National Hispanic Medical Association Slates Forums Across the Country to Inform Health Leaders on Opportunities Created by the New Affordable Care Act


The National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) headquartered in Washington D.C. will host one in a series of forums across the country in El Paso, Texas on Friday, July 1, 2011 at the Camino Real Hotel, 101 S. El Paso St. beginning at 6:00 p.m. Joining NHMA will be U.S. Congressman Sylvestre Reyes and Mayra Alvarez, Director of Public Health Policy, Office of Health Care Reform, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The forum "Health Care Reform Implementation" will address the new health care reform law, the most powerful legislation in decades for reducing health insurance costs and improving the health of Americans. According to Dr. Elena Rios, President of NHMA, "The Affordable Care Act will transform how health care is delivered to our Hispanic communities in ways not seen since Medicare became law to support health care for the elderly and Medicaid for the poor." She added, "One of the most important changes will be an emphasis on more disease prevention education directed to Latinos on how to transform themselves and their communities to live a healthier lifestyle."

New health care reform programs will include millions of federal monies that will be disbursed as prevention grants for worksite wellness, school clinics, and community health programs such as immunizations, education about diabetes, obesity, especially childhood obesity. The programs will bring quality health care with cultural competence training and language services to safety net medical practices, hospitals and clinics.

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National Hispanic Health Foundation Honors Leaders and Awards its Annual Scholarships to Outstanding Health Professional Students

The NHHF Brings Together New York Area Health Industry to Celebrate Service to the Community Health professionals are critically needed, especially, those who are committed to serving the health needs of the growing Hispanic communities in the U.S. The National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) established a unique scholarship program targeted to leadership and service to underserved populations with our major partners, United Health Foundation, AstraZeneca, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Maximus, Pfizer, Novo Nordisk, Emblem Health, Johnson & Johnson, Latino Commission on Aids, Einstein College of Medicine, Together Rx Access and UNIVISION.

In addition, the Foundation honors outstanding role models who have transformed their government agencies, medical schools, research, community agencies, and media to advance health care to underserved communities. Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, chairman, NY State Assembly Puerto Rican Task Force will serve as keynote speaker at the Scholarship Gala to be held at the NY Marriott Marquis on Dec. 1st with reception beginning at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m.

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New AHRQ Campaign Encourages Hispanics To Work With Their Doctors To Make the Best Treatment Decisions

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is partnering with Hispanic-serving organizations to promote the Agency's Spanish-language resources and to encourage consumers to become more active partners in their health care. AHRQ's easy-to-read resources help consumers understand the benefits and risks of treatment options and encourage shared decision-making between patients and their health care teams.

To date, 10 organizations have signed a pledge of commitment to promote AHRQ's Spanish-language, evidence-based resources, including the National Hispanic Medical Association, Latino Student Medical Association, National Association of Hispanic Elderly, District of Columbia Office on Latino Affairs, National Latina Health Network, Telemundo, and the National Center for Farmworker Health.

To assist in this effort, AHRQ is launching the "Toma las riendas" ("Take the reins") campaign, a nationwide effort to encourage Hispanics to take control of their health and explore treatment options. The campaign launches November 13 at the Telemundo-sponsored Feria de la Familia (Family Fair) event from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. ET at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C.

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NHMA Brings Health Leaders to Meet with Congress on Prevention Strategies to Improve Health and Decrease Costs

The National Hispanic Medical Association held its Fall Congressional briefing to increase awareness of Prevention of Disease among Hispanic Communities to Decrease Cost of Care

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal Allard opened the annual Fall Hispanic health briefing on Capitol Hill calling attention to the fact that the U.S. now spends $2 Trillion for health care expenditures and 75% of these costs are for diseases that could be preventable. Under the Affordable Care Act, signed by President Obama in March 2010, a new Public Health and Prevention Fund is a turning point to provide needed support for programs in communities, at medical and nursing schools, as well as for doctors' offices, clinics and hospitals for prevention of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and cancer. The purpose of the briefing was to discuss how to decrease costs of health care among Hispanic communities with policies to address diabetes, obesity and physical exercise.

According to Dr. Elena Rios, president of the NHMA, "Prevention practices can be aligned with Hispanic families who care for each other's well-being - especially the children or chronically ill elder in the home, and decrease the high costs of health care if we focus on changing where we live." The NHMA is a partner with the First Lady's Let's Move Campaign and the Kellogg Foundation on child obesity and most recently was on stage with the CDC Director and the National Immunization Foundation for this year's flu season.

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Regional Events


Take a look at some of the highlights from our past 6 Regional Events that took place in June and July 2011.

New York Regional Event: June -COMING SOON!
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LA Regional Event: June

Miami Regional Event: June - COMING SOON!
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Washington DC Regional Event: June - COMING SOON!
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El Paso Regional Event: July - COMING SOON!
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Immunization Campaign

NHMA Teams with CDC to Disseminate Information about the 2010-2011 Immunization Campaign

NHMA supports The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s efforts to spread information about the flu vaccine.

Below are links to a series of ready–to–use influenza articles for placement in local newspapers, magazines, or other publications.

 

Vaccine Safety: Getting a flu vaccine is a safe way to prevent serious illness.

Pregnant Women & Parents of Young Children: Pregnant Women and Infants – Targets for the Flu.

Parents: The flu vaccine—Protection from the flu. Peace of mind for you.

Older Americans (65+): FLU SEASON IS HERE – Don’t delay. Get the flu shot right away.

People w/ Underlying Health Conditions: Asthma, Diabetes, and Other Health Conditions Bring Greater Flu Risks.

President's Letter, March 11, 2009

March 11, 2009

The National Hispanic Medical Association serves as a resource of key information on how to improve the delivery of health care to Hispanics. We also promote career opportunities for physicians who care for Hispanics who are our members. This year we are proud to work with leaders at the national level - in the White House, Congress and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (US DHHS), and in the private sector to develop Hispanic health programs that make a difference to our community.

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NHMA Supports Universal Health Coverage

NHMA Supports Universal Health Coverage

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10: President Obama's vision for health care reform will provide more security and stability to those who have health insurance. But for the National Hispanic Medical Association, which represents doctors across the nation who care for Hispanic patients, what is more important is that the President's health reform will provide insurance to those who don't have it and slow the growth of health care costs for families, businesses, and the government.

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Dr. Rios named to Hispanic Business Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential Hispanics

 

Elena Rios MD NHMA

 

Elena Rios President & CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association
Ms. Rios represents Hispanic physicians across the United States. She has lectured and published articles, received number awards from her peers and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Prior to her current position, she served as advisor for Regional and Minority Women’s Health for theDepartment of Health and Human Services. She also worked as a policy researcher for California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.

Dr. Rios Interviewed by Washington Post in Health Care, Immigration Debate

By Krissah Thompson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 12, 2009


Effort centers on ensuring reform doesn't shortchange immigrants
After trying to carefully balance their interests in health-care reform and immigration, the nation's Hispanic lawmakers and largest advocacy groups are scrambling to develop a strategy to counter what they see as efforts to shortchange immigrants in health bills on Capitol Hill. They had tried to keep the two issues apart, concerned, they said, that immigration would distract from health care. But other lawmakers and activists have inserted the immigration issue into the middle of the health-care debate, causing a collision between what Hispanic leaders call their two top policy priorities.

 

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Hispanic Business Magazine Interviews Elena Rios

Hispanic Business mag cover

May 13, 2010

Hispanic advocacy groups say health care reform law will benefit Hispanics and Hispanic-businesses. Dr. Elena Rios, president of the National Hispanic Medical Association, called the new health care law "a phenomenal step forward for the Hispanic community" but notes that its provisions highlights the need for comprehensive immigration reform.

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