National Hispanic Medical Association Newsletter – February 2015


Washington, DC


Congressman Raul Ruiz, MD, Member of Veterans Affairs Committee in Congress, introduces a bipartisan bill on Veteran’s Health Medical Education  -  to support new grant programs on Cultural Competence training for medical students and residents in VA Hospital training programs on February 14, 2015.


Protecting & Retaining Our Children’s Health Insurance Program Act of 2015 (PRO-CHIP), would extend CHIP funding through 2019 for more than 10 million children and pregnant women.  On Feb 12, both Senate and House Democrats introduced bills proposing extension of CHIP, the Children's Health Insurance Program.  Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Bob Casey (D-PA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) are leading the charge in the Senate and the House bill is sponsored by Representatives Gene Green (D-TX) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ). The bills call for extending current CHIP Programs:  


  • Extend the CHIP contingency fund to protect states that may experience a funding shortfall;
  • Extend and update the Performance Incentive and Pediatric Quality Measures Programs;
  • Extend the Qualifying State Option;
  • Extend the CHIP obesity and quality demonstrations;
  • Extend outreach and enrollment grants; and
  • Extend authority for the express lane option and SNAP waiver authority for streamlined eligibility determinations.


NHMA Urges all to Sign-up for Healthcare Insurance – Feb 15 is DEADLINE for Open Enrollment – go to  NHMA partnering with California Medical Association Foundation on California focus, where so many Latinos live who are uninsured.


NHMA President and Board Members developed an Advocacy Campaign for new STEM Hispanic Serving Institution (in conjunction with 4 yr Universities and Medical Schools) PreMedical Student Pathway Program ---mentoring, scholarships with national medical associations like NHMA.  At NHMA Conference Congress Visits will continue the education meetings with key Senate and Congress staff.


NHMA PROGRAMS UPDATE – see for more information on programs


NHMA Annual Conference – “Effective Strategies to Build HealthCare for Hispanics in our Local Communities”


Annual Hispanic Health Conference – Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC – March 26-29, 2015 – Registration now open – Sponsors and Exhibitors – contact E. Rios, MD at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today.  CME to be provided .   




Thursday Mar 26 -Opening Reception, 5:30 – 7:30 pm – Johnca Bull, FDA OMH


Friday Mar 27 - Breakfast: Financial Planning and Strategies for Private Practice, Congress Visits; Lunch in Exhibit Hall; Opening Plenary with Secretary Burwell, CMS Speaker on National Updates – Workshops on Clinical Updates, Research, Medical Education, Policy Issues; Reception with Jose Luis Velasco, US Mexico Border Commission Executive Director and Dr. Mike Ybarra, PhRMA


Saturday Mar 28 - Breakfast: Lung Cancer with Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Plenary on Immigration Policy and Health, Exhibit Hall, Lunch – Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, First Lady Office, Clinton Global Initiative, NHHF Kellogg Foundation Obesity Project  - Campaigns on Lifestyle to Decrease Obesity; Workshops ---


Sunday Mar 29 - Leadership Institute – Prepare for Leadership Positions - CEOs from National Companies, Executive Search Firm, White House, HHS


UPDATE: Sandra Hernandez, MD, President and CEO, California HealthCare Foundation to give Keynote Address at the NHMA Awards Gala on Saturday, March 28th --- Awardees: Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, CVS Health CEO, Dean Fernandez, new medical school: UT Rio Grande Valley, Luis Aguilar, MD, and more.


Thank you to our Partners for the 2015 Conference: Pfizer, Centene, Takeda, United HealthCare, PhRMA, Anthem Blue Cross, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Kaiser Permanente, Abbvie, Abbott Nutrition, Dignity Health, New York Life Insurance Company, Coca Cola, Goya Foods, Alta Med Health Services, WK Kellogg Foundation, California Wellness Foundation, California Healthcare Foundation, GE Foundation, Office of Minority Health, AAMC, GW University, and Exhibitors from FDA, SAMHSA, NICHD, CMS and Academic Institutions and more.


NHMA Summit on Diversity in Medicine and Research –at NIH in collaboration with the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities and Kaiser Permanente. National policy recommendations coming next month at the NHMA Conference to build the policy voice of the NMA, AAIP, NCAPIP and NHMA in 2015.  NHMA will discuss the Report with Congress and advocate for the importance of diversity for Medical Students from our communities to pursue research careers.


NHHF Child Obesity Project – supported by the WK Kellogg Foundation


NHHF/NHMA Physician Team from California and New York ---


Meetings with the Surgeon General and First Lady Let’s Move Campaign to discuss our NHHF Early Childhood Obesity Summit Recommendations. Physician Meetings in NY and CA policy makers and with Media building the education efforts for more Latino families.


NHMA Mentoring –


NHMA GE Program for Medical Student Mentoring currently underway to increase awareness of the importance of primary care careers in underserved community healthcare. Thank you to all Students and Mentors for 2015!  Please join us at the NHMA Annual Conference Leadership Institute with Dr. Victor Miranda from GE on Sun Mar 29th 8:30 – 9:30 am.


NHMA Mentors needed for our Council of Young Physicians and Council of Residents and Premedical Students ---contact Lucy Pacheco at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


NHMA Summit Series on Hepatitis C --- March 12, Sheraton Hotel at the Capitol, Austin, Texas. May – Los Angeles, and June – Washington, DC. Interested health professionals, community leaders invited to let us know ----contact Kessia Cruz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 202-628-5805.


Hep C is an emerging epidemic in our communities and health education and outreach needed with our policy-makers, healthcare and community leaders. Join us!  Supported by Abbvie.




MENTORING PROGRAMS by NHMA Premier Members for the following 4 groups from NHMA Premier Members ---please sign-up by sending an email to Lucy Pacheco at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  TODAY! Join NHMA as a Premier Member to become a Mentor and share your experience with the next generation in NHMA!


NHMA Council of Young Physicians – for all young physicians up to 5 years out of training who are interested in becoming paid members of NHMA and joining our Region and National networks.


NHMA Council of Residents – for all residents and fellows interested in becoming paid members of NHMA and joining our Region and National networks. 


NHMA Medical Student and Health Professional Student members – join a unique network across the nation. GE Foundation and NHMA partner for Medical Student Mentoring and Leadership Program will bring 50 medical students to the NHMA Conference in March in Washington, DC.


Hispanic PreMedical College/University Students – In 2014, NHMA speakers addressed over 2500 premed college and high school students in the East Coast, Texas and West Coast.


NHMA Members Nominations --- note NHMA Membership provides opportunities to be nominated to Federal government, State government and national private sector Boards, Commissions and Conferences representing NHMA ---


We urge you to join NHMA Today – go to to join our network and be eligible for nominations to national federal and private sector committees and for discounts at the NHMA conferences.                                       




NHMA is looking for a physician that would be interested in participating inProject TENDR – “Targeting Environment and Neuro-­Developmental Risks,” as one of 40 invited scientists, health providers and advocates for children’s health and development. The goals of this initiative are to 1) collectively identify environmental chemicals with evidence and levels of exposure that warrant action to reduce children’s risk of neurodevelopmental disorders, 2) craft recommendations aimed at reducing exposures to those chemical risk factors and promoting healthy brain development, and 3) prepare a dissemination and implementation plan for the recommendations. This invitation is to participate in the first Project TENDR workshop, to be held on June 23-­24, 2015 at the Airlie Conference Center in Warrenton, Virginia.


If you are interested – send your Resume to Lucy Pacheco and update your Premier Membership Status This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



We are seeking Class of 2015 Fellows for NHMA Leadership Fellowship Program  – Space available for more physicians 5 years or more out of training – interested in leadership training for National and State leadership careers in government leadership positions. This is a one year program with Meeting March 26th – NHMA Conference March 27-29 – and October 4 days all in Washington, DC. Webinars on Leadership Development from national experts from medical profession who have made an impact in Hispanic health in the U.S.  Send Resume and Letter of Interest, Letter of Recommendation. Fee: $5,000.  Call E. Rios for questions. DEADLINE: February 27, 2015.



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