August 2016

NHMA Newsletter

Legislative Update
Zika Virus Public Health Emergency Declared in Puerto Rico

NHMA urges you contact your Congressman and Senator to pass legislation to fund Zika virus mosquito control, disease prevention as well as health care services and vaccine research - all needed to counter the urgent public health emergency in Puerto Rico and in affected areas such as Florida and other states. Congress went home for August before passing any support. We applaud CDC and HHS who have supported efforts against Zika with manpower and limited funds. 

CHIP Reauthorization Next Year

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was signed into law in 1997 and provides federal matching funds to states to provide health coverage to children in families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid, but who can't afford private coverage. All states have expanded children's coverage significantly through their CHIP programs, with nearly every state providing coverage for children up to at least 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). CHIP provides health coverage to eligible children, through both Medicaid and separate CHIP programs.  CHIP is administered by states, according to federal requirements.  The program is funded jointly by states and the federal government.

According to 2015 statistics, CHIP has enrolled 8.9 million children and with the support of the Affordable Care Act, the CHIP program was able to coordinate a major Child Obesity Demonstration Project and simplify the eligibility standards for low income children to enroll in the program.  

NHMA Supports Accessing Higher Education Act

NHMA strongly supports the Accessing Higher Education Opportunities Act that would increase mentoring and counseling services to students attending HSIs and eligible for terminal doctoral degrees in healthcare careers – transferring to 4 year universities and applying to medical school, public health school, dental school, for example. NHMA is also ready to support the inclusion of this effort into the Higher Education Act Reauthorization in 2017.  

NHLA educates leaders at the Conventions on Hispanic policy agenda

NHMA president Elena Rios participated with the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda’s press events at both the Republican and Democratic Conventions and educated attendees on health priorities to improve the health of Hispanics. Included in the questions from reporters included the need for more Hispanics in the workforce, the differences in the platforms of the parties, and the strategies to reduce obesity and diabetes among our families. Noted a major difference for the parties on health include the Republican call for dismantling ACA, vouchers for Medicaid, and increasing the eligible age for Medicare…all in the spirit of decreasing govt. in healthcare.

Program Update
NHMA 21st ANNUAL CONFERENCE, May 4-7, 2017 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS DUE SEPT. 30  ---seeking Health Care Expert Speakers on private practice strategies, research, medical education and faculty development, and prevention, behavioral health, home health and other areas impacting the health of Hispanic populations....for more information:

NHMA Region Forums and Reception –


This Fall NHMA will bring Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) speakers to discuss what is Value-Based Health Care and provide free TA resources across the nation through the TCPI (Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative) to doctors and nurses in private or in academic practice of medicine. It is so important to take advantage of the consultations and recommendations and referrals to update your work flow, health IT, protocols, and billing/insurance to strengthen your administrative part of your offices.

In addition, there will be other key topics presented by the following invited speakers as well as great networking with colleagues in healthcare in your communities!  Please check our website to register!


NE Region – NY Academy of Medicine, NY, NY, Sept. 20


Deputy Mayor for Health Herminia Palacios, MD


Gun Violence & Children speaker


West Region – USC Caruso Center, Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 22


Update on Behavioral Health: Cynthia Tellez, PhD, Associate Professor, Psychiatry, UCLA


Environmental Health: Mom’s Clean Air Force, Environmental Defense Fund


DC Metro Region – GWU Public Health School, Sept. 30


Integrated Health Care


MW Region – Renaissance Blackstone


Eliseo Perez-Stable, MD, Director, National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)


SE Region -  Miami, FL Location TBD, Oct. 13


Mass Mutual Financial Planning speaker as well as Zika Virus speaker


SW Region – San Antonio Location TBD, Oct. 27


Environmental Health Issues – Mom’s Clean Air Force, EDF

El Paso, Texas SPECIAL Mental Health Training for Border Physicians - NHMA Partners with Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization and the Border Health Commissionconvening a Mental Health training summit for primary care physicians who care for patients along the US-Mexico Border from California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, Sept 23 at 4 pm to Sept 24 at 5 pm, in El Paso, TX – rsvp : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


NHHF Hispanic Health Reseearch Mentoring Program

NHHF is proud to announce the “Hispanic Health Research Mentoring Program” for 2016-2017, the first class of two to be trained in patient-centered research on Hispanic populations. 

NHHF is recruiting junior faculty researcher Mentees (up to 5 years post doc) and (patient-centered outcomes research) PCOR-experienced senior faculty researcher Mentors, for a year-long program of mentorship and educational activities including webinars, trainings and online discussion via a dedicated Facebook group, and hosting PCOR activities at NHMA’s 21st Annual Conference in Washington, DC, May 3-4, 2017 followed by the conference May 4-7, 2017.


NHMA Health Communication Campaigns:

NHMA continues to educate our networks on the CDC Act Against AIDS Campaign – to encourage primary care physicians to discuss HIV with patients to reduce the impact of the disease on our communities…we urge you to talk about HIV and increase testing and treatment as needed.  For more information, see

NHMA continues to refer our physicians and nurses and others to the Free consultation and services by CMS Grantees across the nation to prepare your individual practice (Academic or Private Practice) forValue Based Health Care Delivery and Reimbursement. Go to for more information.   

For this upcoming Flu Immunization Season – NHMA urges talking to all adults about the importance of preventive immunizations for Flu and other diseases. 

National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarships Applications now available on the National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) Website,
This year NHHF Scholarship Reception and Galas will follow a Hispanic Health Professional JOB FAIR for physicians, residents and nurses for area hospitals, health systems, medical groups and clinics.  Recruiters from these institutions are invited to register at the JOB FAIR site on the same website.
For more information, contact Jeanne Duvall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Members Update
 NHMA joined the Turn the Tide RX Campaign of the Surgeon General and invites you all to do so – 300% of opioid prescriptions have increased since 1999 and 1 in 4 receiving opioids from primary care physicians struggle with addiction. 

Dr. Sandoval, MD and his colleagues attend a national brainstorming meeting on clinical trials to increase underrepresented Latinos and African Americans in Washington, DC with Sanofi and others on July 22n.  

Dr. Judith Flores, Dr. Diana Torres Burgos, Dr. Minerva Campos join NHMA and ASTHO NY Meeting with NYS and NYC health dept leaders and Walgreens and Rite Aid drug store reps to discuss adult flu immunization strategies among Hispanics. Dr. Rios and Andrew Roblels-Sol from NHMA also attended in the all day Summit on Aug. 2nd 

Democratic National Convention - Major Latino networking with leaders from across the nation –Latino leaders from NY, TX, CA, DC and more assemble to hear the policy proposals from the Democratic agenda for the nation. Dr. Campos and Dr. Rios from NHMA attended this year. 

Dr. Rios attended the Health Care Reception with many President Clinton White House colleagues and other national health policy leaders in Philadelphia and was asked to increase awareness of Transition --- so any members interested in our NHMA Latino Health Appointments Project ---please see Plum Book for positions interested in vying for the next Presidential Administration’s healthcare political positions – full time as well as part-time appointments to boards and commissions.

NHMA PREMIER MEMBER OPPORTUNITIES: contact Sara Reinoso: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  • NHMA Region Steering Committees - to plan and coordinate the NHMA Region Forums in our six regions across the nation.
  • NHMA-LMSA Chapter Advisors. This is an important role for Residents and Physicians to mentor medical students interested in becoming physicians who care for Latino patients and advocate for them in our communities. You should be linked to the Region Steering Committee and aware of NHMA activities.  
Save the Date:
NHMA Foundation Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Reception and Galas 

        6:30 – 11:00 pm 

  • JW MARRIOTT LA LIVE – Dec. 8th

JOB FAIRS for Physicians to meet Hospitals, Clinics, Health Systems, Medical Groups in Southern California and NYC TriState Area --- 5:00-6:30 pm 

Click here for more information and applications to recruit, to participate, to purchase Tickets or Tables at the Scholarship Galas.  

Siemen’s Foundation High School Competition in Math, Science and Technology   
Research Projects – either Individual or Team Projects with a Mentor. Supported by Discovery Communications. Awards range from $1000 to $100,000 regional and national levels.
Your Research Report , Abstract and References and all Additional Required Materials 
must be submitted by Tuesday September 20, 2016 by 11:59pm EST. Submissions are 
completely online.  For more information:

Frederick G. Novy, Jr. M.D Endowed Professorship- University of California Davis, School of Medicine
The University of California Davis, School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology is recruiting for a full-time position at the Associate or Full Professor level in the Clinical X Series or Health Sciences Clinical Professor (HSCP) Series. The successful candidate is nominated to be the holder of the Frederick G. Novy, Jr. M.D Endowed Professorship. Appointees to the ClinX series are expected to conduct independent research. Both series require significant participation in teaching and University/public service.
The holder of the Frederick G. Novy, Jr. M.D. Endowed Professorship will be a nationally recognized scholar and clinician whose role would emphasize clinical education and, potentially, clinical research. A history of lecturing at national forums would be expected of the Novy Professorship holder. He /She will serve in a leadership capacity for educational issues in the department including a strong involvement with the dermatology residency program and medical student curriculum in the area of dermatology.
Administrative responsibility within the Dermatology Clinic, which sees over 32,000 patient visits a year, is possible, based on departmental need. The Novy Professor will have oversight of the Volunteer Clinical Faculty Program, Grand Rounds, Novy Lecture Series, and community interactions. This person would undertake clinical, educational, scholarly, and publication commitments and would play an active role in the Department, the Medical School, UC Davis Health System, and the community.
Required candidate qualifications include: an M.D. or D.O. degree, board certification or eligibility in Dermatology, eligibility for medical licensure in the state of California, an established track record of original research publications, and a record of teaching and patient care in the area of skin diseases. Demonstrated leadership experience and abilities, the ability to adhere to policies and procedures are required. The ability to work cooperatively and collegially in a diverse environment and credentials sufficient to be appointed to the full or associate level in the Professor of Clinical Dermatology series and/or Health Sciences Professor series. Individuals with an academic interest and background in clinical education and/or research is required.
This recruitment is conducted at the Associate/Full Professor rank. The resulting hire will be at the Associate/Full Professor rank.
For full consideration applications must be received by September 15, 2016, the position will remain open until filled through January 30, 2017. The following information is required: current curriculum vitae, cover letter and 3-5 references (contact information only) and Statement of Contributions of Diversity. Please visit for information about why diversity statements are requested and guidelines for writing a diversity statement.
Please apply online line to:
The University of California, Davis is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institution commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff and students.
Chief of Rheumatology- University of California Los Angeles
The Department of Medicine of the University of California at Los Angeles is seeking an exceptional leader with the expertise and skills needed to be the Chief of Rheumatology at UCLA. We are seeking a world class scientist that will continue the distinguished research that has been the hallmark of the Division over many decades. The Division includes 31 faculty members and an ACGME accredited fellowship training program consisting of 8 fellowship positions.
Individuals interested in this position should have a national/international reputation in the field of academic Rheumatology. Candidates must have an M.D. and board certified in Rheumatology. The candidates must have a strong background in basic or translational research in Rheumatology-related research themes with emphasis on novel approaches, a track record of extramural research funding, and publications consistent with this position. The selected individual will facilitate and coordinate all Rheumatology clinical and research activities of the Division. The candidate should have a willingness to foster collaborative interactions between clinical and laboratory scientists, and a strong interest in mentoring of junior faculty/fellows.
A tenured faculty appointment at a rank commensurate with experience will be considered.
This position will control substantial resources from the Department of Medicine, and commands a competitive salary enhanced by an attractive benefits package, including medical malpractice coverage and a collegial work environment.
The department is seeking outstanding candidates with the potential for exceptional research, and excellence in teaching, and also a clear commitment to enhancing the diversity of the faculty, graduate student population. Individuals with a history of and commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.
To apply, visit - Job Number: JPF02175.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy.
Assistant Professor- University of Maryland School of Public Health
The Department of Behavioral and Community Health (DBCH) in the School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park ( invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position. Candidates must have theoretical and methodological skills, and research experience related to improving health at the behavioral, interpersonal, and/or community level. Candidates who complement or extend existing intervention topical areas in the department (e.g., sexual risk behaviors, cancer control, health disparities) are also particularly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities: A successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a nationally-recognized and externally-funded program of original research and teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Specific job duties will be negotiated with the candidate.

Salary: Negotiable, depending upon experience; start-up funds available.

Application: For best consideration, applicants should apply by October 1, 2016 to specifying title: Assistant Professor Position Number 122105 listed under the faculty section. This position announcement will close December 5, 2016. The anticipated start date for this position is August 2017. Applications should include the following: 1) cover letter describing qualifications and experience and why this position would be of interest, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of research focus including current and planned research and funding, 4) a statement of teaching experience and interest, and 5) names of three individuals and contact information who can provide references (to be contacted only with candidate’s approval), and 6) copies of three publications.

General Internal Medicine Faculty positions: Academic Hospitalists and Internal Medicine/Primary Care Providers- Rutgers New Jersey Medical School  

The Division of General Internal Medicine, within the Department of Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School seeks qualified candidates at the Assistant/Associate Professor level, in the areas of Inpatient-Hospital Medicine, and Outpatient Primary Care.  The Division is interested in individuals that are self-motivated, passionate, and committed to achieving high quality clinical care and academic excellence.  

These positions also provide a great opportunity for candidates with additional training in geriatrics and combined medicine/pediatrics.  

The successful candidates must have demonstrated ability to work within a healthcare team and collaborate to achieve clinical care goals.  Candidates with an interest in and experience with chronic care models and care coordination of complex patients in various settings will receive priority consideration. 

Successful candidates must have an MD or DO degree, and be licensed and board certified/board eligible to practice in New Jersey. Rank and salary are commensurate with experience.


For more information, see:


"Addressing the Health Needs of the Underserved" Faculty Development Program at UCSD

This program will provide the participant with skills to develop teaching programs for medical and health professional students and residents in community and underserved medicine, do scholarly work in primary care of the underserved, and create community based programs. 

2017 Dates:

Week One of Three: Monday-Friday January 30-February 3, 2017

Week Two of Three: Monday-Friday April 24-28, 2017

Week Three of Three: Monday-Friday November 13-17, 2017

Click here for more information
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