• Welcome to NHMA

    Established in 1994 in Washington, DC, the National Hispanic Medical Association is a non-profit association representing the interests of 50,000 licensed Hispanic physicians in the United States. NHMA is dedicated to empowering Hispanic physicians to be leaders who will help eliminate health disparities and improve the health of Hispanics. NHMA's vision is to be the national leader to improve the health of Hispanic populations.
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    Gaylord National Harbor Hotel, Washington, DC area : We also invite government agencies, health industry, corporate and non profit health experts to becoming a Sponsor and to provide a Career Exhibit for our health professionals and students and medical residents.
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  • National Hispanic Health Foundation

    The National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF), a 501c3 organization, was established in 1994 as the philanthropic branch of the National Hispanic Medical Association. The mission of NHHF is to improve the health of Hispanics and other underserved.
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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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 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 ACA  (The Skinny 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. Call the Capitol Operator at (202) 224-3121 to tell Senators to Vote No to Replace ACA TODAY July 27, 2017.

Trump Administration Nominations - See Plum Book for political positions for Trump Administration - full time and part time Boards. Send in your Letter of Interest and CV to NHMA Health Professional Appointment Project to nhma@nhmamd.org

NHMA Cardiovascular Disease and Hispanics Leadership Summit Series, 2017 -  Caruso Catholic Center, USC, Los Angeles, CA - August 17th. Health & community leaders invited. We invite community leaders and health professionals - All day summits followed by Region Networking Receptions from 4:30 - 7:30 pm. RSVP to Pedro Montenegro at pmontenegro@nhmamd.org

NHMA Region Policy Forums and Receptions  SAVE THE DATES: Sept thru Nov - Washington, DC - Sept.7, Los Angeles - Sept. 19, NYC - Oct 5, Atlanta Oct. 19, Chicago, Nov. 11, San Antonio - TBD. Speakers include US DHHS Region Directors and healthcare private sector leaders.

NHHF Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Galas - honoring key leaders as well as the scholars - New York Academy of Medicine, NY, Nov. 30 and Millenium Biltmore Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles, CA, Dec. 14 - with Health Professional/Student Job Fair at 5:30 - 6:30 pm in LA only.


NHMA 5th Annual Conference

"Healthy Hispanic Families"
March 23-25, 2001 at the
L'Enfant Plaza Hotel
Washington, D.C.

National Hispanic Medical Association Fifth Annual Conference
“Healthy Hispanic Families”

March 23-25, 2001

Join Hispanic physicians, medical students, policymakers, and healthcare industry representatives at our annual conference. This year, NHMA brings together experts from across the nation to share their recommendations to build healthy Hispanic families.

Hispanics have become the largest ethnic group in the United States and there is a great need to understand how to deliver culturally relevant health care services to them.  Learn from experts on how to enhance academic programs, community-based programs, medical practices, and health policies targeting Hispanics.

Conference Objectives:

To provide clinical updates for families on diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDs, and cardiovascular disease
To increase awareness about cultural competence and medical care delivery to Hispanics
To increase knowledge about new Federal and State health policies that impact Hispanics
To develop skills for careers in academic medicine, research, and government
To make recommendations for future activities of organized medicine regarding Hispanic health

March 22, 2001
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. NHMA Advisory Committee Meeting

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. NHMA Leadership Fellows Class of 2001 Orientation

March 23, 2001
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. NHMA Leadership Fellows Class of 2001 Orientation (cont.)

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. NHMA Resident Leadership Program Class of 2001 Orientation

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Opening Plenary Session/Registration
“The Future for NHMA and Leadership”
Elena Rios, M.D., M.S.P.H.

Sam Shekar, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Administrator
Bureau of Health Professions
Health Resources and Services Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

NHMA Leadership Fellows Class of 2000

“Hispanic Medical Student Priorities” - Stefan Reynoso, Coordinator
National Network of Latin American Medical Students

Francisco Cigarroa, M.D., President
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

7:00 p.m. General Reception at the Hotel
Private Reception Honoring the Sixty NHMA Leadership Fellows (Off-site)

March 24, 2001
7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall/Registration

9:00 a.m. Plenary Session
“Welcome/Charge to the Conference”
Nathan Stinson, Jr., Ph.D., M.D., M.P.H.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health
Office of Minority Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Jane Henney, M.D.
Food and Drug Administration

9:30 a.m. “Culture and Belief: Their Roles in Health and Well-Being”
Emmet Miller, M.D.
Author of “Deep Healing”

Esther Sternberg, M.D.
Author of “The Balance Within”
Director, Integrative Neural-Immune Program
Chief, Section on Neuroendocrine Immunology and Behavior
National Institute of Mental Health
National Institutes of Health

Elena Avila, R.N., M.S.N.
Curandera & Author of “Women Who Glow In The Dark”

Roberto Gomez, M.D.
Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs
University of New Mexico School of Medicine

David Hayes-Bautista, Ph.D.
Director, Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture
UCLA School of Medicine

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Break Exhibit Hall

12:30 p.m. Lunch
“A Diabetes Update for Providers of Hispanic Families”
Jaime Davidson, M.D, F.A.C.P.
Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Faye Wong, M.P.H., R.N.
Associate Director, National Diabetes Education Program
Centers for Disease, Control and Prevention

2:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. Workshops A.

Track 1: Clinical Updates: Chronic Disease Management
Carlos Corral, M.D., El Paso, TX
Jorge Yarzebski, M.D., M.P.H., University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA
Enrique Caballero, M.D., Jocelyn Center on Diabetes, Boston, MA

Track 2: Policy Issues: 2001 Children’s Health Agenda (Invited)
Graham Nelson, Dept. of Federal Affairs, American Academy of Pediatrics
Margot Edmunds, MD, Director of Health Policy, Children’s Defense Fund
Glenn Flores, MD, University of Boston School of Medicine, Boston, MA.

Track 3: Cultural Competence: Making the Case for Cultural Competence (Invited)
Tom Perez, Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights
Constantino Fernandez, M.D., University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
Beatriz Solis, M.P.H., LA Care Health Plan, Los Angeles, CA

Track 4: Research Models
Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D., University of Miami, Miami, FL
Aida Giachello, Ph.D, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

Track 5: Career Development: Private and Public Sector Opportunities (Invited)
Janice LaChance, Director, Office of Personnel Management
Sandra Palleja, M.D., Triangle Pharmaceuticals Durham, NC
Carlos Moreno, M.D., Chairman, Family Practice, UTHSC-Houston, TX

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Break Exhibit Hall

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Workshops B

Track 1: Clinical Updates: Mental Health and the Elderly
Rafael Gonzalez-Amezqua, M.D., On-Lok Program, San Francisco, CA
Dolores Gallagher-Thompson, M.D., Stanford, Palo Alto, CA
Jose Canive, M.D., Albuquerque, NM
Oscar Cervantes, M.D., San Francisco, CA

Track 2: Policy Issues: Health Insurance Access: New Initiatives (Invited)
Raul Burciaga, J.D., State of New Mexico Legislature
Richard Figuerero, State of California Governor’s Office
Rima Cohen, Greater New York Hospital Association, NY, NY
Kala Lanheim, National Council of State Legislatures Wash. DC

Track 3: Cultural Competence: Principles and Practice
Melvin Delgado, Ph.D., Boston, MA.
Martin Portillo, M.D., Kaiser Permanente, MD
Joe Betancourt, M.D., Cornell Weill Medical College NY, NY

Track 4: Research: “Redes en Accion Cancer Awareness, Research, and Training”
Amelie Ramirez, Dr.PH., Baylor College of Medicine San Antonio, TX.
Gregory Talavera, MD, University of California, San Diego, CA
Esteban G. Burchard, MD University of California, San Francisco, CA

Track 5: Career Development: Medical Student, Resident and Physician Opportunities
Raquel Arias, M.D., University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA.(Invited)
Faustina Nevarez, M.D., Chairperson, California Latino Medical Association (Invited)
Brenda Hanning, National Institutes of Health Office of Education
National Library of Medicine, NIH Extramural Programs(Invited)
NHMA Advisory Committee Members

6:30 p.m. Reception/Mariachi Los Amigos

7:00 p.m. Awards Banquet/Dance with Orquesta Yanes Salsa Band
“Leadership for the Future”
George Herrera
President and CEO, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

NHMA Hispanic Health Leadership Awards:
John Ruffin, M.D., Acting Director, Center on Minority Health and Disparities Research, NIH
Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA.)
Senator Bill Frist (R-TN)
Representative (Hon.) Bennie Thompson (D-MS.)
Academic: Amelie Ramirez, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine
Corporate: McDonalds
Presidents, Hispanic Medical Societies

March 25, 2001
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall/Registration

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. National Network of Latin American Medical Students Meeting

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Workshops C
Track 1: Clinical Updates for Hispanic Families
“Asthma”-Judith Flores, M.D., NY, NY
“Nutrition” – John De Felice, M.D., Albuquerque, NM
“Oral Health” - TBN

Track 2: Policy Issues: Issues Update for Hispanic Families(Invited)
Patricia Smith, American Association of Retired Persons Wash., DC
Tammy Boyd, Senior Policy Advisor, Representative (Hon.) John Lewis (D-GA.)
Alejandro Perez, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Wash. DC

Track 3: Cultural Competence and System Change
Martin Ornelas-Quintero, LLEGO Wash. DC
Glenn Flores, M.D., University of Boston School of Medicine, Boston, MA

Track 4: Research: Living With Cancer
Teresa Ramos, M.D., Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, Il.
TBN - Ortho Biotech

Track 5: Career Development: The Physician Survivor
Louis Rodriguez, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
Lou Vela, MD, Dean, Regional Academic Health Center, UTHSCSA, Harlingen, Texas

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break Exhibit Hall

10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Plenary Session
“The Role of Organized Medicine and the Future Health of Hispanic Families”
Steve Berman, M.D.
President, American Academy of Pediatrics

Richard G. Roberts, M.D., J.D.
President, American Academy of Family Physicians

Melvina McCabe, M.D.
President, Association of American Indian Physicians

Randolph Smoak, M.D.
President, American Medical Association

Melinda Schriver, Health Policy Associate
American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine

Rodney Hood, M.D.
President, National Medical Association

Pam Dickson, Priority Populations Team(Invited)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Break Exhibit Hall

12:30 p.m. Lunch
“Future Challenges for Hispanic Research”
Ruth Kirschstein, MD
Principal Deputy Director, National Institutes of Health

Walter Williams, M.D.
Associate Director for Minority HealthCenters for Disease Control

Representative (Hon.) Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) (Invited)
Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Representative (Hon.) Donna Christian-Christensen (D-VI) (Invited)
Congressional Black Caucus

March 26, 2001

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools, Inc.
Board of Directors Meeting

Special Session for High School and College Students: “How to Apply to Medical School”
on Saturday, March 24th - 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. with Medical School Recruiters

Conference Sonsors:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services -
Office of Minority Health
National Hispanic Medical Foundation

Educational Grants have been received from:

Aventis Pharmaceuticals

Ortho Biotech

Merck and Co., Inc.

Pfizer, Inc.



American Chemistry Council

Abbott Laboratories (Partial Listing)


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