2017 Region Policy Forums

NHMA will convene its Region Policy Forums and Receptions this fall and address: "How National Healthcare Policy Impacts the Treatment of Hispanic Patients". 

NHMA will also bring information from the national initiatives it participates in :   the CDC HIV Health Communications for Primary Care Physicians and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to discuss what is Value-Based Health Care and provide free TA resources across the nation through the TCPI (Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative) to doctors and nurses in private or in academic practice of medicine.

In addition, there will be other key topics discussed based on the NHMA Region Steering Committees planning to showcase regional priorities for health of Hispanics.

We welcome you and colleagues to join us in networking with health care leaders, physicians and residents, and students.

Sponsorship opportunities are available - contact Elena Rios, MD at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Schedule and Speakers (in progress)       

  •         Northeast Region: New York City, NY-New York Academy of Medicine- October 5, 2017- RSVP

  •       West Region: Los Angeles, CA - USC Caruso Center - September 19, 2017- RSVP

  •      Washington, DC Metro Region: Washington, DC- Kaiser Permanente- September 7, 2017- RSVP

  •      Midwest Region: Chicago, IL - November 11, 2017- RSVP 

  •      Southeast Region: Atlanta, GA- Grand Hyatt Atlanta- October 19, 2017- RSVP 

  •      Southwest Region: San Antonio, TX- Grand Hyatt San Antonio- October 26, 2017- RSVP




Physicians Resources Section

The National Hispanic Medical Association is educating physicians and other health professionals on the important key strategies to increase  the influenza immunization for Hispanic adults who have a low rate of immunizations in the U.S.

  • NHMA will also be meeting with key Federal, State and private sector partners this year to increase the outreach to physicians who care for Hispanic patients - including meeting with the New York State and City leadership in a meeting in Brooklyn, NY in early 2016; the US Mexico Border Health Commission and partners along the border; the retail pharmacy arena; and the Federal housing authority through HUD.
  • ASTHO and NHMA will be holding a meeting on the challenges, barriers, and successful strategies to influenza immunization uptake in Hispanic communities. The meeting will be held on August 2, 2016 at the New York Academy of Medicine (1216 5th Ave, New York, NY 10029) from 9 am to 5 pm. For more information regarding the meeting please click here.

    *Physicians interested in attending this meeting and associated activities must meet the following criteria to participate:                                                                                                                    -Be a premier member of NHMA
    -Serve a predominately Hispanic adult patient population.
    -Possess and utilize an electronic medical records (EMR) system for a minimum of 3 years (note: EMR system does not need to be enrolled in state immunization registry but it recommended)
    -Have sufficient staffing to handle data collection efforts as a part of this initiative.

  • ASTHO & NHMA held a webinar titled "Leveraging Partnerships to Improve Influenza Immunization Uptake in Hispanic Communities" on January 27, 2017 

Click here for the audio recording 

ACIP Recommendation concerning use of LAIV for 2016-2017 flu season Click here

Please feel free to disseminate our Toolkit for Physicians, developed by NHMA staff and steering committee.

American College of Nurse-Midwives letter with important information related to promoting immunizations for pregnant women as well as other free resources to share with your colleagues Click here



For further information contact Andrew Robles Sol, MA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The campaign is supported by ASTHO and CDC.


NHMA Resident Leadership Class of 2012

Dorothy Castro, MD
Internal Medicine Resident
New Jersey Medical Center
Jorge Omar Moreno, MD
Internal Medicine Resident
Yale New Haven Hospital
Maria Berenice Nava, MD
Internal Medicine Resident
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Elizabeth Homan, MD
Psychiatry Resident
Jackson Memorial Hospital
University of Miami

Vanessa Yasmin Calderon, MD
Emergency Medicine Resident
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Jacobi and Montefiore Hospitals

Ana Maria Cuebas, MD
Psychiatry Resident
Morehouse School of Medicine
Emma Bendana
Urological Surgery Resident
University of Rochester Medical Center

Ana Caban Cardona, MD
Medicine/Pediatrics Resident
Children’s Corporate Center
Medical College of Wisconsin

Kenneth Frausto, MD
Emergency Medicine Resident
Alameda County Medical Center, Highland General Hospital

Elizabeth Medina Alm
Surgical Resident
Hennepin County Medical Center
Omar Guzman, MD
Resident Physician
Department of Emergency Medicine
Minerva Romero Arenas, MD, MPH
General Surgery Resident
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore

Liliana Viera-Ortiz, MD
Emergency Medicine Resident
University Hospitals Case Western Reserve

Mauricio Pinto, MD
Family Medicine Resident
Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center Family

Christina Chavez-Johnson, MD
Family and Community Medicine Resident
University of California at San Francisco, Fresno
Maria-Esteli Garcia, MD
Internal Medicine Resident
San Francisco Primary Care - SFGH
Maribelis Perez, MD
Social Pediatrics Resident
Department of Family Medicine and Social Pediatrics
Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
Yadira Caraveo, MD
Pediatrics Resident
Department of Pediatrics
University of New Mexico

Maria Portela, MD
Family and Community Resident
Duke University medical Center
Rubi D. Cortes, MD
Internal/Preventive Medicine Resident

NHMA Resident Leadership Class of 2012 at 16th Annual Conference

NHMA Resident Mentorship Program

The purpose of the NHMA Resident Mentoring Program is to develop awareness of medical professionalism, career opportunities and networks for the NHMA Council of Residents.  NHMA will develop a national mentoring program for NHMA resident members (NHMA Council of Residents) matched to NHMA physician members.  The program will promote a unique forum for communication and learning based on the knowledge and experience of Hispanic physician mentors. 

A mentor is an active partner in an ongoing relationship who helps you maximize your potential and achieve your personal and professional goals.

The program will run from March 2014 to March 2015. It will target Residents that are members of the National Hispanic Medical Association and pair them with established and leading Professionals in an area of medicine that the Resident has a career interest in. It will provide a unique opportunity for Residents to gain insight and hopefully real experience in said area and will simultaneously provide the mentor an opportunity to make a personal contribution to the professional development of an NHMA Resident.  Although, the mentoring program is geared towards establishing relationships that aim to strengthen a resident’s professional development in the Professional’s field, it is by no means expected for Mentors to offer an internship or field experience to the Resident. 

Below, the mentor and mentee will find their respective application. We ask that you complete the application byFebruary 7, 2014 so we may begin the process of pairing you with a Resident/Physician.  Additional information about the program can be found in the Program Overview, which can be found below.

To participate in the program, you must be a NHMA member.  For additional questions please contact John Aguilar atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 202-628-5895.

Additional Information:

NHMA Leadership Fellowship Class of 2012

Luis M. DiBernardo, MD,MPH
Medical Director
Gateway Medical Center & Urgent Care
Victoria Elena Sorlie-Aguilar, MD
Family Physician
Department of Family Medicine
Magnolia Family Health Clinic
Laura A. Williams, MD, MPH
L. Williams, MD A Medical Corp
Joseph Perez, CDR, MD, FAAP
USCG Health, Safety, Work-Life Field Office
New London
Maria Fernanda Nota, MD
Children and Youth Project
Capt. Magda Barini-Garcia, MD, MPH
Senior Medical Advisor
Learning and Diffusion Group
Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Christian Arbalaez, MD, MPH
Assistant Residency Director,
Department of Emergency Medicine
Associate Director,
Office for Multicultural Faculty Careers
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Eyda Samuels, MD, FAAP
Physician; Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine
Albert Einstein Medical Center
Rolf Montalvo, MD
Assistant Professor,
Residency Program Director
Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center
Fausto Meza, MD, MPA
Chief Medical Officer/Medical Director
Chief Information Officer
Doctors Hospital at Renaissance

NHMA Leadership Fellows at the 16th Annual Conference

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