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!


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