• Welcome to NHMA

    Established in 1994 in Washington, DC, the National Hispanic Medical Association is a non-profit association representing the interests of 50,000 licensed Hispanic physicians in the United States. NHMA is dedicated to empowering Hispanic physicians to be leaders who will help eliminate health disparities and improve the health of Hispanics. NHMA's vision is to be the national leader to improve the health of Hispanic populations.
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    Gaylord National Harbor Hotel, Washington, DC area : We also invite government agencies, health industry, corporate and non profit health experts to becoming a Sponsor and to provide a Career Exhibit for our health professionals and students and medical residents.
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  • National Hispanic Health Foundation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


About NHMA Programs

The National Hispanic Medical Association has developed its unique programs to improve the health of all Hispanics. The initial set of programs have built a network of physicians and key contacts with a special emphasis on leadership development and networking with the national leaders of the U.S. Federal government and the private sector involved in health care policy.

The second focus of the programs of NHMA has documented critical information from Hispanic physicians who care for Hispanic patients -cultural competence information, language services information, strategies for Hispanics without insurance and to enhance quality of healthcare and model health care delivery programs.

The third focus of the programs of NHMA is mentoring and career advancement for medical school students, public health students, residents, and physicians.  

This year, NHMA has the following programs:

1) NHMA Leadership Fellowship for mid-career physician members;

2) Transformation of Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) of CMS - increasing awareness and recruitment of physicians, nurses, PAs for free training re: EMRs, billing,

3) HIV Awareness/ Act Against AIDS Campaign Awareness among Primary Care Physicians supported by the CDC;

4) Early Childhood Obesity Health Communications to policy-makers and media in NY, CA, Washington, DC supported by W.K. Kellogg Foundation to NHHF

5) Influenza Immunization among Hispanic Adults Campaign supported by ASTHO/CDC;

6) Hepatitis C and Hispanics Leadership Summit Series in Austin, TX, Los Angeles, CA and Washington, DC supported by Abbvie;

7) Academic Medical Career Program for Junior Faculty, Fellows, Residents supported by NIDDK/NIH;

8) Mentoring Program/Financial Planning for Young Physicians and Residents;

9) Mentoring for Medical Students interested in primary care for Hispanic communities;

10) Medical School Recruitment Program for university and high school premedical students with the AAMC at our Annual Conference;

The NHMA established its Foundation, the National Hispanic Health Foundation, in 1994 to develop the 501c3 arm that will create new partnerships to sponsor the NHHF Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Program, NHMA education programs as well as a new future program, Hispanic Health Research Institute for training and mentoring of Junior Faculty to diversify the research workforce and increase the population and prevention and policy research about Hispanics.

We look forward to continuing to work with our members and partners and welcome your comments on future programming. JOIN NHMA TODAY - go to MEMBERSHIP SECTION OF THIS WEBSITE.

NHMA Resident Leadership Class of 2001

Tomas H. Ayala, M.D.
Internal Medicine
University of Maryland Medical Center

Aaron A. Apodaca, M.D.
Internal Medicine
Virginia Mason Medical Center

Ana Polaco Arnett, M.D.
Family Practice
Eastern New Mexico Medical Center

Miguel J. Boque, M.D.
Family Practice
The Brooklyn Hospital Center

Sandra F. Braganza, M.D.
Social Medicine/Pediatrics
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Yara Lia Delgado-Hernandez, M.D.
Family Practice
Providence Medical Center

Jeff González, M.D.
Internal Medicine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Cristina L. Guerra, M.D.
General Surgery
Leigh Valley Hospital

Sandra Guerra-Cantu, M.D.
Family Practice
Christus Santa Rosa Medical Center

Grettel Cristina Jara, M.D.
University of Illinois Lutheran General Hospital

Claudia T. Martorell, M.D.
Internal Medicine
Baystate Medical Center

Luz Adriana Matiz, M.D.
Family and Community Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center

Maria Andrea Mendoza Mason, M.D.
Family Practice
Scripps Family Practice

Didima C. Mon, M.D., M.P.H.
Baystate Medical Center, Children's Hospital

Carlos Leyva Moreno, M.D.
University of Michigan University Hospital

Susan C. Moreno, D.O.
Family Practice
Southwestern Medical Center

Olga M. Olivares, M.D.
Family and Community Medicine
Health Science Center at San Antonio

Benjamin Ortiz, Jr., M.D.
Internal Medicine
Mount Sinai Medical Center

Joseph L. Perez, M.D.
Family Practice
Beth Israel Medical Center

Josephine Phyllis Preciado, M.D.
Internal Medicine
Alameda County Medical Center

NHMA Resident Leadership Class of 2002

Olga Mariela Ceron, M.D.
Charles Drew University/MLK Hospital

Louis M. Di Bernardo, M.D.
Family Medicine
UC Irvine Medical Center

Robert Gonzalez, M.D.
Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana University

Imelda Huerta, M.D.
Hope Children's Hospital

Sonia Garcia Laumbach, M.D.
Family Practice
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Melissa Martinez-Adorno, M.D.
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network

Fausto Santiago Meza, M.D.
Internal Medicine
New York Presbyterian Hospital

Teresa Hernandez Nimmo, M.D.
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Arkansas Children's Hospital

Luis F. Padilla, M.D., M.P.H.
Family Medicine
Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island

Ana Pantoja, M.D.
Family Practice

Carmen Peralta, M.D.
Internal Medicine
Brigham & Women's Hospital

Vincent Pinedo, M.D.
Jacobi Medical Center

Esther Maria Sampayo, M.D.
Children's Hospital at Montefiore

Lucila Tarin, M.D.
Family Medicine
USC/California Medical Center

Angela Maria Torres, M.D.
Family Practice
Swedish at Providence/SeaMar Community Health Center

Marian Torres, M.D.
Family Practice
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Ulysses John Urquidi, M.D., M.S.
Family and Community Medicine
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Luis R. Vega, M.D.
Family Practice
University of Florida

Marcelo Venegas-Pizarro, M.D.
Internal Medicine/Social Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center

Yesenia Yepez, M.D.
Family Practice
West Suburban Hospital Medical Center

NHMA Resident Leadership Class of 2003

Esmeralda Arreola, M.D.
Family Practice

Romulo Colindres Jr., M.D., M.P.H.
Children's National Medical Center

Maria Francesca Couto, M.D.
Internal Medicine
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

(Juan) Jorge Del Valle, M.D.
Stanislaus County Health Services Agency

Cruz Fana, M.D.
Internal Medicine
New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens

Dana Figueroa, M.D.
University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill

Tina Flores, M.D.
Family Practice
University of Texas Health Science Center

Christina Guillen, M.D.
Health Science Center at Brooklyn-College of Medicine

Joaquin Gomez-Daspet, M.D.
Internal Medicine/Endocrinology
University of Florida Health Sciences Center

Miguel Jimenez, M.D.
Family Practice
Cook County Hospital

Lenny Lopez, M.D., M.Div., M.P.H.
Internal Medicine
Brigham & Women's Hospital/Harvard University School of Medicine

Edgar Martorell, M.D.
Internal Medicine
Mayo Graduate School of Medicine

Hilda Mena, M.D.
Family Practice
Swedish Medical Center at Providence Family Practice

Jesus Mendiolaza, M.D.
Internal Medicine
University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey School of Medicine

Jose Morfin, M.D.
Primary Care
UCSF- Internal Medicine

Ilka Nazario Perez, M.D.
Western Reserve Care System

Mary Pisculli, M.D.
General Medicine/Primary Care
Brigham & Women's Hospital

Julie Ramos, M.D.
Cornell Medical Center

Fidencio Saldana, M.D.
Internal Medicine
Brigham & Women's Hospital

Eunice Sanchez-Mata, M.D.
Family Practice
San Jose Medical Center

Luz Marcela Serrano, M.D.
Family Practice
Memorial Medical Center

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About the Flu

Flu refers to illnesses caused by a number of different influenza viruses. Flu can cause a range of symptoms and effects, from mild to lethal.

Two strains of flu, seasonal flu and the H1N1 (Swine) flu, are currently circulating in the United States. A third, highly lethal H5N1 (Bird) flu is being closely tracked overseas.

Most healthy people recover from the flu without problems, but certain people are at high risk for serious complications.

Extensive efforts are underway to track and monitor the spread of all flu viruses. In the U.S., epidemiologists at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are working with states to collect, compile and analyze reports of flu outbreaks. More on the current situation.

Flu symptoms may include fever, coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills and fatigue. In H1N1 flu infection, vomiting and diarrhea may also occur.

Annual outbreaks of the seasonal flu usually occur during the late fall through early spring. Most people have natural immunity, and a seasonal flu vaccine is available. In a typical year, approximately 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the seasonal flu and approximately 36,000 flu-related deaths are reported.

This year, the H1N1 flu virus may cause a more dangerous flu season with a lot more people getting sick, being hospitalized and dying than during a regular flu season. H1N1 is a new virus first seen in the United States. It is contagious and spreads from person to person. Like seasonal flu, illness in people with H1N1 can vary from mild to severe.

A flu pandemic occurs when a new influenza A virus emerges for which there is little or no immunity in the human population; the virus causes serious illness and spreads easily from person-to-person worldwide. On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that a global pandemic of H1N1 flu is underway.

H5N1 (Bird) flu is an influenza A virus subtype that is highly contagious among birds. Rare human infections with the H5N1 (Bird) flu virus have occurred. The majority of confirmed cases have occurred in Asia, Africa, the Pacific, Europe and the Near East. Currently, the United States has no confirmed human H5N1 (Bird) flu infections, but H5N1 (Bird) flu remains a serious concern with the potential to cause a deadly pandemic.

For more information: http://www.flu.gov/individualfamily/about/index.html


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