21st Annual Conference

NHMA 21st Annual Conference: TRABAJANDO JUNTOS - Integrated Healthcare for Hispanics (#NHMA2017)

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, Washington, DC area - May 4-7, 2017

201 Waterfront St, National Harbor, MD 20745


We invite health professionals as well as health professional students to submit a Hispanic Health Research or Community Service Poster Abstract for the NHMA 2017 Conference. We also invite government agencies, health industry, corporate and non profit health experts to becoming a Sponsor and to provide a Career Exhibit for our health professionals and students and medical residents.

Resort Perks

Complimentary transportation on the National Harbor Circulator Bus with stops throughout the Harbor including Tanger Outlets, Harbor shops and restaurants, the Capital Wheel, and the MGM National Harbor Resort.  Registered guest simply swipe their room key on the bus for this transportation service


Conference Objectives:

  1. Describe how health care innovations are influencing health care reform’s access to care, quality, and population health strategies.
  2. Review patient-engaged and health services research that focuses on knowledge and policy strategies that show promise of eliminating health disparities.
  3. Explain new treatment modalities and strategies to educate Hispanic patients with diabetes, cancer, obesity, cardiovascular disease, depression, sarcopenia, Alzheimer’s disease, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis-C, and aging in order to decrease morbidity and mortality in their medical practices or in their organization.
  4. Identify cultural competence, literacy, and language services programs for medical education and health care delivery.
  5. Describe how leadership skills can be used to improve the health of Hispanic patients in public health, health care organizations and corporations.


Participants must complete an evaluation form to receive a certificate of completion. Your chosen sessions must be attended in their entirety. Partial credit of individual sessions is not available. NOTE: If you are seeking continuing education credit for a specialty not listed below, it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board to determine course eligibility for your licensing/certification requirement.    


Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Amedco, National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) and New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM). Amedco is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Credit Designation Statement

Amedco designates this live activity for a maximum of 28.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 



2017 Residents of the Year

Northeast: Carlos Gongora, MD, Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospitals

Northeast: Nicole Cruz, MD, Weill Cornell - New York Presbyterian Hospital

DC/MD/VA: Carolina Solis, MD, Inova Fairfax Hospital

Southeast: Natalia Castillo Almeida, MD, University of Central Florida College of Medicine

Midwest: Guillermina Morales, MD, Indiana University School of Medicine

Midwest: Juan Pablo Reyes Genere , MD, University of Chicago Medical Center

Southwest: Minerva Romero Arenas, MD, MPH, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Southwest: Leonel Lopez, III, MD, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa

Southwest: Alejandro Bocanegra, MD, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley- Doctors Hospital at Renaissance

West: Karla Gonzalez, MD, University of California, Los Angeles

West: Andrea Dreyfuss, MD, Highland Hospital




Friday, May 5, 2017


7:30 am – 7:30 pm      Registration


7:30 am – 9:00 am       Breakfast Symposium: Sarcopenia and Malnutrition among Hispanic Patients – non-CMEWoodrow Wilson Ballroom A - sponsored by Abbott Nutrition


Moderator: Conchita Paz, MD, Family Care Associates, Las Cruces, NM


Scott Goates, PhD, MS, Senior Manager, Health Economics Outcome Research, Abbott Nutrition Research & Development


8:00 am – 12:00 pm    NHHF Hispanic Patient-Centered Research Faculty Development Program (closed)

                                    Camelia 1 - This program was funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement


8:30 am – 9:15 am       Capitol Hill Visits – Orientation – Effective Congressional Meetings and NHMA Policy Agenda – Baltimore 1


9:15 am – 11:15 am     Capitol Hill Visits – meet Bus at Woodrow Wilson Ballroom Foyer Entrance


           11:00 am – 1:00 pm     Lunch and Health Career Advancement Exhibit Hall – Woodrow Wilson Ballrooms B,C,D


           11:00 am – 5:00 pm         Hispanic Health Research/Community Service Posters – Woodrow Wilson Ballroom Foyer


1:00 pm - 3:30 pm       Opening Plenary: Federal Leadership for Healthcare, CME – Woodrow Wilson Ballroom A


            Welcoming Remarks & NHMA Priorities

Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, FACP, President & CEO, NHMA


            Federal Initiatives Impacting Hispanic Health


Moderator: Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, FACP, Washington, DC


Panel of Directors, HHS Offices of Minority Health

Cara V. James, MD

Director, Office of Minority Health

                                      Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


Jonca Bull, MD

Assistant Commissioner for Minority Health

                                      Food and Drug Administration


Carol Jimenez, JD
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and

Director, Office of Minority Health

Department of Health and Human Services

Health Leadership from the Public and Private Sector


Moderator: Samuel Arce, MD, FAAFP, Queens, NY


Herminia Palacio, MD, MPH

Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services, New York, NY


Jay Fathi, MD

CEO, Coordinated Care Heath Plan CEO, Washington State



3:30 pm – 5:00 pm      Workshops A


A1. CLINICAL PRACTICE: Business Strategies for Successful Practice CME – Baltimore 1


Moderator: Maria Puig-Llanos, MD, President, California Latino Medical Association


Transition to Value Based Payments

Carlos Cuevas, MPH, MPA                 

Senior Policy Advisor to NYS Medicaid Director       

New York State Department of Health, East Greenbush, NY 


Billing and Coding

Amita Achutuni

Vice-President, Eastern Healthcare Financial Services, Inc. - Washington, DC



Financial Planning

Sherrie Van Koevering

Northwestern Mutual- Chicago, IL


A2. MEDICAL EDUCATION: Interprofessional Training of Medical Students/Residents – CME – Baltimore 2

Moderator: Javier Sevilla-Martir, MD, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN


K. Michael Welch, MB, ChB, FRCP

President and CEO

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL



Adela Valdez, MD, MBA

Associate Dean of Student Affairs

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Medical School, Harlingen, TX



Javier Sevilla-Martir, MD        

Professor of Family Medicine, Assistant Dean for Diversity  

Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN       



Monica L. Lypson, MD, MHPE

Director, Medical and Dental Education

Office of Academic Affiliation

Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC



A3.RESEARCH – Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Disease and Latinos - CME – Baltimore 3


Moderator: Diana Torres-Burgos, MD, MPH, Health Advisor, NHHF, New York, NY


Latinos and Cardiovascular Risk Factors and the SOL Study

Gregory Talavera, MD, MPH

Professor of Public Health, Division of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Graduate School of Public Health

San Diego State University; San Diego, CA


The Hispanic Paradox in Cardiovascular Disease: What Can We Learn From It?

Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, MD, MSc, FACC, FAHA

Chair, Division of Preventive Cardiology

Director of Research, Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center

Mayo Clinic; Rochester, MN


Pulmonary Disease and Latinos

Gustavo Ferrer, MD, FCCP

Program Director, Pulmonary Fellowship Aventura Hospital

President, Intensive Care Experts, Miami, FL

Author, Cough Cures: The Complete Guide to the Best Natural Remedies and Over-The-Counter Drugs for Acute and Chronic Coughs



A4.POLICY – U.S. – Mexico Border Health Issues – CMEBaltimore 4


Moderator: Alan Ross, MD, New York, NY


Access to Healthcare and Outcomes along the U.S. – Mexico Border

Isabel Latz, MPhil, PhD Candidate

Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX



Children’s Border Health Priorities

Bert Johansson, MD, PhD

Pediatric Critical Care

El Paso Children’s Hospital, University of Texas Tech, El Paso, TX



Immigrant Children Seeking Safe Haven- Stop the Detention of Children and Families

Julie M. Linton, MD, FAAP

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Wake Forest School of Medicine, NC


Marsha Griffin, MD, FAAP, Clinical Professor, UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine

Co-Chairpersons, Immigrant Health Special Interest Group

American Academy of Pediatrics



5:00 pm - 6:00 pm       NHMA Stakeholder Group Meetings – Non-CME

Plan for 2017: Strengthening programs, regional presence, partners, membership


Clinical Practice Physicians – Baltimore 1

Facilitator: Sergio Rimola, MD, FACOG


Academic Practice Physicians – Baltimore 2

Facilitator: Charles Vega, MD


NHMA Council of Young Physicians and Council of Residents Baltimore 3

Facilitators: Vanessa Salcedo, MD and Minerva Arenas Romero, MD


Latino Medical Student Association – Baltimore 4

Facilitator: Eric Molina, LMSA President and Medical Student, Baylor College of Medicine


Hispanic Employee Organization, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Baltimore 5

Facilitator: Duilio Correa, MPA, MA, President, HHS Hispanic Employee Organization


6:00 pm – 7:00 pm      Reception: Exhibit Hall Woodrow Wilson Ballrooms B,C,D and Foyer


7:00 pm – 8:30 pm      Dinner: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Non CME- Ballroom A - sponsored by Shire – RSVP required – open to all conference participants


                                                Moderator: Norman Atkins, Jr., MBA, PhD

Country Product Medical Lead, U.S Medical Affairs, Shire


                                                                                    Tinera Mathews, PharmD

Medical Science Liaison, U.S. Medical Affairs, Shire


             7:00 pm – 8:30 pm        Dinner: Integrated Care for the Cancer Patient – CME – Baltimore 1 - sponsored by Cancer Treatment Centers of America® - RSVP Required – open to physicians caring for cancer patients


Moderator: Flavia Mercado, MD, Atlanta, GA


Fernando Garcia, MD, Pathologist, Eastern Regional Medical Center, Cancer Treatment Centers of America


Saturday, May 6, 2017


7:30 am – 4:30 pm      Health Career Advancement Exhibit Hall - Continental BreakfastWoodrow Wilson  Ballrooms B,C,D


7:30 am – 4:30 pm         Hispanic Health Research/Community Service Posters – Woodrow Wilson Ballroom Foyer


             8:00 am – 9:20 am      Breakfast Symposium: Stand Up to HIV: Prevention Strategies for Your                            CommunityCME – Woodrow Wilson Ballroom A - supported by an educational grant from Gilead Sciences


Moderator: Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, FACP, Washington, DC


CAPT Kenneth L. Dominguez, MD, MPH (USPHS)

Medical Epidemiologist, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention

National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Rebecca Vargas-Jackson, MD

Transformation and Innovation Lead

George Mason University, Fairfax, VA




8:00 am – 9:20 am       Policy Breakfast Symposium: Expanding Access to Health for Latinos - non-CME – Annapolis 1-2 - sponsored by Pfizer Inc


Moderator: Sam Arce, MD, FAAFP, Queens, NY


Safety Net Policies

Daniel Hawkins, Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Research

National Association of Community Health Centers


CMS Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI)

Jean Drummond, MA, President, HCD International


Value of Biopharmaceutical Innovation and Impact on Overall Healthcare Costs

Robert Popovian, Phar.D., MS., Sr. Director, US Government Relations, Pfizer Inc



9:30 am – 11:00 am     Plenary: National Trends to Improve Health Equity for Hispanics CMEWoodrow Wilson Ballroom A


Moderator: Judith Flores, MD, FAAP, CHCQM, Brooklyn, NY


Presidents of Medical Associations Panel

Patrice Harris, MD, MA, Board of Trustees, American Medical Association, Presentation

Fernando Stein, MD, FAAP, President, American Academy of Pediatrics

Nitin Damle, MD, MS, MACP President, American College of Physicians, Presentation

Walter Faggett, II, MD, Board of Trustees, National Medical Association

David Lee Hawks, National Council of Asian American Pacific Islander Physicians



11:00 am – 12:00 pm  Health Career Advancement Exhibit Hall – Woodrow Wilson Ballrooms B,C, D


12:00 pm – 1:30 pm    Lunch Plenary: Priorities to Improve Health and Behavioral Health of Hispanic Populations - CME – Woodrow Wilson Ballroom A


Moderator: Jo Ivey Boufford, MD

                     President, New York Academy of Medicine


Keynote Speaker: Donna E. Shalala, PhD, Trustee Professor of Political Science and Health Policy, University of Miami


1:45 pm – 3:15 pm      Workshops B


B1.CLINICAL PRACTICE: Protocols to Advance Latino Patient Health, CME-Annapolis 1


Moderator: Judith Flores, MD, FAAP, CHCQM, Brooklyn, NY


Increasing Adult Immunization Rates

Judith Flores, MD, FAAP, CHCQM

Chairwoman-Elect, NHMA Board of Directors

Clinical Associate Professor, New York University School of Medicine

Chief of Ambulatory Care, North Brooklyn Health Network of the NYCHH, Brooklyn, NY


Advance Care Planning in Your Office

Lyla Correoso -Thomas, MD

National Medical Director, Kindred at Home, Atlanta, GA


Community Health Worker Partnerships in Care Delivery

Hosseinali Shahidi, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAAP

Chief Collaborating Physician

Rutgers Community Health Center, Rutgers, NJ



Clinical Trial Participation in the Latino Community

Jonca Bull, MD

Assistant Commissioner for Minority Health

United States Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, MD



B2. MEDICAL EDUCATION: How to Increase Patient Engagement: Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Health Literacy – CME – Annapolis 2


Moderator: Ahmed Calvo, MD, MPH, Health Resources and Services Administration, Washington, DC


Betty Perez-Rivera, MS, EdD, MCHES
Founding President and CEO
Institute of Education for the Care of Chronic Disease (IECCD)


Tiffany C. Rivera, MA, DHA, MCHES
Vice President, Health Education and Recruitment

Institute of Education for the Care of Chronic Disease (IECCD)



B3. TECHNOLOGY: Health Innovation Strategies to Improve Health of Latinos – CME –Annapolis 4


Moderator: Daniel Turner-Lloveras, MD, Los Angeles, CA


Juan Sanabria, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS, FAASLD

Professor of Surgery

Vice Chair & Scientific Director

Marshall University Medical Center; Huntington, WV



Geraldine Massauh, MPH

Senior Research Analyst

CulturaLink, New York, NY


Abner Mason

Founder & CEO
Consejo Sano



B4. CLINICAL UPDATE: Opioids Management – CME – Annapolis 3

Moderator: Maria Milagros Garcia, MD, MPH, FACP, Worcester, MA


Opioid Addiction Epidemic

Maria Milagros Garcia, MD, MPH, FACP

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs & Diversity

Associate Professor of Medicine

University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, Worcester, MA



Treatment of Opioid Dependence

Michelle Soto, MD

Chief of Medical Unit

START Treatment & Recovery Centers, Brooklyn, NY



Geographical and Temporal Variation in the Incidence, Prevalence and Mortality of Opioid Use at a Global, National and State Level: 1990-2015.

Rodrigo Aguilar, MD

Research Fellow, Department of Surgery

Marshall University Medical Center; Huntington, WV



B5. Be a Change Agent Beyond Clinical Practice – CME – Baltimore 2

Co-Hosted by the Council of Residents & Fellows (COR), Council of Young Physicians (CYP), and the Latino Medical Student Association Policy Committee


Moderator: Pamela Montano Arteaga, MD New York, NY


María Portela Martinez, MD, MPH

Medical Training and Geriatrics Branch Chief

Health Resources and Services Administration

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD


Kameron L. Matthews, MD, JD, FAAFP

Deputy Executive Director, Provider Relations and Services

Office of Community Care

Veterans Health Administration, Washington, DC



Devora Kestel, MSc, MPH

Unit Chief, Mental Health and Substance Use

Pan American Health Organization, Washington, DC



3:15 pm – 3:45 pm        Health Career Advancement Exhibit Hall and Poster Sessions Awards – Woodrow Wilson Ballroom Foyer


Book Signings – Woodrow Wilson Ballroom Foyer


                                    Gustavo Ferrer, MD, FCCP

Program Director, Pulmonary Fellowship Aventura Hospital

President, Intensive Care Experts, Miami, FL

Cough Cures: The Complete Guide to the Best Natural Remedies and Over-The-Counter Drugs for Acute and Chronic Coughs


Luz Claudio, PhD

Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper: The Step-by-Step Guide


Pilar Ortega, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor- University of Illinois Chicago

Spanish and Medical Interview: A Textbook for Clinically Relevant Medical Spanish


3:45 pm – 5:15 pm      Workshops C


C1. CLINICAL PRACTICE: Physician Burnout and Resilience – CME – Annapolis 1


Moderator: Minerva Campos, MD, Washington, DC


Kenny Lin, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Family Medicine

Director, Robert L. Phillips, Jr. Health Policy Fellowship

Associate Deputy Editor of the American Family Physician Journal

Blogger: Common Sense Family Doctor

Georgetown School of Medicine- Washington, DC



Robin L. Marcus, PT, PhD, OCS

Chief Wellness Officer

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy

University of Utah Health Sciences- Salt Lake City, UT


Lawrence J. Cheskin, MD, FACP, FTOS

Director, Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center

Associate Professor, Health, Behavior & Society

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – Baltimore, MD


C2. MEDICAL EDUCATION: Curriculum to Improve Hispanic Health -CME – Annapolis 2


Moderator: Iris Reyes, MD, Philadelphia, PA


Implicit Bias

Charles Vega, MD      

Associate Dean of Diversity & Inclusion        

University of California Irvine School of Medicine, Santa Ana, CA



Increasing Hispanic Healthcare Workforce through Collaboration between Academia and Community Health Services

Sylk Sotto-Santiago, MBA, MPS, EdD

Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs

Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN       


Javier Sevilla-Martir, MD

Professor of Family Medicine, Assistant Dean for Diversity

Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN       



Medical Spanish Curriculum & Evaluation: Can We Standardize the Approach?

Pilar Ortega, MD         

Clinical Assistant Professor    

University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL     

C3. RESEARCH: Mental Health and Terminal Care – CMEAnnapolis 3

Moderator: Nereida Correa, MD, New York, NY



Mental Health

Antonio N. Puente, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

George Washington University, Washington, DC



A Father’s Perspective on End-of-Life Care

Robert Olvera, MD                 

Compassion & Choices, Denver,CO   



Latinos and Alzheimer’s Disease 

Samuel Gandy, MD, PhD

Associate Director, The Mount Sinai Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

Professor, Neurology, Psychiatry

Icahn School of Medicine, New York, NY



C4. CLINICAL UPDATE: Diabetes and Complications– CME – Annapolis 4




Martha L. Daviglus, MD, PhD

Executive Director

Institute for Minority Health Research

Associate-Vice Chancellor for Research

University of Illinois at Chicago; Chicago, IL



Maria Puig-Llanos, MD


Chula Vista, CA



Speaker - TBN


C5. ADVOCACY: Federal Health Policy 2017 - CME- Baltimore 2

Co-Hosted by the Council of Residents & Fellows (COR), Council of Young Physicians (CYP), and the Latino Medical Student Association Policy Committee


Moderator: Minerva Romero Arenas, MD, MPH, Houston, TX


Federal, State, and Local Lobbying 101

The Honorable Alfonso Lopez

Democratic Whip

House of Delegates, Virginia General Assembly, Arlington, VA


Climate Change & Health: Building Capacity and Leveraging Health Voices

Linda Rudolph, MD

Director, Center for Climate Change and Health

Public Health Institute, Oakland, CA



Future of Public Health and Environmental Protection

Pattie Goldman, JD

Managing Attorney

Earthjustice, Seattle, WA



 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm                 Gala Reception – Potomac Ballrooms C, D Foyer




 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm               Leadership Awards Gala & Dance – CME – Potomac Ballrooms C, D


Mistress of Ceremonies: Maria Cardona

                                         Principal, Dewey Square Group

                                      Founder, Latinovations


Keynote Speaker: Dara Richardson-Heron, MD

Chief Engagement Officer and Scientific Executive, All of Us Research Program, National Institute of Health


NHMA Hispanic Health Leadership Awards

·         Government – Eliseo Perez-Stable, MD, Director, NIMHD

·         Corporate – CVS Health

·         Physician - Juan Rivera, MD, Medical Reporter, Univision

·         Media – Jorge Ferraez, President & Publisher, Latino Leaders Magazine

·         NHMA Fellow of the Year – Maria Milagros Garcia, MD, MPH, FACP Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity, University of Massachusetts

·         Leaders: NHMA Region Leaders: Sergio Rimola, MD, Minerva Campos, MD, MPH, Flavia Mercado, MD, Daniel Torres Lloveras, MD, Ilan Shapiro, MD, Diana Torres-Burgos, MD, MPH  Pilar Ortega, MD; Presidents, State Hispanic Medical Societies, and National Hispanic Health Professional Associations, Residents of the Year, Outgoing NHMA, NHHF Board of Directors


Dance to the Music of N’Fuzion


Sunday, May 7, 2017


8:30 am                       Breakfast – Lower Atrium


8:45 am – 11:30 am     NHMA Leadership Institute – “Opportunities for Hispanic Health Professional Leadership”

with the NHMA Council of Medical Societies, Hispanic Health Professional Leadership Network and Conference Participants – CME – Eastern Shore 1


Moderator: Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, FACP, Washington, DC


Jewel Mullen, MD, MPH, MPA

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC



Rochelle Campbell, MS

Senior Manager of Board Recruitment Services


National Association of Corporate Directors, Washington, DC



Thank you to all our sponsors!


About NHMA Events

NHMA offers several events throughout the year ranging from Region Policy Forums, Congressional Briefings on Hispanic Health, and our largest event, NHMA's Annual Conference, in the Spring in Washington, DC.

These events are a great way to get connected with other healthcare professionals and learn about various topics in the health field. We encourage members and non-members to get involved in their communities and one of those ways is to attend one of NHMA's events.


NHMA Calendar

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20th Annual Joint National Conference


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 NovelResearch.org


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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