Advancing Hispanic Health: the Next 20 Years - NHMA and HDA Leading the Way

Join the NHMA  & HDA network of physicians, dentists, health care professionals, government and private sector partners from across the nation and learn new strategies for effective health care and policies to improve the health of Hispanic populations.   


In 2016, NHMA and the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) will host a joint national conference, bringing together experts from across the nation to share their multi-disciplinary experiences in improving health care delivery for Hispanic populations.  National, international, and local health care experts will present on current innovations in medical homes, accountable care organizations, medical education training, research, prevention, behavioral health, integrated care, e-health, and cultural competence for the growing Hispanic populations in the U.S. Disease areas include infectious disease, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer and others. CE/CME credits to be provided.

We invite all health professionals and students to submit a Speaker Abstract or a Hispanic Health Research or Community Service Poster Application for the NHMA sessions of the Joint Conference. We also invite government agencies and corporate community relations to consider becoming a Sponsor.

For more information Contact:


Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, CEO or Jeanne Ponsa, Consultant

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Conference Program

Thursday, April 21, 2016


8:30am - 4:00pm       NHMA Medical Faculty Development Course - Invitation only


3:00pm - 7:00pm       NHMA Registration


6:00pm – 8:00pm      Joint Opening Reception: NHMA and Hispanic Dental Association

                                  (HDA) - non-CME


Mario Mendoza, MD, MS

Medical Director, US Medical Affairs, Pain Medicines,

Pfizer Presentation


Elizabeth Latorre, JD, New York Life, New York City, NY


Eddie Ramirez, Sr. MD, FACS, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA


Jean Drummond, President, HCDI International, MD Presentation

 Friday, April 22, 2016


7:30am – 9:00am        Breakfast Symposium: Innovative Knowledge to be a more effective Hispanic Health Professional


8:30am – 9:15am        Capitol Hill Visits – Orientation


9:15am – 11:30am      Capitol Hill Visits Meetings


11:00am - 1:00pm       Lunch in Exhibit Hall, Hispanic Health Research Posters Session


1:00pm - 3:15pm        Joint Opening Plenary: Innovations for Health Care Delivery for Hispanics


     Watch Plenary Video


            Panel: Federal Initiatives Impacting Hispanic Health


Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc

Acting Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) & National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)


Joxel Garcia, MD, MBA, MPH  

Executive Director, Cancer Prevention Control

Vice President Biden's Leadership Team

MD Anderson Moon Shots, Houston, TX Presentation


Luis Padilla, MD

Associate Administrator, Bureau of Health Workforce

Heath Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)  Presentation


Keynote Remarks: Protecting Public Health, the Environment & Hispanic Communities

Gina McCarthy, MS


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


3:15pm -3:30pm          2016 Presidential Campaign Priorities for Health – non - CME

Ann O’Leary

Senior Policy Advisor

Hillary Clinton Campaign for President 


3:40pm – 4:45pm     Workshops A


A1. CLINICAL: Management of Infectious Diseases among Latinos: HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and Influenza


Act Against AIDS Campaign  Presentation

Euna August, PhD, MPH

Behavioral Scientist

Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA


HIV Management for Primary Care Physicians  Presentation

Arti Barnes, MD, MPH

Clinical Director

South Central AIDS Education and Training Center, Parkland Hospital, Dallas, TX


Addressing Barriers to Hepatitis C Access and Prevention for Hispanics

Mariah Johnson

Senior Manager, Hepatitis/Policy and Legislative Affairs

National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors, Washington DC


Increasing Immunizations Rates Among Latino Patients  Presentation

Sergio Rimola, MD

Associate Clinical Professor OB/GYN

George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Washington, DC


A2. MEDICAL EDUCATION: Increasing Diversity in Medical Education - Students to Faculty


A Holistic Approach: Diversifying the Health Professions  Presentation

Jorge Girotti, PhD, MA

Associate Dean and Director

Special Curricular Programs, Admissions, Hispanic Center of Excellence

Univeristy of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine, Chicago, IL


Faculty Career Development Training for Latino Medical Students Presentation


John Paul Sanchez, MD

Assistant Dean, Diversity and Inclusion

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ


Maria Soto-Greene, MD

Vice Dean

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ


Valerie Romera Leggott, MD

Associate Dean

University of New Mexico Medical School, Albuqurque, NM


A3. Screening and Management of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders among Latinos


Opioid Addiction Epidemic  Presentation

Maria Garcia, MD, MPH


Why Physicians and Workers in the Medical Profession Kill Themselves

Ruby Castilla-Puentes, MD, DrPH, MBA

Medical Safety Officer, Codman Neuro, DePuy Synthes Cranio-Maxillofacial and Thorax

Johnson & Johnson


Nutrition and Mental Health

Meriterese Racanelli, MS

R&D Food Scientist/Nutritionist

Goya Foods and


Alzheimer's Disease  Presentation

Samuel Gandy, MD

Professor and Neurology and Psychiatry

Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY


A4. PRACTICE: How to Build a More Successful Medical Practice


Quality Evaluations on Delivery of Multicultural Health Care Presentation

Paige Cooke, MS

Assistant Director, Consumer Engagement

National Committee for Quality Assurance, Washington, DC


Biostatistics Data for Business Decisions  Presentation

Marlow Hernandez, MD

CEO, Cano Health, Miami, FL


Vaccine Injury Program  Presentation

Ahmed Calvo, MD, MPH, FAAP

Medical Officer, Division of Vaccine Injury Compensation Programs

Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS


Pain Management to Enhance Primary Care  Presentation

Rodolfo Orozco, DDS, APC, CEO


Laura Williams, MD, MPH

Dr.Williams and Associates, CEO 



5:00pm - 6:30pm        NHMA Stakeholder Group Meetings (Regions, Young Physicians,

                                   Residents, Medical Students, Hispanic Employees, US DHHS)


6:30 pm – 8:00pm      Joint Orgullo Reception with Global Health Partners in Exhibit Hall



Saturday, April 23, 2016


          7:30am- 4:30pm            Exhibit Hall, Poster Sessions, Registration (all day)


8:00am – 9:20am        Breakfast Symposium: Opportunities for Providers of Latino Medicaid Patients



9:30am – 11:00am       Plenary: Health Research to Improve Health Equity for Hispanics


   Watch Plenary Video


Keynote Speaker: Eliseo Perez-Stable, MD

Director, National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities


Reaction Panel:

Mentoring and Development of Young Researchers

Alison Gammie, PhD

Director, Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity

National Institutes of Health Office of the Director


Clinical Trials Diversity Challenge

Jonca Bull, MD

Director, Office of Minority Health, Food and Drug Administration


Policy Research

Daniel E. Dawes, JD

Author, 150 Years of Obamacare

Executive Director of Health Policy & External Affairs, Morehouse School of Medicine

Co-Founder, Health Equity Leadership & Exchange Network (HELEN)


12:00pm – 12:30pm    Joint Lunch and Welcome Session – non-CME-Grand North/Central Ballrooms


Welcome Remarks: Frank Ramos, DDS, National President-Elect, HDA



12:30-1:30pm            Joint Lunch Plenary: Cancer, Hispanics and the Future of Cancer Care


     Watch Plenary Video



Keynote Speaker: Ofelia Olivero, PhD, Chief

Diversity Intramural Branch, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD


Ricardo Alvarez, MD, MSc

Director of Cancer Research & Breast Medical Oncologist, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Newnan, GA Presentation


                                                Maurie Markman, MD

President of Medicine and Science, Eastern Regional Medical Center, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Philadelphia, PA Presentation


1:30pm – 2:45pm     Workshops B


B1. CLINICAL: Heart Disease Latino Patient Interventions


Successful Cardiac Prevention Techniques in Latino Patients

Carlos Rodriguez, MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA

Cardiologist, Wake Forrest Medical School, Winston-Salem, NC


Cardiac Surgical Interventions and Latinos

Carlos Corral, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgeon, New Mexico Cardiovascular Associates, Las Cruces, NM


Latino Cardiac Patient Medical Treatment  

Eduardo Montana, MD, MPH, MBA, Chair, Hispanic Health Coalition of GA, Medical Director, Children’s Cardiovascular Medicine, Marietta, GA


B2. MEDICAL EDUCATION: Interdisciplinary Teaching about Hispanics


HRSA Interdisciplinary Programs  Presentation

Maria Portela-Martinez, MD, MPH

Branch Chief, Medical Training and Geriatrics, Division of Medicine and Dentistry, Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS, Rockville, MD


Hispanic Health and Global Health: Local and International Training Programs  Presentation

Javier Sevilla-Martir, MD

Assistant Dean, University of Indiana School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN


Mentoring Program for Hispanic Nursing Students Presentation

Angie Millan, DNP, RN, FAAN

Past President, National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Los Angeles, CA


Health Inter-Professional Spanish Teaching  Presentation

Sandra Quezada, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Assitant Dean for Admissions, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD


B3. RESEARCH: Innovative Research and Dissemination to Clinicians Caring for Latinos


Hispanic Prevention Health Research - Asthma and Tobacco Literacy Programs  Presentation

Betty Perez-Rivera, MS, EdD, MCHES

CEO, Institute of the Education for the Care of Chronic Diseases, Newport, NJ


National Osteoarthritis Health Disparities Research Agenda

Rose Iris Gonzalez, PhD, RN, MPS

Movement is Life, Lake Ridge, VA


Zika Disease and Prevention  Presentation

Gustavo Ferrer, MD, FCCP

President-Intensive Care Experts, Associate Clinical Professor of

Medicine, Miami, FL


B4. PRACTICE: Implementing the ACA with Value, Measures and Alternative Payments for Hispanic Physicians


Health Care After the Affordable Care Act: Where Do We Go From Here?  Presentation

Robert Doherty

SVP, Governmental Affairs and Public Policy

American College of Physicians, Washington, DC


Luis Estevez, MD, MPH, MBA

Medical Director, Anthem Inc., New York, NY  Presentation


Mara McDermott, JD, MPH

Senior Vice President, Governmental Affairs and Public Policy

American College of Physicians, Washington, DC  Presentation


Affordable Care Outreach Opportunities for Providers  Presentation

Jeanette Contreras, MPP

Acting Director, Division of Professional Affairs, Office of Communications, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS, Washington, DC 


2:45pm – 3:30pm        Break in Joint Health Career Advancement Exhibit Hall – Book Signings by Daniel E. Dawes, 150 Years of Obamacare, Gustavo Ferrer, MD, Cough Cures, and Pilar Ortega, MD, Spanish and Medical Interview: A Textbook for Clinically Relevant Medical Spanish



3:30pm – 5:00pm      Workshops C


C1. CLINICAL: Current Interventions to Manage Latino Diabetic Patients


Diabetes: Cultural Beliefs/Attitudes and Care Models

Aida Luz Giacello, PhD

Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL


Innovations in Diabetes Management

Griffin Rodgers, MD, M.A.C.P.

Director, National Institute and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Bethesda, MD


Diabetes Treatment Pearls of Wisdom  Presentation

Pankaj Shah, MD 

Endocrinologist, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN


C2. MEDICAL EDUCATION: Innovations for Professional Physician Career Development


Non-Traditional Opportunities for Professional Advancement

Norma Perez, MD, DrPH

Executive Director, Hispanic Center of Excellence

Vice President, Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools

University of Texas Branch at Galveston


Mindfulness – Work/Life Balance  Presentation

Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, FACP

Associate VP for Health Equity and Inclusion, University of Utah Health Sciences Center, Director of Cancer Health Equity, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Professor of Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT


Federal Government Opportunities at the Department of Health and Human Services  Presentation

Idalia Sanchez, MPH

Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Minority Health Resource Center, HHS, Rockville, MD


New Dietary Guidelines  Presentation

Colette I. Rihane, MS, RD

Director, Office of Nutrition Guidance and Analysis

Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion, US Department of Agriculture, Alexandria, VA 


C3. RESEARCH: Policy Research for Healthy Communities


Women’s Health Public Health Research  Presentation

Diana Ramos, MD, Director

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Division, Los Angeles, CA


Family Planning: Health Policy and Research  Presenatation

Nereida Correa, MD, MPH

Attending Physician, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Women's Health

Jacobi Medical center, Bronx, NY


Health Disparities Research: Study of Latinos (SOL) Study Presentation

Gregory Talavera, MD

Division Head, Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science


San Diego State University, San Diego, CA


C4. PRACTICE: Healthcare Technology


                                   Digital Health Platform for Behavior Change

                                   of Chronic Disease Patients  Presentation

Pablo Pantaleoni

CEO, MedTep, San Francisco, CA


Telemedicine: Reshaping Healthcare  Presentation

Nick Hernandez



Consejo Sano: A Telehealth Solution for Hispanics  Presentation

Abner Mason

CEO, Consejo Sano, Washington, DC and Mexico City, Mexico


Coordinated Care Service  Presentation

Huy Nguyen, MD


Executive Chairman, Care 24/7, Knoxville, TN


6:30pm – 7:30pm       Joint Conference Reception


7:30pm – 11:30pm     Joint Leadership Awards Gala & Dance


Watch Plenary Video


Keynote Speaker: Roberto Tapia-Conyer, MD, MSc, MPH,

DrSC, CEO, Carlos Slim Foundation, Mexico City, Mexico


                              NHMA Hispanic Health Leadership Awards:

                              Liliana Ranon, U.S. Department of Health and Human Service

                              Centene Corporation

                                                            Roberto Tapia-Conyer, MD, MSc, MPH, DrSC  Presentation

                              Hector Balcazar, MD, Dean, College of Science and Health,

                              Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

                              Eduardo Montana, MD, MBA, Chairman,

                              Georgia Latino Health Caucus, Atlanta

                              Chairpersons, NHMA Regions; Presidents, 

                              State Hispanic Medical Societies,

                              and National Hispanic Health Professional Associations,

                              Partner Medical Associations, 

                              Outgoing NHMA & NHHF Board of Directors


Sunday, April 24, 2016


8:45 – 11:00am           NHMA Leadership Institute – “Opportunities for Hispanic Health Professional Leadership” with the NHMA Council of Medical Societies, Hispanic Health Professional Leadership Network and conference participants


Kayla Rodriguez, Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer, MBA, SweetBio, Memphis, TN  Presentation


                                                Patricia Padilla, MD, Global Medical Officer, General Motors,

                                                Detroit, MI  Presentation


Presidents Panel:


Fernando Stein, MD, President-Elect, American Academy of Pediatrics  Presentation


Wayne Riley, MD, American College of Physicians  Presentation


Barbara McAneny, MD, Board of Trustees, American Medical Association  Presentation


Robert Wegrin, MD, American Academy of Family Physicians


11:00 – 3:00 pm      NHHF Meeting on Hispanic Patient-Centered Research Lessons 


Principal Investigators of Hispanic Health Patient Focused Research with Multi-Academic Institution and Community Partners with Patients w/ Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease:


Keynote Speaker: Alicia Fernandez, MD, PCORI Board of Directors Presentation


Aida Giacello, PhD, Northwestern School of Medicine


David Hayes Bautista, PhD, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA


Gregory Talavera, MD, MPH, San Diego State University Presentation


Hector Balcazar, PhD, Dean, College of Science and Health, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Presentation

Additional Events:


Saturday, April 23, 2016

NHMA, the Association of American Medical Colleges: Medical and

Public Health School Recruitment Lecture and Fair for High School

and College Students


Jorge Girotti, PhD - University of Illinois Chicago School of Medicine

Lesley Ward, AAMC 

Emma Ledesma - David Geffen Medical School at UCLA

Norma Poll, PhD, AAMC












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