Obama administration is leading the most aggressive campaign to improve the nation's eating habits in many decades – calling for Americans to cut down on sugar and sodium and eat more whole grains, lean meat, low-fat dairy products, and fruits and vegetables by the end of 2016.

Many of those changes could result in multibillion-dollar shifts in how the government and consumers spend their money on food. Perhaps just as important, the efforts to reduce sodium, sugar, and fat will force companies to make changes in how they prepare, store, and ship food.

But a March House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill, the opposition surfaced. The subcommittee's chairman, GOP Rep. Robert Aderholt of Alabama, told Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that he is receiving complaints from schools and from the School Nutrition Association, which represents school food-service directors, that some schools are facing both a financial and logistical burden in implementing the new school-meals programs and are requesting a delay with a waiver, that the Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack reported he was prohibited to do by the National School Lunch Act .  Vilsack noted that about 90 percent of the schools have already complied with the new school meal menu patterns required under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, and that USDA is trying to help schools comply with the new rules. But more schools are concerned about implementing the healthy school snacks program by July. At the same hearing, Rep. David Valadao, a California Republican, noted that 67 House members had written Vilsack on Thursday expressing disappointment that USDA's Food and Nutrition Service ignored a request by Congress to add white potatoes to the list of eligible foods for beneficiaries of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, known as WIC.  Vilsack said the average American eats nearly 90 pounds of potatoes per year and noted that WIC is a supplemental program that is encouraging the purchase of items that children need, such as dark, leafy green vegetables. USDA officials are following the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine, but in a bow to Congress have asked the institute to reexamine the WIC food package ahead of schedule, said Kevin Concannon, the Agriculture undersecretary for food, nutrition, and consumer services, when he announced that the package would provide for more purchases of fruits and vegetables.

The food and grocery industry also has to deal with a new nutrition labeling campaign that the first lady announced in the company of Food and Drug Administration officials. The back-of-package labels would reflect accurate serving sizes, list added sugars, and display calories more prominently. The industry has said it will work with FDA on the new labels, but has also announced its own front-of-package labeling system that would be more prominent but would not contain all the same information. There are clear winners in the food industry as a result of the administration's campaign. The fruit and vegetable industry is on Michelle Obama's side. But there are also food companies that will have to go to the expense of reformulating their products or lose government business entirely.

NHMA PROGRAM UPDATES

NHMA California Leadership Fellowship Class of 2014 – is the first program of its kind in a State in the nation. This is an executive leadership training program patterned after the highly successful NHMA Leadership Fellowship that has been a national program for mid-career physicians started by the US Department of Health and Human Services in 1999.  Government, and private sector leaders to discuss strategies to improve health policies that impact the health of Hispanics in California. The program is being sponsored by the California Wellness Foundation.  The public is welcome to meet the Fellows at a Reception on May 6th,  5:30 pm – 7:30 pm honoring Senator Lara, Chairman, California Latino Caucus, Peter Lee, Covered California, Lupe Alonzo-Diaz, OSHPD, at the Mayahuel Restaurant on K and 12st Streets, Sacramento. Please rsvp to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by May 1.

NHMA 18th Annual Washington DC CME Hispanic Health Conference a Success!  With over 500 attendees, 35 exhibits and a great group of Speakers and Sponsors – we received much positive feedback on the high caliber sessions on medical care of Hispanic patients, business strategies for Latino medical physician practices; the importance of Hispanic focused programs from CMS, HHS, and national medical associations; the facuty development and publishing in journals; the  research on Hispanic health; and obesity and children’s health; chronic disease success stories and more ---over the March 27—30 weekend. Of note, the Board of Directors met with the Administrator of EPA interested in working more closely with NHMA in the environmental health – air quality/Asthma; water quality; pesticide safety and other chemical safety in our homes and other issues to help with climate change. The Board also discussed the new Journal of the NHMA project with one company, started a new Technology Committee with the founder of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, and discussed the Region Planning for 2014 on the ACA Prevention efforts.  All transcripts will be available from the conference this summer on the website www.nhmamd.org.

GE- NHMA Health Professional Student Mentoring and Leadership Program – We brought the Class of 2014 Mentees (48 or 50) and a dozen of the mentor physicians met with VP Physician from the GE Corporation to learn lessons about leadership and to network and learn about Hispanic health in our communities from the many health professionals at the NHMA Conference.

NHMA Leadership Fellows – Class of 2013 presented their policy recommendations on Prevention for Hispanics with Promotoras and on Healthcare Workforce Policy to increase Hispanics at HHS – with a closing ceremony where the Fellows received their certificates. Thank you to HRSA and the California HealthCare Foundation for their support of the year-long program.

NHMA 2014 Leadership Institute – with an outstanding line-up of speakers from the US DHHS Office of Minority Health, the Office of Personnel Management and the FDA Advisory Committees on the federal side, and the Korn Ferry, United Health Care and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda on the private sector side – the 100 Hispanic health professional leaders participating this year, had a lively discussion on the skills needed to pursue and obtain high level C-Suite Leadership positions in the U.S.  NHMA is dedicated to nominating its members to these types of positions. Join NOW at www.nhmamd.org.

NHMA Congressional Visits – about 100 participants were debriefed on NHMA policy priorities including STEM Latino Recruitment Programs for Medical School, Telemedicine, Climate change and Asthma, Clinical Trials and Minorities, Access to ACA Prevention Programs and Medicaid Expansion, women’s health and child obesity and other issues.  Then they were coordinated to have key meetings with 50 Congress offices. The doctors and students were amazed and educated on the political process role and responsibility of NHMA and our networks to help educate about our concerns to help our community.

NHMA Medical School Recruitment Program, now in Year 02 of three, successfully motivated 200 Hispanic college and high school students and parents at our Recruitment Fair on March 29 in Washington, DC. Thank you to the George Washington University School of Medicine, AAMC, LMSA and NHMA leaders – Dr. Rios and other physicians who encouraged them to consider medicine as a career. Of note, NHMA has identified 90 students over the past 6 months interested in applying to medicine, has assigned mentors to about 50 of them, and is tracking and encouraging their progress to apply to medical school.  The program is supported by the US DHHS Office of Minority Health.

NHMA Portal - HispanicHealth.info – is live and starting online discussions on the ACA and other issues to encourage interaction among our members – the communications platform also has a Calendar of Events for the NHMA Networks – Regions, Council of Medical Societies, Council of Young Physicians, Council of Residents, LMSA and the National Health Professional Leadership Network (composed of national Hispanic health professional organization leaders).

W.K. Kellogg Foundation announces its support of the National Hispanic Health Foundation Early Childhood Obesity Education Campaigns, 2014-16.  NHHF and NHMA will educate the Latino Caucuses and Health Committees of the NY and CA State and the US Congress and their staff on the Recommendations from the NHHF Childhood Obesity and Hispanic Leadership Summits in 2013.  Next month, Dr Rios and Dr. Flores will be announcing the campaign in Sacramento, CA on May 6th at a Leadership Reception with California State Latino Caucus Chairman, Senator Ricardo Lara; and on May 16, Dr. Rios will be announcing the campaign during her remarks to the NY State Latino Health Summit in Albany, NY.  The Advisory Committee is being formed now with the NE and West NHMA Steering Committees and the Physician Leadership Team for the Obesity Project. If you are interested in participating – call John Aguilar at 202-628-5895 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MEMBER UPDATES

NHMA announces 50,000 physician members – now we need to work to develop activities to engage our members in health policy, expert advisors for corporate and public health boards and commissions, and to participate in clinical trials and community-based research.  Any interested partners, please contact our new Executive Director, Teresa Chapa, PhD at 202.628.5895 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NHMA Six Region Steering Committee Chairpersons met at the NHMA Conference to plan dates/locations and Region Forums on the ACA Updates in September – October 2014. Los Angeles meeting will be September 6; Chicago will be September 25, Washington, DC meeting will be Oct. 3. Atlanta, New York City TBD. Join NHMA and the US DHHS leaders discuss the latest changes to the ACA for Hispanic physicians, health experts and community leaders to learn about and share with their organizations. Thanks to Dr. Flavia Mercado, who will be leading the effort to coordinate this Committee of Region Chairpersons.

NHMA Members have long wanted a Journal of the NHMA – the Board of Directors under the direction of Dr. Sal Salcedo (long time journal editor from University of Pennsylvania) and Dr. Nellie Correa who has served as the first NHMA Journal Issues with AAFP, has started meeting with at least 3 publishers to determine who to work with to establish the Journal. Stay tuned for this very important project for the development of NHMA brand in the academic and health policy community. We hope to have a Journal in 2015.

We are proud to announce NHMA Corporate Members – GlaxoSmithKline, United Health Care, and Johnson & Johnson; and NHMA Institutional Members - UT Medical Branch Galveston

Hispanic Role Models for NHMA Members to know:

France Cordova, PhD has been appointed as Director, National Science Foundation. The oldest of 12 children, she earned a Bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a PhD in physics from the California Institute of Technology before starting her career as an astrophysicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She went on to become the first female chief scientist at NASA before returning to the academic world, first as vice chancellor for research at the University of California at Santa Barbara, then chancellor of the University of California at Riverside and later, as president of Purdue. Along the way, she became a champion of change for women, especially in STEM fields.  In 2008, she secured a $4 million grant for Purdue from the NSF's "ADVANCE" project to improve recruitment and promotion of women faculty at Purdue who teach and research in the STEM fields.  She also put more women in leadership positions at the university. During her tenure, the number of women in Purdue's senior administration team increased by nearly 60 percent (to 31 percent) and minority representation increased by 80 percent (to 25 percent), according to the publication "Diverse: Issues in Higher Education." She also started initiatives to increase the number of women faculty and graduate students at the university.

Francisco Fernandez, MD, professor and chairman of psychiatry and neurosciences at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, will be the founding dean of the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.  Fernandez is returning to the Lone Star State, where he was a faculty member at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, and UT Houston from 1984 to 1997. He joined Loyola University of Chicago in 1997 and the University of South Florida in 2002, serving as the chairman of psychiatry in each institution. In Tampa, he also directed the university’s Institute for Research in Psychiatry and Neurosciences. Fernandez is an expert in the brain’s relationship to behavior. He currently serves as first vice president of The American College of Psychiatrists and was the recipient of the Simón Bolívar award of the American Psychiatric Association for his work in Hispanic communities.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bridge Clinical Research Dinner Forums: “Diversity in Clinical Trials”

National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA), National Medical Association (NMA) and the National Council of Asian American and Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP) speakers – with FDA and others 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Dinner Program in DC Mar. 21, coming to Atlanta and Houston in May. See Bridge Clinical website for more information.

IOM Community-based Health Professions Education Workshop: May 1-2, 2014

The Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education will be webcasting its next workshop on Scaling up Best Practices in Community-based Health Professional Education that aims to provide a framework for responsibilities of health professions, institutions, and students to the communities they serve; and to explore innovative models. A special 2-hour session for web viewers will take place on May 2 beginning at 8:45 AM ET. See IOM website for more information.

The October 1, 2014 deadline for ICD-10CM/PCS implementation is less than 8 months away. Whether your health centers ICD-10 preparations are on schedule, or if you are lagging behind, this article will provide useful information no matter what level of preparation your office has completed.

Have you completed an analysis of business impacts, to include the following areas?

• Coding training, billing, EHR (electronic health records), benefits and coding determinations, reimbursement, managed care contracts and auditing.

• Talk with your payers about how ICD-10 implementation might affect your commercial managed care contracts. Since ICD-10 codes are much more specific, payers may modify terms of contracts, payment schedules, reimbursement, and coverage determinations.

• Ensure the EHR system captures the correct ICD-10 code.

• Go to https://implementicd10.noblis.org/ for detailed planning guides.

Do you use billing software, clearinghouse, or billing service to submit claims? Or are you in the process of purchasing and/or contracting with a vendor? Is the vendor using HIPAA version 5010?

• Call the vendor to determine level of compliance to ICD-10 standards, when upgrades and testing will be completed(either at cost or no cost).

• Schedule internal testing with the vendor to ensure your practice is able to send and receive transactions with ICD-10 codes.

Review internal standard operating procedures and policies to ensure all practice documents are up-to-date.

Northshore Health System: Physician Recruitment

NorthShore University Health System (NorthShore), the principal academic affiliate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is a comprehensive, fully integrated, healthcare delivery system that includes four hospitals - Evanston Hospital, Glenbrook Hospital, Highland Park Hospital, and Skokie Hospital.  NorthShore is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network; Mayo’s only collaboration of its kind in the Chicago region.  NorthShore has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals and Top 15 Major Teaching Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics more than any hospital in the United States.  NorthShore offers a state-of-the art EMR and ranks as one of the “Most Wired” hospital systems by Hospital and Health Networks.  NorthShore is committed to excellence in its academic mission and supports teaching and research.

The system has more than 2,100 affiliated physicians, including a multi-specialty group practice with over 125 office locations under NorthShore Medical Group. NorthShore Medical Group is a physician-led group with more than 870 physicians and growing.  It has been recognized by the American Medical Group Association for its innovation and demonstrated track record in providing patients with access to safe, efficient and patient-centered care.  NorthShore Medical Group offers many advantages, including competitive compensation and a solid platform of support that allows physicians to focus on patient care, free of the administrative hassles of running an office.

Current Physician Opportunities at NorthShore include:

-          Behavioral Neurology

-          Neuromuscular Neurology

-          Congestive Heart Failure Program Director

-          Palliative Care

-          Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrician

-          Pediatrics – Outpatient

-          Endocrinology

-          Physician Medicine & Rehabilitation

-          Internal Medicine- Outpatient

-          Psychiatry

-          Hematology-Breast Cancer

-          Psychology

-          Hospital Medicine

-          Pulmonary Critical Care Division Head

For additional information please visit our website: www.northshore.org/physicianrecruitment.

Qualified candidates should submit their CV and cover letter by contacting:

Physician Recruitment:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  Phone: 847.663.8512

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Facts Up Front is supported with a robust consumer web site that includes a nutrition calculator, meal planning tips and recipes, available in English and Spanish and optimized for mobile devices.  The site also features a section for healthcare professionals.  To learn more about Facts Up Front, visit www.factsupfront.org.

 

NHMA February 2014 Newsletter

Washington, DC 

LEGISLATION UPDATE

Feb. 11, 2014, US Department of Health and Human Services announced latest data on the ACA enrollment for all states in the US, either with State Based Marketplaces (SBM) or Federally-facilitate Marketplaces (FFM):

The cumulative number of individuals that have selected a Marketplace plan between 10-1-13 and 2-1-14 (including those who have paid a premium and those who have not yet paid a premium) is 3.3 million. 

Americans making between the federal poverty level, $11,500 (100%FPL) for an individual and four times that, or $46,000 (400% FPL), qualify for government subsidies to offset the cost of their premiums. 62 percent have selected a Silver Plan.  82 percent of the persons who have selected a Marketplace plan have selected a Marketplace Plan with Financial Assistance.

After a disastrous start as a result of malfunctioning websites, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office revised downward its expectations on how many would enroll in the first year. Instead of 7 million, CBO now expects 6 million.

California, which is running its own marketplace, has enrolled more than 728,000 people—twice as many as any other state. Florida, which is relying on the federal exchange, has enrolled more than 296,000. New York, which has its own marketplace, has the third highest enrollment at 211,000. An estimated 6.3 million people have enrolled in Medicaid through the same period, officials said, but that number includes previous enrollees as well as those who are newly eligible under the law.

Most promising, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, is that 25 percent of those signing up for insurance from October through January were ages 18 to 34 — the young and presumably healthy people whom insurance companies need as customers in order to keep premiums reasonable for everyone, which has increased over last month.

Congressional Budget Office New Report on ACA: In its report, the CBO said the Affordable Care Act, a would reduce the number of hours worked by the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time workers by 2025. That means that workers will decide to reduce their hours, not that employers are reducing the number of jobs.

Latest on the ACA Enrollment for Latinos: "Enrollment problems are playing out in other states with large Hispanic populations as well, including Arizona and Texas...But California stands out as the most troubling case, proponents of the law say, because it has the most Latinos of any state and has worked hard to enroll them." (Jennifer Medina and Abby Goodnough, New York Times)  NHMA is asking for Latino health providers to participate in outreach efforts by contacting the Covered California office in Sacramento, which has information for your practices. Of note, NHMA president was in Sacramento and met with the Latino outreach officer to discuss assisting with media outreach in the Latino communities.

NHMA CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING IN COLLABORATION WITH THE COMMISSION TO END HEALTH DISPARITIES, Feb 11, 2013 – Congresswomen Lucille Roybal-Allard, Congresswoman Donna Christensen, and Congressman Raul Ruiz welcomed the 100 participants to hear about Innovation Policy Recommendations to Reduce Health Disparities: 1) STEM Initiative should include health professions recruitment and retention;  2) Medicare Diabetes program should be expanded;

3) Disability policies need to be expanded to include targeted cultural competence to include minority populations.  

NHMA PROGRAMS UPDATE

NHMA California Leadership Fellowship, supported by the California Wellness Foundation, selects 10 physicians for public service leadership training in Sacramento, CA in May and in Washington, DC next spring. We hope to continue the effort that has been a tremendous success, nominating and appointing Hispanic physicians to federal government positions that provide input to health care decisions impacting Latino health care programs and policies.

NHMA Council of Residents Mentoring Program, supported by the Office of Minority Health at US DHHS – sign-up and contact John Aguilar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today to meet at the NHMA Conference

NHMA Mentoring and Leadership Program for Medical Students and Public Health Students – the 50 Mentees are all supported by the GE Foundation to participate in a special meeting with NHMA physicians at our Annual Conference  - these are our future community health leaders!

NHMA 2014 – NHMA 18th Annual Conference Update March 28-30, 2014

Register at www.nhmamd.org  for hotel, conference, and if you are interested in sponsoring, exhibits, ads in the conference program or stipends for more medical students to be brought to join our NHMA2014 Annual Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington DC March 28-30, 2014.

Thursday. Mar. 27 -  NHMA Board of Directors meeting and hearing from new Technology Project for Hispanic Health Apps ideas ---New NHHF Board Technology Committee to meet on Thursday evening with key physicians and technology leaders.  

Friday, Mar. 28 - NHMA takes physicians and medical students to Capitol Hill to meet Senate and Congress staff on key policies to eliminate health disparities, increase telemedicine, ACA prevention, and more! Also, Friday morning, HIV/AIDS Breakfast Symposium followed by Exhibit Hall to meet companies and federal government about career options and information for your patients.

Opening Session 1 pm with CMS Leader and presidents from the AMA, AAP, AAFP, ACP, NMA, AAIP, NCAPIP, NHMA, AAMC on the ACA impact on Hispanic patients ---followed by  NHMA Leadership Fellows Class of 2013 policy presentations on Prevention with Cultural Competence Management and Diversity at HHS.  Then workshops – then Interest Group Meetings --- planning the NHMA Fall Region Forums, Council of Residents and the NHMA GE Foundation Mentoring Programs, LMSA meeting and NHMA Council of Young Physician meeting.

LMSA Student Policy Section at the NHMA Annual Conference

Please join students and residents as we discuss policy issues relevant to Latino populations, learn the basics of health policy and contribute towards development of LMSA's policy platform at the Student Policy Section.  Students and residents will have additional opportunities to network and access mentoring resources from the NHMA community. 

For more information please visit lmsa.com/policy or contact the LMSA National Policy Chairs Orlando Sola (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Ankeeta Mehta (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Saturday, Mar. 29-  starts with Cancer Treatment Centers of America Breakfast Symposium followed by  the Plenary on the ACA Accountable Care Organization and Pt Centered Medical Home with speakers from Wellpoint, Texas Blue Cross, NY Presbyterian Cornell Medical Center. Luncheon Speech will be the new EPA Administrator followed by workshops  on medical education, mental health and primary care training, private practice survival techniques – contracts, bank loans, ICD Coding, and technology and social media, and research on Hispanics with chronic disease, obesity and nutrition, and more!  Saturday Evening Awards Gala -- Keynote Speaker: Dr Garth Graham, Aetna Foundation President; Awards to Congressmen Xavier Becerra, Raul Ruiz, Henry Waxman, and Congresswoman Ross Lehtinen, Dr. France Cordova, Wellpoint, Dr. Richard Izquierdo, Dr. Nellie Correa, and more.

Sunday, Mar. 30 -  NHMA Leadership Institute – join the panel of leaders from the White House, Office of Personnel Management, Korn Ferry executive search firm, Office of Minority Health at US DHHS, and FDA inform you on the preparation for careers on Boards and Commissions for Federal government or for corporate boards, hospital boards and more leadership positions.

We will end with a special Media Training ---so again, REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE TODAY!  www.nhmamd.org

Medical Educators, Researchers, Private Clinicians in practices, clinics, hospitals and Public Health experts in local, State and Federal government positions ---join the NHMA network and learn expert and current medical management, prevention, mental health and research as well as new best practices to maintain your important health care delivery programs, medical practices for Hispanic populations.

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

NHMA Fellow – Dr. Alicia Fernandez of UCSF faculty named to Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute – we are proud to nominate one of our own to this important national research organization, part of the ACA.

NHMA Fellow – Dr. Jose Luna, CEO of Centro San Vicente Community Health Center in El Paso, Texas, participated with the White House enrollment event in El Paso that was a pilot activity for the Latino Outreach events to enroll more uninsured in the Marketplaces of the ACA for affordable health care insurance.  Other physicians provided to White House for future events for LATINO ENROLLMENT WEEK – February 24-28, 2014.

Dr. Jorge Girotti represents NHMA to the Latino Medical Student Association Midwest Conference to educate premedical students on how to prepare to apply to medical school and to introduce medical students to the NHMA Organization.

Dr. Kathy Flores appointed to participate with the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Inter-Professional Education Summit in April to focus on community efforts for new training programs about Hispanic patients.

Dr. Elena Rios appointed to the National Multicultural Advisory Council for WELLPOINT to develop Hispanic patient and physician outreach that will be needed as ACA increases more Hispanic participation.  And meets with the Sacramento CA Leaders at the Office of Statewide Health Planning Foundation, the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, the new California State Health Department Office of Health Equity to discuss leadership of physicians in California and working with NHMA. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CVS announces it will end the sales of cigarettes and other Tobacco products in its stores.

Fifty years following the release of the landmark 1964 Surgeon General’s Report, tobacco use rates have declined, lung cancer death rates are falling and most patients visiting health care settings are now asked about  tobacco use as part of the history and physical.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announces they are ending major leadership training programs in order to develop the next generation of funding for a “Healthy Culture.”  Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, President and CEO,   invites health leaders to join: the RWJF Leadership Network at www.rwjf.org/leadershipnetwork.  In addition, Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey has announced in her 2014 Message that the Foundation will be closing several long-standing leadership training programs in a major shift for the future funding. The following principles will guide the RWJF as we design new initiatives in Human Capital. We will:

- Significantly expand the number of leaders and scholars we support

- Use advances in technology to create networks and increase the flow of ideas

- Include interdisciplinary and team-based approaches

- Nurture more leaders and scholars who reflect our country’s rich diversity

-Incorporate more deliberate leadership development

-Connect and support leaders who are building a culture of health in America

Salud America! Growing Healthy Change new website ---resources for change

Salud America! is a national online network of researchers, community group leaders, decision-makers, and members of the public working together to support healthy policy and environmental changes that can help reverse obesity among Latino children. The network, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a project of the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Opportunities for Physicians in Las Vegas with Southwest Medical Associates

Bright lights and a great lifestyle! Southwest Medical Associates is proud to announce a variety of opportunities for physicians in Las Vegas, including:

- Gastroenterology

- Hospitalist

- Obstetrics & Gynecology

- Outpatient Internal Medicine or Family Medicine

- Pediatrics

- Urology

Looking for financial stability in a growing, collegial practice, that also offers a superb lifestyle?  Southwest Medical Associates, Nevada's largest multi-specialty physician group with over 200 physicians, is affiliated with Nevada's largest health plan, Health Plan of Nevada, a diversified health care and insurance corporation

We seek board certified physicians with superior diagnostic and preventive medicine skills to join our team! 

You will have the opportunity to work in attractive/modern buildings and enjoy an electronic medical record environment.  A full-time management staff, digital radiology and onsite laboratory services add conveniences at our 14 clinic locations throughout the Las Vegas area.

We offer:

- Market competitive salary, plus attractive bonus plan

- Comprehensive benefits package which includes: medical, dental and life insurance, short term/long term disability, professional liability insurance, matching 401K,  PTO, CME days and annual CME allowance,  and paid holidays.

Contact Kaitlin Osborn today for further information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (952) 936-3888!

Vida Senior Centers - Position Announcement

Vida  Senior Centers, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, serving low-income, mostly Hispanic seniors, seeks an Executive Director to implement the policies and plans set by the board of directors. The ED will be responsible for directing, overseeing and evaluating the work of 31 staff members in three sites, including management of work toward annual goals, objectives, financial, programmatic, reporting to funding agencies, fund raising, and representing the organization externally. Vida provides culturally and linguistically appropriate services such as psychological and nutrition counseling, exercise and recreation, meals, and referrals to other service providers.

PhD or master's degree preferred, and a minimum of five years of administrative experience with increasing responsibility. Substantial experience in a supervisory capacity, preferably working with a nonprofit organization, is a plus.  Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.  Competitive salary.

Send application letter with resume and a minimum of three letters of reference to:

Sara E. Meéendez - Savage/Meléndez & Associates, LLC.

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NHMA Newsletter January 2014

LEGISLATION UPDATE

Commerce and Energy Committee Subcommittee on Health in the US House of Representatives Jan. 9th Hearing on Extender Policy related to SGR repeal included call for extension of health workforce funding (Health Care Opportunity Program) from DOL, MCH programs and Low Income Medicare funding, among other policies.

National Health Service Corps – which has been a great success in increasing support for Hispanic physicians who have enormous debts in medical school addressing how to develop a national mentoring program with the Corps health professionals.  Could it be that the future recruitment efforts for new Hispanic medical students will be taken up by this program?

More than six million Americans have enrolled in healthcare insurance through their State’s Marketplace or have been found eligible for Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The following are all the forms about health insurance:

http://marketplace.cms.gov/getofficialresources/publications-and-articles/publications-and-articles.html

NHMA Physicians participate in January White House Media Calls for the States of Texas, Florida and Arizona which do not have their own State Marketplaces with high Hispanic populations -  about the Affordable Care Act and enrolling for health insurance. Hispanics have been the highest proportion of uninsured and it is important to educate our communities about the need for investing in their family’s health care needs with insurance protection.

CuidadoDeSalud.gov is now LIVE and working for our Spanish Speaking Americans interested in understanding health care insurance options and signing up for 2014 coverage in those states that do not have their own Marketplace. 

NHMA lends its support to the Amicus Briefs of the National Health Law Program for the upcoming  US Supreme Court Case on Contraceptive Insurance Coverage - for the important issue of ensuring that women can get comprehensive contraceptive coverage without interference from their employers. This is another example of decreasing healthcare disparities for Latinas who are amongst the poorest women in the nation, needing assistance with primary health care through health insurance.

NHMA PROGRAMS UPDATE

NEW - NHMA signs agreement to partner with VME Media – PBS Network in Spanish – for an NHMA HEALTH TV SHOW in 2014 that will be broadcast across the U.S.  NHMA Members interested in serving as advisors, editors of content and interviewees ---please contact John Aguilar: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. or call the NHMA Office at (202) 628-5895.  Corporate partners interested in supporting the TV Show Project – please contact Dr. Elena Rios.

NEW NHMA California Leadership Fellowship, supported by the California Wellness Foundation – executive leadership program for 10 Physicians in mid-career (5  years post training) from California.  We are seeking those interested in gaining knowledge and skills to become State and Regional leaders in health care that impacts the Latino population. Application is up on website at www.nhmamd.org. Deadline is Jan. 31, 2014.

Sacramento Institute will be May 7-8, 2014 where Fellows will learn about State Policy development and the role of stakeholders to reform health policy and programs and the introduction to Legislators and their healthcare priority legislation issues, State government committees and appointments.  The Fellows will also have a Washington, DC Institute for a day prior to the 3 day NHMA Conference at the end of March, 2015. Doctors who participate must attend both sessions.

NEW NHMA Influenza Campaign for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers to collect information on best practices among Hispanic physicians, to publish a ToolKit for dissemination across the country and on our websites, at the NHMA Conference – need Advisory Committee now – Contact John Aguilar: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NHMA – HHS OMH Hispanic Leadership Institute at the NHMA Conference 2014 will include How to Expand Leadership of Corporate Boards of Directors with healthcare professionals who are needed to guide the development of employee health and wellness programs.

NHMA Mentoring Programs --- If you would like to volunteer to be a Mentor for our future healthcare workforce: contact Veronica Ramirez,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Medical Students and Public Health Students -  GE- NHMA Health Professional Student Leadership and Mentoring Program and selected 50 talented students who are now in the program ---and will be sharing their preceptorships and mentoring lessons learned at the NHMA Conference 2014 in Washington, DC, March 27-30, 2014.

NHMA Council of Residents Mentoring Program available for residents and physicians interested in participating either in your region or at the NHMA Conference 2014.  Applications due January 31, 2014.

Undergraduate Premedical Students Mentoring Program – again, we need medical students to be mentors to assist the next generation applying to medical school. Connect to Veronica today!

Responsibilities include monthly email discussions with your student mentee about his/her goals for the year to prepare the mentee for his/her next stage of health career advancement.  Reporting is quarterly and a tracking of the outcomes for the mentees is maintained at NHMA.

NHMA 2014 CONFERENCE – “ACA and Best Practices for Hispanics”  

AGENDA AT A GLANCE:  Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC

March 28

Breakfast Symposia

Congressional Visits and Advocacy Meetings,

Lunch in Exhibit Hall     

Opening Plenary with US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, CMS Administrator, NIH Director (all invited) followed by Presidents of Medical Associations Response Panel

Workshops – ACA Best Practices

Reception – Women in Medicine

NHHF Board of Directors and Corporate Advisory Board Meetings

March 29 

Cancer Treatment Centers of America;  HIV/HepC Breakfast Symposia

Insurance Company and Health System ACO and Patient Centered Medical Home Innovations

Luncheon Keynote on Health Research from NIH

Workshops on Technology, Apps, Chronic Disease Management/Research, Prevention and Wellness, and new Cultural Competence Medical Education Programs, Journal of NHMA development, and more

Gala Awards Dinner – RWJF President invited to serve as keynote speaker; Latino Health Awards Presentations;  Physician of the Year: Richard Izquierdo, MD of the Bronx; Fellow of the Year: Nellie Correa, MD of the Bronx.

March 30 

NHMA Health Professional Leadership Institute – How to Become a White House Appointee to National Commissions, How to become a Federal employee,  and How to Become a Corporate Board Member – with White House Staff, Corporate CEOs, Executive Search Firm representatives.

Register Now at www.nhmamd.org, Reserve your hotel; sign up for Posters, Recruiter Tables, Exhibit Hall to Advance Health Professions careers and share Hispanic healthcare programs and Sponsorship Opportunities information – for workshop sessions, special events, travel for students to attend. Call Dr. Rios (202-628-5895) if interested in sponsoring or Veronica Ramirez if interested in presenting or posters about research, service or innovations/best practices in health care delivery to share with hospital and medical group leaders from across the nation.

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

Welcome to our New Members of NHHF Board of Directors:

Roberto Clemente Jr, President, RCJ Global; Beatriz Mallory, President, HispanAmerica; and Russell Bennett, Director, Latino Health Solutions, United HealthCare

Welcome to our New Corporate Board Members:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Medical Director: Esteban Lopez, MD, San Antonio (representing Health Care Corporation Services); Cancer Treatment Centers of America – Russell Williams, Chicago; EMD Serono; and Goya.

NHMA Members on White House Media Calls: Dr. Jose Luna, private practice doctor in El Paso, Texas; Dr. Rene Pulido; Primary Care doctor in Jacksonville, Florida and Dr. Ana Maria Lopez, faculty member and cancer doctor in Tucson, Arizona represent NHMA on White House State Media Calls. 

NHMA President/CEO Dr. Rios joins the Multicultural Advisory Board of Wellpoint for the next 2 years to develop Latino programs targeting all areas of health care insurance outreach for Latino consumers in California, Georgia, New York and other states under Wellpoint.

NHMA starting an NHMA Technology Interest Group from members to meet in February to work with partners on developing apps, technology ideas for delivery of care to Latino populations and services to future physicians such as mentoring. If interested, contact John Aguilar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Join NHMA and get involved with a unique network of young physicians, residents and physicians and other health professionals who are making changes for healthcare delivered to our Latino populations!  Join now and get discounts to our Annual Conference registration and have access to leadership opportunities! Go to www.nhmamd.org today.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health Resource Center’s (OMHRC) Resource Persons Network (RPN) is a group of professionals who volunteer their services on an as-needed basis in support of OMHRC's mission to improve the health status of racial and ethnic minority groups in the U.S., as well as the knowledge of knowing that their outreach efforts will help, inspire, and create a difference in the minority populations served. Depending on the organization's needs, RP's will be needed to provide technical assistance in the following areas:

  • Reviewing grant proposals
  • Speaking at conferences and workshops
  • Serving as an advisor to committees and work groups
  • Assisting with program/organizational development
  • Offering guidance on preparing reports and speeches

NHMA encourages its members to go to the omh.gov website.

NHMA is partnering with CANOPY for its Online Medical Spanish Course

As many of you have heard, we are announcing additions to our partnership with Canopy, an NIH funded health tech company that develops tools to help healthcare providers to work better with patients who do not speak English. These include:

-a standardized online curriculum for providers to learn Medical Spanish (used by institutions like UCLA and Duke)

-the first Medical Spanish certification exam for bilingual physicians/ nurses/ physician extenders

-a new free iOS medical translator app in over a dozen languages (Spanish, Chinese, Korean, etc) to help you work quickly with patients who do not speak English.

Go to www.canopyapps.com/partners/nhma to learn more.

The Affordable Care Act New Health Insurance Marketplace Program:

Most Americans are now by law required to purchase healthcare insurance and if they don’t will be subject to Income Tax fees.

Consumers can apply for coverage in the Marketplace in several ways: online at HealthCare.gov or CuidadodeSalud.gov; over the phone by calling the 24/7 customer service center (1-800-318-2596, TTY 1-855-889-4325 available in English and Spanish, and with translation in 150 other languages); working with a trained person in your local community (Find Local Help); or by submitting a paper application by mail. You can download the paper application form and instructions from HealthCare.gov.

If you have a Cancelled Health Insurance Policy, Call: 1-866-837-0677

For those who do not purchase health care insurance in 2014, you could be subject to the Individual Shared Responsibility Payment:

2014 Income Taxes - $95 per adult; $47.50 per child or 1% of your income, whichever is higher;

2016 Income Taxes - $695/person or 2.5% income, whichever is higher

Go to HealthCare.gov for enrollment to the ACA Marketplace Insurance Plans – for those uninsured living in states without their own Marketplace and not eligible for Medicaid.  We urge you to sign-up now for health care insurance. Open enrollment ends March 31, 1014.

NHMA Newsletter July 2012

National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) Newsletter - July 2012
Washington, DC


LEGISLATION UPDATE

The ACA was Upheld by the Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) - on June 28 as it was found by Chief Justice Roberts analysis to be constitutional under taxing function. Under the law if Americans or employers do not purchase health care insurance by Jan 1, 2014, they will be given a tax. The other major section of the law that was analyzed was the Medicaid expansion to 133 percent of Federal poverty. The SCOTUS ruling found that the law cannot mandate this, so it is an optional expansion.

While the Court'€™s decision represents a major disappointment for conservatives, it will help ensure a fresh wave of excitement among the base to defeat Obama. Proof of that came in the more than $1 million that Romney's campaign said was raised within four hours of the ruling's announcement.

In terms of Latino patients, we support the importance of upholding the ACA to decrease so many of our uninsured people who will then have access to health care, behavioral health care, and oral health care services. In addition, the State Health Insurance Exchanges will be up and running by Jan. 1, 2014 and will be providing educational outreach campaigns to the public and for the middle class. The health care law extends tax credits to Americans who earn between 100 percent ($11,170) and 400 percent ($44,680) of the federal poverty limit or subsidies to people applying for health insurance (as individuals or as families). Since legal immigrants are not allowed to get Medicaid, they need to be targeted to apply for insurance through the Health Insurance Exchanges.

States will be receiving 100 percent Federal match for two years and up to 90 percent through 2022 and will also face decreasing charity funds to safety net hospitals, so we also hope that more States do expand their Medicaid and increase health insurance to many more working poor. In those States that do not expand Medicaid, we will see more people applying through the Health Insurance Exchange.

The NHMA is also supportive of the ACA because it will increase preventive services to our communities and will also increase the demand for more jobs and health careers for Hispanic students.

Starting in 2014, taxpayers will be required to indicate on their tax returns whether they have health insurance that meets minimal benefits standards. Otherwise, they would owe $95, or 1 percent of taxable income, whichever is greater. The penalty rises to $325, or 2 percent of taxable income in 2015, and then $695, or 2.5 percent of taxable income in 2016, up to a maximum of $2,085 per family.

HHS reported at the end of June 2012, thanks to the Affordable Care Act:

  • Preventive care --including mammograms for women and wellness visits are available at no charge for everyone on Medicare.
  • 54 million Americans gained better preventive service coverage through their private health insurance plans.
  • By August 1, 12.8 million Americans will benefit from rebates provided by their insurance company because the company spent too much of their premium dollars on administrative costs or CEO bonuses.
  • 6.6. million young adults were able to sign up for coverage on their parents’ plans, including 3.1 million young adults who would have been uninsured without the law.
  • 5.3 million people with Medicare who hit the prescription drug donut hole saved $3.7 billion on their prescription drugs.
  • Insurance companies can't drop your coverage because you got sick and made a mistake on your application. Nearly 16 million Americans who purchase insurance in the individual market are no longer at risk of losing their insurance.
  • Insurance companies can no longer limit the amount of coverage you can receive in a lifetime. Nearly 105 million privately insured American can now live with the security of knowing that their coverage will be there when they need it the most.

Dream Act Executive Order
On June 15, President Obama and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the Administration would grant temporary relief from deportation to young people who came to the U.S. when they were children with their parents and would qualify for the DREAM Act. The announcement comes after years of sustained advocacy by Senators Durbin, Reid, Menendez, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Dream Act students and advocacy groups. Sen. Menendez and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus have long advocated for immigration benefits for Dream Act eligible youth and the families of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.

Senate Appoints Mari Carmen Aponte, Esq as Ambassador to El Salvador - we applaud the Senate's support of one of our outstanding leaders in Washington, DC - Mari Carmen was the first Executive Director acting --for the Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools, Inc.

This week, the Senate passed the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act (S. 3240) with strong bipartisan support by a roll call vote of 64-35. This farm bill cuts over $23 billion dollars in spending by eliminating unnecessary direct payment subsidies, consolidating programs to end duplication, and cracking down on food assistance abuse. Nutrition programs strengthened with the SNAP program (formerly known as food stamps).


NHMA PROGRAM UPDATE

NHMA LEADERSHIP FELLOWSHIP ----the Class of 2012 Fellows will be arriving in NYC for the NYU Institute July 15 for the week of intensive lectures on health disparities, prevention policy, uninsured issues and stakeholder meetings €“ from media, to public hospital leaders, to physician leaders in corporate and academic careers, to advocates and health foundations. The NHMA Leadership Fellowship trains mid career physicians to prepare for national leadership with network with thought leaders and skill building with policy analysis skills, leadership skills and health policy sessions. This program is funded by US DHHS HRSA.

NHMA Leadership Fellows Reception--JULY 19th 6-8 pm, NY Academy of Medicine; Please rsvp by July 17th to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Speaker is the new NYState Minority Health Director Yvonne Graham and Hispanic Health Leadership Awards will be presented to Bronx Borough President Diaz, State Senator Rivera and NBC Latino producer Nina Terrero. Join us and bring a colleague!

NHMA RESIDENT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM NY Institute Meetings happened June 10-12 and were a huge success with 8 residents attending from across the nation. The Residents learned about the importance of career decisions in public health, meeting with 9 Federal agency leaders in Region II of HHS and with the president, NYAM; with the United Nation and the World Health Organization leaders, with Academic leaders from the Centers of Excellence as well as area research medical school faculty. The program culminated with a brainstorming about the building of Residents roles and activities in NHMA and the importance of NHMA mentoring program development for other residents and medical students. This program is funded by US DHHS HRSA. Of note €“ the August California Resident Leadership Program is also supported by the California Health Foundation.

The Resident Leaders have requested a list of FELLOWSHIPS for policy and public health training that residents can apply to. We are also looking for doctors who have participated in these fellowships – NRSA, RWJF, Commonwealth Fund, PEW, RAND, others so we can provide a mentoring/role model list for our Resident members on our website.

MENTORS for the NHMA Council of Residents needed ----NHMA is proud to announce that our Residents are very interested in formalizing a mentorship program with NHMA Fellows and Physician members. We encourage you to consider face to face meetings at our regional and national events or on your own and regular contact by email (perhaps every other month). We would like to start small and follow progress ----please reply to Nuvia Flores, NHMA Administrative Assistant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in serving as a Mentor.

NEW NHMA CME Online Program-- We have started this program to provide lectures on topics related to improving healthcare for Latino patients. You can find the CME program on our website, www.nhmamd.org under Resources for Physicians. We are starting with two lectures on Obesity and on Diabetes. We will be uploading more lectures on Hispanic health from the NHMA 15th and 16th Annual Conferences. CME being provided by Morehouse School of Medicine and will be offered Free to Members.

NHMA 16th ANNUAL CONFERENCE--Go to our NHMA Website (www.nhmamd.org) for upcoming CME online lectures from the conference through videos. Tell your colleagues about our conference - the only national conference dedicated to bringing together experts who provide care and oversee programs in Latino populations to share how to improve the health of Latinos across the nation. All videos now online. Transcripts soon to be uploaded.

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

NHMA is proud to announce a new partnership with AARP which is offering our members over 50 years old with an AARP Membership Discount --- and the organization that focuses on €œLife after 50€ will support NHMA and help to build our programs. See the MEMBERSHIP SECTION of our Website.

As NHMA plans to develop Regional Structure and Events, we are enhancing membership in all regions of the nation.

New NHMA COUNCIL OF MEDICAL STUDENTS MEMBER CATEGORY started to include 3rd year and beyond to be provided Mentoring and develop networking and knowledge about health policy and advocacy activities of NHMA.

New Single Donor Campaign started to provide tax deductible contributions to NHMA Programs through the NHMA's Foundation, the National Hispanic Health Foundation. Go to www.nhmafoundation.org today to support the NHMA and NHHF Programs.

New NHMA JOINT MEDICAL SOCIETY MEMBER CATEGORY started to have one fee from a State or Regional Hispanic medical society with automatic enrollment of its members. Members will gain discount registration at NHMA Annual Conference, invitations to national Boards and Commissions and to NHMA regional events.

HispanicHealth.info ---our Portal of Hispanic Health Information for Physicians, health professionals to provide to their patients ----please visit and use the information. Calendar of Events is also located there!

For NHMA Members ----we encourage you to reply with your announcements of accomplishments at the national level – to show our reach to educate our health professional conferences, boards and commissions, conferences with your expertise as advisors, as participants and as speakers. The mission of NHMA is to empower Hispanic physicians to improve the health of our communities ----so we would like to showcase you and others and hope to inspire all of us to continue to build our networks.

This past month NHMA partnered with the Latino Commission on Aids from NYC to develop national agendas and efforts on the eve of the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC. Our Executive Director of the National Hispanic Health Foundation, Nathalie Manzano represented NHMA at the June press conference announcing HIV AIDS efforts for Latinos by the Latino Commission on Aids in NYC. NHMA President, Dr. Elena Rios and the Commission's CEO, Guillermo Chacon released a press release announcing the historic partnership.
Dr. Kathy Flores, Chairwoman of the NHMA Board of Directors, was in Washington, DC to speak for the United Health Foundation Diverse Scholars Program for 70 scholarship winners from UHF that were provided to 10 different Latino organizations in 2011. NHHF is one of the recipients and 4 of our medical, public health and nursing students award winners participated to hear about health career and health policy issues.

Please bring your colleagues to www.NHMAmd.org to join NHMA and view all our Affinity Programs “ for discounts on financial planning, e – medical records modules, and more. Members are provided with special leadership focused efforts such as nominations to national government and corporate boards and commissions, participation as representatives for NHMA at national conferences.


JOIN TODAY AS AN NHMA MEMBER€“ www.nhmamd.org or call Lucy Pacheco at 202.628.5895.


ANNOUNCEMENTS


LATINAS CONTRA CANCER 3rd BI-ANNUAL SUMMIT, July 23-25, San Francisco
Keynote speaker: Dr. Alejandro Mohar Betancourt, General Director of the National Cancer Institute of Mexico.
Focus: The Environment and its Impact on Cancer
Registration: www.cancercare.org/connect or call Mercy Clark at (408) 280-0811


AHRQ€™ Medication Tracking Tool Now Available in Spanish

To promote safer care and the importance of Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 4–10), AHRQ'€™s Spanish-language medication tracking tool, “Su medicamento: Infórmese. Evite riesgos.€ (“Your Medicine: Be Smart. Be Safe.”), can help Spanish-speaking patients learn more about how to take medicines safely. The brochure includes a detachable, wallet-size card that patients can personalize to keep track of their medicines, including vitamins and herbal and other dietary supplements. To download a copy of this tool, visit http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/safemedsp/yourmedssp.pdf.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released Aprende a vivir (Learn to Live), a videonovela to help Spanish-speaking diabetes patients compare their treatment options and find one that is best for them. Patterned after Latin American-style soap operas, Aprende vivir tells the story of Don Felipe, head of the Jiménez family, and his health problems caused by poor management of his type 2 diabetes. Viewers will have the option of selecting captions in Spanish or English. The episodes, which vary from 4 to 6 minutes each, also will be posted on AHRQ’s Spanish-language Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/AHRQehc.espanol).
NHMA Joins as a Partner and encourages you to do the same – go to
Millionhearts.hhs.gov


Million Hearts„ is a national initiative that was launched by the Department of Health and Human Services in September 2011 to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years. Heart disease and stroke are two of the leading causes of death in the United States. Million Heartsâ„¢ brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke.

New Issue Focuses on Clinical-Community Linkages to Improve Chronic Disease Care
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announces the July 3 issue of the Health Care Innovations Exchange (http://go.usa.gov/waY).

  • The featured Innovations describe a community-level partnership that used lay health advisers and a public-private initiative that leveraged community health teams to improve chronic disease care.
  • The featured QualityTools include a toolkit to help communities develop asthma management programs and a toolkit designed to support providers of self-management education programs focused on chronic conditions.
  • The Innovations Exchange Web Site contains more than 700 searchable innovations and 1,500 QualityTools. For more content related to clinical-community linkages, including innovations and tools, go to http://go.usa.gov/wOE.


Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs, The City College of New York

The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at The City College of New York is seeking an energetic and visionary leader to direct the essential academic functions of the School. The School includes a unique 7-year combined BS-MD program and a PA Program with the social mission of diversifying the pipeline of medical care providers, providing medical services in historically underserved areas, and increasing the availability of primary care practitioners. The School is undergoing a major reorganization together with a renewal of its medical curriculum. The Deputy Dean will have the opportunity to shape these efforts. Additional information available at http://med.cuny.edu

Responsibilities include:
- Serve as Deputy to the Dean for all facets of the educational mission of the institution.
- Manage and lead renewal of the biomedical curriculum.
- Support and broaden clinical relationships in support of an evolving curriculum.
- Supervise and build the divisions of the School that support and evaluate student academic success.
- In consultation with the Dean, develop strategies to advance the School and its mission with University, legislative professionals, funding and accreditation groups, and other organizations.

The successful candidate must hold an MD and/or PhD and demonstrate experience in academic administration in leadership positions together with a record of scholarly accomplishments sufficient to support appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. Other requirements include: excellent interpersonal, organizational and team-building skills, and experience working in a setting that values and promotes diversity. EO/AA Employer.

Applicants should send letter of interest and qualifications, curriculum vitae, and the names and e-mail addresses of five references to be contacted at a later date to:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
- OR -
Marthe R. Gold, MD, MPH
Chair of Search Committee for the Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs
c/o Vanessa Jennings
The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education
The City College of New York
160 Convent Avenue, Harris Hall, Suite 301
New York, NY 10031-9198





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University of Connecticut Health Center

Director, Internal Medicine Clinic at the Burgdorf Health Center

The Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center is seeking applications from Board Certified general internists for the position of Director, Internal Medicine Clinic at the Burgdorf Health Center at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The successful candidate will have experience in managing ambulatory care facilities, excel at patient care, educating medical residents and students, and academic pursuits including quality improvement, program development, and/or research. Knowledge of Spanish is preferred. The Burgdorf, an NCQA certified Patient Centered Medical Home, is an ambulatory care center serving the needs of an underserved community in the North End of Hartford, CT and is a major teaching site for medical student and resident education for the University. The Burgdorf is also a major affiliate of the CT Institute for Primary Care Innovation, a collaboration between UConn and St. Francis Hospital. 

The University of Connecticut Health Center will be adding about 100 new faculty members over the next few years as part of an exciting new initiative (Biosciences Connecticut), which also includes construction of a new patient care tower, ambulatory care building, renovation of research space, and expansion of the medical student class size. 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae at https://jobs.uchc.edu, search no. 2012-1047. Contact person is Ms. Cherell Curtis at 860-679-3493.

 UCHC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/N/PwD

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