In 2017, the National Hispanic Medical Association convened a Summit Series to increase awareness of cardiovascular disease prevalence, prevention, and diagnosis in the Hispanic/Latino community; access issues pertaining to CVD healthcare services; and education and advocacy for health care professionals and patients. The Summit Series was part of NHMA’s broader effort to increase health equity among Hispanics.
If you missed the Summit, you can download the final presentation decks Click Here. NHMA developed and issued a comprehensive final report that shares key issues and recommendations to improve Hispanic/Latino health and access to care. Click here to read our final recommendations.
In 2019, NHMA is focusing on the prevalence of high cholesterol in our communities and working with legislative and community partners on strategies to help manage cholesterol. During the year, we had speakers, posters, and abstract for the 2019 National Hispanic Health Conference. We have also had two Twitter Chats to raise awareness on cardiovacular health in our communities. This year we continued advocacy at the CA, TX, FL and NY State Capitols with legislators, governor’s office and public health staff to raise awareness of the need for health equity for heart disease as well as for more Hispanics in medicine to care for the growing Hispanic population with chronic disease.
In July, NHMA will hosted a briefing to highlight our findings during our summit series and discussed how our communities can benefit from legislation and advocacy for increased access to innovative therapies to manage their cholesterol. The event was co-hosted with the Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc., Alliance for Patient Access, and the National Minority Cardiovascular Alliance, to discuss “High Cholesterol in our Communities: Strategies for a Healthier Future.” We had welcoming remarks from the Honorable Robin Kelly (IL-02) and the Honorable Tony Cardenas (CA-29). The panel consisted of Gary Gibbons, MD, Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Carlos Rodriguez, MD, MPH, FAHA, FACC, Vice Chair, Academic Affairs for Cardiology, Director of Cardiovascular Research, and Director of Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and CAPT Richardae Araojo, PharmD, MS, Associate Commissioner for Minority Health, Director, Office of Minority Health & Health Equity, U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
NHMA is currently looking for physicians who treat cardiovascular patients in minority communities to participate in our video series. Please fill out this form if you are interested: http://bit.ly/NHMACVDVideoSeries.
Check out some resources provided by the CDC