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PUBLICATIONS

Consensus Summit on Building Diversity in Medicine and Research Report

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

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

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WHAT'S NEW AT NHMA

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

NHMA's "CALL TO ACTION" against GOP Health Care Bill to Repeal 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.

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Legislative Update

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Begins to Plan for Implementation of Health Care Reform

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act will cover 32 million uninsured ------Hispanics who now are estimated to have over 15 million uninsured are nearly half of the target for this new law.

NHMA has been participating in planning meetings to set the stage for the implementation of health care reform ---that will improve the opportunities for quality health care to Hispanic and other minority populations. Some meetings include:

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Meeting, May 23rd

- in response to Congresswoman Barbara Lee, for “Health Disparities Elimination and Minorities in Public Health Professions”- about 40 minority medical educators and minority medical associations met to develop recommendations on developing the health care reform workforce at CDC to focus on the recruitment, retention and promotion of minority physicians and others to become the nation’s public health workforce. Director of CDC, Dr. Tom Friedan, addressed the group to discuss his priorities of CDC as well as several leaders in medical education who are building public health curriculum for future workforce.

HRSA National Health Service Corps and Diversity Meeting, May 24th , Bethesda, Maryland

– NHMA staff participated in meeting with HRSA Administrator, Mary Wakefield, PhD with 23 national organizations to discuss efforts to build awareness and a diverse clinical workforce for the clinics and practices in underserved areas who support the NHSC. See http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/scholarship for more information.

California Public Health Workforce Planning Meeting, May 25th

– as health care reform plans to allow states to have workforce planning development grants and strategies to develop regional programs, California has taken a lead to bring together health workforce experts, including NHMA, to discuss the State level priorities.

Health Care Innovations Exchange Expert Panel Meeting, May 4th

– discussion to develop more outreach to innovators and practices that respond to innovation for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The 2nd Annual Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians Conference

Opens with updates from the former president of the American Public Health Association, and current presidents of the National Hispanic Medical Association, The National Medical Association, The Association of American Indian Physicians who voiced need to continue working together for the health of their communities.

Rios discussed the importance of historical knowledge in advocating for health disparities for racial/ethnic communities, since the disparities policies have been expanded to other special populations. Rios and colleagues from REDHC, a minority health advocacy group, recognized the need for a concerted advocacy effort for the inclusion of the Office of Minority Health (and the expansion of offices in CMS, FDA, SAMHSA to join offices at CDC, NIH, HRSA). The decision by key staff from the Senate had been announced at April 2009 stakeholder meeting to focus on cross cutting health disparities policies rather than a the OMH; but there was pressure through meetings with White House and Congress by this and other coalitions (National Hispanic Leadership Agenda did include OMH in its five priorities in September). Since half of the minority manpower bill (established in the 1960s) was included (health care workforce programs for minority students/faculty), the groups were determined to educate new staff that the OMH should also be included to facilitate leadership for all our communities. The advocacy was a great success.

Speaker Pelosi’s Special Invitation to Dr. Elena Rios, President and CEO of NHMA

for the health care reform efforts of NHMA - to sit at the Speaker’s box to hear His Excellency President Calderon of Mexico address the joint session of Congress on May 20, 2010 and following reception to meet the Mexican dignitaries along with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other invited guests, Dolores Huerta, LULAC President Rosa Rosales, Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa, California Speaker of the Assembly John Perez, NALEO President Arturo Vargas, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, and others.

NHMA PROGRAMS UPDATE

NHMA Hispanic Physician Leadership Initiative

NHMA Health Care Reform Implementation and Hispanic Community Meeting and Reception, May 11th at the New York Academy of Medicine. Seventy physicians, health experts, residents and medical students attended the meeting to develop recommendations for NHMA to take to Congress and HHS at a future NHMA Briefing in Washington, DC. The focus of the project is on Access, Quality, Prevention and Workforce recommendations that can improve the health of Hispanics. See website (www.nhmamd.org) for the report this summer. We were honored to work with Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, president of the NYAM who addressed the group. The event was filmed for a future PBS Hispanic health program on health care reform.

Alzheimer’s Association Empowering Hispanic Physician Project

– NHMA working to empower Hispanic physicians and provided a forum for leadership development at the NHMA Annual Conference with NHMA Council of Medical Societies Presidents –to showcase the AA 10 Steps to Diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. We recognize the increase of the disease among Hispanics and African Americans and urge you to go to the NHMA Portal (HispanicHealth.info) for more information. NHMA has established a Task Force with the Alzheimer’s Association to develop the messages to outreach our physicians.

The NHMA Leadership Fellowship

is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services and NHMA is working in collaboration with the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, NYU, to develop the leadership training of 10 outstanding Hispanic physicians from across the country --- The program will include a one week NYU Institute in July and a one week Washington, DC Institute in September to meet national and state leaders and build leadership skills for policy efforts in their future. NHMA hosts a Networking Reception and has invited Jaime Torres, NHMA member and new Region II Director to address the group on July 15th.

The NHMA Resident Leadership Program

is also funded by HRSA to develop the career advancement of 20 Hispanic residents from across the country to pursue leadership, whether in Academia or Private Practice, by becoming aware of Federal and State government and advocacy organizations to work with in the future. The NHMA will host Resident Leadership Institutes in Sacramento, California and New York City this summer – with networking meetings with the Latino Caucuses and State officials and academic leaders in the two states.

MEMBERS CORNER

Ciro Sumaya, MD, Chairman, NHMA Board of Directors to serve as Keynote Speaker to address the Texan Hispanic Medical Students at the Latino Medical Student Association Southwest Region Annual Conference this summer. Dr. Ciro Sumaya was also interviewed by Univision to call attention to prevention of lung cancer through smoking cessation in April.

Flavia Mercado, MD, represented NHMA to the spring partnership meeting sponsored by The National Dairy Council to discuss prevention efforts in nutrition targeted to youth and the Fuel Up to 60 Campaign with the National Football League, NMA, past U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher and others.

The James Irvine Foundation selected Kathy Flores, MD, California NHMA Board of Directors Member for one of the six 2010 Leadership Award Recipients honored at a Luncheon on April 29, 2010. Kathy was recognized for “…developing an innovative model to prepare San Joaquin Valley students for success in school and medical careers while cultivating a more diverse health care workforce”.
The Summit Health Institute for Research and Education, Inc. (SHIRE) honored Elena Rios, MD, President & CEO, NHMA at a Washington DC Reception on May 20th for health care reform advocacy efforts that resulted in the codification of the Office of Minority Health and the elevation of the National Center of Minority Health and Health Disparities to an Institute at NIH, cultural competence curriculum, health disparities priorities throughout, diversity priorities with HCOP and COE programs, language services. Others being honored for the minority health advocacy were Fredette West, Chair, Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities Coalition (NHMA a member), Mara Youdelman, National Health Law Program, especially for her leadership on language policy.
NEW NHMA MEMBER NOMINATIONS : Note that NHMA has been requested to nominate member physicians to the Institute of Medicine for Medicare health reform payment development task force meeting, the Office on Women’s Health Heart Truth Campaign, the FDA and HRSA Committees. Please call Bles Dones, NHMA MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR at 202-628-5895 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and become an NHMAMEMBER and be eligible for these great opportunities to provide input to the future health care system in the nation.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NHMA CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING SERIES IN COLLABORATION WITH CONGRESSWOMAN LUCILLE ROYBAL ALLARD

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Chair, Health Care Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus - contact Dr. Elena Rios (202-628-5895)to partner with us on these events to educate Congress and advocacy organizations.

HEALTH CARE REFORM AND HEALTH CARE DISPARITIES, July 22nd, Rayburn House Office Building

CHILDHOOD OBESITY POLICIES FOR HISPANIC COMMUNITIES, September 28th, Canon Office Building

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

Anna Jacques Hospital (AJH), Newburyport, Massachusetts, invites nominations and applications for the position of Chief Medical Officer (CMO). AJH is a 123-bed community hospital serving 17 cities and towns. Newburyport is on the ocean close to the New Hampshire border and 45 minutes from Boston. AJH’s is proud of its many centers of excellence: Wound Center; an Endocrinology and Diabetes Center; a Primary Stroke Service; Level III Trauma Center; and a Birth Center with neonatal care center. AJH offers fully digital operating room suites, high definition endoscopy equipment and an MRI with total imaging technology. AJH is also well on its way to fully implementing electronic medical records (Anna Jaques Hospital).

In 2009, AJH had 8,211 discharges, 759 deliveries, 32,404 ED visits, 5,241 surgeries, 5,136 outpatient oncology visits, 406,852 outpatient lab tests, 82,153 outpatient radiology tests and 5,313 outpatient cardiac rehab visits. AJH has operating revenues of $103.1 million with a strong margin and balance sheet.

On May 19, 2010, Anna Jaques Hospital (AJH) and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a Harvard teaching hospital, have agreed to a new clinical affiliation that will add new medical services not currently available in the AJH community and draw on BIDMC expertise for locally based quality improvement efforts.

The CMO of AJH is the senior hospital physician and reports to the CEO. He/She is a peer to other senior administrative leadership and is responsible for medical management, patient care metrics, quality and safety initiatives, service excellence, physician leadership development, physician relations and medical staff affairs. We seek a person of ideas who is results oriented and seasoned clinician as well as an administrative leader. He/She is energetic; politically astute; an accomplished physician leader who has excellent communication skills and a mature understanding of contemporary clinical healthcare delivery.

The successful candidate will be a licensed, board-certified physician in his/her specialty with five years of clinical practice experience required. The CMO must be eligible for licensure in Massachusetts and medical staff membership; demonstrated physician leadership as a CMO or medical director of quality in a hospital or health system.

Witt/Kieffer, an executive search firm specializing in healthcare and higher education, has been retained to assist AJH with this search. We would appreciate receiving inquiries, nominations or applications of qualified candidates. You may be assured that all inquiries will be handled with the utmost of professional courtesy. Letters of nomination or application should be directed to Toni Farley, preferably via e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Witt/Kieffer; 2015 Spring Road, Suite 510; Oak Brook, Illinois, 60523; Phone: 630-990-1370.

Faculty Position, Medical Education and Substance Abuse

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine seeks a senior level faculty member to lead in designing, developing, and implementing curricula for medical students, residents, and attending physicians. Curriculum evaluation, development, and implementation, faculty development, medical student teaching, continuing medical education accreditation, and research at all levels will be required. This position functions as the co-director of the Foundations of Clinical Medicine undergraduate medical curriculum and Medical Director for Continuing Medical Education. The position also calls for experience in remediation for troubled learners and intensive remediation in ethics and substance abuse for identified professionals. The successful candidate will be an innovative and creative professional educator with an MD degree who has extensive experience in medical education, continuing medical education, an established record of educational research publications, a proven record of successful grant applications, and demonstration of strong leadership, communication, presentation and facilitation skills. Faculty rank will be commensurate with experience and achievement.

CWRU School of Medicine trains more than 600 MD and MD/PhD students. Case is affiliated with University Hospitals of Cleveland, MetroHealth Medical Center, the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the Cleveland Clinic, with which it operates the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. The full-time faculty number over 2000.

Applicants should submit a CV and a letter describing their interest and previous experience by email to Carolyn Jenkins (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Review of candidates’ materials will begin whenever applications are received.

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity.

PLEASE JOIN THE NATIONAL HISPANIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION IN CHANGING HEALTH CARE FOR OUR COMMUNITIES! GO TO WWW.NHMAMD.ORG TO BECOME A MEMBER OF NHMA TODAY!

NHMA Newsletter August 2010

National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) Newsletter August 2010

Washington, DC

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

NHMA President participated in the special meeting with the Senate HELP and Finance Committees, Senate Majority Leader Reid, Senator Dodd, the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Administration, August 10th, at the Dirksen Senate Office Building to discuss the prevention and public health fund. This new important Health Care Refund fund has come under attack and being used as an offset for the Johanns amendment to the small business and jobs bill. NHMA worked hard all year to see Prevention in Health Care Reform and we know the importance of education and services to our communities in order for them to have better quality life. Not only that, as small businesses, medical practices and clinics and associations need to have healthy workforce to function. This is an issue that we will face again when we return from recess and probably anytime Senators are looking for offsets. The Democrats have introduced an alternative bill to assist small businesses without using Prevention Funds.

NHMA URGES YOU TO CALL YOUR SENATORS TODAY AT (202) 224-3121 URGING OPPOSITION TO USING THE PREVENTION FUND AS AN OFFSET IN SENATOR JOHANN’S AMENDMENT NO. 4531 TO THE SMALL BUSINESS JOBS AND CREDIT ACT OF 2010.

SENATE PASSES MAJOR STATE AID BILL ----MEDICAID FMAP, TEACHERS, OTHER ITEMS

The Senate sent the House of Representatives a $26 billion state aid package, defeating two amendments from Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., seeking to permanently extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. The package would provide $16.1 billion to extend for six months increased Medicaid match (FMAP) for states/territories. Then the House passed HR 1586 that included the FMAP extension.

OBESITY LEGISLATION PASSED

August 5 - Senate passed S. 3307, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 by unanimous consent. This bill will make more nutritious foods more accessible throughout school campuses and reduce less nutritious options. Additionally, the bill reduces the bureaucratic red tape that currently prevents too many families getting the meals they are eligible to receive.
NHMA also supported Congressman Joe Baca’s H.R. 4958: The Healthy Children Through School Nutrition Education Act that basically mandates schools to provide students a minimum of 50 hours of nutrition education per year.
July 23 – Public Option Bill Introduced - Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-CA, Pete Stark, D-CA, and Jan Schakowsky, D-IL introduced a new public option bill to compete with private plans and reduce the deficit, currently has 128 co-sponsors and is similar to legislation that was passed by the House Education and Labor Committee during the healthcare debate. Armed with a new score from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office showing their public plan saves $68 billion between 2014 and 2020, the Members are set to work on passing the bill next year. Note the public option would reimburse hospitals and doctors at Medicare rates plus 5%.

HEALTH CARE REFORM IMPLEMENTATION

July 14 – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued regulations that state all new health plans beginning on or after September 23, 2010, must cover preventive services that have strong scientific evidence of their health benefits, and these plans may no longer charge a patient a copayment, coinsurance or deductible for these services when they are delivered by a network provider. Specifically, these recommendations include:
Evidence-based preventive services: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of scientific experts, rates preventive services based on the strength of the scientific evidence documenting their benefits. Preventive services with a “grade” of A or B, like breast and colon cancer screenings, screening for vitamin deficiencies during pregnancy, screenings for diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, and tobacco cessation counseling will be covered under these rules.
Routine vaccines: Health plans will cover a set of standard vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices ranging from routine childhood immunizations to periodic tetanus shots for adults.
Prevention for children: Health plans will cover preventive care for children recommended under the Bright Futures guidelines, developed by the Health Resources and Services Administration with the American Academy of Pediatrics. These guidelines provide pediatricians and other health care professionals with recommendations on the services they should provide to children from birth to age 21 to keep them healthy and improve their chances of becoming healthy adults. The types of services that will be covered include regular pediatrician visits, vision and hearing screening, developmental assessments, immunizations, and screening and counseling to address obesity and help children maintain a healthy weight.
Prevention for women: Health plans will cover preventive care provided to women under both the Task Force recommendations and new guidelines being developed by an independent group of experts, including doctors, nurses, and scientists, which are expected to be issued by August 1, 2011.

LET YOUR PATIENTS AND COLLEAGUES KNOW:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has officially launched the Web site HealthCare.gov. The site has been designed to get tailored health care information to families with children, individuals, people with disabilities, seniors, young adults, and employers. The site includes a tremendous amount of information, organized into sections on finding insurance options, learning about prevention, comparing care quality, and understanding the new law. It is the first Web site to collect both public and private health insurance options across the nation in a single place.

MEDICARE SOLVENCY EXTENDED

- August 7 - President Obama on his weekly address took credit for placing Medicare on a more certain fiscal path and pledged to American seniors that they would see more help soon paying for drug costs in a direct appeal to an important segment of the midterm electorate. Citing a report issued this week by the Medicare trustees, Obama said the health-care overhaul he pushed through Congress this year has added at least a dozen years to Medicare's solvency.

OBAMA’s NATIONAL HIV/AIDS STRATEGY

- July 13 – President Obama announced the National HIV/AIDS Strategy with three primary goals: 1) reducing the number of people who become infected with HIV, 2) increasing access to care and opti¬mizing health outcomes for people living with HIV, and 3) reducing HIV-related health disparities.

HHS ADVANCES HEALTH CARE REFORM:

HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (HRSA) BUILDS THE HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE FOR HEALTH REFORM

- The Obama Administration awarded $159.1 million in grants for training this past month. The grants include: $106 million for nursing education (including $42 million to train nurses as primary-care providers and/or nursing faculty); $29.5 million to fund three geriatric education and training programs; and $23.6 million to support Centers of Excellence programs designed to improve the recruitment and performance of underrepresented minority students preparing for careers in healthcare. HHS also announced major funding to expand the Community Health Centers and the National Health Service Corps – critical to the safety net services for our communities.

CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES (CMS) PUBLISHES THE LANGUAGE ACCESS STRATEGIC PLAN

- to foster the expansion of language and health literacy services throughout the health care system - means improved quality care for Hispanics and other LEP populations. See www.cms.gov.

OFFICE OF NATIONAL COORDINATOR FOR HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT HHS RELEASES FINAL MEANINGFUL USE (MU) RULES FOR ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS

The requirements to conduct administrative functions (eligibility checking and claims processing) from within the EHR has been removed. Much of this process is already done electronically through the Patient Management system.
The consumer engagement sections of the MU rules also saw some relaxation. There is a new requirement within the certification rules for EHRs that they provide health education resources for consumers within the context of their platform.
The health information exchange as we saw in the draft MU rules was completely eliminated in the final rules for Stage 1. HHS claims that this was done due to the lack of maturity in the HIE market. It will likely be in Stage 2.
HHS decided that they will not discuss the future direction of Stage 3 at all. HHS wants to see how well Stages 1 & 2 go over in the market before it makes any further demands on providers and the EHR vendors that serve them.
Along with the release of MU rules, HHS also released the final rules for EHR certification. The whole concept of “certification” is fraught with challenges, primary among them, technology lock-in.
HER MU Resources:
1. Office of the National Coordinator Director, Dr. David Blumenthal’s article in the New England Journal of Medicine provides a clear abstract of the rules (the actual rules are 864 pgs in length) in a easy to read and understandable format.
2. Dell website post by Dr. Kevin Fickenscher who gives an excellent background on the broader HITECH Act, the origination of the MU rules as well as taking a look at companion rules for Certification of EHRs and the new Privacy & Security rules that were also recently released.
3. John Halamka’s site where he provides a freely available, with no need to rovide attribution, deck of slides that gives the big picture view of the final MU rules.

NHMA URGES YOUR PARTICIPATION TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE TO OUR HISPANIC COMMUNITIES BY SUBMITTING YOUR/YOUR ORGANIZATION PUBLIC COMMENT:

HHS Seeks Comments on FY 2010- 2015 Strategic Plan

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued in the July 28 Federal Register a request for comments on its draft Strategic Plan for FYs 2010 - 2015. The plan highlights five overarching goals for the department:
• Transform health care by improving quality, emphasizing primary and preventive care, reducing costs, expanding access, and promoting health information technology;
• Advance scientific knowledge and innovation by accelerating "the process of scientific discovery to improve patient care" (one of Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius's strategic initiatives) and investing in "regulatory sciences to improve food and medical product safety," among other items;
• Advance the health, safety, and well-being of the American people, including an emphasis on prevention and wellness;
• Increase efficiency, transparency, and accountability of HHS programs; and
• Strengthen the nation's health and human services infrastructure and workforce, including bolstering the HHS staff and ensuring that the "health care workforce can meet increased demands."
HHS will accept comments on the draft plan through Aug. 14: www.hhs.gov/open/pubcomm_draft.pdf

MEDICARE PREVENTIVE HEALTH BENEFITS

: The comment period is open on a proposed rule on implementation of new Medicare preventive health benefits: http://healthyamericans.org/assets/files/CMS_Fact_Sheet.pdf; http://healthyamericans/org/assets/files/CMS_Fee.pdf. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are accepting comments until August 24th, with a final rule expected on or about November 1st.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

has issued draft guidance intended to help reduce the development of resistance to medically important antimicrobial drugs used in food-producing animals. Comments are due to FDA by August 27th. The draft guidance follows: http://www.fda.gov/newsevents/newsroom/pressannouncements/ucm217464.htm.

FOOD LABELS

- The Food and Drug Administration is seeking comments on the new federal menu labeling requirements under PPACA/ACA. To submit comments go to http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home/html, click on "submit a comment" and enter FDA-2010-N-0298 in the keyword space. The docket will be open until September 7th. All of the details on the rule, and the full range of details on methods of submitting comments can be found at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-16303.pdf.
The Food and Drug Administration is seeking comments on the new federal menu labeling requirements for non-covered entities. Comments are due October 21st : http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#documentDetail?R=090000...

The Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (OCIIO)

recently released numerous regulations and requests for comment. NHMA encourages you to consider providing your comments to shaping the health care reform for your patients. For more information on each individual regulation, go to www.regulations.gov.

Status as a Grandfathered Health Plan (Deadline: August 16)

Patient's Bill of Rights (Deadline: August 27)

Coverage of Preventive Services (Deadline: September 17)

Internal Claims and Appeals and External Review Processes (Deadline: September 21)

Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) (Deadline: September 28)

Planning and Establishment of State-Level Exchanges (Deadline: October 4)

MEMBERS CORNER

NHMA Board of Directors and Membership Committee are interested in building our Membership Networking through nominations and appointment to national commissions and boards. Please consider the leadership you provide to improve the health of Hispanic populations by serving. We also are very interested in promoting mentoring among our members to better understand how to advance your careers.

AHRQ – Congratulations to another Innovator from among NHMA Members selected on the AHRQ Innovation Exchange Website - Alisa Fernandez, MD, UCSF, Language and Providers Study

Latino Infant Nutrition Initiative of the Latino Communications Company and Abbott convened a national summit in Detroit, MI on Aug. 28th. NHMA Representatives were Flavia Mercado, MD of Grady Hospital, Atlanta and Elva Montalvo, MD, UMDNJ who discussed national recommendations to improve infant nutrition and reduce obesity.

Linda Greigo, president, Griego Enterprises, Los Angeles and NHMA Board of Directors Advisory Board - is appointed to the MLK Hospital Advisory Board.

OTHER KEY NHMA MEMBER NOMINATIONS SUBMITTED THIS MONTH

– IOM Medicare Benefits Committee; National Summit on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases; Health Care Reform Commissions – Workforce Commission; Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute Board of Governors; National Prevention and Public Health Advisory Board; and the Director of HRSA Office of Health Equity
HHS Secretary Sebelius announced the Committee to Review Criteria for the Designation of Medically Underserved Areas and Health Professional Shortage Areas - Meeting schedules for the committee will be published in the Federal Register with a target date for a draft final proposal in July 2011. We are proud that a key Latino from Texas primary care association was appointed. For more information and a list of committee members appointed, please visit bhpr.hrsa.gov/shortage/criteriareview/committee.htm.

NHMA MEMBER NOMINATION REQUESTS

– Please contact Bles Dones, NHMA Membership Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 202-628-5895 if interested.

US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health Advisory Committee

– The Committee provides advice to the Deputy Secretary for Minority Health on the development of goals and programs of the OMH to improve the health of minority populations.

Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages (ACICBL)

of the HHS Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Health Professions - Nominees must be affiliated with schools or are currently administering awards from AHECs or Geriatrics and other grants. Residents or medical students can apply. Deadline: Sept. 15th.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) National Medical Committee (NMC)

- an elected, voluntary advisory committee to PPFA’s Medical Affairs Division. It helps to ensure the provision of quality medical care at Planned Parenthood health centers by assisting in the development and updating of PPFA Medical Standards and Guidelines and providing guidance on challenging issues.
The NMC consists of national experts in reproductive health care and Planned Parenthood affiliate representatives, including medical directors. In addition, a number of national organizations send liaisons to share their expertise and experience. We currently have approximately 25 active liaison organizations.
We would like to invite National Hispanic Medical Association to volunteer as a liaison member to the NMC. The NMC meets once a year in conjunction with the Reproductive Health conference sponsored by the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP), PPFA and the Society of Family Planning (SFP). This year’s meeting will be held in Atlanta, GA, September 22-26. Liaisons may also be called upon during the year to meet by e-mail or conference call.

The CPH Foundation First Annual "UNSUNG HEROES" Awards

- In an effort to bring more attention to the individuals who work on disease control and prevention efforts each day, The CPH Foundation is calling for nominations to recognize two "unsung heroes" from the ranks of our nation's public health community. One award recognizes large national or international efforts while the second targets work done by small community-based public health programs. Both awards will be presented to individuals that have not received national attention for their work in the past and who have solid outcomes data showing the impact of their program. Awards will be presented at an event in Washington, DC on November 18, 2010. All nominations must be received by August 16, 2010. Those interested in sponsoring this event should call 202 898 0435 and speak to Karl Moeller, executive director of The CPH Foundation. Call Bles Dones to be nominated by NHMA.

NHMA PROGRAMS UPDATE

NHMA Leadership Fellowship NYU Institute

– NHMA and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU hosted the 11 NHMA Leadership Fellows Class of 2010, 11 outstanding physicians from across the nation who are already leaders in their local public health departments, clinics, medical practices and medical schools, to learn about leadership skills and networking with NY health care leaders. During the week, speakers included Dr. Luis Estevez, Empire Blue Cross, Dr. Angela Diaz, Mt Sinai, Bethany Godsoe from NYU on leadership principles and lessons learned for physicians; other leaders discussed their sectors that impact on Hispanic health - Dr. Anne Beal, president, Aetna Foundation, Dr. Elena Rios – history of Federal health disparities efforts, Dr. Brian Elbel – state and federal government policy-making, Professor Zerkin on negotiation techniques, Dr. Nellie Correa on Hispanic health overview, and panels on how to build marketing and how to advocate for Hispanic health and more…The week culminated with a Reception honoring Al Aviles, President, NY Health and Hospital Corporation and listening to Jaime Torres, former NHMA Fellow and new HHS Region II Director discuss his background as a Puerto Rican immigrant who understands the health needs of the region. Overall, the Fellows and Core Faculty – Rios, Godsoe, Elbel, Correa, Liz Lee and Jo Ivey Boufford shared that it was a very worthwhile experience in continuing to build leaders among the NHMA members for Federal careers in the future. The program is supported by HHS HRSA.

NHMA Leadership Fellows Class of 2010 – Washington, DC Institute, Sept. 12-17

. Core Faculty Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, Dr. Liz Lee, Dr. Elena Rios will focus on the third component of the NHMA Fellowship with training on executive leadership for healthcare policies and programs at the Federal level. The Fellows will be meeting with Leaders from the White House, members of Congress and the Senate, HHS Secretary and Surgeon General’s office, HRSA, AAMC, national think tanks and advocacy leaders, the OMH, and others.

NHMA Resident Leadership Program NY Institute

– NHMA resident leaders were brought to NYC for 2 and half days of meetings with Assemblyman Peter Rivera, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz who spoke to them about their duties in developing policies for health and mental health in NY State; to physicians in the federal government (Dr. Gutierrez, CMS Medical Director), and the city government (Dr. Barbot, School Health),
NHMA Summer Leadership Reception at the NY Academy of Medicine honors Al Aviles, President, NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation and introduces the NHMA Leadership Fellows and Resident Leaders to an attendance of over 100 NYC health care leaders.
Jaime Torres, DPA, new HHS Region II Director addressed the crowd about his rise as a Puerto Rican migrant who had to learn from his Aesthetic Realism colleagues how to navigate and assimilate to the foreign New York culture so that he was able to become a leader for Federal government public health to the Region which includes NY, PR, NJ.
Al Aviles addressed the crowd following Dr. Torres about the immigrant populations’ health care needs in NYC
Elena Rios, MD, president, NHMA, Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, president, NY Academy of Medicine and Brian Elbel, PhD, assistant professor from NYU Wagner School (all faculty for the Leadership Fellowship) welcomed the group to the Reception. Of note, Rios focused on the importance of participating in the new health care reform programs and educating our community to apply for insurance and to increase the participation from our physicians and health providers in prevention in our communities and other programs that will be coming soon.

NHMA Congressional Briefing – “Health Care Reform Implementation for the Hispanic Community”,

Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC was held on July 22nd with Congresswoman Lucille Roybal Allard. Other speakers included Janet Heinrich, PhD, Associate Director, HRSA Bureau of Health Professions who discussed the expansion for primary care and diversity programs and called for NHMA participation in their committees; Garth Graham, MD, Deputy Director
See videos on website for both JULY EVENTS – NHMA and NYU Fellows Reception (under NHMA Leadership Fellows) ; NHMA Congressional Briefing (under Government Affairs).

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NHMA Resident Leadership Program Reception in Sacramento, California, August 23rd

for talented residents who are committed to becoming future leaders for the nation. Supported by HRSA.
NHMA and Sacramento Latino Medical Association Leadership Reception to be held at the Sheraton Hotel, Sacramento, Aug. 23rd from 6-9 pm honoring Carol Lee, CMA Foundation; the director of the CA State Public Health Office of Multicultural Health, and Dr. Mark Diaz for his career-long leadership for the physicians and medical students of Sacramento. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
NHMA Regional Networking Event will be co-sponsored with Patrick Dowling, Director, UCLA Family Practice Department - Health Care Reform Implementation for Hispanic Communities – Aug. 25th. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
NHMA Hispanic Congressional Briefing: Childhood Obesity, Rayburn House Office Building, Wsahington, DC, September 28th

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) - held a national provider call on August 10th addressing the specifics of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs for Eligible Professionals

to help you learn the details of the programs that specifically pertain to you – eligibility, payment, what you need to register, timeline, and meaningful use reporting.

Materials will be made available prior to the training at the following web address: http://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms/05_Spotlight_and_Upcoming_Events...
A transcript and MP3 file of the call will be available approximately 3 weeks after the call at http://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms/05_Spotlight_and_Upcoming_Events... on the CMS website.
Be sure to visit CMS’ web section on the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs at: http://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms/ to get the latest information. Visit often!
Visit the Medicare Learning Network ~ it’s free!

Agency for Health Research and Quality - 2010 Annual Conference

, “Better Care, Better Health: Delivering on Quality for All Americans”, which will be held September 27-29, 2010 in Bethesda, Maryland
LMSA National and Regional Officers Hector Garcia Leadership Institute, August 21, Boston, MA – Dr. Sam Arce, Vice Chairman, NHMA Board of Director to address the leaders
NHMA Foundation, the National Hispanic Health Foundation’s Hispanic Health Professions Student Scholarship Fund Gala Dinners: Marriott Marquis Hotels - in San Francisco, October 9th and in NYC Times Square, December 4th. See : nhmafoundation.org to purchase tickets, to sponsor or to contribute to our scholarships for future leaders – medical, dental, nursing, pharmacy, public health, policy students who are committed to serving the Hispanic community.

NHMA 15th Annual Conference

– Health Care Reform Implementation for Hispanic Communities – Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washingon, DC, March 17-20, 2011
See www.nhmamd.org for Speaker Abstracts for Physicians and Health Experts(due October 1, 2010), Hispanic Health Research Poster Session Applications (due Feb. 1, 2011), Sponsorships, Exhibits, Ads for Conference Program (due Feb. 15, 2011).

Join NHMA for the only National Conference with Experts on Hispanic Health in the areas of Federal and State Health Policy; Medical Education; Health Professions Education; Health Services and Biomedical Research; and Clinical Updates - Prevention and Management of Hispanic Patients and their Families. The Annual 3 Day Conference and Related Activities is held in Washington, DC each year and provides CME credits for health professional licensure. SAVE THE DATE TO join us for our 15th Year Celebration!!!

AAMC Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar

, Sept. 24-27, 2010, La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, CA. Contact Carlos La Torre 202-828-0502 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LMSA National and Regional Officers Hector Garcia Leadership Institute

, August 21, Boston, MA – Dr. Sam Arce, Vice Chairman, NHMA Board of Director to address the leaders

NHMA Foundation, the National Hispanic Health Foundation’s Hispanic Health Professions Student Scholarship Fund Gala

Dinners: Marriott Marquis Hotels - in San Francisco, October 9th and in NYC Times Square, December 4th.

See : nhmafoundation.org to APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS, PURCHASE TICKETS, SPONSOR or to CONTRIBUTE to our scholarships for future leaders – medical, dental, nursing, pharmacy, public health, policy students who are committed to serving the Hispanic community.

JOIN NHMA AS A MEMBER TODAY TO BUILD OUR NETWORK OF PHYSICIANS AND OTHERS TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF HISPANICS ---we focus on advocacy, networking, increasing career opportunities so that we empower our members to be leaders in the national and local health care arena.


Primary Care Physicians
UMass Memorial Medical Group

UMass Memorial Medical Group, a clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School ranked in the Top 10 for Primary Care among the nation's medical schools, is seeking Primary Care Physicians in central Massachusetts. Over 500 practitioners within our organization provide quality patient care across multiple settings, including office-based or hospital-based, independent or group, and private practice-like or clinic/health center, all while enjoying the benefits of being part of a large health system. Our opportunities also include outpatient practices, inpatient coverage and resident teaching. Come join our highly regarded team where Primary Care Physicians have a voice and the freedom to pursue their entrepreneurial spirit. Practice, learn and discover at UMass Memorial Medical Group.

Compensation includes base salary with attractive productivity incentives and excellent benefits.

Central Massachusetts is home to major universities, museums, historic buildings, and many state parks and is a wonderful region in which to live and work. Worcester, MA is in proximity to all of the major metropolitan areas of the northeast and has easy road access to New England coastal and mountain areas. Please log on to www.chooseworcester.com for more information about the greater Worcester, MA area.

To learn more about our Physician Career Opportunities, please visit: www.umassmemorialcareers.org

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, we embrace diversity in both our workforce and our approach to patient care.

MINORITY HEALTH FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY
THE COMMONWEALTH FUND / HARVARD UNIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP IN MINORITY HEALTH POLICY

One-year, degree-granting, full-time fellowship starting July 2011 prepares physicians, particularly minority physicians, for leadership positions in health policy and public health. ELIGIBILITY: U.S. citizenship; BE/BC physicians. TO APPLY: Contact Director: Dr. Joan Y. Reede, Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership, Tel: 617-432-2922, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Website: http://www.mfdp.med.harvard.edu/ fellows_faculty/cfhuf/about/index.htm. APPLICATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 3, 2011.

Director
Community-Engaged Research Center (CERC)
Northwestern University
Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
Feinberg School of Medicine

The Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute, partly funded by NIH as one of the CTSA institutes, invites applications for the Director of the Community-Engaged Research Center. Community-engaged research, directed by CERC, is a critical element of the NUCATS Institute and a key component in fulfilling the NUCATS Mission. One of the vision areas for NUCATS is to “engage the community as equitable partners in the NUCATS mission.” CERC has been in existence for 3 years and has created a meaningful capacity for community engagement for translational research in association with Northwestern University and its affiliates. The Director will devote at least 40% effort to CERC duties which include oversight of two programs in community-based participatory research and practice-based research. CERC has 2 active PBR networks and 1 active CBPR network. Visit www.nucats.northwestern.edu/centers/cerc for more details.

The ideal candidate will have a track record of practice based research or community-based participatory research, experience working with communities and diverse populations and experience in a medical school environment. This full-time appointment, tenure eligible at the Associate Professor or Professor rank, is open to individuals with either a PhD degree in an appropriate field (Preventive Medicine, Epidemiology, Public Health, etc.) or an MD/DO degree with specialty in a number of appropriate fields such as Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Community Medicine, Preventive Medicine, etc. Ability to lead a diverse program of research and to serve as an institutional leader in the NUCATS Institute and liaise with leading areas like the NU Programs in Public Health are essential.

Applicants should provide a complete CV, a statement of research accomplishments, a brief description of their research program and the names of at least three individuals who can provide letters of reference.

Materials should be sent to:
Michelle Melin-Rogovin, Dir. Faculty Search Committee
Reference Job Opening #15868
750 N. Lake Shore Drive, 11th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
Or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Review of applications will begin June 15, 2010 and continue until the position has been filled. Proposed start date for the position is open. Salary for the position is negotiable.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States. P#15868

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Tenure Track Faculty Positions in the Department of Medical Social Sciences

The Department of Medical Social Sciences (MSS) at Northwestern University is currently recruiting for six tenure track positions. MSS provides a unique interdisciplinary home for applied researchers who integrate biomedical and social science approaches to improvement of health. Thus, the candidates will be joining MSS at a time of significant opportunity, as it forms its scientific direction. Scientific themes of the Department center on measurement innovation and rapid translation of basic discovery to application (for details about the Department and each of the specific positions see www.mss.northwestern.edu). Because an interdisciplinary, collaborative orientation is a defining element of the Department, MSS provides an ideal home for scholars whose work is integrative and cuts across traditional content areas. MSS provides rich resources for conducting research including a broad scientific portfolio with multiple, well-characterized cohorts across the lifespan, biostatistical and health informatics cores, expertise in multi-level assessment methods and collaborative relationships across Northwestern’s biomedical and life sciences campuses. We are seeking candidates who wish to build a sustaining and transformative research program in their areas of interest.

1 Senior and 2 Junior Positions in Medical Social Sciences. Candidates from a wide range of disciplines are encouraged to apply including medical anthropology, medical sociology, health economics, decision science, health outcomes applications in clinical research, social and genetic epidemiology, health status measurement, and physician-scientists. Applications for senior position to Search Chair, Laurie Wakschlag, PhD (reference position # P-200-10). Applications for junior positions to Search Chair, Philip Greenland, MD (reference positions # P-205-10/206-10).

Senior Faculty Position in Health Informatics/Outcomes Assessment. We are seeking candidates who bring expertise in health status measurement science and applied health information technology. Candidates with expertise at the interface of assessment and technology are of particular interest. For example, research in the application of Item Response Theory to individualized and large scale assessments, item banking science and the innovative use of computer adaptive testing technology for education, clinical and health measurement would be a particularly good complement to the ongoing research of the Department. The candidate should have experience directing large-scale, multi-site investigations. Applications to Search Chair Rex Chisholm (reference position # P-204-10).

Senior Leadership Position in Cancer Control Research. We are seeking candidates doing leading edge cancer-related research. The candidate will serve as Program Leader of the outstanding ranked cancer control program of this NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center (see www.cancer.northwestern.edu). The cancer control program includes behavioral and population science research, outcomes measurement, disparities research and supportive oncology. It is closely linked to MSS’s extensive portfolio in cancer outcomes research including psychosocial aspects of survivorship, quality of life and efficacy of psychosocial interventions. We are particularly interested in candidates who wish to build a research program in the following areas: health disparities, decision science, psychosocial interventions, tobacco research, symptom management, health services and comparative effectiveness research, survivorship and community-engaged research. Applications to Search Chair, David Mohr, PhD (reference position # P-211-10).
Junior Faculty Position in Developmental Neuroscience. We are seeking candidates whose research focuses on human subjects involving the study of clinical and/or at-risk populations and the measurement of neural processes. Of particular interest are candidates with expertise in developmentally-sensitive task development and neuroimaging techniques, including the use of ERPs during early childhood. The candidate will be encouraged to draw on a number of ongoing population-based and clinical studies of developmental phenotypes and mechanisms of risk in early childhood as a springboard for developing an independent program of research. Departmental resources also include a developmental observation and ERP laboratory. Applications to Search Chair, Laurie Wakschlag, Ph.D. (reference position # P-210-10).
Candidates should have an outstanding record of scholarly publication and an independent program of extramurally-funded research, or exceptional promise of such for junior candidates. Salary and rank commensurate with experience and credentials. Start date flexible for these full-time continuing positions. Applications for the Medical Social Sciences, Cancer Control and Developmental Neuroscience positions should be received by September 30th for fullest consideration. Applications must be received by August 15th for the Health Informatics position. All applications should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include letter of interest, research statement, curriculum vitae, representative reprints and names of three references.
Northwestern University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

NHMA NET September 2010

National Hispanic Medical Association NHMA NET September 2010

Washington, DC

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Good news! This morning, September 14, 2010, Senator Johanns' (R, NE) amendment to the small business jobs bill was defeated.

The amendment aimed to free business from IRS reporting red tape, but tried to offset costs by gutting the landmark Prevention and Public Health Fund. Today, the senate stood up for prevention.
“Today the Senate voted to block an attack on the Prevention Trust Fund--an attack that represented the same old penny-wise-pound-foolish thinking that now makes America's health care system so costly and ineffective," Senator Tom Harkin told us this morning. "We have systematically neglected wellness and disease prevention in this country--as evidenced by the fact that the United States spends twice as much per capita on health care as European countries, but is twice as sick with chronic disease. This amendment perpetuated the disastrous notion that we can neglect and de-fund prevention efforts without paying a huge long-term cost in unnecessary chronic disease and disability--as well as skyrocketing health insurance premiums. In blocking it, the Senate upheld the old principle that an ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure.”

Earlier this month, over the national English/Spanish press –
Hispanic Doctors, Dentists, and Nurses Applaud the Health Care Reform Law for our Patients

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Obama earlier this year, is the most comprehensive health care reform legislation in the U.S. since Medicare, which provides access to care for persons over 65, the blind and dialysis patients, and Medicaid, which does so for the poor, were established in 1965. This month, key provisions of the new law go into effect that will start increasing insurance and thus, access to health care services for 30 million Americans.

The National Hispanic Medical Association, the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and the Hispanic Dental Association, representing over 125,000 doctors, nurses and dentists treating millions of Hispanic patients, support President Obama's Patient Care Act not only for increasing access to care, but because it will provide quality care and prevention services that will reduce costs and support new jobs in the health workforce. This law, over the next decade, will result in a positive paradigm shift in the way health care services are provided to our patients.

For example, the quality of care will be improved as we see the adoption of the new language and cultural competence services as well as electronic health records and data collection efforts in our private offices, community clinics, public hospitals and teaching hospitals. In addition, increased quality will decrease costs as new guidelines are created, based on value and outcomes of our patients, not on the current system based on how many lab tests or x-rays we order – so we can better care for our patients' diabetes, heart disease and cancer, etc.

Prevention services will be improved in our communities with federal agencies working together for the first time to focus on community transformation programs, school clinics, worksite wellness programs, and healthy homes. New programs targeted at children and adults will reduce the obesity epidemic as asthma-inducing trucks are diverted away from schools, as parks, fresh food markets and gardens and walking and bike paths are built, and health messaging will become more common through multimedia.

Since the Patient Care Act will cover 30 million new insured patients over time, there will be a national focus on building the primary care workforce ---doctors, nurses, dentists who can see the majority of sick patients and then refer them to specialty care as needed. This new workforce will work together in multidiscipline teams with mental health professionals, allied and community health workers to offer more efficient and less costly care.

In summary, the National Hispanic Medical Association, the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, and the Hispanic Dental Association salute President Obama and Congress for the new health care reform law and look forward to treating healthier patients and communities.

NHMA PROGRAM UPDATE

NHMA CALL FOR ABSTRACTS are on the WEBSITE for the 15th Annual NHMA Conference

, “Health Care Reform Implementation for the Hispanic Community,” on March 17-20, 2011 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. To submit an Abstract, please go to our website at http://www.nhmamd.org. We are searching for health experts to instruct the audience of health professionals and others interested in learning about health reform strategies ---for medical education, clinical settings, community and population programs as well as for policy recommendations. Our conference is a CME Conference.
The deadline for submission has been extended to October 15, 2010.

August 20-22 ---NHMA Resident Leadership Program in Sacramento, California was a great success

– Residents in the NHMA Class of 2010 and Elena Rios, MD, and Martha Diaz, MPH had very good discussions meeting with Richard Figueroa from the Governor’s Office on the implementation of Health Care Reform High Risk Pools; with Senator Hernandez and Dr. David Carlisle from the Office of Statewide Health Planning on workforce issues in the State; with Assemblyman Monning, Chairman of the Health Committee on his priorities for the poor and medically underserved areas of the State; with CMA Foundation on how to increase Latino physicians in their NEPO Network; and with many others. We also presented awards to Mark Diaz, MD, Carol Lee of the CMA Foundation, and Laura Hardcastle, Director, Office of Multicultural Health for all their leadership and vision to improve health for Hispanics. Thanks to Martha Diaz and Alioska for all their help.

August 24 ---UCLA Department of Family Practice co-sponsored the 2nd NHMA Regional Policy Discussion and Reception on Health Care Reform.

Over 100 attendees, including the president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and the Executive Director of the Hispanic Dental Association, local health agencies and faculty, residents, medical students as well as community doctors came out to discuss recommendations to improve clinical care messaging, prevention programs and increasing diversity among the health workforce…Dr. Rios to take the recommendations to Congresswoman Lucille Roybal Allard who has asked that we increase input to key parts of health care implementation. Thanks to Dr. Dowling and Dr. Bholat (NHMA Fellow), Dina, Jeanne Ponsa, Lucy Pacheco for all their help.

September 12th week –NHMA Leadership Fellowship Washington, DC Institute is now taking place with 10 of our Physician Fellows having outstanding discussions with national leaders

including the National Advocacy Organizations – Research America, National Health Council and the Trust for America’s Health, the White House Office of Health Care Reform, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Policy Institute Health Care Plenary with Secretary Sebelius and First Lady Michelle Obama and Congresswoman Lucille Roybal Allard and NHMA Board Member, Dr. Reed Tuckson, HHS Officials from Disability, Office of Civil Rights, HRSA, FDA, OMH, the National Prevention Council agency reps from EPA, CDC, Labor, and Congress and Senate staff and Congressman Pryce – from the Republican Physicians Caucus. Thanks to our faculty this week – Dr. Liz Lee, Dr. Brian Elbel, Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, Dr. Elena Rios and staff – Astrid Jimenez and Bles Dones and Lucy Pacheco for all their help.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NHMA CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING With Congresswoman Lucille Roybal Allard

, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Office, Department of Agriculture, Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, National Dairy Council, Cecilia Pozi, Latino Infant Nutrition Initiative of Abbott, and Ana Garcia, New York Academy of Medicine ---Sept. 28th, 1-2:30 pm, Rayburn House Office Bldg. 2168

CMS to Host Listening Session Regarding Confidential Feedback Reports and the Implementation of a Value-Based Payment Modifier for Physicians

– CMS, September 24, 2010 - as part of the transition to a value-based purchasing program for services of physicians and other professionals, under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA)). The ACA contains provisions that continue and expand the Physician Feedback Program and also require implementation of a value-based payment modifier to the Fee-For-Service physician fee schedule. The purpose of the listening session is to solicit comments on approaches being considered as we implement these provisions. Attendance is limited to space and teleconference lines available.
For the complete Federal Register notice, which includes registration information, visit http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-19128.pdf on the web.

UMAss Memorial
UMass Memorial Medical Group, a clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School ranked in the Top 10 for Primary care among the nation's medical schools, is seeking Primary Care Physicians in central Massachusetts. Over 500 practitioners within our organization provide quality patient care across multiple settings, including office-based or hospital based, independent or group, and private practice-like or clinical/health center, all while enjoying the benefits of being part of a large health system. Our opportunities also include outpatient practices, inpatient coverage and resident teaching. Come join our highly regarded team where Primary Care Physicians have a voice and the freedom to pursue their entrepreneurial spirit. Practice, learn and discover at UMass Memorial Medical Group.

Compensation includes base salary with attractive productivity incentives and excellent benefits.

Central Massachusetts is home to major universities, museums, historic buildings, and many state parks and is a wonderful region in which to live and work. Worcester, MA is in proximity to all of the major metropolitan areas of the northeast and has easy road access to New England coastal and mountain areas. Please log on to www.chooseworcester.com for more information about the great Worcester, MA area.

To learn more about our Physician Career opportunities and for more information, please visit www.umassmemorialcareers.org

As an Affirmative Action Employer, we embrace diversity in both our workforce and our approach at to patient care.

Texas Department State Health Services Regional Medical Director, El Paso, Texas

An important leadership position for the state health department of Texas. The position was recently vacated and the search for a replacement is underway. The role is strong in public heath issues along the US-Mexico border as well as rural parts of Texas. It serves the statutory role of Local Health Authority over several counties in Texas and assists the Texas Commissioner of Health in policy and public health matters. Call NHMA Office.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking public input in the
development of a National Health Care Quality Strategy and Plan. The Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act (the Affordable Care Act) calls on HHS to establish a National Quality
Strategy, including a comprehensive strategic plan and the identification of priorities to improve
the delivery of health care services, patient health outcomes, and population health. To provide feedback, we encourage you to go directly to the HHS.gov website. Deadline: COB October 15, 2010.

The National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved

In Collaboration with The Capitol Hill “Steering Committee on Telehealth and Healthcare Informatics”
Congressional Briefing - “The Impact of Federal and State Health IT Investments in Underserved and Communities of Color: Successes, Challenges, Next Steps”- Sept. 30th, 10:00-11:30am, Rayburn House Building, Room 2325
RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CHAIR,Department of Medicine
University of Connecticut School of Medicine

The University of Connecticut School of Medicine seeks an energetic and visionary leader with evidence of strong leadership skills and a commitment to academic medicine to chair the Department of Medicine. The ideal candidate is a Professor or Associate Professor at an academic institution who has the proven background and skills required to ensure vigorous departmental growth both academically and clinically. The successful candidate will be a skilled clinician with demonstrated success in research, education and administration.

The Department of Medicine currently includes 12 divisions, about 130 paid faculty and 150 faculty at affiliated hospitals. The Chair will be responsible for enhancing the academic and clinical productivity of all faculty and will guide our planned expansion to double the size of the paid faculty. This expansion will occur in the context of the planned construction of a new University Hospital and patient care tower, renovation of research space, and expansions in medical student enrollment. Appropriate resources will be available for the Chair to accomplish these goals.

The University of Connecticut Health Center is a growing organization composed of the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine, Graduate Programs in Biomedical Sciences, Public Health and Clinical and Translational Research; the John Dempsey Hospital and the faculty practice. Our medical education programs are sustained by a network of affiliated medical centers, their physicians, and private practitioners throughout Connecticut. The Health Center pursues a mission of providing outstanding health care through patient care, research, and public service. The Health Center is an important contributor to the local and regional economy of the state of Connecticut.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and a curriculum vitae. The application should be transmitted electronically in RTF or PDF format via https://jobs.uchc.edu/, search code 2011-071 or sent directly to the search committee Chair, Dr. Denis Lafreniere, care of his assistant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Chief Operating Officer for the UConn Medical Group

The Dean of the University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Medicine invites applications for the position of Chief Operating Officer for the UConn Medical Group (UMG). We seek a dynamic executive with significant medical group management experience to join one of the largest multi-specialty medical groups in Connecticut. UMG is the clinical practice for 250 academic physicians with faculty appointments at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and hospital privileges at the John Dempsey Hospital. Implementation of an EHR, development and construction of a new ambulatory tower, and a new strategic planning initiative will provide the successful candidate with an opportunity to participate in the transformation of our clinical operations.

The successful candidate will report to the Medical Director/Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and will be responsible for managing the clinical operations of UMG to ensure that appropriate support services are available to meet the needs of physicians and staff in providing efficient, high quality medical care. The COO also provides leadership in planning, directing and coordinating both practice management and patient care activities. Working with the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, department chairs, center directors and the Clinical Council, the COO facilitates physician recruitment and the growth and positive financial performance of the practice. The COO must have the ability to establish credibility, trust and integrity with key stakeholders in the organization, develop effective working relationships with physicians, administrators, and staff within the practice and with union leadership.

The UConn Health Center is a vibrant organization composed of the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine; Graduate Programs in Biomedical Sciences, Public Health, and Clinical and Translational Research; the John Dempsey Hospital and the UConn Medical Group. The medical group is concentrated on our main campus, but has satellites in Simsbury, Farmington, East Hartford, West Hartford, Avon, and Southington.

Founded in 1961, the Health Center pursues a mission of providing access to outstanding healthcare, education, research and public service. The campus is situated in the beautiful and historic community of Farmington.

Interested applicants may apply online at https://jobs.uchc.edu, search code 2011-067. Queries may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Mark L. Metersky M.D, F.C.C.P., at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UCHC is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/PwD

UC DAVIS SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Biophotonic Researcher

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine seeks a full time Assistant Professor In Residence at the UC Davis School of Medicine to develop new biophotonic technologies applicable to biomedicine, with a particular emphasis on translational, multidisciplinary research that will advance the diagnosis, treatment, understanding, and prevention of human diseases. Appointees to the In Residence series are required to conduct research, teach, and participate in University and public service.
Successful candidates will develop and lead an independent research program focusing on developing and applying novel optical technologies to investigate fundamental biological processes and biomolecular physics. Qualified candidates must possess a Ph.D. degree and have demonstrated prior research experience in biophotonic methods (e.g. Raman, CARS, IR, fluorescence, nonlinear, single molecule, laser trapping) through peer-reviewed publications (first or last author, minimum of 10) with a biological or optics focus. Experience in obtaining grant funding is preferred.
The Health System is an integral part of the vision as it exemplifies the attributes innovation, diversity, multidisciplinary approaches and collaborative engagement that differentiate UC Davis. Research awards to the Health System include one of the NIH’s first Clinical Translational Science Awards, in addition to Howard Hughes Medical Institute and BIRCHW awards. Mentored training programs exist for junior faculty.
For first consideration, applications must be received by October 15, 2010. Position is open until filled, but no later than November 15, 2010.
Qualified applicants must submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to:
Mail to : Lydia P. Howell MD, Professor and Chair .
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
c/o Patt Kregelo, Academic Personnel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
4400 V Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
The University of California, Davis, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity.


Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nation's largest publicly traded health benefits companies. Humana offers a diversified portfolio of health insurance products and related services - through traditional and consumer-choice plans - to employer groups, government-sponsored plans, and individuals.

Today, Humana is a leader in consumer engagement. Throughout its diversified customer portfolio, the company provides guidance that can both help lower costs and lead to a better health plan experience.

Are you a fit?
Do you enjoy defining clinical strategy for a major market area? Do you have a desire to be in a position where you can ‘provide guidance to our members related to their health care needs?

We are seeking candidates for the following roles:

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Market Medical Officer (Chicago, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Houston)
CAC Medical Director - Miami, FL
CAC Family Practice Physician - Miami, FL

For immediate consideration please forward all inquiries and resumes to Ms. N. Muhammad @ nmuhammad@humana,com, or visit our website at https://humana.recruitmax.com.


Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Biophotonic Researcher

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine seeks a full time Assistant Professor In Residence at the UC Davis School of Medicine to develop new biophotonic technologies applicable to biomedicine, with a particular emphasis on translational, multidisciplinary research that will advance the diagnosis, treatment, understanding, and prevention of human diseases. Appointees to the In Residence series are required to conduct research, teach, and participate in University and public service.

Successful candidates will develop and lead an independent research program focusing on developing and applying novel optical technologies to investigate fundamental biological processes and biomolecular physics. Qualified candidates must possess a Ph.D. degree and have demonstrated prior research experience in biophotonic methods (e.g. Raman, CARS, IR, fluorescence, nonlinear, single molecule, laser trapping) through peer-reviewed publications (first or last author, minimum of 10) with a biological or optics focus. Experience in obtaining grant funding is preferred.
The Health System is an integral part of the vision as it exemplifies the attributes innovation, diversity, multidisciplinary approaches and collaborative engagement that differentiate UC Davis. Research awards to the Health System include one of the NIH’s first Clinical Translational Science Awards, in addition to Howard Hughes Medical Institute and BIRCHW awards. Mentored training programs exist for junior faculty.
For first consideration, applications must be received by October 15, 2010. Position is open until filled, but no later than November 15, 2010.

Qualified applicants must submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to:
Mail to : Lydia P. Howell MD, Professor and Chair .
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
c/o Patt Kregelo, Academic Personnel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
4400 V Street
Sacramento, CA 95817

The University of California, Davis, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity.

DISPARITIES RESEARCHER

– Massachusetts General Hospital (major teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School) seeks health services researcher with expertise in health care disparities among racial and ethnic minorities. Researcher would seek external funding, conduct health services research addressing racial and ethnic health care disparities, and mentor trainees and junior faculty in disparities HSR. Researcher would serve in the Disparities Solutions Center within the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at MGH. MD and/or PhD required, with extensive externally-funded research, publication experience, and national recognition for disparities HSR (qualifications for associate professor appointment at HMS). Clinical appointment as appropriate at MGH. Under-represented minorities, women, and persons with disabilities encouraged to apply. MGH is an equal opportunity employer. For information, contact Lisa Morse, Mongan Institute for Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital, 50 Staniford Street Room 901, Boston, MA 02114, 617-724-4744, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NHMA NET October 2010

National Hispanic Medical Association NHMA NET October 2010

Washington, DC

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Congress left DC September 30 for midterm elections with a

Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010

signed into law by President Obama on September 27, 2010 that includes new deductions for small businesses ---including for medical practices to have up to $500K tax deductions for software, hardware for health information technology in 2011.
Congress has not made much progress on passing the 12 FY 2011 annual appropriations bills this year, with the House Appropriations Committee reporting just two bills, both of which the House passed, and Senate Appropriators reporting 11 of their 12 bills, but with none seeing Senate floor action. NHMA has focused its efforts on the FY 2011 Labor, HHS-Education spending bill which funds all federal health spending, including funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration. NHMA has continued to sign on to advocacy letters from public health coalitions urging completion of the FY2011 budget for health programs.
Child Nutrition Bill is a Major Focus

The House of Representatives adjourned for the midterm elections in the early morning hours of September 30, without taking up consideration of

S. 3307, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

,legislation to reauthorize federal child nutrition programs. NHMA has made passage of the bill a top priority before the end of the year. The legislation passed the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent earlier in the summer. NHMA and other public health and child advocates will push the House to consider the bill should it come back for a lame-duck session after the elections. At a meeting at the White House in mid-October, First Lady Michelle Obama urged advocates to continue our efforts. After Congress negotiations, President Obama has promised not to offset the program with future SNAP funds.

S. 3307 includes an additional $4.5 billion over 10 years for federal child nutrition programs and also includes a number of important policy changes aimed at providing the nation’s children with healthier foods before, after and during school hours. Specifically, the bill would: update the nutrition standards of school meals; limit the sale of junk food in schools; provide greater reimbursement and more training to schools so they can serve more nutritious meals; improve and simplify the application process; increase the use of foods from local and regional sources and support improved school nutrition and physical activity wellness policies.

Health Care Reform

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services started holding day-long summits on health care reform topics that are now online. Rios participated in the September meeting on Health Insurance Exchanges to hear from experts from Massachusetts and California discussing challenges and information on what the future may hold and the October 4th meeting on Health Care Quality and Value regarding improvement of health care delivery and payment systems. Stakeholders, including past president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Dr. Antonia Villarruel of University of Michigan discussed several topics, including state-federal collaboration and public-private partnerships, variations in price and quality, coordination of care, and workforce diversity.

White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

- President Barack Obama signed a new executive order on Oct. 19th renewing and strengthening the former one that had been first introduced by President Bush Senior in 1990. In his speech, President Obama reinforced his commitment to improving education outcomes of Hispanic students and ensuring that all students receive a complete and competitive education that prepares them for success in college and beyond.

NHMA presented Public Comments to two regulations for Health Care Reform:

1. Health Insurance Exchanges

– that they include enhanced outreach with health literacy and community health workers; that they include enhanced efforts in Hispanic population areas such as Puerto Rico and multi state exchanges be considered for efforts to enhance U.S.-Mexico binational health insurance with the Consulates of Mexico programs.

2. National Health Care Quality Plan

– in addition to the framework of “person-centered and family engagement, the Plan should include a population focus such as a “safety-net” focus for services that should be targeted to MUA, HPSA areas where clinics, hospitals and medical practices provide more charity care for the poor and those who will continue not to be enrolled (falling through the cracks) in the future insurance programs under health care reform. The Hispanic population needs to have increased cultural competence research and programs to become part of the quality planning.

NHMA PROGRAM UPDATE

2010 NHMA LEADERSHIP FELLOWSHIP WASHINGTON, DC INSTITUTE

The week long institute is the third session of our NHMA Leadership Fellowship by which NHMA faculty as well as leaders from government and private sector has successfully trained 10 Hispanic physicians who were selected from across the nation. The DC Institute included speakers from the White House, Health Reform Office of HHS, OMH and cultural competence experts from the HHS agencies, HRSA on workforce, CDC, Department of Labor, and EPA on prevention efforts, as well as think tanks, major public health advocates, and the Senate HELP Committee staff and Speaker Pelosi staff and others who shared their experience and knowledge about the importance of being in a leadership position in public service in order to be effective in improving health of Hispanic communities.

NHMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEET IN WASHINGTON, DC

The Board met to discuss future directions of NHMA, including building membership participation activities and affinity programs, new website to be developed this fall, plans for a calendar with all affiliated medical societies and medical student/resident groups and the NHMA Regional Networking Meetings, in addition to the 15th NHMA Annual Conference Plan on March 17-10, 2011 in Washington, DC. Board also discussed new programs planned for 2011 with HRSA (NHMA Leadership Fellowship and the NHMA Resident Leadership) and with the Office of Minority Health on health professional leadership training. Guest speakers included partners, AARP Executive Vice President, Lorraine Cortez Vazquez and Enroll America principal, Ron Pollack.

NHMA CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING ON HISPANIC HEALTH: “Prevention Policies & Programs to Reduce Obesity among Hispanic Children”

at the Rayburn House Office Building Room 2168 was convened on September 28, 2010 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm to an audience of over 100 policy staff and national advocates. See video of the briefing on nhmamd.org under government affairs.

According to the U.S. Census, one in every four Hispanics now live in poverty, a total of 12.4 million people facing hunger. What is more alarming is that 33 percent of Hispanic children now live below the poverty line. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2008, 18.5 percent of Hispanic children were obese compared to 12.6 percent of white children and 11.8 percent of African American children.

“We are bringing experts to Congress to discuss strategies that work to reduce obesity among Hispanic children, according to Dr. Elena Rios, president and ceo of the National Hispanic Medical Association,
“because our society needs to invest in prevention programs that reduce child obesity in our poorest communities.”

One of the speakers, Dr. Shale Wong from the First Lady’s Office said, “We commend NHMA for organizing this Congressional briefing which showcases policies and programs to help reduce obesity among Hispanic Children and thus contributes to ending the wider childhood obesity epidemic, the goal of the First Lady’s Let’s Move Campaign.”
“Since 2007, National Dairy Council (NDC) has partnered with the NHMA to improve the health of the nation’s Hispanic population – and other underserved populations – through various educational programs. Now, through Fuel Up to Play 60, an in-school nutrition and fitness program launched in partnership with NDC and the National Football League in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we are proud to join with NHMA to help combat obesity for all children, especially those in large urban areas who are particularly at risk,” said Karen Kafer, another speaker and Vice President of Nutrition Affairs-Health Partnerships at NDC. “We at NDC are excited to work with NHMA to increase access to healthy, tasty and appealing food choices at school, along with regular physical activity by engaging and empowering youth to take action for their own health. With more than 61,000 schools already enrolled, Fuel Up to Play 60 is providing a long-term avenue to improve the health of all children.”

Other speakers included Rajen Anand, DVM, PhD, Executive Director, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cecilia Pozo Fileti, MS, RD, Director, Latino Infant Nutrition Initiative, Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, Health Care Service Corporation, and Ana Garcia, MPA, Senior Policy Associate, New York Academy of Medicine.

The good news is that there has been growing attention in Washington, DC to reducing child obesity. The Affordable Care Act, passed in March, will support major prevention programs to tranform our communities to reduce obesity. This summer, Congressman Joe Baca (D-CA) introduced the Healthy Children through School Nutrition Education Act to add nutrition education to school lunch programs and the Physical Education to Create a Healthier Nation Act for public schools to have minimum physical education time.

NHMA IN THE NEWS:
“Hispanic Doctors, Dentists, and Nurses Applaud the Health Care Reform Law for our Patients”

Washington, DC
September 2, 2010

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Obama earlier this year, is the most comprehensive health care reform legislation in the U.S. since Medicare which provides access to care for persons over 65, the blind, dialysis patients and Medicaid which does so for the poor - were established in 1965. This month, key provisions of the new law go into effect that will start increasing insurance and thus, access to health care services for 30 million Americans.

The National Hispanic Medical Association, the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and the Hispanic Dental Association, representing over 125,000 doctors, nurses and dentists treating millions of Hispanic patients, support President Obama’s Patient Care Act not only for increasing access to care, but because it will provide quality care and prevention services that will reduce costs, and support new jobs in the health workforce. This law, over the next decade, will result in a positive paradigm shift in the way health care services are provided to our patients.

For example, the quality of care will be improved as we see the adoption of the new language and cultural competence services as well as electronic health records and data collection efforts in our private offices, community clinics, public hospitals and teaching hospitals. In addition, increased quality will decrease costs as new guidelines are created, based on value and outcomes of our patients, not on the current system based on how many lab tests or x-rays we order – so we can better care for our patients’ diabetes, heart disease and cancer, etc.

Prevention services will be improved in our communities with federal agencies working together for the first time to focus on community transformation programs, school clinics, worksite wellness programs, and healthy homes. New programs targeted at children and adults will reduce the obesity epidemic as asthma inducing trucks are diverted away from schools, as parks, fresh food markets and gardens and walking and bike paths are built, and health messaging will become more common through multimedia.

Since the Patient Care Act will cover 30 million new insured patients over time, there will be a national focus on building the primary care workforce ---doctors, nurses, dentists who can see the majority of sick patients and then refer them to specialty care as needed. This new workforce will work together in multidiscipline teams with mental health professionals, allied and community health workers to offer more efficient and less costly care.

In summary, the National Hispanic Medical Association, the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, and the Hispanic Dental Association salute President Obama and Congress for the new health care reform law and look forward to treating healthier patients and communities.

Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions, Inc.

is a new 501c3 organization in Washngton, DC with regional alliances built with HBCU institutions – Ciro Sumaya, Elena Rios, and Joan Reede from the NHMA Board of Directors are members of the advisory group.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CDC Leadership Update

: Dr. Walter W. Williams has begun a new assignment as a medical epidemiologist in the Assessment Branch, Immunization Services Division in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Ms. Tamara Kicera will act as director of the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (OMHHD). In addition, the office is proposing a name change from OMHHD to the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE).

CDC’s Health Disparities Report

: In early December, CDC will issue the first CDC Health Disparities Report, which addresses disparities in mortality, morbidity, behavioral risk factors, and social determinants of selected health problems in the United States. The report will contribute to the achievement of the Awareness and the Data/Research/Evaluation goals of the NPA by consolidating the most recent national data available on disparities in the United States through selected indicators. CDC is planning a nationwide engagement plan to immediately follow the release of the report.

New Minority Health Funding

: CDC is building from the recommendations of its May meeting with minority medical education leaders, including Rios from NHMA, to refine the agency’s approach to funding that comes from the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity. In FY 2011, CDC plans to release a new funding announcement that creates a national program for the training of minority undergraduate students in public health and the biomedical sciences to provide early pipeline opportunities for careers in public health.

Want to earn Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentive payments?

Physicians need to apply for the incentive payments under Medicaid and Medicare to support your EHR system that will be mandatory in private practice over the next five years. GO TO: www.cms.gov/EHRincentiveprograms

Your hospital/critical access hospital must have an enrollment record in the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) in order to be eligible to receive a Medicare EHR incentive payment.

Enhancement Initiative of CLAS Standards

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health Care. To ensure that the CLAS Standards remain current and appropriate, the HHS Office of Minority Health is launching an enhancement initiative of the CLAS Standards. As a part of this initiative OMH is seeking public input. Oct. 22nd - Baltimore, MD; Nov. 4th - San Francisco, CA, Nov. 15th - Chicago, IL
The feedback received will serve to inform the enhancements to the existing standards.
To provide feedback on the CLAS Standards online, or to register to attend one of the public meetings, please visit http://clasenhancements.thinkculturalhealth.org. For more information or to ask a question about this initiative, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NIH Loan Repayment Programs

applications due 8:00 p.m. EST on Nov. 15, 2010.
These programs often allow scientific investigators to remain in the research workforce, achieve research independence and focus their efforts on advancing the health of the nation. Opportunities are available in clinical research, pediatric research, health disparities research, contraception and infertility research, and clinical research for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Each year, some 1,600 research scientists benefit from the more than $70 million NIH invests in their careers through the extramural LRPs. Go to www.lrp.hig.gov. For additional assistance, call or e-mail the LRP Information Center at (866) 849-4047 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

BENEFITS: New LRP contracts are awarded for a two-year period and repay up to $35,000 of qualified educational debt each year. Tax offsets also are provided as an additional benefit. Participants may apply for competitive renewals, which are issued for one or two years. Undergraduate, graduate, medical school, and other health professional school loans qualify for repayment. An NIH grant or other NIH funding is not required to apply for or participate in the LRPs.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must possess a doctoral-level degree (with the exception of the Contraception and Infertility Research LRP); be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident; devote 20 hours or more per week to conducting qualified research funded by a domestic nonprofit, university, or government entity; and have qualified educational loan debt equal to or exceeding 20 percent of their institutional base salary. For guidance on the application process and NIH Institute and Center (IC) research priorities, potential applicants should review “Tips for Completing a Competitive Application” at http://www.lrp.nih.gov/pdf/0310_1_application_tips.pdf .

Associate Medical Director

Novum is a contract research organization ("CRO") that provides clinical research, data management, statistical and reporting services to the pharmaceutical and related industries. Novum was founded in 1972 and operates Phase I research facilities with a total of 550 beds in three USA locations. Novum is the second largest CRO in the USA as, measured in bed capacity. Novum averages over 200 Phase I studies performed annually.
Novum is currently hiring for: Associate Medical Director- Houston, Texas
Position Summary
Responsible for ensuring that Phase I investigations are conducted according to signed investigator statement, protocol, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’S), good clinical practices (GCP’S) and FDA regulations. Ensures subject safety throughout participation. Manage small team of supporting part-time physician investigators. Provides medical consultation to scientific staff and study sponsors in design, implementation, conduct, and reporting of research studies.
Essential Responsibilities
• Provide medical supervision of all clinical procedures including: planning, screening, qualification assessment, obtaining medical history, physical examinations, review of laboratory and other test results, interpretation of ECGs and management of adverse events.
• Overall management responsibility of a small group of part-time physicians to ensure clinical research projects, from onset to conclusion, are conducted appropriately and in support of clinical operations.
• Perform medical review of Study Protocol, Investigative Drug Brochure, and Case Report Forms.
• Serve as Medical/Scientific Advisor providing guidance to Project Managers on the medical and scientific aspects of assigned projects.
• Review study-related Adverse Events, Clinical Study Reports, and other study documentation as required.
• Flexible work schedule including early mornings, evenings and weekends is essential.
• Serve as a resource and participate in strategic business development activities.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications
• Current Texas state medical license.
• Board-certification in a specialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
• Previous experience in clinical research is not required but may be advantageous for this position.
• Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification is required.

Please send your resume or CV and salary requirements to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Visit our website at: http://www.novumprs.com

DISPARITIES RESEARCHER

Massachusetts General Hospital (major teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School) seeks health services researcher with expertise in health care disparities among racial and ethnic minorities. Researcher would seek external funding, conduct health services research addressing racial and ethnic health care disparities, and mentor trainees and junior faculty in disparities HSR. Researcher would serve in the Disparities Solutions Center within the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at MGH. MD and/or PhD required, with extensive externally-funded research, publication experience, and national recognition for disparities HSR (qualifications for associate professor appointment at HMS). Clinical appointment as appropriate at MGH. Under-represented minorities, women, and persons with disabilities encouraged to apply. MGH is an equal opportunity employer. For information, contact Lisa Morse, Mongan Institute for Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital, 50 Staniford Street Room 901, Boston, MA 02114, 617-724-4744, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The NIH is the center of medical and behavioral research for the Nation
----making essential medical discoveries that improve health and save lives.

The mission of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is to improve and promote oral, dental, and craniofacial health through research, research training, and the dissemination of health information.

Are you an exceptional candidate who can provide leadership to one of the preeminent Institutes for oral, dental, and craniofacial health research in the world? This position offers a unique opportunity to serve as the chief visionary for the Institute, actively engaging others to create a shared vision of the purpose and direction of the organization. The Director, NIDCR, works collaboratively within the Institute and across the NIH to generate and gain commitment for organizational goals and has a keen awareness of how to navigate through the workings of the public sector to effectively promote and reach NIDCR and NIH objectives. The Director optimizes organization performance by developing strategic priorities, setting and communicating clearly defined expectations, and promoting accountability for results. Serving as a role model for the institute, the Director, NIDCR, demonstrates integrity and fairness, adhering in work and behavior to the highest ethical, scientific research, and business practices standards.
We are looking for applicants with a D.D.S., M.D. and/or Ph.D. who have senior-level research experience and knowledge of research programs in one or more scientific areas related to oral, dental, and craniofacial health. Applicants should be known and respected within their profession, both nationally and internationally, as individuals of outstanding scientific competence.

The successful candidate for this position will be appointed at a salary commensurate with experience and accomplishments, and full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, retirement and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided.

If you are ready for an exciting leadership opportunity, please see the detailed vacancy announcement at http://www.jobs.nih.gov (under Executive Jobs). Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Friday, December 10, 2010.

NIDCR, NIH AND DHHS ARE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYERS

 
 

NHMA NET November 2010

National Hispanic Medical Association NHMA NET November 2010
Washington, DC
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Bipartisan Deficit Commission Recommendations Released in the Media on Nov. 10th

Nov. 10. Former Senators Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, Co-Chairmen, were interviewed on several media networks announcing their vision for sustainable US deficit reduction. It is important to recognize is that HEALTH CARE COSTS will be addressed in order to decrease the US Deficit: The new health care reform law calls for increased prevention, quality and efficiency, Accountable Care Organizations and payment reform (bundling, decreased re-admissions) and malpractice ---these and other cost cutting mechanisms will be a national focus in the near future ---and we hope the call for budget cuts doesn’t cut the safety net, medical education for diversity efforts and other areas we have advocated for…to be continued as the Report is Released. President Obama signs the Executive Order for Hispanic Educational Excellence

Child Nutrition Bill is still a Major Focus

– NHMA sent in letter and signed on to many letters over past few months. The House of Representatives adjourned for the midterm elections in the early morning hours of September 30, without taking up consideration of S. 3307, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, legislation to reauthorize federal child nutrition programs. NHMA has made passage of the bill a top priority before the end of the year. The legislation passed the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent earlier in the summer. NHMA and other public health and child advocates will push the House to consider the bill should it come back for a lame-duck session after the elections. At a meeting at the White House in mid-October, First Lady Michelle Obama urged advocates to continue our efforts. After Congress negotiations, President Obama has promised not to offset the program with future SNAP funds. S. 3307 includes an additional $4.5 billion over 10 years for federal child nutrition programs and also includes a number of important policy changes aimed at providing the nation’s children with healthier foods before, after and during school hours. Specifically, the bill would: update the nutrition standards of school meals; limit the sale of junk food in schools; provide greater reimbursement and more training to schools so they can serve more nutritious meals; improve and simplify the application process; increase the use of foods from local and regional sources and support improved school nutrition and physical activity wellness policies. Health Care Reform Meeting with Secretary Sebelius NHMA President participated with the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda meeting with Secretary Sebelius to discuss ways we can be of service to the Department’s many activities for health care reform. She asked that NHMA become involved in the development of CMS Committee for Future planning – we suggested a focus on the Safety Net as the society in general begins to think that all Americans are insured – we know Hispanics face language, education and cultural barriers and will remain part of those who fall through the cracks. We also asked that the determination of MUAs consider the Hispanic population needs for future funding to be directed to our community programs and health professional deployment through the National Health Service Corps, for example. We will continue to work with the Department to identify qualified Hispanic candidates for leadership positions and commissions with the new Hispanic Hiring Initiative at HHS. NHMA is a member of the committee working on the Initiative that started meeting in July.

NHMA PROGRAM UPDATE

NHMA's 15th ANNUAL CONFERENCE - You are invited to the only national CME HISPANIC HEALTH CONFERENCE, Washington, DC, March 17-20, 2011 GO TO www.nhmamd.org to register and for more information to sponsor or to participate.

Participants include 1000 physicians, nurses, dentists, mental health experts, health industry, government officials, residents and health professional students as well as medical school administrators and faculty and health policy advocates and more...a great networking opportunity if you are interested in Hispanic health in the U.S. Plenary Sessions to address "Health Care Reform Implementation for Hispanic Communities" with Special Clinical Symposia all Weekend as well as OPENING PLENARY FRIDAY AFTERNOON with Secretary Sebelius of HHS, Dr. Berwick, Administrator of CMS, Dr. Wakefield, Adminstrator of HRSA, and Dr. Freidan, Director of CDC (invited) and Karen Ignani,President of the American Health Insurance Plans (confirmed). SATURDAY MORNING PLENARY To showcase State and Private Sector Partners. Workshops include 100 health experts from Federal and private sector across the nation to discuss current medical practice issues and policies, curriculum, research and clinical techniques and information to improve health of Hispanic patients and populations. Sunday will have post conference session: Healthy Aging for Hispanic Populations New This Year: Special Research Posters Sessions with Awards and Exhibit Hall Participation all Friday morning Special Saturday Evening Gala Dinner with Celebrities and Guest Speakers and Awardees to be announced

2011 NHMA LEADERSHIP FELLOWSHIP and 2011 RESIDENT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM RECRUITMENT UNDERWAY

See the NHMA Website for the 2011 Applications for both NHMA leadership programs to recruit mid-career PHYSICIAN LEADERS for the NHMA Leadership Fellowship and residents for the NHMA Resident Leadership Program. The NHMA actively trains NHMA members who are dedicated to a leadership career in public service at the national or state level. We also follow the alumni of the programs and nominate them to leadership positions to advance their careers. The due date for applications is January 15, 2011.

NHMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW MEMBERSHIP GUIDELINES

We will no longer accept a free membership to promote the value of the organization that should be paid by membership dues. There will be discounts for multiple year payment of dues and the combined membership from the NHMA Council of Medical Societies members. See www.nhmamd.org for more information and Join Today!

NHMA NEEDS HISPANIC PHYSICIANS TO SERVE ON FEDERAL COMMITTEES

As an NHMA Member, one of the most valuable opportunities we offer is to submit your nomination to Federal Advisory Commissions, Grant review committees and other meetings to represent our collective interests in advancing health care policies and programs that advance community efforts addressing vulnerable populations, especially Hispanics/Latinos. Please consider joining NHMA to be nominated to a variety of committee vacancies from across the Federal Government that are requested from NHMA.

NHMA HISPANIC HEALTH PORTAL TO DEVELOP 3 YEAR CALENDAR

Of Hispanic Health MEETINGS and EVENTS See www.hispanichealth.info – please send meetings from the NHMA Networks to Bles Dones at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., NHMA Membership Director.

NHMA MEMBERS CORNER

NHMA Membership is nominated and promoted to educate the Federal and private sector – especially in meetings that focus on Hispanic health ----please let us know how we can be of service and nominate our members. If you are a physician or other health professional interested in leadership opportunities, networking opportunities and advancing your professional career and at the same time helping our community ---please JOIN NHMA TODAY! Go to www.nhmamd.org. Flavia Mercado, MD of Atlanta represented NHMA at the National Child Nutrition Conference in Virginia with major national medical and public health organizations and just published a paper on nutrition with Cecilia Pozi, RD of Latino Health Communications, a partner with NHMA George Zeppenfeld,president of the Association of Hispanic Health Executives is hosting a policy meeting to discuss health reform with elected officials from New York on Nov. 18th. Sam Arce, MD is being featured in a new video project for patients with Urinary Tract Infections that will be distributed at our Annual Conference, as is Emilio Carrillo, MD for a video project on Diabetes – both from New York City Ciro Sumaya, MD, Chairman of NHMA Board of Directors attended the Mexican American/Hispanic Medical Society of San Antonio gala dinner to network with the medical society members and to discuss NHMA Nilsa Gutierrez, MD,Medical Officer for CMS of HHS Region II, discussed health reform initiatives for physicians at the Spanish American Medical Dental Society of NY Annual Conference ---as did Walid Michelin, MD, Sam Arce, MD, and Elena Rios, MD from the local and national perspectives Ana Natale Pereira, MD of New Jersey , Venus Gines of Houston, Owen Garrick, MD of Oakland, and others were nominated by NHMA to participate in the first national meeting for prostate cancer and health disparities for African American and Latino patients ---supported by Centacor and Ortho Biotech. Congratulations to Ana who also had a successful summit last month in New Jersey on Patient Navigators Demonstration Project with all of her multi-site collaborators with CMS participation to better understand the need to continue these projects for the Latino community Hugo Alvarez, MD of Chicago and Diana Ramos, MD of Los Angeles represented NHMA at the Commission to End Health Disparities Strategy Meeting to Develop a 5 Year Plan and their Fall Meeting in Chicago (a coalition led by the AMA, NHMA and NMA with 40 other medical, nursing, pharmaceutical groups) JP Sanchez, MD of the Bronx has been busy mentoring residents in the new NHMA Council of Residents and with his push, several residents and medical students have been participating in regional events to meet each other. Jose Arevalo, MD of Sacramento is among a core group starting up a new organization, Latino Physicians of California, who see the need to develop more health care activities in the State. NHMA’s Foundation, under the leadership of

Mark Diaz, MD

of Sacramento, recently held its third annual Scholarship Dinner in California, this year in San Francisco and hopes to work with the new organization as it becomes operational next year. With the new governor, Mark and our NHMA organization has been approached to nominate physician leaders to State government positions. Elena Rios, MD was honored by the Montgomery County Hispanic Democratic Council for the “Poder Con Ganas” Award, the annual meetings of the Hispanic Dental Association and the National Association of Hispanic Nurses for Appreciation. During this past Hispanic Heritage month, Rios addressed health reform for Hispanics at the US Mexico Binational Week Forum at Kansas University, the Florida Atlantic University Business School, the Progresso Latino Inc in Rhode Island, the UMDNJ – New Jersey Community Health Coalition, and the University of Penn health schools. Lastly, NHMA is proud to work with the Latino Medical Student Association and now have its National Coordinator, Alvaro Galvis of UC Irvine Medical School on our Board of Directors. NHMA is working to provide speakers and support to LMSA regional conferences ---starting with the Southeast Region of LMSA mtg to be held in February at the University of Miami, being assisted by another Board Member and UMiami faculty member, Onelia Lage, MD.

ANNOUNCEMENTS


NHMA Christmas/Holiday Reception in DC

will include medical students, residents and health professionals and our advocacy partners on DEC. 8th at the CHARLIE PALMER STEAK RESTAURANT on Capitol Hill from 6-9 pm – rsvp to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. JOIN US!


Want to earn Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentive payments?

Physicians need to apply for the incentive payments under Medicaid and Medicare to support your EHR system that will be mandatory in private practice over the next five years. GO TO: www.cms.gov/EHRincentiveprograms Your hospital/critical access hospital must have an enrollment record in the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) in order to be eligible to receive a Medicare EHR incentive payment. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health Care. To ensure that the CLAS Standards remain current and appropriate, the HHS Office of Minority Health is launching an enhancement initiative of the CLAS Standards. As a part of this initiative OMH is seeking public input. The feedback received will serve to inform the enhancements to the existing standards. To provide feedback on the CLAS Standards online, or to register to attend one of the public meetings, please visit http://clasenhancements.thinkculturalhealth.org. For more information or to ask a question about this initiative, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you would like to provide feedback on the NHMA LETTER ---please send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by November 30th. NIH Loan Repayment Programs applications due 8:00 p.m. EST on Nov. 15, 2010. These programs often allow scientific investigators to remain in the research workforce, achieve research independence and focus their efforts on advancing the health of the nation. Opportunities are available in clinical research, pediatric research, health disparities research, contraception and infertility research, and clinical research for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Each year, some 1,600 research scientists benefit from the more than $70 million NIH invests in their careers through the extramural LRPs. Go to www.lrp.hig.gov. For additional assistance, call or e-mail the LRP Information Center at (866) 849-4047 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. BENEFITS: New LRP contracts are awarded for a two-year period and repay up to $35,000 of qualified educational debt each year. Tax offsets also are provided as an additional benefit. Participants may apply for competitive renewals, which are issued for one or two years. Undergraduate, graduate, medical school, and other health professional school loans qualify for repayment. An NIH grant or other NIH funding is not required to apply for or participate in the LRPs. ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must possess a doctoral-level degree (with the exception of the Contraception and Infertility Research LRP); be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident; devote 20 hours or more per week to conducting qualified research funded by a domestic nonprofit, university, or government entity; and have qualified educational loan debt equal to or exceeding 20 percent of their institutional base salary. For guidance on the application process and NIH Institute and Center (IC) research priorities, potential applicants should review “Tips for Completing a Competitive Application” at http://www.lrp.nih.gov/pdf/0310_1_application_tips.pdf .


Physicians – All Specialties Best Care / Best Careers

To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan." These words, spoken by Abraham Lincoln during his Second Inaugural Address, reflect the philosophy and principles that guide VA in everything we do, and are the focus of our endeavors to serve our Nation's veterans and their families. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has one of the most diverse, challenging, and rewarding missions in the United States Government. We strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans and their families today and in the future. Here, VA physicians enjoy being part of a team that is recognized and respected for significant contributions to medicine. Ranging from clinical practice to research and academics, VA physicians provide leadership within the medical profession that extends into the communities where they live. To ensure that VA physicians are able to meet their professional and personal goals, a broad range of practice options are available that include general medicine and primary care, along with specialties and subspecialties such as:

• Anesthesiology • Ambulatory Care • Long Term Care • Cardiology • Geriatrics • Internal Medicine • Neurology • Ophthalmology • Otolaryngology • Pathology • Spinal Cord Injury • Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery • General Surgery • Neurosurgery • Orthopedic Surgery • Plastic Surgery • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation • Physiatry • Psychiatry • Radiology (Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic, and Therapeutic) • Urology

In addition to the above, VA offers state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for basic and clinical research to further advance the frontiers of medicine and health care. Time is made available for VA physicians to pursue this critical aspect of their profession within an environment that promotes writing, editing, and publishing. VA physicians also enjoy a quality of life that simply can't be found in private practice. With predictable work hours and conditions, VA physicians are able to take time for themselves and their families. For more information on available opportunities and to apply, please visit us online at www.vacareers.va.gov. EOE, AA, M/F/D/V

THIS PLACE IS AMAZING So is the difference YOU can make


Assistant Medical Dir. Family Medicine—Greenville, SC

Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center, Family Medicine Residency is a dynamic community program associated with the University of South Carolina Medical School. We are in search of a board certified family practice physician who desires are to teach 90% and work in a private practice setting 10% of the time. This position involves working closely with the residents. Experience with Obstetrical care is required. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic and energizing, complementing the current faculty, who exhibit a cohesive work environment. Please submit your CV and letter of interest to Ericka Splawn This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible to be considered for this outstanding opportunity. With about 1268 beds, over 9000 employees, 600 staff physicians, GHS strives to provide an environment where the best and brightest medical professionals can thrive in their careers and help advance the art and science of healthcare in Upstate South Carolina and beyond. We offer great compensation and benefit plans. We also provide malpractice insurance and full relocation packages. To learn more about GHS please go to www.ghs.org/physicianrecruit *All correspondence is kept confidential*


FAMILY MEDICINE FACULTY POSITIONS LEHIGH VALLEY HEALTH NETWORK

The Family Medicine Department at Lehigh Valley Health Network is excited about the future and is expanding its group of faculty members. We are seeking family physicians who are passionate about education, patient care, and creating a better future for primary care. We have three new faculty positions available immediately. Our new faculty members will blend patient care and teaching responsibilities to further strengthen our collegial group of outstanding educators. One position is predominantly clinical (.8 FTE) in one of our residency continuity sites. The other two positions will include a minimum of .3 FTE clinical time. We are looking to increase our faculty resources in low risk family centered maternity care, osteopathic manipulation, acupuncture, hospital medicine, geriatrics, and PCMH implementation. Spanish language skills would be desirable. We welcome newly graduated family doctors to more experienced clinicians and teachers to join our department. The successful candidates will be certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Family Medicine or the American Board of Family Medicine. For all positions, we are offering a dynamic and supportive work environment, an attractive salary and an outstanding benefits package. We have an innovative teaching approach incorporating a longitudinal learner centered, competency-base curriculum utilizing adult learning principles. Our residents and faculty each practice in one of our four Continuity Care sites, where they develop continuity and learn to implement practice innovation. We are 1 of 2 osteopathic and 14 allopathic P4 residency programs in the country. Lehigh Valley Health Network has 3 hospital campuses with just under 1,000 beds. We are located in a beautiful suburban area in eastern Pennsylvania only 1 hour north of Philadelphia and 1.5 hours west of New York City. The area has excellent public schools, 10 colleges and universities, safe and affordable neighborhoods and a plethora of recreational and cultural offerings. Email CV to Julie Dostal, MD, Vice Chair, c/o This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (610) 969-0207.


TAMPA BAY AND ORLANDO PRACTICE OPPORTUNITIES

JSA Medical Group is seeking Board Certified (or Board Eligible if recent graduate) Family Practice, Internal Medicine or Geriatric Physicians to join a traditional practice in Tampa or an out-patient practice in Orlando. JSA is a primary care group focusing on adult / geriatric medicine. We have 33 locations in the greater Tampa Bay and Orlando areas with over 65 providers. JSA offers an excellent compensation model which includes a guaranteed base salary, quarterly bonus incentive and great benefits with relocation package. Candidates for these positions MUST be fluent in English and SPANISH. For immediate consideration, please fax your CV to (727) 828-2417, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Melissa Mayne McDonald (727) 828-2383. Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Description: The University of California (UC), Davis, School of Medicine seeks a dynamic surgical pathologist to lead a translational research program in Breast Pathology in the Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. This is a full-time position in one of the University of California’s non-tenure track physician-investigator series. Responsibilities will include a clinical service in anatomic pathology, teaching, and collaborative research with the breast cancer team at UC Davis’ NCI-designated Cancer Center. The successful candidate will build on the many strengths in the department, Health System and campus, including an established program in proteomics and informatics, strong collaborative relationships with the Cancer Center and the Center for Comparative Medicine, and the Athena Breast Health Network, a unique UC-systemwide multi-year project that will enroll 150,000 women to gather breast cancer screening, demographic, lifestyle and other information UC Davis stands at an exciting moment in its history, as Linda P.B. Katehi became the sixth Chancellor of UC Davis in 2009. She has shaped a bold vision with an aspiration to become one of top five public research universities in the nation through excellence in teaching and service and expanding total research capacity from the current $600 million to approximately $1 billion annually. The Health System is an integral part of the vision as it exemplifies the attributes innovation, diversity, multidisciplinary approaches and collaborative engagement that differentiate UC Davis. Research awards to the Health System include one of the NIH’s first Clinical Translational Science Awards, in addition to Howard Hughes Medical Institute and BIRCHW awards. There are faculty development programs and mentored training programs available for junior faculty. Requirements: Candidates must have an MD degree, be board-certified or board-eligible in anatomic pathology, and meet the requirements for appointment at the Assistant, or Associate Professor level in one of UC’s non-tenure track series. Clinical experience in surgical pathology with special expertise in breast pathology is required, in addition to experience in translational research, a strong teaching record, and administrative experience. In addition, the candidate must have the ability to anticipate change and implement initiatives to meet the challenges of academic medicine and science, to work cooperatively and collegially within a diverse environment and should exhibit excellent interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships with administration, trainees, clinicians, faculty in other disciplines, and technical staff. For first consideration, applications should be received by January 15, 2011. Position is open until filled, but no later than June 1, 2011. Qualified applicants must submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to: Regina Gandour-Edwards MD, Vice Chair of Education, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine , c/o Patt Kregelo, Academic Personnel. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mail to: Regina Gandour-Edwards,MD, Professor c/o Patt Kregelo Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine 4400 V Street Sacramento, CA 95817 The University of California, Davis, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity.

 


DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (DHHS) NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH) NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE (NCI)

Director, Center for Global Cancer Research The NCI is seeking a dynamic and innovative global health leader to serve as its founding Director of the Center for Global Cancer Research (CGCR), located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. This new Center will serve as the focal point for global health activities within the NCI. As the founding Director, the incumbent will lead the development and implementation of an NCI global cancer research strategy, and provide vision and planning for the global cancer research community. In leading the NCI global research enterprise, the CGCR will work in collaboration and partnership with other government and non-government agencies and organizations engaged in efforts to improve global health. The successful candidate will have an M.D. or Ph.D. in a relevant discipline and experience working collaboratively on current efforts and initiatives to improve global health. Current knowledge of and relationships in global health, including the means of overcoming obstacles to disease control and research in resource-limited international settings are also essential. The incumbent must be an experienced manager of complex health programs with a record of outstanding performance and accomplishment. Of special importance are inter-personal skills, diplomatic expertise, integrity, vision, a collaborative philosophy, strong leadership and program coordination experience, and outstanding communication skills. Appointment will be an excepted service appointment under Title 42 (Public Health and Welfare Act: http://hr.od.nih.gov/hrguidance/employment/title42.htm); salary will be commensurate with experience. All applicants should submit an interest letter with a current curriculum vitae and complete bibliography and the names and addresses of five references (include email addresses) by November 22nd, 2010. Applications should be sent to:
Dr Michael Johnson CGCR Search Committee Chair c/o Patrick Miller Bldg. 31, Rm 10A18 31 Center Drive, MSC 2580 Bethesda, Maryland 20892-4258 Or via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

DHHS, NIH, and NCI are equal opportunity employers


Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute Office of the Director

Associate Director for Prevention The NCI is seeking applicants for the Associate Director for Prevention within the Office of the Director, located in Bethesda, MD. The NCI coordinates the Nation’s research program on cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and control. http://www.cancer.gov The Associate Director for Prevention will provide strategic vision and leadership for NCI’s Cancer Prevention Research program to include planning, leading and advising on cancer prevention initiatives including early detection, cancer risk reduction, chemoprevention, nutritional science and global health as it relates to cancer. The incumbent will serve as the principal advisor to the NCI Director on the oversight of the NCI-wide cancer prevention program; guide NCI-wide cancer prevention research program across the spectrum from basic prevention science through clinical and translational research; set NCI-wide cancer prevention research policy and strategic goals; further research training programs focused on cancer prevention; expand NCI collaborations and scientific opportunities; serve as the NCI spokesperson and representative for the NCI Director; and oversee the NCI-wide cancer prevention research program including oversight of the planning, personnel, procurement, policy, grants, contracts and budget for cancer prevention research activities. To lead NCI’s Cancer Prevention program, the successful candidate must have a Ph.D and/or M.D. in a health science discipline or allied sciences appropriate to the work of this position. In addition, the individual must have expert knowledge of current cancer prevention and control initiatives, including screening and diagnosis and state-of-the- art cancer, clinical and translational research. Also, the individual must be able to provide strategic vision, management (staff and budget) and leadership to oversee the prevention program and have excellent written and oral communication skills. We are looking for an individual with strong leadership skills that will direct and implement the NCI’s cancer prevention objectives, plans, and policies in support of the National Cancer Program. All applicants should submit an interest letter with a current curriculum vitae and complete bibliography and three reference letters by December 10, 2010. Applications should be sent to: Dr. Robert Croyle Associate Director of Prevention Search Committee Chair c/o Patrick Miller Bldg. 31, Rm 10A18 31 Center Drive, MSC 2580 Bethesda, Maryland 20892-4258. Or via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

DHHS, NIH, and NCI are equal opportunity employers.

 


Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Description: The University of California (UC), Davis, School of Medicine seeks a dynamic surgical pathologist to lead a translational research program in Breast Pathology in the Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. This is a full-time position in one of the University of California’s non-tenure track physician-investigator series. Responsibilities will include a clinical service in anatomic pathology, teaching, and collaborative research with the breast cancer team at UC Davis’ NCI-designated Cancer Center. The successful candidate will build on the many strengths in the department, Health System and campus, including an established program in proteomics and informatics, strong collaborative relationships with the Cancer Center and the Center for Comparative Medicine, and the Athena Breast Health Network, a unique UC-systemwide multi-year project that will enroll 150,000 women to gather breast cancer screening, demographic, lifestyle and other information UC Davis stands at an exciting moment in its history, as Linda P.B. Katehi became the sixth Chancellor of UC Davis in 2009. She has shaped a bold vision with an aspiration to become one of top five public research universities in the nation through excellence in teaching and service and expanding total research capacity from the current $600 million to approximately $1 billion annually. The Health System is an integral part of the vision as it exemplifies the attributes innovation, diversity, multidisciplinary approaches and collaborative engagement that differentiate UC Davis. Research awards to the Health System include one of the NIH’s first Clinical Translational Science Awards, in addition to Howard Hughes Medical Institute and BIRCHW awards. There are faculty development programs and mentored training programs available for junior faculty. Requirements: Candidates must have an MD degree, be board-certified or board-eligible in anatomic pathology, and meet the requirements for appointment at the Assistant, or Associate Professor level in one of UC’s non-tenure track series. Clinical experience in surgical pathology with special expertise in breast pathology is required, in addition to experience in translational research, a strong teaching record, and administrative experience. In addition, the candidate must have the ability to anticipate change and implement initiatives to meet the challenges of academic medicine and science, to work cooperatively and collegially within a diverse environment and should exhibit excellent interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships with administration, trainees, clinicians, faculty in other disciplines, and technical staff. For first consideration, applications should be received by January 15, 2011. Position is open until filled, but no later than June 1, 2011. Qualified applicants must submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to: Regina Gandour-Edwards MD, Vice Chair of Education, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine , c/o Patt Kregelo, Academic Personnel. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mail to: Regina Gandour-Edwards,MD, Professor c/o Patt Kregelo Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine 4400 V Street Sacramento, CA 95817 The University of California, Davis, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity.

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