• Welcome to NHMA

    Established in 1994 in Washington, DC, the National Hispanic Medical Association is a non-profit association representing the interests of 50,000 licensed Hispanic physicians in the United States. NHMA is dedicated to empowering Hispanic physicians to be leaders who will help eliminate health disparities and improve the health of Hispanics. NHMA's vision is to be the national leader to improve the health of Hispanic populations.
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  • NHMA 22nd Annual Conference

    Gaylord National Harbor Hotel, Washington, DC area : We also invite government agencies, health industry, corporate and non profit health experts to becoming a Sponsor and to provide a Career Exhibit for our health professionals and students and medical residents.
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  • National Hispanic Health Foundation

    The National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF), a 501c3 organization, was established in 1994 as the philanthropic branch of the National Hispanic Medical Association. The mission of NHHF is to improve the health of Hispanics and other underserved.
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Consensus Summit on Building Diversity in Medicine and Research Report

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

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

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

NHMA's "CALL TO ACTION" against GOP Health Care Bill to Repeal ACA  (The Skinny Bill) : NHMA advocates for health reform that includes access to affordable healthcare insurance for all and Medicaid expansion and subsidies and cost sharing for insurance plans. Call the Capitol Operator at (202) 224-3121 to tell Senators to Vote No to Replace ACA TODAY July 27, 2017.

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

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

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

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


NHMA 15th Annual Conference March 17-20, 2011 Washington DC

Health Care Reform Implementation for Hispanic Communities

Join Hispanic physicians, residents, medical students, nurses, dentists, policymakers, and healthcare industry representatives at our annual conference. This year, NHMA celebrates its 15th Conference with partners from the Federal and State governments and the private sector. This unique conference brings together experts from across the nation to share their multi-disciplinary experiences in improving health care delivery for Hispanic populations.  CME accreditation will be provided.

Online Hotel Registration:
Please note discount rooms @ $249 (single/double) will be available for the NHMA Conference until Feb 17, 2011
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Downloadable Forms:
Please download, fill out and return the form relevant to your participation in the NHMA 15th Annual Conference.
National Hispanic Medical Association
“Health Care Reform Implementation for the Hispanic Community”
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC

Join Hispanic physicians, residents, medical students, nurses, dentists, policymakers, and healthcare industry representatives at our annual conference. This year, NHMA celebrates its 15th Conference with partners from the Federal and State governments and the private sector. This unique conference brings together experts from across the nation to share their multi-disciplinary experiences in improving health care delivery for Hispanic populations.  CME accreditation will be provided.

Conference Objectives:
• Share and discuss innovative healthcare policies and programs for medical practices, clinics, community hospitals, and academic health centers that can become more efficient at providing prevention and treatment services to Hispanic youth, adults and elderly
• Disseminate evidence-based and payment reform  programs such as medical homes and accountable organizations  that show promise of eliminating health disparities
• Adopt new treatment modalities and strategies to educate Hispanic patients with diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDs, obesity, cardiovascular disease, strokes and hypertension, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, depression and renal disease in order to decrease morbidity and mortality in their medical practices or in their organization.
• Analyze cultural competence accreditation and quality care, literacy, and language services programs.
• Discuss  healthy aging programs and interventions for Hispanic communities in medical practices and clinics
NHMA Partners
• National Hispanic Health Foundation
• U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health
• Morehouse School of Medicine
Thursday March 17, 2011
8:30 am - 3:00 pm NHMA Leadership Fellowship Orientation
8:30 am - 3:00 pm NHMA Resident Leadership Program Orientation (pending)
5:30 pm - NHMA Board of Directors Meeting (closed)
9:00 pm - NHMA and LMSA Boards of Directors Meeting (closed)
Friday March 18, 2011

7:30 am – 12:30 pm Registration/ Exhibit Hall/Research Posters
7:30 am - 9:00 am Breakfast Seminar: Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Disparities Initiative-supported by Johnson and Johnson. Ken Moritsugu, MD and Jose L. Reynal, MD - invited
9:00 am – 10:00 am Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome supported by Ethicon Endo Surgery. Nestor de la Cruz, MD - invited
10:00 am - 11:00 am Diabetes Treatment Updatessupported by Lifescan. Jaime Davidson, MD - invited
8:30 am - 11:00 am  Capitol Hill Visits
11:00 am  Chef LaLa Cooking Demonstration in Exhibit Hall
11:30 am  Poster Session Awards/Brunch in Exhibit Hall
12:30 pm OPENING PLENARY – Federal Leadership and Health Care Reform Implementation
Welcome – Ciro Sumaya, MD, MPHTM Chairman, NHMA Board of Directors; Mark Diaz, MD, Chairman, NHHF Board of Directors; Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, President & CEO
Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) -invited
Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DHHS
Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration, DHHS
Donald Berwick, MD, Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, DHHS - invited
Karen Ignani, President and CEO, American Health Insurance Plans
NHMA Leadership Fellows Policy Teams Presentations: Obesity and Diversity in Medical Education (Sam Arce, MD and Jessica Nunez de Ybarra, MD)
Workshops Session A: 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm 
A.1. Medicaid, Medicare, and S-CHIP

Donna Cohen Ross, Senior Advisor, Office of External Affairs, CMS, DHHS
A.2. Cancer Prevention and Management for Hispanic Patients
Reid Kiser, MS, National Director, Clinical Excellence Special Projects, United Healthcare, VA
Martha Moore-Monroy, MA, REACH Program Director, Center for Excellence in Women's Health, University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, AZ
A.3. Obesity Prevention Targeting Hispanic Communities
Jennifer Paulino, Director, Coordinator Development, HealthCorps, NY  J. Desiree Pineda, MD, Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, DC
A.4. Community-based Participatory Research and Hispanic Health
John Ruffin, PhD, Director, National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, AHRQ, CDC Speakers, Vivianne R. Aponte Rivera, MD, Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine, GA--invited
A.5. How to Become a Minority Women Leader in Health Care
Joan Y. Reede, MD, MPH, MBA, MS, Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership, Harvard Medical School, MA
Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPH, Vice President for External Relations and Preventive Medicine Advisor, Public Health Institute, CA
Georgina Verdugo, JD, Director, Office of Civil Rights, US DHHS
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Opening Reception in Exhibit Hall
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Dinner Symposium: Depression and Hispanic Patients
Saturday March 19, 2011

7:00 am – 7:00 pm Registration/Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
6:30 am - 9:00 am Health Walk & Breakfast Seminar: Nutrition for Hispanic Communities
– supported by National Dairy Council
9:00 am – 11:00 am Plenary Session: State and Private Sector Reforms for Hispanic Healthcare - invited
Dr. Edward Partridge, National Board President, American Cancer Society, Inc., GA, Kaiser Permanente, The Joint Commission (Accrediation of MEdical Homes);  State of California Brown Administration Speaker - TBN
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Break in Exhibit Hall
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch Symposium: Dementia Care in Hispanic Patients
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm Workshops Session B
B.1. Federal Trends to Enhance Private Practice - Electronic Health Records, Medical Homes, Accountable Care Organizations

Nilsa Gutierrez, MD, Medical Officer, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Region II, DHHS, NY
David Hunt, MD, Medical Officer, Office of National Coordinator, DHHS, DC
Edwina Rogers, Esq, Executive Director, Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative, DC
B.2. Hispanic Children’s Health Prevention, Oral Health and Behavioral Health
William Freeman, MPH, Health Scientist Administrator, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, DHHS, MD
Benjamin Ortiz, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center, NY
Clemencia Vargas, DDS, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Maryland Dental School, MD
Alida Bouris, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago School of Service Administration, IL
B.3. Becoming Familiar with Hispanic Veterans Healthcare
Evelyn Lewis, MD, MA, FAAFP, Chief Medical Officer, The Steptoe Group, MD 
Gabriel Perez, Healthcare System Administrator and Medical Center Director, Phoenix VA Health Care Systems, President and Chairman of the Board,  National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives, IL
B.4. Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Prevention and Care Among Hispanics
Fidencio Saldana, MD, MPH, Staff Cardiologist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Instructor of Medicine, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Harvard Medical School, MA
B.5. Latina Women’s Health
Frances E. Ashe-Goins, RN, MPH, Deputy Director, Office on Women’s Health, DHHS, DC
Venus Gines, MA, Founder/CEO, Dia de la Mujer Latina Inc., Instructor, Baylor College of Medicine, TX 
Diana Ramos, MD, MPH, Director, Reproductive Health, Los Angeles County Health Department, CA
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Break in Exhibit Hall – Raffle Winners Announced
4:15 pm – 5:30 pm   Workshops Sessions C
C.1. Successful Diabetes Management with Hispanic Patients
Christine Latham, Professor, School of Nursing, Director of Extramural Funding, California State University, Fullerton, CA- invited
Esteban Lopez, MD, MBA, McKesson Health Solutions, CO
Stephen Spann, Professor and Chairman, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Vice-President for Primary Care Network Development, TX
C.2. Decreasing Infectious Diseases Among Hispanics
Orlando J. Penaloza, MD, Joseph Yoziak, DO, FACP, Clinical Assistant Professors of Medicine, and Judith Knoop, LCSW, Mental Health Coordinator, Hepatitis Care Center, Lehigh Valley Health Network, PA
Rebecca Vargas-Jackson, MD,  Director, Education & Training, National Minority AIDS Education & Training Center, Howard University College of Medicine, DC
C.3. Expanding Cultural Competence Training in Medical Education
Guadalupe Pacheco, MSW, Senior Health Advisor to the Director, Office of Minority Health, DHHS, MD
Mark Ryan, MD, FAAFP, Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, VA
Christian Arbelaez, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, MA
Freda Bush, MD, Chair, Federation of State Medical Boards, MS
C.4. Sustainable Safety Net Care in Hispanic Regions of the U.S.
Paloma Hernandez, MS, MPH, President and Chief Executive, Urban Health Plan, Inc. NY
Victoria Sorlie, MD, Central Valley Family Health, CA
Dan Reyna, MSS, MPA, General Manager, US Section, U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission, Office of Global Health Affairs, DHHS, TX
C.5. Issues for Starting and Sustaining Your Medical Career/Practice for Hispanic Populations
Rene Sepulveda, MD, FACS, Urologist Partner, TX
Ken Dominguez, MD, CDC - EIS Program
Kaiser Permanente, Speaker TBN
National Health Service Corps, Speaker TBN
Carlos Corral, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery, NM   
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm High School/College Students Medical School Recruitment Lectures and Fair with Recruiters from Across the U.S. - supported by NHMA and the Association of American Medical Colleges
Mistress of Ceremonies: Maria Teresa Kumar, VOTO Latino
Keynote Speaker: Vice Admiral Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA, 18th Surgeon General of the US –invited
NHMA Hispanic Health Leadership Awards 2011:
Government: Mayra Alvarez, MPH, Office of Health Reform, United States Department of Health and Human Services, DC, First Lady Maria Schriver, State of California,  The Honorable Mel Martinez, former Senator (R-FL), The Honorable Marco Rubio, Senator-elect (R-FL)
Community: Eva Longoria-Parker – Padres Contra Cancer, Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPH, Vice President for External Relations and Preventive Medicine Advisor, Public Health Institute, CA
Corporate: Mark Wagar, CEO, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, NY, Johnson and Johnson
Physician of the Year: George Flores, MD, The California Endowment
NHMA Fellow of the Year: Onelia Lage, MD, University of Miami
Academic: Manuel De La Rosa, MD, Dean, Paul Foster Texas Tech University School of Medicine, El Paso, TX
Hispanic Medical Societies, Health Professional Associations, Council of Residents, LMSA Presidents
Sunday March 20, 2011

8:30 am – 11:00 am Plenary Breakfast Session: Building a National Agenda on Healthy Aging, Eldercare and Healthy Hispanic Communities
Cindy Padilla, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Administration on Aging, United States Department of Health and Human Services, DC- invited
Mayor Julian Castro, San Antonio, TX
Susan Vega, Senior Advocate, Alivio Medical Center, IL – Chicago Health Community Initiative
Emilio J. Morante, MPH, MSUP, Green Planet Performance Management
FRIDAY March 18, 2011

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm National Hispanic Health Foundation Board of Directors and Corporate Advisory Council Meetings
8:30 pm – 10:30 pm NHMA Council of Residents Meeting
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm NHMA Council of Medical Students Meeting
SATURDAY, March 19, 2011

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm  NHMA Leadership Institute for Hispanic Medical Societies and Health Professional Associations Boards of Directors, supported by USDHHS Office of Minority Health
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Harvard Alumni Reception


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