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    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 offers a variety of services and advertising opportunities.  If you are interested in specific partnerships or have questions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call our office at 202-628-5895. For a full list of NHMA services, click here. Below are a list of available opportunities:


A.  NHMA Career Center (Job Board)

Linked to over 2,000 jobs and over 800 employers through the National Healthcare Career Network.  Please click the Boxwood Online Career Center button below. This will direct you to our self-serve process for posting job positions available.


B.  Advertising


The NHMA newsletter is published monthly. It is compiled by the NHMA President & CEO and is disseminated electronically to an audience of approximately 55,000; comprised of NHMA members, board members, NHMA Leadership Fellows, public health and health industry officials, and other affiliated contacts. Appropriate advertisements include job postings, event announcements, etc. To view online versions of newsletters posted to our Website, click here: http://nhmamd.org/newsletter

Advertising Information

Ad Submission Deadline

Please submit your ad no later than the first week of each month; the newsletter is edited and disseminated by the second week of the month.  Please send your ad, via e-mail, as a Microsoft Word document or JPEG, along with the ad request form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Advertising Rates
$500.00 - Full page
$300.00 - Half page
Payment Process
After the newsletter is circulated, an invoice will be e-mailed to the contact person who placed the ad.
Please include the following contact information to place your ad:
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                    CONTACT: Imani Cabassa at 202-628-5895 ext. 150

Please feel free to call if you have any questions. Thank you for your ad placement!


C.  Consulting: Congressional Health Policy Briefings: $10,000 per briefing for one speaker

NHMA has convened Hispanic Health Policy Briefings on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC as well as in major cities across the nation to invite health experts to discuss health care issues with Hispanic physicians and community leaders.  Congresswoman Lucille Roybal Allard, Congressman Raul Ruiz and Congresswoman Donna Christensen opened up the 2014 Congressional Briefing,  February 11, 2014 on “Innovations for Health Disparities Policies” with the Commission to End Health Disparities and with the American Academy for Development Disability Medicine. NHMA also held a Congressional Briefing on Childhood Nutrition and Reducing Obesity Recommendations from NHMA State Summits, supported by WK Kellogg Foundation, Dairy Council, Dannon. 

D.  Consulting: Fall 2017 Region Policy Forum: $25,000 per event with speaker and logo displayed on signage, website, & promotional materials

George Washington University; INOVA Fairfax Medical Campus; Environmental Protection Agency; Earthjustice; Florida international University; American Medical Association; Indiana University; Voces Verdes; US Department of Health and Human ServicesThe Forums will be evening events followed by a networking reception. Learn More.
September - October 2016
  • West: Los Angeles
  • Northeast:  New York City
  • Washington DC
  • Midwest: Chicago
  • Southeast: Atlanta
  • Southwast: San Antonio


E.  Other Technical Assistance Services

NHMA provides the following Technical Assistance Services:

    • Nominations for Hispanic Health Advisory Committees, Boards and Commissions;
    • Physician Speakers for National and Regional Conferences;
    • Writing and Editing of White Papers;
    • Letters of Support for Grants related to the improvement of Hispanic health;
    • Other services to be discussed

Please contact Elena Rios, MD, MSPH at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (202) 628-5895

F.  Internship Positions at NHMA:

Summer Internship for Medical Students - NHMA is especially interested in providing a health policy and program development experience for medical students interested in Hispanic health projects during the summer (4 week minimum) for credit under medical school independent study. Preceptor is Elena Rios, MD, MSPH. Deadline is January 1st of each year.

Fellowships for Residents - NHMA also offers health policy and research experience for medical residents for any month during the year as an elective GME course.

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Internships - NHMA provides an outstanding opportunity for students interested in a semester internship nonprofit program careers in the health care, public health prevention, as well as national advocacy and policy analysis. NHMA focuses on improving the health of Hispanic populations and works closely with its membership and partners - physicians, health professionals, residents, medical students as well as the Federal government, Congress, and private sector partners which impact health care to our communities.  Student travel stipends are provided for those enrolled in a university and obtaining academic credit. If not enrolled in a university, NHMA offers limited paid placements, announced a month prior to the start of the semester.

Please contact Jeanne Duvall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 202-628-5895.


Elena Rios, MD, MSPH - President and CEO

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Controller

TBD- Program Officer

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Program and Government Affairs Associate

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Membership and Communications

NHMA Sponsorship Consultant with Dr. Rios :  Jeanne Ponsa, Coordinator of Sponsorships and Exhibit Hall  (818) 429-7603, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Internship Program - Medical and Public Health Students, Undergraduate Students interested in health policy, program management and event planning for NHMA programs and conferences. Please contact Jeanne Duvall today to apply to the NHMA Internship Program for the next semester.

Board of Directors

Judith Flores, MD, FAAP, CHQM
Clinical Associate Professor
New York University School of Medicine
Brooklyn, NY
Elena Rios, MD, MSPH
President and CEO
National Hispanic Medical Association
Washington, DC
Samuel Arce, MD, FAAFP
Immediate Past Chairman
Family and Attending Physician
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
Jamaica, NY
Nelson Reyneri, Jr., MBA, MPH
Vice President, National Sales and External Affairs
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Carlos Corral, MD
New Mexico Cardiovascular Associates
Las Cruces, NM
Efrain Fuentes
Nereida Correa, MD
Eastchester Medical Associates, PC                                   
David Carlisle, MD, PhD
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science
Los Angeles, CA

Jorge Girotti, PhD, MA
Associate Dean, Hispanic Center of Excellence
Asst. Professor, UIC College of Medicine
Chicago, IL
Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, FACP
Associate Vice President of Health Equity & Inclusion
University of Utah School of Medicine
Salt Lake City, UT
Flavia Mercado, MD 
Chief Medical Officer CIMA Kids
Atlanta, GA 
Jorge G Puente, MD
Managing Partner
Pleasonton Pharma Ventures
New York, NY

Diana Ramos, MD, MPH
Medical Director for
Reproductive Health
Los Angeles Public Health Dept.
Assoc. Clinical Professor in
Obstetrics and Gynecology, USC
Los Angeles, CA

Claudia Zamora, MPA 
Founder & CEO
Zamora Consulting Group, LLC
Washington, DC
Sonia Morales, MD  
Chairwoman, NHMA Council of Residents
Resident Physician, Pediatrics
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA

Vanessa Salcedo, MD, MPH
Chairwoman, NHMA Council of Young Physicians
Pediatrician Union Community Health Center
Bronx, NY 

Eric Molina
President, Latino Medical Student Association
MD/PhD Candidate, Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

President CEO

President Rios

Elena V. Rios, M.D., M.S.P.H.

President & CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association
President, National Hispanic Health Foundation
Dr. Rios serves as President & CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association, (NHMA), representing Hispanic physicians in the United States. The mission of the organization is to improve the health of Hispanics. Dr. Rios also serves as President of NHMA'€™s National Hispanic Health Foundation affiliated with the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, to direct educational and research activities.
Dr. Rios also serves on the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, Campaign Against Obesity, Care First Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Nurse Family Partnership Boards of Directors; and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Hispanic Hiring Task Force. Dr. Rios previously served on the Commission to End Health Disparities, California PacifiCare-United Healthcare California Investment Committee and the Partnerships for Prevention Boards of Directors. Dr. Rios has lectured and published articles and has received several leadership awards, including the 2009 Top 100 Influential and Innovative Hispanics from Hispanic Business Magazine. Dr. Rios has been honored by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Congressional Black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American Caucuses, American Public Health Association Latino Caucus, Association of Hispanic Health Executives, Minority Health Month, Inc., Hispanic Magazine, Verizon's First Pollin Community Service Award, and Amerimed. In 2006, Dr. Rios was appointed to the Minority Alumni Hall of Fame of Stanford University and in 2008, was appointed as a Fellow to the New York Academy of Medicine in 2007.
Prior to her current positions, Dr. Rios served as the Advisor for Regional and Minority Women's Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health from November 1994 to October 1998. In 1993, Dr. Rios served as the National Health Care Reform Task Force Coordinator of Outreach Groups at White House. In 1992, Dr. Rios worked for the State of California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development as a policy researcher. Dr. Rios has also served as President, Chicano/Latino Medical Association of California, founder of the National Network of Latin American Medical Students (now called LMSA), member of the California Department of Health Services Cultural Competency Task Force, Stanford Alumni Association and Women'€™s Policy Inc. Boards of Directors, and the American Medical Association's first Minority Affairs Consortium Steering Committee.
Dr. Rios earned her BA in Human Biology/Public Administration at Stanford University in 1977, MSPH at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Public Health in 1980, her MD at the UCLA School of Medicine in 1987, completed her Internal Medicine residency at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose and the White Memorial Medical Center in East Los Angeles in 1990, and her NRSA Primary Care Research Fellowship at UCLA Division of General Internal Medicine in 1992. Rios was presented with the honorary Doctor of Science by Lehman College in 2010.


Established in 1994, in Washington, DC, NHMA is a nonprofit association representing 50,000 licensed Hispanic physicians in the U.S. NHMA's mission is to empower Hispanic physicians and other healthcare professionals to improve the health of Hispanic populations with Hispanic medical societies, resident and medical student organizations, and its public and private sector partners.

The Association established a Foundation, €”the National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF), to compliment the work of the Association. Based in New York City, its specific role is to develop educational activities and health policy research to improve the health of Hispanics. In 2005, NHHF became affiliated and is located at The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.

NHMA was developed as a result of a meeting of Presidents of Hispanic medical societies. During the meeting it was decided an organization was needed to fill a void in Washington, DC on the need for a voice for Hispanic/Latino physicians as advocates for Hispanic health with the Federal government. This decision grew from a history of organizing efforts dating back to the 1960's when Hispanic medical students formed regional associations and local societies focused on social and charitable activities.

In 1982, Dr. Elena Rios established the California Chicano/Latino Medical Student Association and in 1985, the Supernetwork Program to link CMSA with 25 undergraduate Chicano premed clubs. In 1987, Dr. Rios formed the National Latin American Medical Student Network.

From 1995 to 1996, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration supported 5 regional meetings with Hispanic health leaders around the country. The following year, NHMA convened its First Annual National Conference.

In October 1998, Dr. Rios became the President and CEO of NHMA, after receiving Federal funding through a Cooperative Agreement with the HHS Office of Minority Health.

In 2000, NHMA opened its first office, expanded its staff , and began to receive funding from a number of Foundations, government, and the private sector for a variety of programs, including launching the Hispanic-Serving Health Professional Schools, NHMA Leadership Fellowship, NHMA Resident Leadership Program, NHMA Public Health Fellowship, NHMA Research Network, Cultural Competence Curriculum Project, the National Hispanic Health Leadership Summit, NHHF Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship, and the Congressional Hispanic Health Briefing Series.

In 2005, NHMA completed a strategic review and expanded its Board of Directors to include nationally recognized leaders in the health sector and NHHF established its Corporate Advisory Council. A formal affiliation was signed with NYU-Wagner. In addition, NHMA created the National Hispanic Health Professional Leadership Network - consisting of presidents of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Hispanic Dental Association, Latino Caucus of APHA, National Forum of Latino Executives, Association of Hispanic Health Executives of NY, Mental Health Resource Center of NJ, and other national Hispanic mental health groups to promote leadership and advocacy at the Federal level.

In 2006, NHMA contracted with a fundraiser to expand corporate sector financial support and an association development company to develop the strategy for infrastructure to support dramatic increases in membership. The first step in this strategy is the establishment of an association of State Medical Societies which NHMA has developed through its Obesity and Diabetes Education Project and new portal (HispanicHealth.info).

In 2007-2008, NHMA and the U.S Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health convened Regional Leadership Summits on Hispanics and Health Policy for the next five years. The recommendations focused on access, prevention of diabetes and obesity, and increasing Hispanics in the health professions and were presented in 2008 to presidential candidates and to Senator Kennedy's hearings for health care reform. In 2009, NHHF worked with the the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation to convene the forum on "Increasing Diversity in Title VII Medical Education". Both reports are available at NHMA.

In 2009, NHMA established the Council of Residents and continued to convene regional meetings to further develop its networks and membership.

In 2010, NHMA signed the MOU with the Latino medical Student Association whose national coordinator now sits on the NHMA Board of Directors. Finally, the Board of Directors met in a retreat to develop its next 3 year Action Plan to continue to advocate for the improved health for Hispanics and all Americans.

In 2011, NHMA was asked to develop the Immunization Campaign with the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Secretary of HHS addressed the members at our 2012 Conference, and NHMA leaders met with the NIH about their concerns of the poor record of funding Hispanic principle investigators. We also heard from our Corporate Advisory Council who have prioritized that NHMA develop its recruitment of clinical trial investigators to increase diversity in research in the private practice sector too.

In 2012, NHMA has signed on to the Amicus Briefs in support of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and medicaid expansion for the June Supreme Court decision and signed on the Brief in support of Affirmative Action for the October Supreme Court decision on Fisher Case from Texas. This summer, Dr. Rios was asked to present to the Democratic Convention's Platform Committee to provide ideas on the need to continue the Affordable Care Act and the health disparities focus of the Federal government, including the HCOP Program to recruit our community's students to medical school. As a nonpartisan organization, NHMA has encouraged all members to join thier party's efforts for the presidential election as leaders in their communities.

In addition, the NHMA and NHHF Boards of Directors have met annuallly for 3 years discussing the future plans and branding for the organizations and the new NHMA Regional Structure for 2013. We developed 6 Regions with a link to the Board of Directors, led by new Steering Committees. NHMA Annual Conference will continue to be held in Washington, DC in March, 2015.

Join NHMA - we welcome all health professionals, non-health professionals and students who are committed to our goal to improve the health of Hispanic populations. 

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