Congressional Briefings

NHMA has at least one Hispanic Health Congressional Briefing each year. NHMA has partnered with Congresswoman Lucille Roybal Allard and the Health Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucust to educate Congressional and Senate Staff to consider new strategies as they develop policies for more culturally relevant Federal programs in healthcare.

Browse through our past events to see what NHMA has done. Check out the "Events"  section on the homepage to stay informed about our next Congressional Briefing.

Past Congressional Briefings:


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Strategies to Decrease Obesity through Nutrition Programs for Hispanic Children, September 18, 2012

Prevention Priorities to Reduce Health Disparities and Costs, October 12, 2011

Prevention Policies & Programs to Reduce Obesity Among Hispanic Children, September 28, 2010

Health Care Reform Implementation for Hispanic Communities, July 22, 2010

Health Care Reform & Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities,October 20, 2009

Health Disparities and the Economy: the Key to Reducing Costs in America, June 24, 2008

NHMA and Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Coalition

Health Care Reform Implementation for the Hispanic Community

The Minority Health Improvement and Health Disparity Elimination Act, S. 1576
, February 1, 2008

NHMA and Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Coalition




The National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) has been invited to participate in the development of health care reform legislation for Senators Kennedy and Baucus, Congressmen Waxman, Rangel, and Miller and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Their respective staff will be introducing and distributing their bills starting in June for public comment. We have been asked to submit our recommendations on reforming the system for inclusion into these bills by June 1st; this gives us a narrow window of three weeks or less to prepare a document for submission to congressional staff.

The magnitude of the debate is broad; Congress is asking us for specific strategies that respond to four topics: 1) the expansion of affordable insurance coverage that impacts favorably on Latinos; 2) the expansion of primary care services, integration of preventive medicine and recommended incentives to be responsive to the Latino patient; 3) how do we improve quality via the creation of culturally competent, CLAS, and Patient-Centered Medical Home primary care services; 4) how de we reform medical education to ensure the appropriate future workforce for achieving health care reform?

I invite you and your colleagues to join the “NHMA Hispanic Provider Community Forum on Health Care Reform” on our portal: to share your insights and recommendations for health care reform today.

We welcome you to join one or more of the following discussion groups:

1. Expanding Affordable Insurance Coverage for Hispanics Congress is debating the expansion of the system along the lines of the current infrastructure – employer-based insurance, individual insurance, public insurance (Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP), and potentially a new public insurance option. For the reforms to be effective, we should see a decrease in the uninsured.

  • What incentives do we introduce into health care reform to increase accessibility for Hispanic patients?
  • How would you finance the system?
  • What strategies do you have to increase enrollment, and increase awareness and outreach to the uninsured?

2. Expanding preventive medicine oriented primary care services responsive to the Latino patient Congress is focused on increasing the number of primary care providers, and ensuring that primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention becomes the goal of physicians and other health professionals in the system. In addition to the expansion of primary care services, preventive medicine will be central to health care reform.

  • What incentives will be needed to ensure that Hispanic primary care providers and other providers of care are fully involved?
  • How do we make sure that Latinos, the largest component of the uninsured in the nation, benefit fully from this effort?
  • What other resources are needed?

3. Improving quality via the creation of culturally competent, CLAS and the Patient-Centered Medical Home primary care services We know that Congress is seeking to reorganize the health care system into a more efficient, effective, connected and patient-centered system; a system where physicians are whole-person and team oriented; trained to provide coordinated comprehensive care; and have optimum access that supports strong patient-provider relationships via effective health information systems.

  • What strategies would you suggest?
  • What incentives and resources will be necessary to ensure the participation of Hispanic providers and their patients?

4. Reforming medical education to ensure an appropriate future workforce for achieving health care reform Congress is aware of the need to reform health professions education and recruit a diversified future workforce. The dominant emphasis on diagnosis and treatment events by an increasingly specialized clinician workforce characterizes health care today. Wellness, patient-centered care, cultural competence, diversity, continuity of care and community health is clearly not the foci of most health professions today. Academic medicine must play a major part in training clinicians (promotoras, community health workers, primary care providers) for the new role of providers that health care reform anticipates; and for promoting the research to develop new practice models.

  • What strategies do you suggest?
  • What incentives, resources, programs, accreditation requirements do you see for ensuring workforce development, curriculum development, outpatient training, CME?

We invite you to join one or more of the four discussion groups by going to and clicking on “create new account” and following the instructions. Recommendations are due June 1, 2009. Should you have any problems registering or logging on, please call the help desk with David Caicedo at (212)-992-8706.



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