Congressional Briefings

NHMA coordinates Congressional Briefings on Capitol Hill (or virtual) to educate legislative staff and national advocates on current policy implications on the health of the Hispanic community. NHMA's President & CEO is available for advocacy as well as NHMA endorsement and discussion about key healthcare policies that increase health equity, please contact [email protected]


 March 13, 2024 - “Cancer and Obesity in Hispanic Communities”

In partnership with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, this Congressional Briefing will provide constituents from our membership of physicians and health professionals with an opportunity to engage with congressional representatives- Congressman Raul Ruiz, District 25-CA- particularly from the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s plans through legislation and education to discuss current obesity and cancer health policy. In an effort to improve access to care and treatment to the Hispanic community, special guests in the healthcare field will explore the relationship and impact between obesity & cancer in Hispanics. Together with information provided from the White House Cancer Moonshot Project, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, and NHMA Physicians, your presence and commitment to health advocacy and increasing latinos in healthcare is crucial to our communities.


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July 18, 2023 - “Increasing the Latino Primary Care Workforce”



NHMA hosted our 2023 Congressional Briefing on “Increasing the Latino Health Care Workforce,” highlighting the urgent need to increase the number of Hispanic physicians, create pathways to health care education, and expand Hispanic representation at all levels of the health care industry.

The 2023 NHMA Congressional Briefing was followed by an NHMA Leadership Reception honoring Secretary Xavier Becerra, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with the “NHMA Government Award of the Year” for outstanding leadership and service to the Hispanic community.



July 27, 2022 - Achieving Health Equity for Hispanic Populations: Lessons Learned - COVID-19 and Severe Asthma

According to CDC NCIS 2016-2018, Puerto Ricans have the highest asthma rates of prevalence across racial/ethnic populations (14% compared to 8% non-Hispanic Whites). Additionally, the CDC BRFSS shows in the states with the highest Hispanic population, New York has the highest percentage of asthma among adults at 10%.   



Raul Ruiz, MD
Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Vivian Hernandez-Trujillo, MD
Attending Physician
Allergy and Immunological Care Center of South Florida
Purvi Parikh, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
NYU Grossman School of Medicine



  Thank you to the American Medical Association and Amgen for co-sponsoring this event. 



July 29, 2021 - Health Equity for America's Families, Infrastructure, and Investments



Meet the Panel
Informational Summary


July 20, 2020 - HHS Response to COVID-19 Efforts for Latinos with Heart and Lung Disease


NHMA hosted a virtual Congressional briefing exploring how the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) responded to the COVID-19, with a focus on the Hispanic population with heart and lung disease. Surgeon General Adams discussed what the federal government is doing to help the most vulnerable population. Dr. Gladys Velarde from the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville, discussed how COVID-19 has disproportionately affected the Hispanic population, especially those with cardiovascular disease.

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