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NEWSLETTER

Monthly NHMA Newsletter submitted by Dr. Elena Rios

22nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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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.

Read full report.

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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 NET SEPTEMBER 2012

 

National Hispanic Medical Association NHMA NET September 2012
Washington, DC
 
LEGISLATION UPDATE
 
On September 14th, US Census Reports Decrease in Uninsured from 50 million (16.3%) in 2010 to 48.2 million (15.7%) in 2011
 
That same day - White House Briefing for NHMA on the ACA Update ƒ‚‚ had White House and HHS officials report to NHMA group of 150 health professionals - ƒ‚‚ the accomplishments in 2 years are substantial, but in need of our input for outreach and education to Spanish speaking patients and the public, to Hispanic uninsured outreach for the Health Insurance Exchanges and Medicaid; for increased workforce (not through an HCOP which was eliminated due to lack of adequate outcomes in this limited resources era), increased safety net strategies, for veteran's health especially mental health; for oral health; for enrollment in clinics; and prevention community transformation partnerships and other new initiatives - OMH promotoras, health professions recruitment, etc.
 
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Dreamers HHS issued two policy announcements on August 28, 2012, both of which take immediate effect. ƒ‚‚ The announcements include 1) an interim final rule that excludes DACA individuals from key features of the Affordable Care Act, and 2) guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that prevents children or pregnant women approved for DACA deferred action from enrolling in affordable, government health insurance under the Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program. (which had allowed legal immigrants here less than 5 years to enroll)
 
NHMA Policy Briefings providing health policy recommendations for our Networks on Hispanic Health Issues:
 
NHMA Congressional Briefing on Obesity and Nutrition - Rayburn House Office Building, Tuesday, Sept. 18th, Rm. B-339, Noon - 1:30 pm. Lunch will be This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Latino Commission on AIDS Congressional Briefing -NHMA President invited to speak, on Thursday, Sept. 20th.
 
NHMA and HHS Regions' ACA Updates Briefing and Receptions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
West Region with Herb Schultz, RIX Director at Dr. Zapanta Residence, 3800 Beverly Hills Dr., Whittier, CA 90601, Sat., Sept. 29th, 5-8 pm.
Northeast Region with Jaime Torres, RII Director at NY Academy of Medicine, 5th and 103rd, Oct. 11, 6:30-8:30 pm.
 
HEALTH CARE HIGHLIGHTS for PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2012: We encourage you to VOTE for the Candidate of your Choice (President Obama vs Governor Romney here are highlights to inform you on their platforms:
 
Democratic Party Platform
The ACA will continue with Health Insurance Exchanges, Prevention Programs, Quality, and Workforce programs to continue. ƒ‚‚ We believe accessible, affordable, high quality health care is part of the American promise, that Americans should have the security that comes with good health care, and that no one should go broke because they get sick. Over the determined opposition of Republicans, we enacted landmark reforms that are already helping millions of Americans, and more benefits will come soon. As a result of our efforts, today, young Americans entering the workforce can stay on their parents' plans. Insurers can no longer refuse to cover kids with pre-existing medical conditions. Insurance companies will no longer be able to arbitrarily cap and cancel coverage, or charge women more simply because of their gender. People with private insurance are getting preventive services like cancer screenings, annual well-woman visits, and FDA-approved contraception with no out-of-pocket costs. We've established new Offices of Minority Health, and are helping state Medicaid programs fund home and community-based services. Small businesses are receiving tax credits to help them cover their workers, and businesses and families are receiving rebates from insurers who overcharged them.
 
President Obama established the first-ever comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy for responding to the domestic epidemic, which calls for reducing HIV incidence, increasing access to care, optimizing health outcomes, and reducing HIV-related health disparities. This is an evidence-based plan that is guided by science and seeks to direct resources to the communities at greatest risk, including gay men, black and Latino Americans, substance users, and others at high risk of infection. And we will continue to support America's groundbreaking biomedical researchers in their lifesaving work.
 
Republican Party Platform
The ACA will be repealed, and Republican party will support increased quality and decreased costs, promoting Health Savings Accounts and Health Reimbursement Accounts to be used for insurance premiums, purchasing pools to expand coverage to the uninsured, protect individuals with pre-existing conditions from insurance discrimination, and support Health IT with EMRs.
 
Medicare will be changed to a voucher program that will allow elderly to buy their own care up to their voucher limits. Medicaid will be changed to a state block-grant program. For the aged and disabled under Medicaid (all long term care and nursing care), States would have flexibility to improve the quality of care and to avoid the inappropriate institutional placing of patients.
 
Abortions and research on embryonic stem cells/fetus parts will not be funded by public revenues. States will be permitted to extend health care coverage to fetuses and informed consent and mandatory waiting periods prior to an abortion. ‚ We oppose the non-consensual withholding or withdrawal of care or treatment, including food and water, from people with disabilities, including newborns, as well as the elderly and infirm, just as we oppose active and passive euthanasia and assisted suicide. We support adult stem cell research, alternatives to hospitalization for chronic health problems, rewards to patients for disease prevention activities, increased research and malpractice reform.
 
NHMA PROGRAM UPDATE
 
NHMA Leadership Fellowship Washington, DC Institute took place this week. ƒ‚‚ We were excited to have so many leaders from HHS, White House, Congress and Senate, the White House Office of Management and Budget, the National Prevention Council, Surgeon General, Womens' Health and Million Hearts offices, ƒ‚‚ as well as Medicaid nonprofit advocate, PCORI research think tank, and a public health leader (Jo Ivey Boufford, MD) and a medical education leader (Marc Nivet, DrPH) to learn more about their vision and their career paths ---proving the midcareer physicians with an Executive Training for a future career as a national leader in health care in the U.S. All who participated thought this week was an invaluable experience to meet key individuals they can call on to help their careers and to understand the opportunities and need for Latinos to aspire to work at HHS or the White House/Congress to improve health policies.
 
NHMA 17th ANNUAL CONFERENCE "Strategies to Build Hispanic Patient-Centered Medical Homes, Curriculum and Research," Wardman Park Marriott Hotel, Washington, DC, April 26-28, 2013. Please consider being a speaker and complete the "Call for Abstracts" to share Hispanic medical practice, dental health, mental health, and Hispanic health curriculum and research programs that are successful. Go to www.nhmamd.org home page. Speaker numbers selected are limited.
 
NHMA will convene its Annual Leadership Institute at the Conference with Presidents of Medical Societies and Health Professional Associations to meet to discuss their strategies for developing their organizations.
 
We will focus on a NEW CAREER ADVANCEMENT EXHIBIT HALL in the Round Tables Format instead of pipes and drapes ---one each for the Premed Students; Medical Students; Residents; and Physicians/Health Professionals ----to bring more Key Contacts and Academic Application/Fellowship/Internship Information to our conference attendees.ƒƒ‚ ƒ‚‚ If you have a company that is interested in talking to our physicians, residents, medical students ---call (202) 628-5895 or go to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
NEW NHMA MENTORING PROGRAM,supported by OMH Leadership Project to be held at the Conference Friday Evening Roundtables - any physicians, residents, medical students interested in a MENTOR or being a MENTOR, plan on registering for the Conference. We will have tables for Academic and Private Practice and Public Health Careers for physicians and residents. We will have Tables for Medical Students to Meet Residents. Register to attend the NHMA Annual Conference at www.nhmamd.org
 
NEW NHMA MEDICAL SCHOOL RECRUITMENT PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE STUDENTS,supported by NUCA II Cooperative Agreement of HHS. We need doctors and medical students role model speakers and facilitators with our January Saturday Conferences ƒ‚‚ in Los Angeles (Drew University of Biomedical Science) and San Antonio (UTHSC San Antonio) and in April in Washington, DC (GW University to be at the NHMA Conference). Contact Nuvia Flores at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested. ƒ‚‚ We are expanding our AAMC partnership and will continue to bring 45 medical school/public health school recruiters from across the nation to DC and invite the regional recruiters to attend the regional meetings also.
 
NEW NHMA IMMUNIZATION FOR HISPANIC PROVIDERS PROJECT, supported by OMH ---information to increase rates of immunizations in our populations. We need an advisory group. ƒ‚‚ Contact Lucy Pacheco This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested. Meetings will be by phone in October and November.
 
NHMA EARLY CHILDHOOD OBESITY POLICY SUMMITS, supported by Kellogg Foundation, ALBANY, NY on FEB. 13; SACRAMENTO, CA to be in March (Date tbd). Need physicians interested in participating, other organizations we should invite to meet with the state Legislature Health Senators and Assemblymen ---contact Nathalie Manzano, executive director, NHHF at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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.
 
MEMBERSHIP UPDATE
Dr. Flavia Mercado, NHMA's representative to the National Dairy Council, spoke at the 37th annual conference of the College of Nutricionists and Dieticians of Puerto Rico (El Colegio de Nutricionistas y Dietistas de Puerto Rico ƒ‚‚ http://www.nutricionpr.org/) on Friday 8/3/12. The presentation titled "Consumption and Health Benefits of Leche Fresca" discussed the benefits of dairy in the American diet based on the data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and 2010 Dietary Guidelines.ƒƒ‚ ƒ‚‚ Lana Frantzen, Ph.D., Vice President of Health & Wellness of Dairy MAX and part of the Health & Wellness Team with the National Dairy Council, was also in attendance.
 
Kathy Flores, MD is the NHMA representative to the Chronic Osteoarthritis Management Initiative Meeting that has a Call to Action supported by the US Bone and Joint Initiative
 
Ana Behinez-Eastman, MD is the NHMA Representative to the National Caucus on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Health Disparities that will meet in Washington, DC, Sept 17-19.ƒ‚‚ 
 
Elena Rios, MD presents to LMSA Leaders at their Annual Leadership Summit ƒ‚‚ this year in Harlingen, Texas about the history of health disparities and strategies to develop a Federal focused effort to improve health of Hispanics and other racial/ethnic and vulnerable groups. A special note of thanks to NHMA member Fausto Meza, MD who coordinated the event and to the major sponsor and host at his home for the Reception - Alonzo Cantu, president of Cantu Construction and Development Company in McAllen and founder, investor and board member of ƒ‚‚ Doctors Hospital at Renaissance.
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 ƒ¢€œLife after 50ƒ¢€ will support NHMA and help to build our programs. We are planning a CALL IN CAMPAIGN to answer questions for seniors about the ACA this Fall. 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.

NHMA NET OCTOBER 2012

National Hispanic Medical Association NHMA NET October 2012
Washington, DC

LEGISLATION UPDATE

 
During the past month, NHMA coordinated three "€œAffordable Care Act Update"€ Briefings - at the White House, in Whittier, California and in Manhattan, New York. At the White House we heard from HHS Speakers included Mayra Alvarez, director of health reform policy, and Nadine Gracia, director of minority health, the Assistant Secretary of Legislation, the director of Civil Rights Office, VA speaker and Cecilia Munoz, director of economic policy. Audience included 150  leaders from various health professional associations caring for Hispanic patients- €“ private practioners provided feedback on the need for safety net support, VA interest was voiced by NHMA, request for an explanation about the Administration lack of support for minority recruitment program HCOP €“ was answered that it was not an effective program.

The NHMA Regional Briefings were attended by nearly 150 health professionals and students who heard from the Regional Offices in Region IX and II about the implementation and innovations in redesign of the health care delivery.

NHMA Hispanic Health Congressional Briefing on Nutrition to reduce Child Obesity- €“ NHMA is supported by the Kellogg Foundation and the Dairy Council to discuss Hispanic issues and the need for better nutrition in our communities, current Hispanic child nutrition data on enrollments and use of Federal school meals programs, SNAP an WIC, and examples of programs to educate children about healthier nutrition.

Congressional Briefing with the Commission on Latino AIDS, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal Allard, chairwoman, Health Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Congressman Mike Honda from the Congressional Asian and pacific Islander  Caucus to Announce Latino AIDS Day and Latino Hepatitis Day


NHMA PROGRAMS UPDATE


NHMA 17th Annual Conference, "Strategies to Build Patient Centered Medical Homes that Improve the Health of Hispanics," Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC, April 25-28, 2013 see www.nhmamd.org for Call for Abstracts and Call for Posters.

We invite all NHMA members to consider serving as a speaker or to help us dentify new speakers who are private clinicians or faculty at health professional schools, hospitals and clinics and in our public health agencies at the State/Local and Federal level. Our National Conference is video taped and most sessions are used for online CME on our Website.  Bring new colleagues to join Health Professionals and Students, Government and Industry and Health Experts come together to discuss strategies on how to improve private practices, curriculum and research -----

Exhibit Hall will focus on CAREER ADVANCEMENTS ---on Saturday --- for medical students, residents, young physicians and physicians in private practice and in research.
 
NHMA Leadership Fellowship DC Institute was a success for the Class of 2012 Physician Fellows who met with the HHS Leaders€“ Surgeon General, Women's Heath and Million Hearts Initiative; coordinator of the Partnership for Medicaid, Senate Committee on Finance and on Health staff; PCORI coo; and OMH cultural competence center director and other staff on the issue. The week resulted in discussion with health policy leaders to learn how to create and expand programs/policies if the physicians were leaders of national offices.

New NHMA Programs for 2013:
NHMA Recruitment of High School and College Latino Students to Medical School will be supported over the next 3 years by the Office of Minority Health. We will be convening meetings in Washington, DC with GW in April and in Los Angeles with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and in San Antonio with the UTHealth Science Center San Antonio in May.

NHMA Leadership Fellowship Part I - supported by HRSA€“ will be a 2 day Institute linked to the NHMA Annual Conference in Washington, DC as well as a Web Streaming to the nation on Integrated Health Professions Training with a second session in the summer by webinar. NHMA Leadership Fellowship Washington, DC Institute will be in September supported by the California Healthcare Foundation and other partners.

NHMA Resident Mentoring Program to be launched at the NHMA Conference for the NHMA Council of Residents (COR) and NHMA physicians and public health leaders. Being developed now by COR and NHMA staff.
 
NHMA'€™s Foundation€“ the National Hispanic Health Foundation Health Professional Students Scholarship Program with Galas at the  JW Marriott Hotel, LA LIVE!, Los Angeles on Nov. 8th and at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, NY, NY on Nov. 29th Awardees include Dr. Clinton Adams, Dean of the College of Osteopathy of the Pacific, Mauricio Leiva, Director, CA Binational Border Health Office, Arthur Ochoa, Esq, VP for Development of Cedars Sinai Health System,  and Nely Galan,€œAdelante Program€ and in NYC, Guillermo Chaco, President, Commission on Latino AIDS, Bob Corcoran, President, GE Foundation, Maria Hinojosa, President, The Futuro Media Group, Amy Goldberg, CEO, Lutheran Health System. We encourage you to join us Honor the 20 Scholarship Winners and network with our colleagues. If you can’t join us, please consider making a tax deductible contribution at www.nhmafoundation.org.

Thanks to the presidents of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, the Hispanic Dental Association and the Latino Caucus of American Public Health Association, and NHMA and Dean Ellen Schall of NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service for selecting the scholarship recipients this year!
 

NEW NHMA IMMUNIZATION FOR HISPANIC PROVIDERS PROJECT, supported by OMH ---information to increase rates of immunizations in our populations. We need an advisory group. ƒ‚‚ Contact Lucy Pacheco This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested. Meetings will be by phone in October and November.


NHMA EARLY CHILDHOOD OBESITY POLICY SUMMITS, supported by Kellogg Foundation, ALBANY, NY on FEB. 13; SACRAMENTO, CA to be in March (Date tbd). Need physicians interested in participating, other organizations we should invite to meet with the state Legislature Health Senators and Assemblymen ---contact Nathalie Manzano, executive director, NHHF at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.
 
MEMBERSHIP UPDATE
 
Kathy Flores, MD is the NHMA representative to the Chronic Osteoarthritis Management Initiative Meeting that has a Call to Action supported by the US Bone and Joint Initiative
 
Ana Behinez-Eastman, MD is the NHMA Representative to the National Caucus on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Health Disparities that will meet in Washington, DC, Sept 17-19.ƒ‚‚
 
Elena Rios, MD presented to the UT Medical Branch, Galveston on the Affordable Care Act and Disparities to the faculty development conference.

Sam Arce, MD represented NHMA to the Board of Directors, American Diabetes Association.

 

NEW SINGLE DONOR CAMPAIGN -started to provide tax deductible contributions to NHMA and NHHF Programs through the NHMA's Foundation, the National Hispanic Health Foundation. Go to www.nhmafoundation.org today to support the NHMA and NHHF Programs.  We will recognize all supporters over $100 on the website.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

NHMA is a Partner in the "CALL TO ACTION FOR OSTEOARTHRITIS (OA) MANAGEMENT INITIATIVE"

In addition to disseminating this Call to Action through their respective professional networks and beyond, Work Group participants identified several other high priority actions to increase the visibility of OA among health care providers:

  • Convening an OA Management Conference that would identify areas of agreement across disciplines/specialties within the health care system, identify gaps or areas of disagreement, review models of care and how to establish these for management of OA, specify gaps in research and treatment protocols.
  • Reaching out to other partners to include them in future COAMI work. These include the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, federal agencies involved in prevention, associations representing other chronic diseases, payors and insurers, researchers and practitioners in the weight management and nutrition arena, midlevel providers, and those involved in sports and sports medicine.
  • Exploring standardizing screening tools and indicators of OA, to make early diagnosis more consistent and likely.
  • Developing tools and prompts that promote patient engagement in learning about and managing OA and pre OA.

Like metabolic syndrome and prediabetes, a preOA condition should be more systematically identified. Health care providers can play a much stronger and more effective role in emphasizing the benefits of physical activity and weight management among their obese and overweight patients.
There should be an OA‐specific research agenda.

NHMA Newsletter December 2012

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

LEGISLATION UPDATE

The €œFiscal Cliff€ Debate has now begun to focus on Medicare Changes €“ despite NHMA and the healthcare advocacy community sending in letters and making calls to Congress to leave the Medicare and Medicaid programs off the table.

The President and the leaders of the Democrats and the Republicans in the Senate and the Congress have been debating on the options they can come up with to change the Revenues from Taxes as well as some limited changes to Entitlements. NHMA has sent letters asking that the Entitlements, Medicare and Medicaid be left out of the final decision on the process to avoid the €œfiscal cliff€ the country is headed to at the end of the month when major tax deductions expire.

We joined the White House Latino Leaders Meetings, the AARP and other Health Professional organizations in ads in the Washington, DC Capitol Hill newspapers and other minority organizations, but we now hear that Medicare is on the table.

Here is the latest scenario of trade-offs in the debate:
1. Raise taxes on the top wealthy in the country €“the issue is what the cutoff is? $500K annual income? Decrease tax loopholes and deductions for this group.
2. Raise the age of Medicare from 65 to 67. What raising the age of Medicare could mean ---rising costs to other health care programs, since the younger (65 to 67 age group) beneficiaries would not be covered and thus, put off care until an emergency. In addition, the premiums for the rest in Medicare would go up since the group covered would be the older, potentially sicker population (Kaiser estimates this at 3 percent). The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that increasing the age of Medicare to 67 would save $113B over the next decade and the Medicare spending would come down by 7 percent, or 5 percent when taking into account the higher costs in other healthcare programs. More of the younger group, if eligible, would go to Medicaid or the new State Health Exchange programs and raise the premiums there as they would be sicker than the rest of those populations.


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule with comment period on November 1, 2012 for Medicare€™s payments for physician fees for 2013. It includes a new policy to pay a patient€™s physician or practitioner to coordinate the patient€™s care in the 30 days following a hospital or skilled nursing facility stay. Recognizing the work of community physicians and practitioners in treating a patient following discharge from a hospital or nursing facility will ensure better continuity of care for these patients and help reduce patient re-admissions. The changes in care coordination payment and other changes in the rule are expected to increase payment to family practitioners by seven percent€”and other primary care practitioners between three and five percent€”if Congress averts the statutorily required reduction in Medicare€™s physician fee schedule.

NHMA PROGRAMS UPDATE

NHMA 17the Annul Conference, "Strategies to Build Patient Centered Medical Homes, Curriculum and Research that Improve the Health of Hispanics," Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC, April 25-28, 2013 see www.NHMAamd.org for Call for Abstracts and Call for Posters.

Conference will start on Thursday evening, April 25, 2013 with White House Briefing and opening Reception; Opening Breakfast Session Friday morning followed by Federal agency Updates€œ on Patient Centered Medical Homes, Medical Education Cultural Competence, Prevention Programs/Mental Health/Oral Health and health care and more. New this year will be Congressional Roundtable Friday morning to respond to key stakeholders who deliver health care to Latinos€œ from community health centers, private practices, hospitals, medical schools, and others on the challenges and opportunities for policy development given the Affordable Care Act.

Special Request for Private Practitioners to provide input to our new Program Officer, Veronica Ramirez, on the priority topics to discuss at our Annual Conference. The NHMA Fellows and Residents who met this summer have asked for workshop on Financial planning issues for business and individual physicians; and the NHMA has also been requested for your discussion of the Quality care and reimbursement for Hispanic patient care.

Special request for speakers from Medical School and Residency Faculty-€œ we are interested in new speakers from among the leadership ranks to discuss the changing needs of teaching cultural competence in item based care to your students, and in clinics, not just hospitals, and in developing mentoring for faculty development.

Saturday Exhibit Hall will focus on CAREER RESOURCES - €œ Residents, €œplease ask your recruiters to come out to provide Exhibits for our Medical Students who attend the Conference; again, we need the input from physicians on type of companies you would like to talk to at our conference to build your practices.

We invite all NHMA members to consider serving as speaker or to help us identify new speakers who re private clinicians or faculty at health professional schools, hospitals and clinics and in our public health agencies at the State/Local and Federal level. Our National Conference is video taped and most sessions are used for online CME on our Website. Bring new colleagues to join Health Professionals and Students, Government and Industry and Health Experts come together to discuss strategies on how to improve private practices, curriculum and research -----


New NHMA Programs for 2013:
NHMA Recruitment of High School and College Latino Students to Medical School will be supported over the next 3 years by the Office of Minority Health. We will be convening meetings in Washington, DC with GW and in Los Angeles with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and in San Antonio with the UTHealth Science Center San Antonio.

NHMA Leadership Fellowship Part I - supported by HRSA€œ will be 2 day Institute linked to the NHMA Annual Conference in Washington, DC as well as Web Streaming to the nation on Integrated Health Professions Training with second session in the summer by webinar. NHMA Leadership Fellowship Washington, DC Institute will be in September supported by the California Healthcare Foundation and other partners.

NHMA Resident Mentoring Program to be launched at the NHMA Conference for the NHMA Council of Residents (COR) and NHMA physicians and public health leaders. Being developed now by COR and NHMA staff.


NEW NHMA IMMUNIZATION FOR HISPANIC PROVIDERS PROJECT, supported by OMH ---information to increase rates of immunizations in our populations. We need n advisory group. š Contact Lucy Pacheco at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested. Meetings will be by phone in November.

NHMA EARLY CHILDHOOD OBESITY POLICY SUMMITS, supported by Kellogg Foundation, ALBANY, NY on FEB. 13; SACRAMENTO, CA to be March 19. Need physicians interested in participating, other organizations we should invite to meet with the State Legislature Senators and Assemblymen ---contact Nathalie Manzano, executive director, NHHF at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 is offered Free to Members.

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

NHMA is nominating Dr. Eduardo Sanchez and Dr. Maritza Alvarado to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Diet Guidelines to be released in 2015.

NHMA is nominating 4 young physician members to lead the development of the NHMA Council of Young Physicians €“ Efrain Talamantez, MD €“ UCLA Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Fellow; John Paul (JP) Sanchez, MD €“ Clinical Instructor, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY and Daniel Turner-Lloveras, MD €“ Physician in South Central Los Angeles, and Louis DiBernardo, MD, Medical Officer, Care More.

Announcing the NHMA Council of Young Physicians -
Daniel Turner-Lloveras and ;Efrain Talamantez are contacting young physicians at the 3 major academic medical institutions in Los Angeles ---UCLA, USC and DRew with the hope of organizing a group of Latino/a physicians willing to become involved in Latino Health. One aspect of this unification will be to connect mentors with mentees in the area.


SPECIAL MESSAGE TO NHMA MEMBERS and NETWORKS: THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS SEARCHING FOR NEW APPOINTEES

As the new term of the Administration has started, so does the search for new political appointees to positions throughout the Federal agencies. Of note, NHMA is working with the White House, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda to identify healthcare professionals for positions ---appointments to both full time and part time boards and commissions. Please consider working in the public service. This country needs more Latino healthcare voices to share your expertise and develop programs that can help our Latino and other vulnerable communities.

Anyone interested in a job in the Administration must go through this process. See the Plum Book at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-PLUMBOOK-2012/content-detail.html.
Visit http://apply.whitehouse.gov and fill out the application. I have been asked to refer those of you interested in positions to a special second week of January Meeting at the White House so let us know if you want to be on the list by the first week of January €“and provide your ss#, dob, name as it appears on your govt id, your city of birth, and your country of citizenship for the vetting.

NHMA will also provide a letter of recommendation for your nomination €“ please call Nuvia at (202) 628-5895 and send her your CV and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



NEW NHMA/NHHF SINGLE DONOR CAMPAIGN -started to provide tax deductible contributions to NHMA and NHHF Programs through the NHMA's Foundation, the National Hispanic Health Foundation. Go to www.NHMAfoundation.org today to support the NHMA and NHHF Programs. We will recognize all supporters over $100 on the website.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Provider Communications Group will be hosting a national provider conference call on the Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program. This toll-free call will take place from 1:30 p.m. -€œ 3:00 p.m., ET, on Tuesday, November 20, 2012. This National Provider Call will focus on the 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule. The direct link to the registration page is http://www.eventsvc.com/blhtechnologies.


NHMA is Partner in the "CALL TO ACTION FOR OSTEORTHRITIS (O) MANAGEMENT INITIATIVE"

In addition to disseminating this Call to action through their respective professional networks and beyond, Work Group participants identified several other high priority actions to increase the visibility of O among health care providers:

  • Convening an O Management Conference that would identify res of agreement cross disciplines/specialties within the health care system, identify gaps or res of disagreement, review models of care and how to establish these for management of O, specify gaps in research and treatment protocols.
  • Reaching out to other partners to include them in future COMI work. These include the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, federal agencies involved in prevention, associations representing other chronic diseases, payers and insurers, researchers and practitioners in the weight management and nutrition ren, midlevel providers, and those involved in sports and sports medicine.
  • Exploring standardizing screening tools and indicators of O, to make early diagnosis more consistent and likely.
  • Developing tools and prompts that promote patient engagement in learning bout and managing O and pre O.

Like metabolic syndrome and predigests, proem condition should be more systematically identified. Health care providers can play much stronger and more effective role in emphasizing the benefits of physical activity and weight management among their obese and overweight patients.
There should be n O‐specific research agenda.

HIVM Minority Clinic Fellowship Program: December 14 Application Deadline

The HIV Medicine association'€™s Minority Clinic Fellowship program provides pathway for HIV clinical training for African Merino and Latino physicians committed to working with medically underserved patient populations. Two one-year fellowships re worded Annually to physicians. One award is designated for an African American physician and one for Latino physician. During the training year, fellows manage the ongoing care of patients with HIV disease under the supervision of n HIVM mentor. The award includes $60,000 stipend plus funding for benefits for one year and support for additional learning opportunities.

Applications are being accepted for the 2013 to 2014 fellowship year, which starts July 1, 2013. Eligible candidates will be African American or Latino physicians who are within the first five years of starting their medical practice and have demonstrated interest in HIV medicine.  The fellowship is not intended to supplement formal training in infectious diseases. Individuals who have completed or have recently been accepted to an infectious diseases training program are not eligible for the program.

The application long with information on current and past fellows is viable online t www.hivm.org/Minority_Clinical_Fellowship.spx . The deadline to apply for next year is December 14, 2012.

National Health Service Corps (NHSC)Students to Service (S2S) Loan Repayment €“Pilot€ Program 2013 Application Cycle is Now Open!

The application cycle will be open until December 13, 2012; however students are strongly encouraged to apply early.
The S2S Program will provide loan repayment assistance to medical students (MD and DO) in their last year of school in return for serving in eligible Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSs) of greatest need.
The program is seeking applicants who demonstrate the characteristics for and an interest in serving the nation€ as medically underserved populations beyond their service commitment. The S2S Program will provide loan repayment up to $120,000 for three years of full-time service or six years of part-time service.
http://nhsc.hrs.gov/lonrepyment/studentstoserviceprogrm/index.html

NHMA NET NOVEMBER 2012

National Hispanic Medical Association NHMA NET November 2012
Washington, DC

LEGISLATION UPDATE

 
Re-election of President Obama, as reported by the Pew Hispanic Center: Latino votes for Obama- 71%, Romney - 27%

The number one issue of the Latino electorate was the economy (60%) followed by health care (18%), the federal budget deficit (11%) and foreign policy (6%). When asked about immigration, 77% of Hispanic voters think that undocumented immigrants should be given chance to apply for citizenship.
Latinos overwhelmingly voted for Obama in all swing states: Florida 60%, Colorado 75%, New Mexico 64%, Arizona 74%, Illinois 81%, California 70%, North Carolina 64%, Ohio 63% , Pennsylvania 80 % , Virginia 64%, Wisconsin 65%.

Welcome to the new Latino Elected Officials: Republican Latinos: Senator: Ted Cruz (TX), and Congressman David Valideo (C) and the new Democratic Congressmen: Texas :Filemon Vela, Joaquin Castro, Pete Gallego; California:Dr. Raul Ruiz, Juan Vargas, Tony Cardenas, Gloria Negrete Mcleod; New Mexico: Michelle Lujan Grisham, former State Health Commissioner.

Congratulations to new Chairman, Congressional Hispanic Caucus: Congressman Hinojosa of the Valley of Texas for the 213th Congress.

US Congress Lame Duck Session Focuses on Negotiating Avoiding the "Fiscal Cliff." If the following all occur at once (January 2013 expiration date for most tax cuts) €the tax increases and the spending cuts could total more than $700 billion in the first year, sending the economy into recession within 6 months, leveling out by end of year; increasing the unemployment rate from 7.9% to 9.1%. The average household ($40K-$65K income) would see $1,984 tax increase; the top 20% household (> $108K income) would see $14,173 tax increase. (Source: Moody Analytics, Congressional Budget Office).

A.  Potential Tax Increases
Tax Increases will result by Allowing the deadline to happen for tax cuts to Americans with incomes below$250,000 and above $250,000
Social Security Tax cut ends
Alternative Minimum Tax is not adjusted for inflation
Affordable Care act Taxes take effect
Eliminate Various Tax Credits

B.  Potential Spending Cuts
Across the Board Cuts from Government Programs
Emergency Unemployment Benefits
Medicare Payments to Doctors reduced

D Implementation - Ohio, Maine, Wisconsin, Alaska, Alabama, South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, Louisiana and South Carolina say no to State Health Insurance Exchanges


NHMA PROGRAMS UPDATE

NHMA 17the Annul Conference, "Strategies to Build Patient Centered Medical Homes that Improve the Health of Hispanics," Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC, April 25-28, 2013 see www.NHMAamd.org for Call for Abstracts and Call for Posters.

Conference will start on Thursday evening, April 25, 2013 with White House Briefing and opening Reception; Opening Breakfast Session Friday morning followed by Federal agency Updates€œ on Patient Centered Medical Homes, Medical Education Cultural Competence, Prevention Programs/Mental Health/Oral Health and health care and more. New this year will be Congressional Roundtable Friday morning to respond to key stakeholders who deliver health care to Latinos€œ from community health centers, private practices, hospitals, medical schools, and others on the challenges and opportunities for policy development given the Affordable Care Act.

Special Request for Private Practitioners to provide input to our new Program Officer, Veronica Ramirez, on the priority topics to discuss at our Annual Conference. The NHMA Fellows and Residents who met this summer have asked for workshop on Financial planning issues for business and individual physicians; and the NHMAA has also been requested for your discussion of the Quality care and reimbursement for Hispanic patient care.

Special request for speakers from Medical School and Residency Faculty-€œ we are interested in new speakers from among the leadership ranks to discuss the changing needs of teaching cultural competence in tem based care to your students, and in clinics, not just hospitals, and in developing mentoring for faculty development.

Saturday Exhibit Hall will focus on CAREER RESOURCES - €œ  Residents, €œplease ask your recruiters to come out to provide Exhibits for our Medical Students who attend the Conference; again, we need the input from physicians on type of companies you would like to talk to at our conference to build your practices.

We invite all NHMA members to consider serving as speaker or to help us identify new speakers who re private clinicians or faculty at health professional schools, hospitals and clinics and in our public health agencies t the Stte/Local and Federal level. Our National Conference is video taped and most sessions are used for online CME on our Website.  Bring new colleagues to join Health Professionals and Students, Government and Industry and Health Experts come together to discuss strategies on how to improve private practices, curriculum and research -----


New NHMA Programs for 2013:
NHMA Recruitment of High School and College Latino Students to Medical School will be supported over the next 3 years by the Office of Minority Health. We will be convening meetings in Washington, DC with GW and in Los Angeles with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and in San Antonio with the UTHealth Science Center San Antonio.

NHMA Leadership Fellowship Part I - supported by HRSA€œ will be 2 day Institute linked to the NHMA Annual Conference in Washington, DC as well as Web Streaming to the nation on Integrated Health Professions Training with second session in the summer by webinar. NHMA Leadership Fellowship Washington, DC Institute will be in September supported by the California Healthcare Foundation and other partners.

NHMA Resident Mentoring Program to be launched at the NHMA Conference for the NHMA Council of Residents (COR) and NHMA physicians and public health leaders. Being developed now by COR and NHMA staff.

NHMA'€s Foundation€, €œ the National Hispanic Health Foundation Health Professional Students Scholarship Program Galas - JW Marriott Hotel, LA LIVE, Los Angeles on Nov. 8 was a fantastic success --- with 250 guests and great Flamenco Dinner Show and Awards Presentations.

Join us at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, NY, NY on Nov. 29- go to www.NHMAfoundtion.org to purchase tickets or make a donation.


Awardees in California included Dr. Clinton Adams, Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Mauricio Leiva, Director, CA Binational Border Health Office, Arthur Ochoa, Esq, VP for Development of Cedars Sinai Health System,  and Nely Galna,€ A“delante Movement€; and in NYC, Guillermo Chacon, President, Commission on Latino AIDS, Bob Corcoran, President, GE Foundation, Maria Hinojosa, President, The Futuro Media Group, Amy Weinber, CEO, Lutheran Health System and 20 Health Student Scholarship Winners.

Thanks to the presidents of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, the Hispanic Dental Association and the Latino Caucus of American Public Health Association, and NHMA and Dean Ellen Schall of NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service for selecting the scholarship recipients this year!

NEW NHMA IMMUNIZATION FOR HISPANIC PROVIDERS PROJECT, supported by OMH ---information to increase rates of immunizations in our populations. We need n advisory group. š Contact Lucy Pacheco at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested. Meetings will be by phone in November.


NHMA EARLY CHILDHOOD OBESITY POLICY SUMMITS, supported by Kellogg Foundation, ALBANY, NY on FEB. 13; SACRAMENTO, CA to be March 19. Need physicians interested in participating, other organizations we should invite to meet with the State Legislature Senators and Assemblymen ---contact Nathalie Manzano, executive director, NHHF at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 is offered Free to Members.

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

Jimmy Ruiz, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Division of Heme/Onc has been nominated to the Board of Directors for the National Lung alliance

Eyd Smuels, MD from Philadelphia is representing NHMA at the meeting of the on free clinics in Washington, DC

Joey Perez, MD is representing NHMA at the meeting on Adolescent Health of the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases in Washington, DC


Elena Rios, MD participated in the stakeholder policy meeting, Health Sector Assembly at Sundance, Utah in October discussing costs savings in health care policy; and the meeting with partner organizations with Wal-Mart and Patient Advocates Leaders. Rios also presented speeches to the Galveston Medical School Faculty Development Conference, Woodhull Hospital Health Careers Student Program and the National Disparities Partners Conference of the American Diabetes Association.

Nathalie Manzano, Executive Director of the NHHF attended the stakeholder meeting of Aetna, Inc in Hartford, CT.


NEW SINGLE DONOR CAMPAIGN -started to provide tax deductible contributions to NHMA and NHHF Programs through the NHMA's Foundation, the National Hispanic Health Foundation. Go to www.NHMAfoundation.org today to support the NHMA and NHHF Programs.  We will recognize all supporters over $100 on the website.



ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Provider Communications Group will be hosting a national provider conference call on the Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program. This toll-free call will take place from 1:30 p.m. -€œ 3:00 p.m., ET, on Tuesday, November 20, 2012. This National Provider Call will focus on the 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule.  The direct link to the registration page is http://www.eventsvc.com/blhtechnologies.


NHMA is Partner in the "CALL TO ACTION FOR OSTEORTHRITIS (O) MANAGEMENT INITIATIVE"

In addition to disseminating this Call to action through their respective professional networks and beyond, Work Group participants identified several other high priority actions to increase the visibility of O among health care providers:

  • Convening an O Management Conference that would identify res of agreement cross disciplines/specialties within the health care system, identify gaps or res of disagreement, review models of care and how to establish these for management of O, specify gaps in research and treatment protocols.
  • Reaching out to other partners to include them in future COMI work. These include the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, federal agencies involved in prevention, associations representing other chronic diseases, payers and insurers, researchers and practitioners in the weight management and nutrition ren, midlevel providers, and those involved in sports and sports medicine.
  • Exploring standardizing screening tools and indicators of O, to make early diagnosis more consistent and likely.
  • Developing tools and prompts that promote patient engagement in learning bout and managing O and pre O.

Like metabolic syndrome and predigests, proem condition should be more systematically identified. Health care providers can play much stronger and more effective role in emphasizing the benefits of physical activity and weight management among their obese and overweight patients.
There should be n O‐specific research agenda.

HIVM Minority Clinic Fellowship Program: December 14 Application Deadline

The HIV Medicine association'€™s Minority Clinic Fellowship program provides pathway for HIV clinical training for African Merino and Latino physicians committed to working with medically underserved patient populations. Two one-year fellowships re worded Annually to physicians. One award is designated for an African American physician and one for Latino physician. During the training year, fellows manage the ongoing care of patients with HIV disease under the supervision of n HIVM mentor. The award includes $60,000 stipend plus funding for benefits for one year and support for additional learning opportunities.

Applications are being accepted for the 2013 to 2014 fellowship year, which starts July 1, 2013.  Eligible candidates will be African American or Latino physicians who are within the first five years of starting their medical practice and have demonstrated interest in HIV medicine.  The fellowship is not intended to supplement formal training in infectious diseases. Individuals who have completed or have recently been accepted to an infectious diseases training program are not eligible for the program.

The application long with information on current and past fellows is viable online t www.hivm.org/Minority_Clinical_Fellowship.spx . The deadline to apply for next year is December 14, 2012.

National Health Service Corps (NHSC)Students to Service (S2S) Loan Repayment €“Pilot€ Program 2013 Application Cycle is Now Open!

The application cycle will be open until December 13, 2012; however students are strongly encouraged to apply early.
The S2S Program will provide loan repayment assistance to medical students (MD and DO) in their last year of school in return for serving in eligible Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSs) of greatest need.
The program is seeking applicants who demonstrate the characteristics for and an interest in serving the nation€ as medically underserved populations beyond their service commitment. The S2S Program will provide loan repayment up to $120,000 for three years of full-time service or six years of part-time service.
http://nhsc.hrs.gov/lonrepyment/studentstoserviceprogrm/index.html.

NHMA Newsletter January 2013

Washington, DC

LEGISLATION UPDATE

President Obama'€™s Second Term will deal with Debt Ceiling, Sequestration of Federal Programs, Gun Control and Immigration among other key Federal issues.
 
Obama'€™s Gun Control Proposals:Of note, one proposal is to clarify the Affordable Care Act (Health Care Reform Law) does not mandate that doctors not ask about gun safety
 
The major proposal topics are:
Background checks
Ban on assault weapons
Law enforcement€“ to trace firearms, database for background checks
Research on gun violence€“ at CDC
Gun safety
School safety police departments
Mental health national dialogue, and focus on private insurance and Medicaid mental health
 
Immigration to be Next Congressional Agenda and GOP has a change of heart after the 2012 Election:
 
Senator Rubio from Florida, has a major change for immigration that includes a pathway to citizenship. His other priorities include: Tough border controls, employment verification, guest worker program, more visas for skilled workers, scientists, in a package deal. More on the Congressional Hispanic Caucus


NHMA will be meeting with the Congressional HIspanic Caucus New Chairman, Congressman Hinojosa of Texas and the Chairman, Health Task Force on priorities to move health reform for Latinos. Any priorities from you welcome! We especially welcome the medical societies and health professional associations feedback ---and would like to bring their leaders to DC.

NHMA PROGRAMS UPDATE

NHMA 17the Annul Conference, "Strategies to Build Patient Centered Medical Homes, Curriculum and Research that Improve the Health of Hispanics," Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC, April 25-28, 2013 see www.NHMAamd.org for Call for Abstracts and Call for Posters.

White House Briefing has been Confirmed for Thursday, April 25th!  Space limited so Register Now and bring a friend! Also we have our first Congressman confirmed for our Congressional Roundtable €“Dr. Raul Ruiz, new Congressman from Southern California.
 
Opening Breakfast Session Friday morning followed by Federal agency Updates on Patient Centered Medical Homes, Medical Education Cultural Competence, Prevention Programs/Mental Health/Oral Health and health care and more. New this year will be Congressional Roundtable Friday morning to respond to key stakeholders who deliver health care to Latinos from community health centers, private practices, hospitals, medical schools, and others on the challenges and opportunities for policy development given the Affordable Care Act.

SATURDAY EXHIBIT HALL will focus on CAREER RESOURCES and ADVANCING your PRACTICES - Residents, please ask your recruiters to come out to provide Exhibits for our Medical Students who attend the Conference; again, we need the input from physicians on type of companies you would like to talk to at our conference to build your practices. We have Financial Planning, Computer, Banks coming this year in addition to NIH, CDC, CMS, OWH, OMH and our Pharma and Insurance Partners and more.

We are also having cooking demonstration in the Exhibit Hall to build healthy awareness of great Latino food!
 
Of note on Sunday, will be the Leadership Institute with OMH new Director – Dr. Gracia – and a panel of Leaders from Media – the new Media from ABC/UNIVISION (news channel in English targeted to Latinos), FOX- LATINO, and more.



New NHMA Programs for 2013:

NHMA Recruitment of High School and College Latino Students to Medical School with AAMC and GW University School of Medicine---we are holding our First Recruitment Conference at the NHMA Annual Conference, Marriott Wardman Park on Saturday, April 27th from 9:00 am -1:30 pm.  And will have a Recruitment Fair in the Exhibit Hall with recruiters from medical schools across the nation. RSVP to Veronica Ramirez: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NHMA Leadership Fellowship Part I - supported by HRSA, will be 2 day Institute linked to the NHMA Annual Conference in Washington, DC as well as Web Streaming to the nation on Integrated Health Professions Training with second session in the summer by webinar. Part II - NHMA Leadership Fellowship Washington, DC Institute will be in September supported by the California Healthcare Foundation and other partners. APPLICATIONS NOW ONLINE at www.nhmamd.org. Send your application John Aguilar: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Deadline is February 15.

NHMA Resident Mentoring Program to be launched at the NHMA Conference for the NHMA Council of Residents (COR) and NHMA physicians and public health leaders. This is being developed now by COR chairperson Elizabeth Homan, MD, University of Miami, Vanessa Salcedo, MD, Columbia, and Gerardo Lopez-Mena, MD, resident who worked here at NHMA on a preceptorship.

NHMA/NHHF and State Legislative Latino Caucuses - EARLY CHILDHOOD OBESITY POLICY SUMMITS, supported by Kellogg Foundation, New York Academy of Medicine on FEB. 8th; Sacramento, CA to be March 19. Need physicians interested in participating, other organizations we should invite to meet with the State Legislature Senators and Assemblymen ---contact Nathalie Manzano, Executive Director - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NEW NHMA CME Online Program. We have all 2016 Sessions on the website for CME Credits. Tell your Colleagues about this opportunity. Paid members- Free CME from Morehouse School of Medicine.
www.nhmamd.org

 

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

NHMA Premier (paid) Members are continuously being nominated to Federal public service opportunities. In December, Dr. Rios attended the Office of Personnel Management Hispanic Task Force Meeting and provided public comments about the importance of finding qualified Hispanic health care professionals from among our networks to HHS ---since HHS has one of the worst records in Federal government of hiring and promoting their Hispanics to leadership positions. Rios and Staff attended the White House Latino Leaders of National Organization Calls in January to again prioritize Latino appointments in the second Obama Administration. Rios also attended the White House Open Door Meeting held January 11th and met a few other Latino health professionals, interested in being interviewed by Federal agencies and Boards and Commissions to be more personally known to the White House Office of Presidential Personnel which only handles political appointments.
 
Are you interested in Developing NHMA? Consider serving on our Committees of the Board of Directors: Policy, Communications, Development, Membership or the Conference. Call John Aguilar at (202) 628-5895.

NHMA Board also decided to expand membership --we are projecting a Membership of 20,000 by the Conference with our new Association Management Systems List Serve!

Of note NHMA president and ceo featured in the PODER Magazine Dec/Jan Issue and the Hispanic Executive Magazine, Jan Issue ----discussing the role of NHMA in developing Latino Leaders and cultural competence training and information for health care in the US.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW NHMA/NHHF SINGLE DONOR CAMPAIGN -
started to provide tax deductible contributions to NHMA and NHHF Programs through the NHMA's Foundation, the National Hispanic Health Foundation. Go to www.NHMAfoundation.org today to support the NHMA and NHHF Programs. We will recognize all supporters over $100 on the website. Contact Nathalie Manzano, NHHF Executive Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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