NHMA 17th Annual Conference

April 25-28, 2013

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC

“Strategies to Build Patient-Centered Medical Homes,
Curriculum and Research that Improve the Health of Hispanics”

Join Hispanic physicians, residents, medical students, nurses, dentists, policymakers, and healthcare industry representatives at our annual conference. This year, NHMA celebrates its 17th Conference with partners from the Federal and State governments and the private sector. This unique conference brings together experts from across the nation to share their multi-disciplinary experiences in improving health care delivery for Hispanic populations.  CME accreditation will be provided.

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Conference Objectives:

  • Share and highlight healthcare innovations that can serve as models for influencing health care reform prevention and public health strategies through medical homes in United States communities.
  • Disseminate community-based research that focus on knowledge and policy strategies that show promise of eliminating health disparities.
  • Adopt new treatment modalities and strategies to educate Hispanic patients with diabetes, cancer, obesity, cardiovascular disease, COPD and asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and aging in order to decrease morbidity and mortality in their medical practices or in their organization.
  • Analyze cultural competence, literacy, and language services programs for medical education.


  • National Hispanic Health Foundation
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Morehouse School of Medicine

Wednesday, April 24th

8:30am – 4:00pm      NHMA Leadership Fellowship Institute – Day 1 (closed)Coolidge Room



Thursday, April 25

8:30am – 3:30pm     NHMA Leadership Fellowship Institute – Day 2 (closed) - Coolidge Room

9:30am – 4:00pm     NHMA Board of Directors Meeting (closed)—Hoover Room 

3:00pm – 5:00pm     Registration Opens Exhibit Hall A

5:00pm – 6:30pm     White House Briefing For Hispanic Health Professionals - limited space - must register to attend this event—Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB,) Indian Treaty Room - Buses load passengers from 24th Street Hotel Entrance at 3:30-4:15 pm

7:00pm – 8:30pm      Opening Reception—Recognizing NHMA Leadership Fellows and NHMA Resident Leaders – supported by Voces Verdes –Thurgood Marshall Foyer

  • Welcome: Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (NY) –New York State Assembly

7:30pm – 9:30pm       Opening Dinner: Insights into Individualizing Management of Type 2 Diabetes in Hispanic/Latino Population Thurgood Marshall Ballroom South/West

  • Carlos Campos, MD, MPH, FAAFP – UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, New Braunfels, TX
  • Kwabena O.M. Adubofour, MD, FACP – Chairman, Scientific and TechnicalCommittee, South Stockton Diabetes Society, Stockton, CA
  • Javier Morales, MD – Advanced Internal Medicine Group, P.C., New Hyde Park, NY

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013

7:00am – 7:30pm       Registration and Exhibit Hall Opens—Exhibit Hall A

7:30am – 8:45am       The Challenges of Improving Immunizations Rates and Other Preventive Service Rates to Unodcumented and Multi-Status Families Maryland Room A, B, C

  • Moderator: Ysabel Duron - CEO, Latinas Contra Cancer
  • Guillermo J. Avilés-Mendoza, JD, LLM – Public Health Advisor and LCDR, US Public Health Service, Washington, DC
  • Gary Mendoza – CEO, IPaseo Health Partners LLC, Los Angeles, CA
  • Acklema Mohammad, MD – Director, Pediatric Services, Urban Health Plan, NY


9:00am – 9:30am     Opening Plenary: Introduction of Boards of Directors and NHMA Update 2013 - Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

  • Katherine Flores, MD – Chairwoman, NHMA Board of Directors, Director, UCSF- Fresno, Latino Center for Medical Education & Research, Fresno, CA
  • Elena Rios, MD, MSPH – President and CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association, Washington, DC
  • Orlando Sola – Policy Co-Chair, Latino Medical Student Association, New York, NY
  • Gerardo Lopez-Mena, MD – Chair, NHMA Council of Residents, Baltimore, MD
  • John Paul Sanchez, MD, MPH – Chair, NHMA Council of Young Physicians, New York, NY



9:30am – 10:30am       Federal Leadership for Health Care Reform -Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

  • Moderator: Katherine Flores, MD – Chairwoman, NHMA Board of Directors, Director, UCSF-Fresno, Latino Center for Medical Education & Research, Fresno, CA
  • Patrick Conway, MD – Director and CMS Chief Medical Officer, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Washington, DC
  • Georgia Coffey – Deputy Assistant Secretary for Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Human Resources and Administration, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC
  • Uchenna Uchendu, MD – Chief Officer, Veterans Health Administration, Office of Health Equity, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC

10:30am – 10:45am       Break

10:45am – 11:45am       Presentation of Key Health Policy Issues by NHMA Board of Directors & Congressional Roundtable - Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

          • Moderator: Elena Rios, MD, MSPH – President and CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association, Washington, DC
          • John Aguilar - Program Officer, National Hispanic Medical Association
          • Michael Barnard - Legislative Assistant, Office of Senator Robert Menendez (NJ)
          • Yasmin Pagan - Senior Advisor for Hispanic and Asian Affairs, Office of Senator Harry Reid (NV)


12:00pm – 2:00pm       Lunch Plenary: Implementation of National Health Care Reform -Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

  • Moderator: Katherine Flores, MD – Chairwoman, NHMA Board of Directors, Director, UCSF-Fresno, Latino Center for Medical Education & Research, Fresno, CA
  • Cara James, PhD, Director, Office of Minority Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS

NHMA Leadership Fellows Policy Presentations

  • Prevention of Child Obesity Team – Victoria Sorlie-Aguilar, MD
  • Health Care Reform Access Team – Louis DiBernardo, MD, MPH

Recognition of NHMA Leadership Fellows Class of 2012 & NHMA Resident Leadership Class of 2012


2:15pm – 3:45pm       Workshops A

  • A.1. The Roles of Patient Centered Medical Homes and Accountable Care Organizations in Coordinating Patient Care - Wilson A/B Room
    • Moderator: Jaime Gonzalez, DrPH, MSSW, MSHA – National Director of Business Development, Latino Health Solutions, United Healthcare, Plano, TX
    • Charles Baumgart, MD - Medicaid Medical Director, Geisinger Health Plan, Danville, PA
    • Cecilia Rivera Casale, PhD – Senior Advisor for Minority Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS, Rockville, MD
    • Sean Cavanaugh – Acting Deputy Director, Programs and Policy, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, CMS, Baltimore, MD


  • A.2. Advancing Health Equity & the Role of National CLAS Standards – Wilson C Room
    • Moderator: Sam Arce, MD, FAAFP, —Vice Chairman NHMA Board of Directors NHMA; Family Physician, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, Jamaica, NY
    • Russell Bennett – National Vice President, United Healthcare – Latino Health Solutions,Cypress, CA
    • Irene Dankwa-Mullan, MD, MPH – Acting Director, Office of Innovation and Program Coordination, NIH National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities, Bethesda, MD
    • Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE - Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, Office of Minority Health Director, Office of Minority Health, HHS
    • Gina Gregory-Burns, MD – Co-Chair, Regional Diversity, The Permanente Medical Group, CA


  • A.3. Supporting Diversity in Medical Education - Harding Room
    • Moderator: Ana Natale-Pereira, MD, MPH – Associate Professor of Medicine, UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
    • Norma Alicia Perez, MD, DrPH – Director, Hispanic Center for Excellence, University of Texas Medical Branch, TX
    • John P. Sanchez, MD, MPH – Clinical Instructor, Emergency Department, Chairperson LGBT Steering Committee, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY
    • Charles Vega, MD, FAAFP – Director, University of California Irvine PRIME-LC Program, Irvine, CA


  • A.4. Improving Diabetic Health Through Promoting Diabetes Self-Management Interventions – Hoover Room
    • Moderator: Ahmed Calvo, MD, MPH – Chief Medical Officer for Health IT and Quality, HRSA, HHS, Rockville, MD
    • Marcela Aguilar, MHS – Senior Manager, ICF International, NIH National Eye Institute
    • Victor Gonzalez, MD - Founder, Valley Retina Institute, P.A., McAllen, TX
    • Manuel Puig-Llano, MD, FACS – Ophthalmologist, Chula Vista, CA


4:00pm - 5:30pm         NHMA Interest Group Meetings

  • NHMA Council of Residents Mentoring Program – Wilson A/B Room

Facilitators: Elizabeth Homan-Sandoval, MD, MPH, Gerardo Lopez-Mena, MD, Vanessa Salcedo, MD

  • NHMA Regional Steering Committees Meeting – Harding Room

Facilitator: Sam Arce, MD, FAAFP, Vice Chairman NHMA Board of Directors, NHMA; Family Physician, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, Jamaica, NY

5:00pm – 7:00pm       Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars & Fellows Recruitment Reception – supported by RWJF Clinical Scholars, Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program, Summer Medical and Dental Education Program – Madison Room (Mezzanine Level)

5:30pm – 6:30pm       Harvard Alumni Reception – supported by Harvard Medical School – Hoover Room

5:30pm – 7:00pm       NHMA Global Health Reception – supported by PhRMA – Exhibit Hall A

  • Welcome: John Castellani – President and CEO, PhRMA, Washington D.C.
  • Honored Guests: Latin American Ambassadors, FDA Office of International Programs, Organization of American States, Pan American Health Organization, US Department of Health and Human Services

Saturday, April 27, 2013

7:30am – 4:30pm      Breakfast in Exhibit Hall with Registration, Exhibits and Research Poster Session –Exhibit Hall A

7:30am - 8:30am       Breakfast Clinical Symposium: Hispanic Patient Centered Cancer Care – Virginia A/B/C Room

  • Moderator: Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, FACP - University of Arizona
  • Jorge Puente, MD – Regional President of Worldwide Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer Inc.
  • Edgar D. Staren, MD, PhD, MBA – President and CEO, Western Regional Medical Center, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, AZ


7:30am – 8:45am       Clinical Symposium: Linking Patients to Primary Care Treatment for HIV/AIDS & COPD –Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

  • Moderator: Jorge Quell, MD
  • Sandra Adams, MD – Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Texas Health Center at San Antonio
  • Ken Dominguez, MD, MPH - Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Captain, U.S. Public Health Service
  • Ligia Peralta, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, AAHIVMS - Distinguished Fellow, Innovation in Global Health Care Fellowship of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

9:00am – 10:30am       Plenary: Health Care Reform in States and the Corporate Sector: An Update –Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

  • Moderator: Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPH - Vice President for External Relations, Preventive Medicine Advisor, & Director of the Center for Health Leadership and Practice, Public Health Institute, Oakland, CA
  • Bruce Caswell - President and General Manager, Health Services, MAXIMUS, Reston, VA
  • Antonio Linares, MD – Medical Director and Regional VP, Anthem Blue Cross – Health and Wellness Solutions, CA

10:30am – 1:30pm       Exhibit Hall – Advancing Your Career and Medical Practice with New Resources from Military, Medical School, Residency, Industry, and Government –Exhibit Hall A

  • Demonstration on healthy cooking - Chef LaLa - Hispanic Chef Lunch in Exhibit Hall A

1:30pm – 3:00pm       Workshops B

  • B.1. Impact of Health Policy and Successful Management for Hispanic Private Practice - Harding Room
    • Moderator: E. Luis Aguilar, MD – Clinical Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tuscon, AZ
    • Al Canal - Chief Relations Officer, Bankers Healthcare Group, Syracuse, NY
    • Nilsa Gutierrez, MD, MPH, FACP - Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Region 2, New York, NY
    • Jesse James, MD, MBA - Senior Medical Officer, Meaningful Use, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Washington, DC


  • B.2. Caregiving and End of Life Care for Alzheimer's Patients - Coolidge Room
    • Moderator: Olga Ceron, MD – Ophthalmologist, Massachusetts Retina and Surgery Institution, Cambridge, MA
    • Marie Bernard, MD – Deputy Director, NIH National Institute on Aging
    • Nora Luna – Hispanic/Latino Program Manager, Nathan Adelson Hospice, Las Vegas, NV
    • Mario Milch, MD – Associate Medical Director, Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, Encino, CA


  • B.3. Cultural Competence Curriculum in Medical Education to Improve the Health of Hispanic Patients – Virginia A Room
    • Moderator: John P. Sanchez, MD, MPH – Clinical Instructor, Emergency Department, Chairperson LGBT Steering Committee, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY
    • Carol Aschenbrener, MD– Chief Medical Education Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges
    • Shannon Bolon, MD, MPH - Chief, Primary Care Medical Education Branch, Division of Medicine and Dentistry, HRSA, HHS
    • Javier Sevilla-Martir, MD – Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Diversity, Indiana University School of Medicine
    • Jerrit Tan – Executive Director, Canopy Innovations, New York, NY


  • B.4. Using Technology to Serve Hard-to-Reach Populations - Virginia B/C Room
    • Moderator: Mark Diaz, MD – Alivio Medical Group, Sacramento, CA
    • Emma Torres, MSW – Commission Member - Arizona, US Mexico Border Health Commission, US Section, Somerton, AZ
    • Donato Tramuto – Founder, Health eVillages
    • Henry Pacheco, MD – Medicine & Public Health Director, National Hispanic Council on Aging, Washington, DC


3:00pm – 4:00pm       Break in Exhibit Hall – Exhibit Hall A

4:00pm – 5:30pm       Workshops C

  • C.1. Health Care Reform and Dual Eligible Patients – Harding Room
    • Moderator: Elena Rios, MD, MSPH - President and CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association, Washington, DC
    • Edo Banach –Senior Advisor, Federal Coordinated Health Care Office, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Baltimore, MD
    • Rita Carreón –Director, Clinical Strategies & Health Care Equity, America’s Health Insurance Plans, Washington, DC
    • Bruce A. Chernof, MD - President & Chief Executive Officer, The SCAN Foundation, Long Beach, CA


  • C.2. Nutrition Priorities for the Health Care of Hispanic Patients –Coolidge Room
    • Moderator: Flavia E. Mercado, MD – Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
    • Lorena Drago, MS, RD, CDN, CDE – Registered Dietitian/Certified Diabetes Educator, Hispanic Foodways, Forest Hills, NY
    • Sylvia Klinger, MS, RD, LDN – Founder, Hispanic Food Communications, Bentonville, AR
    • Lisa Sutherland, PhD – President – LA Sutherland Group, Walmart Stores Inc.


  • C.3. How to Get the Most Out of Medical Training – Virginia A Room
    • Moderator: Charles Vega, MD, FAAFP – Director, University of California Irvine PRIME-LC Program, Irvine, CA
    • Christian Arbelaez, MD, MPH – Assistant Residency Director, Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine
    • Lisa DeCamp, MD – Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
    • Maria Garcia, MD, MPH – Associate Professor of Medicine and Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical Center; Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity, Universityof Massachusetts
    • Efrain Talamantes, MD – Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program


  • C.4. Community-Based Participatory Research Improving Hispanic Health in Breast Cancer, HIV, and Behavioral Health – Virginia B/C Room
    • Moderator: Raul DeLa Cadena, MD – Assistant Dean, Recruitment and Retention, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
    • Patricia Chalela, DrPH, MPH – Assistant Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
    • Damon Humes, MHS – Legacy Project Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
    • Ken Martinez, Psy.D. – Principal Researcher, American Institutes for Research; National Latino Behavioral Health Association, Corrales, NM


6:30pm – 7:30pm       Reception – supported by UMass Memorial Health Care – Thurgood Marshall Foyer

7:30pm – 11:30pm     Leadership Awards Gala & Dance – Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

  • Mistress of Ceremonies: Maria Cardona - Principal, Multicultural and Public Affairs Practice, Dewey Square Group (DSG), Washington, DC
  • Keynote Speaker: US Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA
  • Hispanic Health Leadership Awards
    • Government –Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Vice Chairman, Institutional Clients Group, Citigroup
    • Government – Daniel Suvor, Special Assistant to General Council, HHS
    • Corporate – Chet Burrell, President & CEO, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
    • Foundation – Dr. Gail Christopher and Luz Benitez-Delgado, W. K. Kellogg Foundation
    • Non-Profit – Kerry Kennedy, Executive Director, RFK Institute
    • Physician – Jose Manuel de la Rosa, MD, Msc, Founding Dean, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
    • Physician – Carlos Sanchez, MD, Chula Vista, CA
    • Fellow – Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, FACP, University of Arizona
    • Presidents, Hispanic Medical Societies, National Hispanic Health Professional Associations, and outgoing NHMA and NHHF Board of Directors members 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

8:30am – 11:30am       NHMA 2013 Leadership Institute – Thurgood Marshall Ballroom South

  • Leadership Skills-Building: Leveraging National and Regional Partnerships
  • Moderator: Elena Rios, MD, MSPH - President and CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association, Washington, DC
  • Update from the Office of Minority Health
    • CDR Jacqueline Rodrigue Deputy Director, Office of Minority Health, HHS
  • The ACA: NHMA & Media Partnerships 2013
    • Robert Bard – President & CEO, LATINA Style, Inc.
    • Jose de la Isla – Columnist, Hispanic Link
    • Charlie Ericksen – Founder & Managing Editor, Hispanic Link
    • Amy Hinojosa – Executive Director, National Association of Hispanic Publications
    • Juan Carlos Lopez – CNN Correspondent - Washington, DC, CNN En Espanol
    • Monica Lozano – CEO, ImpreMedia & Publisher/CEO, La Opinion
    • Jorge Mettey – Senior Vice President of News, MundoFox
    • Dr. Juan Jose Rivera - National Chief Medical Correspondent, Univision & Univision/Fusion

NHMA Partner Meetings:

Friday, April 26, 2013

  • NHHF Board of Directors Meeting (closed): 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • NHHF Corporate Advisory Council Meeting (closed): 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • NHMA Council of Young Physicians Business Meeting (closed): 7:00pm – 8:00pm, Hotel Lobby Restaurant

Saturday, April 27, 2013

  • NHMA Council of Residents Workshops (closed): 3:00pm-4:00pm, Virginia A Room
  • NHMA Council of Residents Business Meeting (closed): 5:30pm-6:30pm, Virginia A Room

Saturday, April 27, 2012

  • 9:00am – 1:30pm NHMA and George Washington University School of Medicine and Association of American Medical Colleges Recruitment to Medical School – Virginia A/B/C & Coolidge
    • Lectures for high school students Lectures for college students Recruitment Fair for all students

Thank you to all our sponsors for making this conference possible

Eli Lilly
Verizon Wireless
American Diabetes Association
United Health Foundation
UMass Memorial Medical Center
Voces Verdes
California HealthCare Foundation



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