NHMA Medical School Liason Program


The National Hispanic Medical Association, from its beginning in 1994 in Washington, DC, developed linkages with key National, Regional and State Medical Societies and Hispanic Health Professional Associations in order to build its network of champions for Hispanic health. NHMA is a resource to the Federal government and other key healthcare organizations and academic partners.

In 1999, NHMA started the NHMA Leadership Fellowship and the NHMA Resident Leadership Program and in 2009 started the NHMA Council of Residents.  Many of these physicians (500) have remained active in the Association.

In 2013 NHMA started its own Region Steering Committees which now host quarterly networking meetings in 6 regions across the U.S. This year NHMA announces its new NHMA Medical School Liaison Program to start in January 2018.

The goal of the program is to appoint NHMA Premier Member Physicians to serve as a Liaison to a local medical school to meet with Latino and other medical students quarterly about the options for medical careers especially in the vicinity of the institution, to improve health of the Hispanic community.


NHMA will do the following:

- Recruit physicians to become a Medical School a Liaison 

- Introduce the Liaison to the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) Club at the Medical School

- Provide a training meeting for the Liaison group at the NHMA Annual Conference, Gaylord Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD, March 22 -25, 2018

- Request an annual progress report of the program from the Liaison to NHMA, and we will provide a summary of lessons learned to the group

- Acknowledge the Liaison on the NHMA Website, at the NHMA Annual Conference, and with a Certificate of Appreciation


Liaison will do the following:

-Liaisons will be appointed by the first week of January

- Maintain his/her Premier Membership status with NHMA

- Participate at the NHMA Annual Conference meeting with other Medical School Liaisons

- Schedule at least 3  quarterly face to face meetings per year for up to 3 years with the LMSA Club at the medical school

- Discuss the importance of practicing medicine in the Hispanic community – in medical practice, clinics, hospitals; other activities other than clinical care in medicine and contracts for future positions – administration, hospital committees, research (clinical trials), medical faculty development (volunteer) or salaried or tenure track

- Submit an annual progress report to NHMA office by December 15th of each year


We hope physicians interested will send their CV and Contact information to Imani Cabassa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she can process your membership and interest in working medical students. The deadline to submit interest is December 15,2017



The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI)

The National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) along with Healthcare Dynamics International (HCDI) has been awarded funding through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to participate in the The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI). 

On September 29, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded $685 million to 39 national and regional collaborative healthcare transformation networks and supporting organizations to provide technical assistance support to help prepare more than 140,000 clinicians with innovative tools and support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and spend dollars more wisely. 

TCPI is one of the largest federal investments uniquely designed to support clinician practices through nationwide, collaborative, and peer-based learning networks that facilitate practice transformation. The TCPI is one part of a unique strategy advanced by the Affordable Care Act to strengthen the quality of patient care and manage health care expenditures, ultimately saving the taxpayer from substantial costs.

Who?  TCPI is open to primary and specialty care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical pharmacists, and their private practices to improve the delivery of care. To participate in TCPI, physicians and clinicians should be on the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) list of eligible participants.  If a physician or clinician is not on the currently enrolled in PQRS, the HCDI TCPI SAN can assist in facilitating enrollment.

However, you cannot participate if you are enrolled in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, Pioneer ACOs, Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative or Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice programs. 

What?  As a TCPI participant you will:

  • Receive free training, technical assistance, materials and coaching on practice transformation
  • Receive a practice transformation readiness assessment - to change to MACRA payment mechanism, to start Jan. 1, 2017
  • Receive free training on cultural and linguistically sensitive delivery of care - to demonstrate value care in Hispanic patient panels
  • Receive free training on the collection and use of data stratified by race, ethnicity and language
  • Learn how to effectively engage patients and families in care planning from high performers
  • Be part of the national leadership in practice transformation efforts - EMR, billing with quality and value care
  • Receive performance measurements for diabetes outcomes, where necessary


NHMA urges you to consider that transformation of healthcare delivery means you need to understand the concepts, and your team needs to be trained to have savings, efficient documentation, patient-centered care that is coordinated ---with value and quality in your practice - academic or community!

If you are interested in receiving more information about the TCPI, have questions or would like to register, please go to: www.tcpisan.org and check out TCPI brochure. 



NIDDK - NHMA Travel Award

If you are are Medical or Surgical Fellow or Resident with research experience or interest in research and an Academic Career - you are invited to apply for the NIDDK/NHMA Travel Award Today!  NHMA is interested in supporting our Academic Network of Members. For more information, click here and for further questions email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

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Hepatitis C

In 2015 The National Hispanic Medical Association began its three-part series, Hepatitis C and Hispanics Leadership Summits. We completed our three summits in March, 2015 in Austin, Texas, August 2015 in Los Angeles, California and February, 2016 in Washington, DC.  The goal of the summits were to raise awareness and begin a discussion on addressing barriers to care.

In addition, the Summits resulted in advocacy interest with the State legislative leaders and policymakers to increase cultural competence and education programs to our communities in these States as well as to develop programs to educate health professionals.

The final Summit aims complete 4 goals:

  1. to discuss the barriers of current programs that impact the health of Hispanics
  2. to discuss strategies needed for future health care programs that educate on prevention and treatment of HepC
  3. to review recommendations from last two NHMA summits;
  4. to build consensus on the Federal programs and policies that can be developed or enhanced to improve the quality of health care delivery to Hispanics with or at risk of acquiring Hepatitis C in the United States over the next five years.

At the final Summit we aim to address our main goals, as well as, review the recommendations from our previous Summits. Following our panel discussions attendees will be invited to join two breakout discussions, one on Access and the other on Prevention. 


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    • Alex Millman, MD Medical Epidemiologist Division of Viral Hepatitis National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD & TB Prevention Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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    • Julio A. Gutierrez, MD, MS Director, Hepatobiliary Cancer The Texas Liver Institute

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    • Marwan Haddad, MD, MPH Medical Director of HIV, Hepatitis C, and Buprenorphine Services (Project Echo) Community Health Centers, Inc. 

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