National Hispanic Medical Association Newsletter – May and June 2015

Washington, DC



King vs Burwell Decision Expected June 22 by Supreme Court – NHMA sees a disaster for our communities in those states like Texas and Florida - that chose not to have Exchanges. If the Supreme Court votes in favor of King, it will mean the end of subsidies in selling health insurance in states without their own Exchange or Marketplace.


"At this point, we have not seen something that addresses the specific issue in question," Secretary Burwell said in June to Congress Committee Hearing. The case in question, King v. Burwell, is brought by conservatives opposed to ACA. It challenges the legality of subsidies offered on federally established exchanges, which are received by 6.4 million people. Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan repeatedly pushed Burwell to say what the administration is thinking it needs to do should the Supreme Court strike down the subsidies. And like other top Republicans, Ryan made it clear his party isn't interested in quick fixes to the law.


"The answer isn't just to tweak it here and there and we'll be OK," Ryan said. "The answer is to repeal and replace this law with patient-centered reforms." Burwell continued a theme Obama used Monday and Tuesday in presenting the case as a simple question about four lines in the law that the White House feels shouldn't have been taken up in the first place. And she said only Congress and states could fix any problems arising from the decision. "If the Court says that we do not have the authority to give subsidies, the critical decisions will sit with the Congress and states and governors," she said.


NHMA has supported Congressional policies being developed – The FY 2016 Budget for Health Programs to maintain public health trust, prevention programs at CDC, medical education programs at HRSA, research at NIH and AHRQ, mental health programs at SAMHSA, and health disparities at all the OMH Offices and more…letter sent by all major Hispanic organizations under National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA)


NHMA has signed-on to many letters that went to Congress for Medicare Advantage, Children’s obesity nutrition and physical activity programs, and drug discount programs for hospitals serving the community, for environmental health, and we have several meetings with Congress and Senate key office staff for new STEM programs to support premedical pathways to medical school.  We have gained bipartisan support for a Bill to be introduced to call for this ---to be discussed in the debate this summer on the Higher Education Act Reauthorization.



NHMA PROGRAMS UPDATE – see for more information on programs


NHHF Early 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.


Join us at the New York Academy of Medicine for a Showcase of Child Obesity Meetings in NY to meet the Commissioner of Health of NYC Health Department and the President of the NYC Health and Hospital Corporations and a room full of display tables of their programs that decrease obesity among Latino children to occur September 23, 2015 at the New York Academy of Medicine.  RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 20, 2015.


NHMA continues to build awareness of Flu Immunizations for Latino Adults with Association of State and Territorial Health Officers and CDC – see for Toolkit for you to give to your colleagues and patients.  This September (Date TBD), NHMA planning a special all day Summit for providers and public health leaders to develop and “ACTION PLAN to Increase Immunizations for Hispanics” for CDC and other partners.  Please send name and contact info and bio to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today.


NHMA Mentoring Programs:

NHMA GE Mentoring and Leadership Training for Medical Student winding down – from the feedback, medical students across the country have had increased knowledge about primary care careers in underserved communities and have had great mentoring relationships. Thank you to all Students and Mentors and the GE Foundation for the program! 


NHMA Mentoring for Undergraduate PreMed Latino Students with the assistance of mentors from the Latino Medical Student Association – thanks to all!  All mentors and students to be presented with Certificates and to be put on our Website!


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


NHMA Hepatitis C Policy Summit --- First week of August- date TBD, University of Southern California Caruso Center, Los Angeles. Interested health professionals, community leaders invited to rsvp – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Hep C is an emerging epidemic in our communities and health education and outreach needed with our policy-makers, healthcare and community leaders. Supported by Abbvie.


NHMA 20th Annual Conference – in collaboration with the Hispanic Dental Association, Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC April 21 – 24, 2016. 

Call for Abstracts to be on soon – due September 30, 2015.  Join the NHMA Annual Conference to gain CME credits, learn new clinical updates, medical education and faculty development, health services research, and Federal health policy issues that impact the healthcare delivery to Hispanic populations!  If interested in being a sponsor of our Breakfasts, Lunches, Receptions, Gala and Workshops – please call Elena Rios, MD (202) 628.5895.


NHMA Fall Region Forums on Environmental Health Policy and updates on Health Reform:


Midwest Region: Indiana Univ Medical School, Indianapolis, IN Sept. 25, Chicago, Oct. 8

Northeast Region : Rutgers Medical School, Newark, NJ, Oct. 9

Washington, DC-Metro Region : GWU Public Health School, Sept. 15; Inova Medical Center, Fairfax, VA, Oct. 15 – on Cervical Cancer

Southeast – Miami and Southwest – El Paso with the EPA – dates tbd.


NHHF Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship and Mentoring Program -- Applications are at and due Sept. 18th. Galas are at the JW Marriott LA Live, Nov. 3 and at the New York Academy of Medicine, NYC, Dec.3.  Purchase Tables and Tickets now to support our future Hispanic health workforce!





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 Health Professional Students – for students interested in finding mentors and a uniqe network at our Spring Annual Conference and Fall Region Forums. Of note, as per LMSA, please join LMSA until your 3rd year in medical school, then please consider joining NHMA.  We need medical student members to speak at our Recruitment Conferences in CA, TX and DC.


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


Consider joining NHMA as a Premier Member today and you will be eligible to be nominated to represent NHMA at various national conferences, advisory committees and NHMA Board of Directors Committees and to be nominated to Corporate, Nonprofit and Federal Boards and Commissions.  Contact Sara Reinoso at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or go to to Join as a Member of NHMA.


Thank you to our Board of Directors and key Members for the following efforts over the past 2 months:


Ilan Shapiro, MD - NHMA representative at Janssen's National Hispanic Diabetes Initiative Launch Announcement, Miami, FL, April 5


Flavia Mercado, MD – NHMA representative at the CDC Preparedness Summit, Atlanta, GA, April 5


Victor Cueto, MD, Chairman, NHMA Council of Residents- NHMA representative at the LMSA National/Midwest Conference, Cleveland, OH, April 25 with other residents, young physicians


Minerva Campos, MD, Co-Chairwoman, NHMA Washington, DC Metro Region – NHMA representative at the Heckler Report 30th Anniversary Health Equity Summit, Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC, April 27


Juan Sanabria, MD, participates on the National Hispanic Adivsory Committee to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (with Elena Rios, MD rep of NHMA, president of US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Publisher of Latino Leaders Magazine, and Maria Cardona, Dewey Square Group, and others), meeting in Pheonix, AZ, April 8


Judy Flores, MD – NHMA representative at GOYA Foods, Inc. Grand Opening Ceremony, NJ, April 29


Ed Montana, MD, MPH – NHMA representative to Diabetes Webinar Morehouse School of Medicine; National Center for Primary Care and The Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia  - Webinar 


Gerardo Mena, MD – NHMA representative at the National Dairy Council Event, Chicago, IL, May 5


Elena Rios, MD, President and CEO, NHMA representative:

•  LMSA West Region Conference at USC Medical School along with Mark Diaz, MD and Efrain Talamantez, MD (Mi Mentor) also spoke at the Conference


    White House Event celebrating the Signing of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, April 21

•  US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA Swearing-In, April 22

•  Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education Planning Meeting, April 23-24

•  Advisory Board, NIH-NIA Resource Centers for Minority Aging – UC Davis, CA, April 28-29


Rios Speeches:

“Hispanics and The Future of Hospice & Palliative Care” National Conference Plenary, National Association of Palliative and Hospice Care, Gaylord Hotel, Washington, DC, April

“Panel Discussion on Diversity in Clinical Trials”, Aware for All – nonprofit from Boston Clinical Trials Summit at George Washington University, May 5


“The Impact of the Affordable Care Act and Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce”, American Gastroenterological Association Conference, Washington, DC, May 17


“Hispanic Early Childhood Obesity Strategies for Urban Health” Plenary Speech at the International Urban Health Conference, Dhaka, Bangladesh, May 24


Note – we will showcase all Members Representatives efforts at national meetings to provide a voice to programs and initiatives that impact Hispanic health.  Join NHMA today at





Donate to NHMA and NHHF ----call for a meeting with Elena Rios, MD at (202) 628.5895

1.      Donate to sustain our Mentoring Programs, Leadership Development Training, and Scholarships as well as Advocacy for Congressional bills for Hispanic health.

2.      Donate when you purchase through AMAZON.COM --- go to Amazon Smile and check National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) for Amazon to donate .05% of your purchase to NHHF.

3.      Donate by sending a check or credit card ---go to of for tax exemption contribution information.

4.      We also need sponsors for our NHMA Endowment, Annual Conference, NHHF Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship and Mentoring Program, NHMA Region Meetings, NHMA Congressional Briefings on Hispanic Health as well as partners to purchase NHMA services. See for more information.



eDocAmerica is looking for 15 bilingual physicians to join their telemedicine team and serve their Hispanic members by answering their health questions. You can keep your current job and do this on the side. 

eDocAmerica is estimated to have over a million Hispanic covered lives within the next 18 to 24 months. These Hispanic patients will have full access to their system to send in their health related questions and concerns. Their bilingual medical team members must be able to fluently communicate in Spanish and will get paid on a per episode basis to serve our Hispanic population.

Are you interested in joining? Please go to New Doctor Sign Up (link: and read more about the opportunity.  You can submit your information to us through the form on the previously mentioned website. We will set up a time to visit with you and answer your questions.


United States board certified physician

Bilingual / Spanish and English fluency in both written and oral communication

Ability to communicate effectively using written/typed communication

Desire to help patients improve their health and make a better set of health decisions


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Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-628-5895
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