LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

President Obama Calls for Reduction of Current Carbon Plants’ Emissions

As the Obama administration readies its proposal for limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, new research says strong rules could offer health benefits by reducing air pollutants. Tough carbon rules could reduce the risk of heart attacks, lung cancer, asthma and other health problems by limiting pollutants that contribute to soot, acid rain and ozone, according to a study Tuesday by researchers at Harvard and Syracuse universities. When power plants limit carbon emissions, they release less sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, mercury and particulate matter.

Slated to be announced June 2, the controversial rules will be a key component of President Obama's plan to fight climate change, since power plants account for a 40% share of the nation's heat-trapping carbon emissions.

Opponents, including business groups and Republicans, say the Environmental Protection Agency rules amount to "a war on coal" by making it difficult for coal-fired plants to remain economically competitive. These plants, which supply 39% of U.S electricity, emit more CO2 than do those powered by oil or natural gas. On Wednesday, the Chamber of Commerce plans to release a report warning that the EPA rules could negatively impact jobs and cause higher electricity prices. The National Resources Defense Council's analysis says the rules could create hundreds of thousands of energy-efficiency jobs and, by lowering energy use, reduce consumer utility bills.

The Obama administration's historic proposal to reduce carbon emissions from U.S. power plants, expected Monday, could accelerate the nation's shift from coal to natural gas and renewable energy. These regulations will exceed those from last year for new power plants and the  2011 requirement that new cars and light trucks double fuel efficiency by 2025.

Please also read NHMA’s recent press release: http://nhmamd.org/index.php/nhma-media/nhma-in-the-news/358-nhma-applauds-epas-new-standards-on-carbon-pollution

First Lady Michelle Obama leads call to action to support healthy food programs for schools – and gets push back from school districts without budgets to keep up with the new costs involved.  NHMA supports the bipartisan policy introduced in Congress that calls for CBO to score legislation over longer periods of time than the current 10 years to show the impact of prevention on health care costs and health.

NHMA PROGRAMS UPDATE

NHMA Hispanic Health Congressional Briefing on Obesity and the need for healthy policies in schools and with the education efforts of the ACA – June 12th with the Congressional Tricaucus, Dannon, Dairy Council and the Department of Agriculture. Supported by the National Hispanic Health Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Hispanic Early Childhood Obesity Leadership Campaign

NHMA California Leadership Fellowship - Physicians who participated in meetings with California State Health Leaders – Secretary of Health and Human Services, Directors of Public Health and Health Services, Covered California, Health Equity, Governor’s Office, Senators Hernandez and Lara,  and leading advocate - now working on California policy recommendations on the need for Health Prevention for Latinos and the Expanded Health Professions Diversity – they will present their recommendations at the Annual NHMA Conference 2015 in March.  Fellowship is supported by the California Wellness Foundation.

Child Obesity Physicians and Health Leaders requested for policy and media campaign outreach – contact Teresa Chapa, NHMA Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to join this team by August 1, 2014. The team will be briefed on talking points and the NHMA Obesity Report done on 2013 State Summits in NY and CA. Program is supported by the WK Kellogg Foundation.

NHMA Council of Young Physicians and Residents Mentoring Programs – needs Mentors and Mentees this summer to be invited to meet at our Regional Forums in September and October. Please contact John Aguilar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 1, 2014.

HispanicHealth.Info has been updatedwith a Calendar of Events, a collaboration with the NHMA Regions Steering Committees and the National Hispanic Health Professional Leadership Network – established in 2004 in Washington, DC - the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Hispanic Dental Association, APHA Latino Caucus, Physician Assistants for Latino Health, Latino Forum for Health Executives, the NY Association of Hispanic Health Executives, Latino Nutritionists, Mental Health Organizations, and the Podiatrists.

NHMA REGION NETWORKING FORUMS:

DC Metro Region – Dr. Minerva Campos, Region Chairperson introduced Sonia Mora of Montgomery County Health Department discussing Welcome Back Program for international medical graduates in Maryland to an audience of 100 persons – we had in attendance DC Director of Health, FDA, NIH, AHRQ, AARP, MAXIMUS, Joint Commission, and many other health advocates, physicians, and medical students.

North East Region-

June 6: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Cultural Competence Conference and NHMA NE Region Reception

June 12: Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, President, New York Academy of Medicine Reception to honor new NYC Health Commissioner Bassett and Deputy Commissioner Oxiris Barbot, MD, NHMA Leadership Fellow.

June 16: Association of Health Care Executives Awards Dinner, New York Academy of Medicine, contact www.ahhe.org

June 16: New York Academy of Medicine Annual Awards Gala, The Pierre Hotel, 6-10 pm, contact www.nyam.org

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

NHMA Members are encouraged to become active in our programs and nominations to leadership positions – representing the NHMA to health advisory committees for the Federal government or private sector hospitals, clinics, conferences and associations ---to support the mission of NHMA – to improve the health of Hispanic populations. We also need physicians for the Board of Directors committees – Membership, Development and Finance, Communications campaigns with media, Technology, NHMA Journal, and the NHMA Conference. Contact John Aguilar in the office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for interest.

NHMA is seeking partners to support the National Hispanic Health Foundation’s National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship and Mentoring Program – go to www.nhmafoundation.org for more details. Twelve outstanding students with academic excellence, documented leadership and commitment to serving the Latino population will be awarded as well as Leaders in Hispanic Health on Nov. 20 at the JW Marriott, LA LIVE, Los Angeles CA and on Dec. 4 at the New York Academy of Medicine. We have supported over 150 students with over $450,000 of scholarships so that we have more Latino health professionals in our communities. Applications now available for graduate students enrolled in medical, nursing, dental, public health, policy, podiatry, pharmacy and physician assistant schools.

Dr. Sam Arce discussed Latino health on New York City television about diabetes challenges and the growing epidemic among our communities

Dr. Norma Parra addresses the national Latino Medical Student Association Conference in Houston Texas and provides an update about the National Hispanic Medical Association

Dr. Kathy Flores participates in Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Inter-Professional meeting on community-based training programs.

EPA requests NHMA Physician Speakers – Dr. Jose Cordero, Dean of The Public Health School at the Univ of Puerto Rico; Dr. Teresa Ramos with Humana in Chicago; Dr. Sal Salcedo at the Univ. of Pennsylvania and others have participated for the NHMA and EPA partnership to raise awareness of environmental health and Latino communities.

Dr. Elena Rios speeches:

May 8th, Alliance of Health and Economic Development Conference on the ACA and the Challenge for Workforce Development, Anaheim, California.

May 16th, NY State Latino Health Conference on the ACA and Campaigns needed for Latino Health – ACA education and enrollment; Childhood Obesity Education and STEM and Health workforce, Albany, New York.  

May 21st, Cleveland Clinic’s National Patient Empathy Conference on Cultural Competence and Latino Patients, Cleveland, Ohio.

NHMA invites you to join as a Member – go to www.nhmamd.org to join and to consider how to participate in the organization activities at the national or regional levels.

Donate today to support the Headquarters Office to continue to advocate, coordinate programs and build the NHMA collaboration with our public and private partners – go to www.nhmamd.org.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Family Practice Medical Clinic for Sale in Dallas, Texas

Located on a main thoroughfare in the Dallas, Texas area, this is a niche opportunity for the right person. 

One doctor has run this practice in the same location for 14 years.  There are six years left on a street front lease where landlord is responsible for everything.   Clinic has a comfortable waiting room, reception area, three exam rooms, two bathrooms, lab, office, and walls full of charts of established patients and their extended families. 

100% CASH ONLY PRACTICE.  No Medicare-Medicaid or private insurance.  No hassles with non-payment or delayed payment.   Patients are mostly Spanish speaking, hardworking people who either have no insurance or high deductibles.  The practice is walk-in 9AM-4PM and treats common family medical needs and chronic conditions.

Ideal for practitioner wanting to slow down and practice medicine the old fashioned way or new doctor wanting to step into an established practice, all without the increasingly complicated and mostly unfunded mandates.

Doctor wants to relocate and retire.  For information contact:  Audrey Martin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Facts Up Front: The Nutrition Facts Panel, Simplified

Stroll the aisles of your local supermarket and you’ll see more and more products bearing the Facts Up Front label. Facts Up Front takes the most critical information from the Nutrition Facts Panel and places it on the front of food and beverage packages to help busy consumers – especially parents – make informed decisions when they shop.  Grounded in consumer research and developed by the Grocery Manufacturers Association and Food Marketing Institute, Facts Up Front labels display how much calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugars per serving are in a product. They may also provide information about fiber, vitamins, calcium and other nutrients that are essential for a balanced diet. Making this information more easily accessible helps shoppers quickly compare products on the grocery store shelf and identify the foods that best meet their family’s nutritional needs. 

Facts Up Front is supported with a robust consumer web site that includes a nutrition calculator, meal planning tips and recipes, available in English and Spanish and optimized for mobile devices.  The site also features a section for healthcare professionals.  To learn more about Facts Up Front, visit www.factsupfront.org.

HealthHIV Primary Care Training and Certificate online CME program

We are delighted to offer the HealthHIV HIV Primary Care Training and Certificate CME program to the National Hispanic Medical Association membership. This dynamic, self-guided continuing medical education activity is free and includes up to 2.75 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

The HealthHIV HIV Primary Care Training and Certificate program is based on HealthHIV’s STEP (Staged Training to Engage Providers) Model. This professional development CME activity is designed to help primary care clinicians develop new skills and professional competencies in order to optimize the quality of care they provide to patients infected with HIV. By participating in this web-based certificate program, you (and your staff) will be able to immediately apply lessons learned to your practice.

Below is a link to the activity:

http://healthhiv.healthcourse.com/cms/hiv

Should you have any questions or comments about this activity, please feel free to email Sherlyn Celone, Educational Strategist, HealthHIV at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bridge Clinical: Improving Minority Participation in Clinical Trials - June 6-7, 2014 - Atlanta, GA

Though minority populations continue to carry the burden of chronic disease, they are grossly underrepresented in clinical research. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to increase and strengthen its guidance around diversifying clinical trials and pharmaceutical companies are more focused on the market opportunity of minority populations. Physicians, clinical researchers and graduate students are invited to join us for a Friday evening dinner meeting where we will have an in depth discussion on increasing minority participation in clinical trials. On the following Saturday, join us to learn strategies to address these issues and successfully enroll minorities. Physicians new to research are encouraged to attend the workshop all day Saturday, while seasoned investigators can join in the afternoon. Participants are eligible to receive one (1) AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit for Friday and up to seven (7) AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits for Saturday.

For more information and to register please click here: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/bridge-clinical-research-5403333411

University Hospitals Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University are currently inviting candidates for the position of Chairman of the Department of Surgery

The Department of Surgery was founded in 1834 and enjoys a rich and illustrious history including several notable Chairs. The Chair of the Department of Surgery oversees faculty in 10 Divisions including Cardiac Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, General and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Hepatobiliary and Transplant Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Thoracic and Esophageal Surgery, and Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy both at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and within a 14 hospital system throughout northeast Ohio. The Department has a strong tradition of surgical education, and longstanding educational collaborations with Metrohealth Medical Center and the Louis B. Stokes VA Medical Center.

The successful candidate will be an accomplished surgeon with National and International recognition and a vision and drive to navigate the complexities and changes of our modern healthcare environment.  

University Hospitals (UH), is a comprehensive health care system with $3.5 billion in annual revenues, almost 25,000 employees, and a national reputation for providing the highest-quality health care.  UH is an integrated system with 14 medical centers, 26 outpatient health centers, eight urgent-care centers and more than 230 physician offices across Northeast Ohio.

The system’s flagship hospital is UH Case Medical Center, one of only 18 hospitals in the nation on the prestigious U.S. News & World Report 2013-2014 Best Hospitals Honor Roll. This 1,036-bed academic medical center is the primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. UH Case Medical Center also earned the 2012-13 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize – the most prestigious national award for leadership and innovation in quality improvement and patient safety. UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, on the UH Case Medical Center campus, ranks among the country’s Best Children’s Hospitals, according to U.S. News and The Leapfrog Group.

UH’s reputation for clinical breakthroughs, community engagement and patient-centered care of the highest quality have inspired 65,000 individuals, corporations and foundations to provide more than $1.1 billion in philanthropic support to Discover the Difference: The Campaign for University Hospitals over the past eight years.

Interested individuals are invited to send a letter of interest and CV (electronic submission preferred) to:

Warren R. Selman, M.D.
Harvey Huntington Brown Jr., Professor and Chairman
Department of Neurological Surgery
Case Western Reserve School of Medicine
Neurosurgeon-in-Chief, University Hospitals
Director, UH Neurological Institute
11100 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
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In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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