The Leadership Fellowship Program is designed to promote leadership for members of NHMA through training and development. Ten mid-career physicians will be selected for the 2015 cohort. The primary selection criteria include leadership potential at the local, regional and national level-- as evidenced by work experience and additional community activities.
Applicants must have a minimum five years of professional experience after the completion of residency training, and letters of recommendation that are part of the application package.
Training and support will be aimed at enhancing leadership capability, increasing an understanding of current key national and state health policy issues, and developing innovative perspectives on solutions to critical issues in current public services affecting Hispanic populations. Fellows will be expected to develop and present a proposal for a policy analysis to improve health care in the Hispanic community. In addition, Fellows will be provided the opportunity to develop a unique network with national experts in health policy and learn about public service careers. They will work with colleagues from across the nation, and participate in the development of future NHMA initiatives in health policy.
Program requirements include attending: 1) Washington DC Institute I: March 26, 2014 (prior to annual conference); and 2) Washington Institute II: October 5 – October 9, 2015. The program cost is $5,000. Deadline to apply is February 20, 2015.
In the year 2005, Hispanics have become the largest ethnic minority in the United States. One out of every three Hispanics has no health insurance. Hispanics are 65% Mexican American, 11% Puerto Rican, 8% Cuban, and 16% Central and South American and from other Spanish -speaking countries. They are subjected to a health system with limited knowledge of the Hispanic culture and language. Hispanic physicians number about 5% of the physician workforce in the United States. Studies have shown that Hispanic physicians, in general, provide more medical care to Hispanic patients than to non-Hispanics and serve as the safety net, along with community based clinics, for their communities in urban, rural, and U.S.- Mexico border areas of the nation. In addition, Hispanic medical faculty is beginning to engage themselves in the study of health issues and their impact on Hispanics.
The proportion of Hispanics employed in the senior executive management of the Federal government is significantly lower than the proportion of Hispanics employed in the civilian workforce. In 1996, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services established the "Hispanic Agenda for Action" to increase the employment of Hispanics in career and advisory capacities and to enhance the sensitivity of HHS programs for Hispanic customers. Too few Hispanic physicians in senior executive management positions of the Federal government is a major barrier to achieving access to quality health care for all Americans.
In the Fellowship program, promising Hispanic physicians will receive support to enhance their leadership capability, increase understanding of current key national/state health policy issues, develop innovative perspectives on solutions to critical issues in current public services affecting Hispanic populations, and to develop and present a proposal for policy action to improve health care in the Hispanic community. In addition, the program will provide Fellows the opportunity to develop a unique network with national experts in health policy and public service careers, communicate with colleagues across the nation via Internet, and to participate in the development of future NHMA initiatives in health policy.
Fellowship Activities: Washington Institute I & II and Webinar
The NHMA Leadership Fellowship Part I will consist of the DC Institute I. The NHMA Leadership Fellowship DC Institute I will be held March 26, 2015 in Washington, DC in conjunction with the NHMA Annual Conference on March 27-29, 2015. This institute will provide background of key Federal policies including Medicare, Medicaid, Affordable Care Act, and Pipeline Development for Medicine, Biomedical Research and Public Health, and the importance of Health Disparities, NHMA History and national Hispanic Leadership. The Fellows will be assigned to Health Policy Analysis Teams designed to research and develop a policy paper on specific topics for NHMA 2015 Congressional Advocacy priorities including: Pipeline Development with STEM and Medical Education, and Health Care Reform and Hispanic Physicians and their Patients. See the 19th Annual Conference's page at www.nhmamd.org for the latest agenda.
A webinar will take place in June 2015 and will be a three hour session with reading materials, leadership career statements, and power points. The NHMA Leadership Fellowship Webinar will be convened in late June and will include an in depth discussion of what individual leadership style is and showcase leaders with roles and responsibilities of key sectors (foundation, insurance company, community advocate, union, public relations) that impact national decision-making and policies for health care services for Hispanic populations.
Washington Institute II will be held October 5 - 9, 2015, coinciding with the annual Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Annual Awards Gala. The Fellows will meet with leaders from the White House, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Congress, Think Tanks and national organizations with interests in health policy. The purpose of the session is to gain first hand experience with the policy-making process and to gain experience meeting members of Congress, their staff and with lobbyists as well as with the White House, HHS, the US Surgeon General and other Federal leaders, and key non-governmental organizations. The Fellowship closes at the 20th Annual Conference in Washington, DC where Fellows will present their findings and recommendations for NHMA's advocacy agenda to improve Hispanic health policy.
Fellows are expected to arrange to be given time off from work to participate in the program. Expenses for the Fellows related to the hotel, travel and the breakfasts and lunches while attending both Washington, DC Institutes are covered in the cost of the program which is $5,000.
The first three years and the past three years of the program have been supported by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. Other partners have included AMGEN, Inc., Ortho Biotech, Pfizer Inc, Aetna Foundation, The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the National Hispanic Medical Association.