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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

 

White House directs humanitarian aid to refugees who have been primarily unaccompanied children coming from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador along the US-Mexico Border – as Congress can’t come to consensus on efforts.

 

NHMA has been contacted to inform our members and networks about the need for healthcare services.  For those interested in volunteering or working in temporary medical positions, information, by state, for refugee resettlement NGOs can be found at the State Department’s Refugee Processing Center (RPC) webpage or the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) webpage.

 

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/state-programs-annual-overview

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/resource/orr-funded-programs-key-contacts

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/resource/staff-directory

 

Major causes of death in Guatemala still include treatable and communicable diseases, such as diarrhea, pneumonia, cholera, malnutrition, and tuberculosis. (World Bank, Policy, Research working paper; no.WPS 2966, Guatemala, Feb. 25, 2003). In Honduras, in 2007, hypertension and diabetes are the first and the sixth causes of specialized care, respectively. Chronic diseases are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality at the national level Annual incidence of HIV AIDS – 21 cases per 100,000 in 2000-2006, Annual prevalence of TB- 2004 – 47.1. Dengue is still highly endemic. A total of 3,530 cases were recorded in 1990-1994, and 24,660 cases in 2007. There were 52,100 cases of malaria in 1994. This figure decreased to 13,913 in 2007. The annual prevalence rate of tuberculosis has decreased steadily from 94.6 cases in 1991 to 91.7 cases in 1995, and 47.1 cases in 2004. (Pan American Health Organization Health System Profile Honduras, Central America: Monitoring and Analysis of Health Systems Change/Reform” Washington, D.C.: PAHO, 2009.)

 

Non-Transmissible Chronic Diseases in El Salvador  represent 74.2% of all deceases occurred in 2007: external cause injuries are in first place followed by cardiac illnesses, cancer, renal insufficiency and diabetes. Between 2003 and 2008 overweight among children under 5 years increased from 3.6% to 4.2%, at national level. 31.6% of the women in fertile age suffers overweight and 25.6% suffers obesity. According to recent studies, renal chronic disease is becoming a public health issue in certain areas of the Country. El Salvador keeps actions, control and surveillance programs for the most prevalent transmissible diseases.  Dengue: from 2000 to 2005, 70,945 suspected cases were reported: 28,352 were laboratory-confirmed cases.  H1N1 Flu: in 2009, El Salvador reported 838 cases and 33 fatalities. Malaria: in 2008, 33 cases were reported. Tuberculosis: Incidence dropped by 49% between 1997 and 2006, the success of the treatment almost reaches 88%. HIV/AIDS: 22,210 cases were reported up to December 2008: 62% HIV and 38% AIDS. 82% correspond to persons between 15 and 49 years, and 6 out of 10 cases are men. According to ONUSIDA, the estimated HIV prevalence is 0.8% of population between 15 and 49 years. (World Health Organization 2010, The Country Cooperation Strategy brief.)

 

President Obama signs Veterans Health Law ---to increase medical care for veterans with increased hiring of workforce, increased VA Clinics and increased contracts with private sector health facilities in underserved and rural communities. Congratulations to Congressman Raul Ruiz for his work on the Committee in Congress and to the Senate and Congress for moving this key work forward for our veteran’s healthcare and wellness services.

 

NHMA PROGRAMS UPDATE

 

NHHF and NHMA just ended the first year of the GE-NHMA Health Professional Student Mentoring and Leadership Program for 50 pairs of mentors/mentees in 5 Regions across the country. We found that there is a void of mentoring about how to be successful in serving the needs of Hispanic populations in the community – primary care and in public health. Of note, all the students were inspired to serve the community in clinical settings in the community – either in clinics, medical practices, hospitals and health departments. Also, many of the students had their first experience with the mentoring from a Hispanic physician and their first visit to the NHMA Annual Conference in Washington, DC – being inspired by the NHMA networks. 100% of students in the program set a goal and met the goal of increasing specific knowledge or skills to help on their decision to pursue their career in community health of Hispanics.

 

NHMA California Leadership Fellowship Class of 2014 is working on their policy team projects and considering their applications to State public health policy appointments. This program is supported by the California Wellness Foundation.

 

NHMA Regional ACA Forums with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will occur with the Regional Directors, CMS and Marketplace Officials from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  To RSVP online please visit our website. Join us to network with NHMA Leaders and to hear about the ACA update and outreach for your patients or employees:

  •         JW Marriott LA LIVE, Los Angeles, CA  – September 6, 2014
  •          NY Academy of Medicine, New York City, NY – September 16, 2014
  •          CDC, Atlanta, GA  – September 19, 2014
  •          Courtyard Marriott at Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL – September 27, 2014
  •          U.S. Capitol Hill Visitors Center, Washington, DC – October 23, 2014
  •          San Antonio, TX – Nov. 2014 - Location TBA

 

Sponsors include the University of Indiana Medical School, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Transamerica Center for Health Studies, Anthem Blue Cross, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, and others.

 

The NHMA Council of Residents will host a Mentoring Program in the hour following the program. All interested in attending either or both events – please RSVP by clicking here or call (202) 628-5895.  Deadline to RSVP is a week before the event.

 

NHMA Advocates for Hispanic Health ----Since the annual conference we have been advocating for two specific issues: 1) increasing access to health care for Hispanic veterans by looking to create a partnership with community clinics and private practice physicians.  It is evident by the recent media attention that there is an urgent need to ensure there is expanded access to health care for our veterans; 2) creating a focus within existing federal STEM programs on recruiting minority and underserved students into health professions. Staff will continue to meet with congressional leaders to continue making progress on these issues.

 

NHHF Child Obesity Public Affairs and Public Affairs projects are currently underway in California and New York with the physician teams who assisted NHHF with their State Summits on Early Child Obesity Reduction supported by the WK Kellogg Foundation.

 

NHMA Medical School Recruitment Conferences will be heldin November 2014 in San Antonio and Los Angeles – dates being determined with our partners – UTHSCA Medical School and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. NHMA continues to mentor about 50 college students from last year’s events who are interested in applying to medical school. This program is supported by the US DHHS Office of Minority Health.

 

MEMBERS UPDATE

 

NHMA & NHHF Board Retreat – On August 1,2014 both boards of directors met to provide guidance for a new direction for NHMA branding for as the leading health organization which provides advocacy services, leadership development and collaboration with other medical associations, NGOs, Social Enterprises, Corporations, Public Health Departments and other stakeholders to improve health equity in the U.S.

 

Inform your colleagues to contact the NHMA:

·                  To Convene State Policy Summits, Congressional Briefings

·                  To Collaborate on Health Disparities and Hispanics Projects

·                  To Enroll in the next NHMA Leadership Fellowship Class of 2015 (physician executive leadership)

·                  To Attend the NHMA Annual Conference, Washington, DC, March 27-29, 2014

·                  For Job Placements or Advertising on our Website, Newsletter

·                  For Internships (Medical Students, Undergraduate Students interested in health policy)

·                  For Surveys and Policy Papers with our Membership of Hispanic physicians

·                  To partner with companies for physician services – financial planning, technology, Medical Spanish and other affinity programs (on our website for members at discount).

·                  To create NHMA Store, Cook Books, NHMA Journal in the future.

 

Dr. Rios participated in the Earthjustice Video, White House and EPA advocacy efforts with the Environmental Protection Agency Clean Power Plan Policies to decrease climate change.

 

 

Dr. Kathy Flores participated in the NMA Conference Forum on Clinical Trials with FDA in Hawaii ---representing the interests of NHMA to increase minority physicians in clinical trials.

 

Dr. JP Sanchez spoke as Keynote Speaker to the Ohio Latino Health Care Conference 2014 on the Cultural Competence Skill building for caring for Latino patients.

 

NHMA signed on to letters supporting the TriCaucus Health Education and Health Equity Act of 2014 and the letters calling the FDA to have Biosimilars policies, and for legislation for hospitals to be protected as they lose federal charity care funding ---all issues to help improve Hispanic health.

 

Dr. Rios participated at 2014 Diverse Scholars Forum with the United Health Foundation supported scholars in Washington, DC 2 days ---of note, NHHF awards 11 Scholarships supported by UHF to Students in health professional schools.

 

White House Presidential Personnel Office has requested NHMA to nominate more Latino Leaders interested in positions with the Obama Administration – either full-time or part-time on Federal commissions. Send your resume to John Aguilar know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

NHMA 2015 Annual Conference:  “ ACA and Collaborations to Improve the Health of Hispanics” – Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC, March 27-29, 2015

 

We are looking for Speakers from Social Enterprises, Academic Health Centers, Private Practices, Hospitals and Health Systems and other on your Collaborations and Programs and Policies to inform Clinicians, Medical School Faculty, Research and Policy Advocates to improve health care for Hispanics across the nation.  See www.nhmamd.org   - Abstracts due Sept. 30, 2014.

 

This is a CME Conference with objectives and training on new knowledge or skill-building for physicians, government, healthcare private sector officials and others interested in learning about how to improve care for Hispanic populations in the U.S.

 

This is a great opportunity for Residency programs, Medical School Faculty and Students and others to join us.  Also searching for Sponsors and Exhibitors - send questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 202–628-5895.

 

Pediatric Part-time Job Opportunity

 

Part-time job opportunity for a pediatrician, leading to a full time position if desired.   We are looking for an energetic, New Jersey licensed pediatrician, board certified or board eligible, to provide pediatric primary care services to a Spanish speaking community in Northern Newark, NJ.  This is an excellent opportunity for new docs or private practitioners with some free time in their schedule.

·                  Where:  North Newark, New Jersey

·                  When:  Starting Immediately

·                  What:  Part-time (2-3 days per week with flexible hours, position available leading to full-time)

·                  Who:  Spanish-speaking preferred, but not mandatory

 

If interested fax resume to 201-825-2908 or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Canopy – Affinity Partner Message to NHMA Members

 

Canopy helps healthcare professionals become proficient in a variety of circumstances and environments while driving understanding of patient culture including etiquette, taboos and customs.  Canopy offers a medical Spanish online course and certification.  If you are new to Spanish, or even if you are a fluent Spanish speaker looking to improve your medical Spanish vocabulary, this course will help you learn medical Spanish in an interactive way. It can be saved and resumed at any time, allowing you to fit it into your busy schedule.

 

About the course and certification:

  • NHMA Medical Spanish Certificate will be awarded after passing the course, CME pending
  • Research and development was conducted with Columbia University, and funded by the NIH
  • Course is accessible online 24/7, through any computer
  • Comes with full technical support
  • 36 full lessons from beginner to advanced, over 40 hours of content- see full curriculum here
  • Learn medical Spanish vocabulary, along with grammar and recorded pronunciations
  • Learn about cultural topics, including indigenous folk illnesses and common medical slang

 

Link to trial for medical Spanish: http://www.canopyapps.com/courses/59/trial

 


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