National Hispanic Medical Association Newsletter – November 2015

Washington, DC

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

 

MEDICAID – Montana became state number 30 to expand Medicaid earlier this month. DC also has expanded Medicaid. Of note, in the 20 states that have not expanded Medicaid, the largest populations of Hispanics are in Texas and Florida.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) announced the creation of a Medicaid Task Force to strengthen and sustain the critical program for the nation’s most vulnerable citizens, based on past hearings trying to clarify the payments made to DSH and non-DSH revenue streams, given that Medicaid is now the largest insurance program in the world. Committee members:

  Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) Chairman 

  Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) 

  Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) 

  Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) 

  Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) 

  Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) 

  Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) 

  Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK)

 

H.R.2927 - To authorize Hispanic-serving institutions receiving grants under part A of title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to use such grant amounts to assist students in entering medical schools, and for other purposes – through mentoring, counseling with national associations and accrediting bodies that would encourage use of STEM funds for premedical student pathways from community colleges to 4 yr institutions of higher education to medical schools.  NHMA encourages you to send letters of support to NHMA and to the Sponsors of the Bill:

 

Congressman Joe Heck (R-NV)

132 Cannon HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-3252
Fax: (202) 225-2185

 

Congressman Raul Ruiz (D-CA)

1319 Longworth HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-5330
Fax: (202) 225-1238

 

NHMA PROGRAMS UPDATE

See www.nhmamd.org for more information on programs.  We encourage participation – call (202) 628-5895 or send email to Program Officer: Lizette Rivera at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

  • NHMA 20th Annual Conference “ Joint Conference on Advancing Hispanic Health: the Next 20 Years”– in collaboration with the Hispanic Dental Association, Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC April 21 – 24, 2016. 

 

Call for Abstracts – on clinical strategies with prevention, disease, mental health, research, faculty development, health policy issues, and on successful practice strategies - on www.nhmamd.org – due November 30, 2015. 

 

Join the NHMA Annual Conference to gain CME credits, learn new clinical updates, medical education and faculty development, health services research, and Federal health policy issues that impact the healthcare delivery to Hispanic populations!  If interested in being a sponsor of our Breakfasts, Lunches, Receptions, Gala and Workshops – please call Elena Rios, MD (202) 628.5895.

 

  • NHHF Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Galas – the National Hispanic Health Foundation invites you all to attend the Award Gala at the New York Academy of Medicine, NYC, Dec.3.  Awardees include Dr. Raju, President, NYC Health and Hospital Commission, Dr. Joe Maldonado, President, NYS Medical Association, Rick Sanchez, renowned journalist, and a surprise awardee as well as 10 Student Scholars.

 

We appreciate all the attendees, sponsors, awardees, and scholars and guests and staff for making the Los Angeles Event on Nov. 3rd a tremendous SUCCESS!! See www.nhmafoundation.org for photos!

 

Purchase Tables and Tickets now for the NYC Event at New York Academy of Medicine – Dec. 3rd, Reception at 6:30 pm, Dinner at 7:30 pm. 

 

Scholarships are given to outstanding medical, nursing, dental, public health and health policy students who are committed to leadership and caring for the Hispanic community. For anyone interested in sponsoring, contact Dr. Elena Rios today at (202) 628-5895. We go to print Nov. 19th.

 

  • NHMA was granted an award to participate in Support and Allignment Network Program of CMS Part of the transforming practice environments for physicians in the US through a subcontract funding from CMS to HCD International, a minority women’s business in Maryland.  We invite Members of NHMA to participate in our webinars and NHMA conference activities as speakers on how you are involved in healthcare reform in your practice. Contact Elena Rios if interested at the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email.

 

The Support and Alignment Networks will provide a system for workforce development utilizing national and regional professional associations and public-private partnerships that are currently working in practice transformation efforts. Utilizing existing and emerging tools these networks will support the recruitment of clinician practices serving small, rural and medically underserved communities and play an active role in the alignment of new learning. The following organizations are the Support and Alignment Networks:

·      American College of Emergency Physicians

·      American College of Physicians, Inc.

·      HCD International, Inc. (National Hispanic Medical Association, Association of American Indian Physicians, National Council of Pacific Islander Asian American Physicians and the Minority Quality Forum)

·      Patient Centered Primary Care Foundation

·      The American Board of Family Medicine, Inc.

·      Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement

·      American College of Radiology

·      American Psychiatric Association

·      American Medical Association

·      National Nursing Centers Consortium

 

  • NHMA awarded 5 year Cooperative Agreement from CDC - Proyecto Consciente (Project Aware) to maximize the reach and effectiveness of the Act Against AIDS (AAA campaign) by strategically disseminating HIV prevention messaging and communications within local Hispanic communities through the NHMA channels of communication to our physicians and partners, as well as implementing concurrent national engagement efforts that focus on HIV prevention and treatment awareness.
  • NHMA awarded 5 year grant from HCDI/CMS – to disseminate information to CMS Transformation Practice Networks on new payment models and other information to transform care delivery to value based and patient-centered care.
  • Planning for 2016 – Dates and Locations TBD – contact us if interested in being invited: (202) 628-5895 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

January:
NHMA Hepatitis C Leadership Summit, Washington, DC

NHHF and NHMA Early Child Obesity Prevention Policies Summit with California Latino Caucus and State Public Health Leaders, Sacramento, CA

February:

NHMA Congressional Briefing on Chronic Disease with AMA, Fuel up to 60, Kellogg Foundation

NHMA Flu Immunization Meeting with Public Health Leaders, ASTHO, CDC, Brooklyn, NYC

 

NHMA MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

 

This is a call for you to join NHMA as a Premier Members who have many opportunities to develop leadership  -- Join at www.nhmamd.org. The National Hispanic Medical Association is excited to kick off our annual summer membership drive and we look forward to welcoming you as a new Premier member to our organization. 

As an NHMA member, you will become part of a community of Hispanic physicians and other healthcare professionals dedicated to improving healthcare for Hispanics and advancing your leadership career - whether you are in private practice, academia, or administration.

The four core values of a NHMA membership are 1) Advocacy 2) Leadership Development 3) Education and 4) Networking.

 If you join as a Premier Member, the following are the member benefits that complement our core values:

·                     Participation on NHMA Board of Directors Committees (Communications, Development, and Membership Committees)

·                     Nomination to Federal and Corporate Boards, and Advisory Committees

·                     Opportunity to serve as a mentor for medical students, public health students, or residents

·                     Valuable networking opportunities with other health care professionals and government officials

·                     Invitations to NHMA regional events and Congressional briefings on Hispanic issues

·                     Opportunity to represent NHMA during Congressional meetings at our Annual Conference

Apply online at http://nhmamd.org/index.php/membership-31/membership-options/individual-memberships.  For more information you can contact our Sara Reinoso at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 202-628-5895.

 

Member Accomplishments:

 

Ana Maria Lopez, MD, Utah University Health Sciences – featured in the Hispanic Executive Magazine on Telemedicine work

 

Ilan Shapiro, MD, Fort Myers, FL and selection committee – appreciation for the NHMA receiving the 2015 Meritorious Nonprofit Award from the APHA Latino Caucus

 

Movement is Life Caucus, Washington DC Conference - Anna Eastman, MD family practitioner, Whittier, CA and Ramon Jimenez, MD, orthopedic surgeon, San Jose CA, Henry Pacheco, MD, Dallas, and Elena Rios, MD, Washington, DC were all participants among others.

 

Elena Rios, MD discussing health workforce policy recommendations to the White House Conference on Girls and Women of Color  ---Nov. 13th along with Nadine Gracia, MD, Director, Office of Minority Health and reps from organizations focused on teen pregnancy, reproductive health and mental health for minority women’s health equity.

 

MEMBERSHIP and CONFERENCE COMMITTEES of the NHMA Board of Directors--- if interested in serving on these committees, call Lizette Rivera at 202-628-5895 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

HealthCare.gov Pilots New Doctor Lookup Feature

For the first time, insurers are required to provide up-to-date information about which doctors and facilities are in their networks. Plans must also provide access to information on what medications are covered in the health plan formulary. In the coming weeks, HealthCare.gov expects to pilot the Prescription Drug Check feature, as well, which will allow consumers to search for whether a plan covers their prescription drugs.

 

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs are accepting applications thru November 16, 2015.

 

In exchange for a two-year research commitment, the NIH LRPs will repay up to $70,000 in eligible student loan debt to researchers and health professionals conducting qualifying research funded by domestic non-profit or government organizations. The 2016 Loan Repayment Programs applications deadline is November 16, 2015 at 8:00 PM. Please visit our webpage at www.lrp.nih.gov to learn more about eligibly and to apply.  If you have any questions about the application process, please contact our Information Center, Monday-Friday, from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, EST. We can be reached by phone at 866-849-4047 and by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NIH Medical Research Scholars Program

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) provides a unique opportunity for second-, third-, and fourth-year medical, dental, and veterinary students to work with an NIH investigator on a research project, learn new skills, and get to know like-minded peers. Scholars have access to a wide variety of lab settings and to state-of-the-art research and medical facilities.

 

This comprehensive 12-month residential enrichment program is designed for students interested in research. The MRSP is located on the NIH main campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Scholars live on the campus and receive a stipend. Scholars engage in mentored basic, translational, or clinical research projects in an area that matches their personal interests and career and research goals.

NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and to apply that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. To advance its mission, NIH is committed to selecting MRSP scholars who reflect our nation’s diversity!

 

NIMHD is proud to collaborate on the MRSP for a second year. Our goal is to introduce the MRSP to medical, dental, and veterinary students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and encourage them to consider biomedical research as a career. NIMHD is available to assist prospective applicants through the process. Applications are due January 15, 2016. To discuss the application process with an NIMHD staff member, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE CORPS  - 2016 Applications Open Dates:

 

January 2016 – Physician Loan Repayment Program - earn up to $50,000 toward student loans in exchange for a two-year commitment at an NHSC-approved site

 

March 2016 – Medical Students Scholarship Program – awards for tuition, living costs in exchange for each year – year of service post residency

 

May 2016 – Faculty Loan Repayment Program

August 2016 – Student to Service Loan Repayment Program - $120,000 to medical students (MD and DO) in their final year of school in return for a commitment to provide primary health care full time for at least 3 years or half time for at least 6 years at an approved NHSC site

 

For more information on the National Health Service Corps and Corps Community Day, visit www.nhsc.hrsa.gov.

 

HIVMA Clinical Fellowship Program: December 31 Application Deadline

 

The HIV Medicine Association’s HIV Clinical Fellowship program provides a pathway for HIV clinical training for newly trained physicians committed to working with medically underserved patient populations. Up to two one-year fellowships are awarded annually to third year residents or physicians in the first five years of practice. 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 2016 to 2017 fellowship year, which starts July 1, 2016. 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 http://www.hivma.org/HIVMA_Clinical_Fellowship.aspx. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2015. Contact Nathan Danskey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

 

 

Paul Batalden Chair in Health Care Delivery Science

Dartmouth invites applications for the Paul Batalden Chair, an endowed Professorship at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice. The Batalden Professor will lead efforts at Dartmouth to measurably improve health and health care at a patient, system, and population level using scientific methods. The holder of the position will also help implement novel interventions and mentor providers in leading quality improvement throughout the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System, as well as lead Dartmouth’s educational programs in health care improvement.

Candidates must have an MD, PhD or equivalent, strong academic credentials and evidence of national leadership in health and health care quality improvement. Candidates with a record of successs in highly collaborative, multi-disciplinary research environments, extramural research support, and a commitment to translating insights into policy or practice will be highly preferred. The holder of the chair will have primary appointment at the Geisel School of Medicine within The Dartmouth Institute, with the possibility for a secondary appointment in one of numerous departments or professional schools at Dartmouth.

This chair is named for Paul Batalden, MD, who was cofounder of the Institute for Health Care Improvement, and an early leader, with John E. Wennberg, MD, of The Dartmouth Institute. Recently name of three National Centers of Excellence to study health care delivery, the Institute is a leader in the study and transformation of the healthcare sector.

Dartmouth consistently ranks among the country’s greatest academic institutions. Home to a celebrated liberal arts curriculum and pioneering professional schools, Dartmouth has forged a singular identity, combining its deep commitment to outstanding undergraduate liberal arts and graduate education with distinguished research and scholarship in Arts & Sciences and three leading professional schools: Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, and Tuck School of Business.

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity /affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we encourage applications from a broad spectrum of people, including women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, veterans or any other legally protected group.

Interested applicants should address cover letters to Jonathan Skinner, PhD. Submit cover letter, complete CV, and research and teaching statements. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the Search Committee. All materials should be sent electronically to: Kathy. M. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (subject line: Batalden Chair Position).  The committee will begin reviewing application immediately and on an on-going basis until position is filled.

 

Richard and Susan Levy Chair in Health Care Delivery Science

Dartmouth invites applications for the inaugural Richard and Susan Levy Chair, a newly established endowed tenured professorship in the field of health care delivery science. This is the first of several hires at The Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy & Clinical Practice at Geisel School of Medicine. The holder of the Levy Chair will work with other schools, centers, and institutes across campus to lead an interdisciplinary effort in developing Dartmouth’s vision of becoming the institution shaping and accelerating the transformation of the health care in the United States.

Dartmouth seeks a candidate with a strong record of studying and solving the most difficult challenges facing health care. Candidates must have an MD, PhD or equivalent, strong academic credentials and extramural support, as well as a research portfolio that demonstrates national leadership in their field. Candidates whose research includes incubating and testing innovative models of care, measuring and improving system and provider knowledge, engaging patients throughout the spectrum of care, or translating knowledge into better outcomes are strongly encouraged to apply. The holder of the chair will have primary appointment in one of numerous departments or professional schools at Dartmouth, with strong potential for joint or adjunct appointments as well.

The Dartmouth Institute ‒ one of three AHRQ National Centers of Excellence to study health care delivery‒ has been a leader in the study of health care systems for three decades. As an institute that is firmly anchored in interdisciplinary research, we seek candidates who have experience in working with a mobilizing colleagues across disciplines.

Dartmouth consistently ranks among the country’s greatest academic institutions. Home to a celebrated liberal arts curriculum and pioneering professional schools, Dartmouth has forged a singular identity, combining its deep commitment to outstanding undergraduate liberal arts and graduate education with distinguished research and scholarship in Arts & Sciences and three leading professional schools: Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, and Tuck School of Business.

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity /affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we encourage applications from a broad spectrum of people, including women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, veterans or any other legally protected group.

 

Interested applicants should address cover letters to Jonathan Skinner, PhD. Submit cover letter, complete CV, and research and teaching statements. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the Search Committee. All materials should be sent electronically to: Kathy. M. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (subject line: Levy Chair Position).  The committee will begin reviewing application immediately and on an on-going basis until position is filled.

 

 

 

NHMA and New York Life Insurance Financial Planning and Wealth Management Dinner, Los Angeles, Dec. 10th – contact Lizette Rivera if interested  - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

We appreciate the NHHF Corporate Advisory Board Members, the Sponsors of the NHMA 2015 Annual Conference, and of the NHHF 2015 Scholarship Galas and all partners for our Programs this past year!  We appreciate your partnership and look forward to working with you during 2016!

 

 


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