LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Open Enrollment Period to apply for affordable health care insurance through the Marketplace in your state -November 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015 – go to www.HealthCare.gov or www.CuidadodeSalud.gov .  If you have enrolled in 2014 you are encouraged to review the website since there are 77 new health insurance plans participating during this Enrollment Period. If you don’t apply, penalty on you income tax will be 2 percent of your income or $325, whichever is higher.

NHMA has advocated for improved healthcare and lifestyle for Hispanic populations in Washington, DC over the past month in the following new activities:

·         NHMA joined American Academy of Pediatrics and Child Health Group on supporting CHIP reauthorization;

·         NHMA joined Association of American Medical Colleges on supporting for increased funding to diversity in health careers pathways;

·         NHMA joined environmental health advocates to support climate change policies.

·         NHMA joined National Hispanic Leadership Agenda in advocating for Congress actions on tax reform, CHIP, health workforce, immigration reform

·         NHMA joined the planning meeting for the New Medicare Alliance to support Medicare for our seniors and others.

NHMA Upcoming Policy Briefings: NHMA actively creates policy recommendations to advocate for our communities’ healthcare issues – especially for safety net physicians and health care providers or for diversity in the academic and public/private sector leadership.

Diversity in Medicine and Research – NHMA and National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities with leaders from the NMA, AAIP, NCAPIP, AAMC, Kaiser Permanente, and others. NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD, January 28-29, 2015 by invitation.

Early Child Obesity for Hispanics Policy Summit with the State Legislators of CA and NY, winter 2015; supported by W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Hispanics and Hepatitis C Summits - Austin, TX in February 2015 and in Los Angeles, CA and Washington, DC, May 2015 – supported by Abbvie.

Issues that NHMA is working on for advocacy: 

1.      Networks for private physicians who are culturally competent and bilingual with insurance plans need to be expanded not narrowed. Private practices, private dental practices, local pharmacies need to be supported in this era of transition. Primary Care bonuses for primary care extension.

2.      Medicaid and CHIP extension/re-authorization

3.      Health care professional workforce: Creating a health care focus in federal government STEM programs

4.      Expanding Veteran’s Access to health care in our communities through increase collaboration with community clinics and private physicians

Other suggestions? Please send in your advocacy ideas to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

NHMA PROGRAMS UPDATE

NHMA 19th Annual Conference, “Effective Strategies to Improve Healthcare for Hispanics in our Local Communities” March 26-29, 2015, Marriott Wardman Hotel, Washington, DC.  Join over 800 physicians, health care professionals, public health and private sector leaders discuss strategies to improve health care delivery, medical education, research and policies for community health. CME to be provided.  See www.nhmamd.org for latest Agenda, Registration Information, Sponsorship Information, applications for Posters, RSVP for Capitol Hill Visits and more. NHMA Conference is a unique forum to learn strategies regarding Hispanic health for private clinicians, faculty, researchers and leaders in public health and corporate sector.  NHMA Awards Gala and Leadership Institute are great networking events.

Opportunities:

Sponsorship Opportunities: For information on the various sponsorship levels please visit www.nhmamd.org.  Please contact Dr. Elena Rios for discussion on sponsorships at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the office at 202-628-5895.

Hispanic Health Research/Service Learning Posters: If any faculty, residents, or health professional students are interested in presenting a poster – please complete the Poster Summary on our website by Feb. 15, 2015.  Please contact our Executive Director, Teresa Chapa, PhD, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Capitol Hill Visits, Friday, March 27th: NHMA organizes visits to Senate and Congress offices to advocate for our priorities to improve healthcare in Hispanic communities and increase access to ACA programs. RSVP and attendance at orientation required as space is limited.

Awards Gala, Saturday March 28th: Keynote Speaker: Sandra Hernandez, MD, MPH, President, California Healthcare Foundation (invited) Awards Gala and Dance

Leadership Institute for Health Equity in America, Sunday March 29th: NHMA invites presidents of national Hispanic health professional associations and presidents from African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Native American, and Hispanic health professional associations and CBOs to learn from experts how to prepare for public and private leadership positions in HHS and the VA as well as Federal boards, and on corporate, health industry, university boards of trustees.

NHMA Leadership Fellowship – a year-long Executive Leadership Program for 10 mid-career physicians that has produced over 120 Fellows from across the nation who are in leadership trajectories in healthcare. Application consists of form with statement of interest, CV with documented leadership, and recommendation letter. Program for Class of 2015 to begin with a 2 day Orientation (Mar. 25-26) prior to the NHMA Conference in Washington, DC followed by a Summer Webinar Series on Leaders and a 4 day Washington, DC Leadership Institute in September, 2015. Policy Analysis Teams will be meeting with faculty and other Fellows and will present at NHMA Conference in 2016 at third meeting. Program Fee is $10,000. Applications on website, deadline January 31, 2015.

NHMA Member Appointments Program - NHMA collaborates with the US Department of Health and Human Services, VA, and White House Office of Presidential Personnel, Congressional Hispanic Caucus to identify senior executives for Federal service, researchers for NIH research positions, as well as for part-time leadership positions on national Boards and Commissions, Boards of Directors in the Corporate Sector and for non-profit education institutions and hospitals and clinics.  For those interested, contact E. Rios today at (202) 628-5895.

NHMA Mentoring Programs for Residents and Undergraduate Pre-Med Students – These two mentoring programs have monthly communications with mentors assigned in the Fall of each year for one year. See applications on website www.nhmamd.org.  All mentors and mentees are encouraged to attend NHMA Annual Conference (Spring 2015) and Region Forums (Fall 2015). For more information, contact John Aguilar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NHMA – GE Medical Student Mentoring Program - up to 50 medical students encouraged to apply from the 6 areas: California (primarily Los Angeles area), San Antonio, Chicago, NYC, Atlanta and Miami, interested in primary care and community healthcare delivery in Hispanic communities. Deadline of December 12, 2014.  Students will be assigned mentors in December and have a webinar to start the program before the holidays. Students are required to minimum monthly contact with mentors, preceptorship for 2-3 days at a community practice/clinic and to attend the NHMA Annual Conference in Washington, DC. (transportation, hotel, registration are covered for the students to attend the annual conference).

We are also seeking mentors who are primary care physicians in Hispanic communities in the hub cities mentioned above.  If you would like to sign up as a mentor please complete the following form: https://docs.google.com/a/nhmamd.org/forms/d/1dVWwgJl-jSFppj9YlVFF0AIBQljZvom5XHCerjZUlQY/viewform

NHMA Resident Mentoring Program:  for residents/fellows interested in learning about leadership and career opportunities by mentoring from physicians in the fields – academic research, academic clinician, clinician, public health/administrator. NHMA seeks physicians to be mentors to the students in these four career tracks.

NHMA Recruitment to Medical School Conferences with the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio on Nov. 8th and at USC with Charles R Drew University, Los Angeles and UCLA on Nov. 15th and will increase our Mentoring of premedical students to apply to medical school. NHMA is now mentoring 90 medical students interested in applying to medical school this year. Support provided by the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.  We are seeking mentors from the Latino Medical Student Association. Next year, NHMA to formalize the Pre-Health Students networks in our 6 Regions. 

NHMA California Leadership Fellowship Class of 2014 is working on their policy team projects and considering their applications to State public health policy appointments. The Fellows will be meeting for a day with National Leaders discussing their roles and responsibilities in Washington, DC on March 26th. They will be presenting their policy recommendations at the NHMA Conference.  This program is supported by the California Wellness Foundation.

NHMA 2014 Six Region Forums “Covered Hispanics Campaign” with speakers from the US Department of Health and Human Services – NHMA successfully discussed ways to increase enrollment of Hispanics for health insurance through the Marketplace with 500 community leaders and State Marketplace leaders!  Following the meetings, NHMA President and staff have attended meetings with HHS Secretary Burwell and with the White House on the second enrollment of the ACA along with other key advocate leaders to

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 Team meeting with the US Surgeon General takes place this month to advocate for Hispanic Obesity Recommendations from our 2013 Summits.

 

NHMA MEMBERS & SERVICES UPDATE

Dr. Rios presented at the AAMC National Conference with the presidents of the NMA, AAIP and NCAPIP on the importance of working together with the AAMC on diversity and inclusion with medical students. Of note, this was the first time for the 4 minority medical associations to come together at the AAMC Conference – Chicago, Nov.10th.

Dr. Rios and interns participate in the Salud Tuesday Tweet Chat on Diversity in Medicine – with a record tweets for NHMA and Rios accounts! Nov. 4th

Dr. Rios and John Aguilar, NHMA Program Officer participated in the OMH supported Pre-Medical Student Conferences in San Antonio, Nov. 8th and in Los Angeles, Nov. 15th –speaking to over 400 premedical students and encouraging them to apply to medical school!

Dr. Sam Arce participated in the media launch of new Spanish media health campaign – ConsejoSano, Workplace Wellness Council of Mexico - along with Congressman Lujan (NM) and the California Endowment

Dr. Minerva Campos participated in the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health, Washington, DC Reducing Health Disparities

Dr. Rios participates as member of the Advisory Committee to NBC on Prevenir es Vivir in NYC on Oct. 23 along with the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association.

Dr. Vanessa Salcedo held a mixer for NHMA Young Physicians in NYC, Nov. 21st

Dr. Judy Flores is Honored by the Woodhull Medical Center Auxiliary on Community Leadership on Nov. 20th

 

All NHMA Members asked to Make tax Deductible Contributions at the www.nhmamd.org :

NHMA Covered Hispanic Campaign – to support our Social media and Media efforts to encourage Hispanics to enroll in health insurance in the Marketplace and to support our Regional campaigns 2014-15.

2014 NHHF Health Professional Student Scholarship Galas

1.      JW Marriott LA LIVE Los Angeles, Nov. 20, 2014

2.      NY Academy of Medicine, Dec 4, 2014

Join 500 guests to celebrate our 20 Scholarship Awardees and their parents as well as our Honorees for their Leadership:

Los Angeles Awardees include the following:

·         Rodger F. Steinert, MD, Interim Dean, UC Irvine School of Medicine

·         Henri R. Ford, MD, MH, Vice Dean for Medical Education, Keck School of Medicine of USC

·         Beth Zachary, President & CEO, White Memorial

·         Pedro Nosnik, MD, PA, Neurologist

·         Robert Rojas, CPA, MS, Owner, Rojas & Associates, CPAs

·         Bel Hernandez Castillo, President, Latin Heat, Host, Hola LA - CBS/KCAL TV

 

NYC Awardees include the following:

·         Yvette Calderon, MD, MS, Assistant Dean of the Office of Diversity Enhancement at AECOM, Jacobi Medical Center

·         Jay Hershenson, Vice Chancellor, City University of New York

·         Luis Rosero, Director of Hispanic Business Strategy Group, Toyota Motor North America  Manuel Gonzalez, Co-Founder & CEO, Pediatric Innovations USA

·         Natalie Morales, News Anchor, Today Show

 

RC21X: The Thermometer for your BrainSM

RC21X is revolutionary brain performance monitoring program that serves as a valuable assessment tool for primary care physicians whose patients suffer from any number of issues such as ADHD, ADD, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Sleep Deprivation, Substance Abuse, Concussions, TBI and Pharmaceutical Side Effects.

NHMA has partnered with RC21X to raise funds for important community initiatives and rais e awareness of brain health. From now through January 31, 2015, on every RC21X subscription purchased at $50.00/year, NHMA will receive 50% of the proceeds. These dollars will go directly to support a variety of NHMA programs such as mentoring high-school students who are interested in becoming medical professionals.  Share RC21X with your patients, family and friends and help them better manage health issues that affect the brain...and help the NHMA generate funds for key community projects. Learn more about the RC21X-NHMA fundraiser by going to: http://nhma-rc21x-fundraiser.gr8.com

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Fundraising Effort with AmazonSmile Program: Support NHHF/NHMA educational activities:

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.  We please ask that you sign up in order to support the next generation of our health workforce. For directions on how to sign up for the AmazonSmile please click here: http://nhmamd.org/index.php/nhma-media/nhma-in-the-news/375-smile-your-amazon-purchases-can-now-support-nhhf

HIVMA Minority Clinical Fellowship Program: December 12th Application Deadline

The HIV Medicine Association’s Minority Clinical Fellowship program provides a pathway for HIV clinical training for African American and Latino physicians committed to working with medically underserved patient populations. Up to two one-year fellowships are awarded annually to African American and Latino physicians. During the training year, fellows manage the ongoing care of patients with HIV disease under the supervision of an HIVMA mentor. The award includes a $60,000 stipend plus funding for benefits for one year and support for additional learning opportunities.

Applications are being accepted for the 2015 to 2016 fellowship year, which starts July 1, 2015.  Eligible candidates will be African American or Latino physicians who are within the first five years of starting their medical practice and have a demonstrated interest in HIV medicine. The fellowship is not intended for physicians who plan to complete an infectious diseases training program.

The application along with information on current and past fellows is available online at www.hivma.org/Minority_Clinical_Fellowship.aspx. The deadline to apply for next year is December 12, 2014.

Contact Nathan Danskey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions or for more information.

Get Covered Communicators Program

Please complete this form to participate in the Get Covered America Communicators Program. This program is designed to help you or your organization communicate proven, consumer-focused messages around enrollment efforts under the Affordable Care Act. You'll receive a once a week email with program updates, responses to FAQs in the media, and examples of earned media coverage that may inform your own communications efforts. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. More resources are available at www.GetCoveredAmerica.org

AHRQ Resources in Spanish for Physicians

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released its “Conserve su salud Spanish-language brochures that might be of interest to the members of the National Hispanic Medical Association. 

 

AHRQ developed the brochuresto help Hispanic consumers understand the different preventive services needed to help them stay healthy. The brochures provide information on what screening tests to take, and what steps to take for good health and preventive care. The information in the brochures is based on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations.

There are four “Conserve su salud” brochures available on the AHRQ Web site:

 


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