• 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.


Using Comparative Effectiveness Research to Improve the Health of Priority Populations Summit of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, Brookings Institute

“Dissemination of Comparative Effectiveness Research to Minority Providers and Patients”

Remarks by
Elena Rios, MD, MSPH
President & CEO
National Hispanic Medical Association


June 3, 2010


Dr. McClellan and guests, it is an honor to be here today. I was asked to focus my remarks on the role of physicians in the dissemination of Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER). I am from the National Hispanic Medical Association which has the mission to improve the health of Hispanics and other underserved.

I will discuss four points:
1. Why we need to target racial/ethnic physicians and populations;
2. What is needed to increase patient-centered care;
3. How to disseminate CER findings to physicians who car for racial/ethnic populations; and
4. Suggestions to consider to facilitate this dissemination and adoption of new knowledge by racial/ethnic physicians.

By 2042, the U.S. population is projected to be 51percent racial/ethnic minorities. The Institute of Medicine Report: Unequal Treatment provided the evidence that showed health care disparities exist for minority persons who have access to health care. The literature demonstrates that Hispanic and Black physicians and dentists tend to provide care for uninsured, poor, Medicaid beneficiaries and racial/ethnic minority patients.

Yet, only 5 percent of all physicians are Hispanic or Black physicians. Thus, we need to target minority physicians to be champions, innovators and role models for the next generation of physicians in our minority communities. However, we recognize the great importance to develop cultural competence training for all providers who will provide more care to minority populations.

Comparative Effectiveness Research, according to the new Health Care Reform Law, will be led by a new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research institute and will address “gaps in evidence for clinical outcomes, practice variation, and health disparities in terms of health care delivery and treatment.” There is a great need for increased awareness and acceptance of CER and incorporation to medical and preventive care services to increase quality health care/integrative care/oral health care to minority populations. Another need is to change behaviors of providers and patients for health care decisions that ultimately decrease national expenditures for inefficient care.

The focus needs to be on cultural competence training and communications, and recognition that our Hispanic, African American, Native American and Asian populations are not homogeneous and have sub-populations and regional differences – for example, the U.S. Mexican border and the issue of the undocumented. We also have to focus on language services and health literacy, especially with the health care reform target of primary care providers.

How should we disseminate to providers? I would like to use the NHMA as an example and acknowledge that all our minority medical associations have their own distinct networks. Ours includes a potential 45,000 physicians and 14 Hispanic medical societies that are statewide, and networks of Hispanic medical students and Hispanic residents. At every level of education, the minority provider becomes isolated. The result of NHMA has been to build a sustainable communication network that can be used to change behavior in Hispanic populations and should be included in the new Institute as it develops its Board of Governors, Executive Staff, and peer review committees.

Given the Health Care Reform Law, there are other new mechanisms to link our efforts to build a workforce that can facilitate the dissemination of CER in the future. There will be a National Workforce Commission and State workforce plans and regional programs, including Primary Care Extension Programs. In addition to workforce planning, we can facilitate dissemination of CER by collaborating with primary care networks – in medical practices, health systems, medical societies and associations as well as with medical schools and residency programs, especially with cultural competence training.

Lastly, the new Health Care Reform Law codified the Office of Minority Health and a new infrastructure of offices of minority health in the Department of Health and Human Services’ agencies – CMS, HRSA, CDC, Indian Health Service, FDA, SAMHSA that should increase their focus on minority workforce development and training.


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