National Hispanic Medical Association Newsletter – July and August 2015

Washington, DC




President Obama announces the Final Carbon Power Plant Plan on August 3, 2015 – NHMA invited to attend the White House event with many other advocates for climate change policies – that will lead to decreased asthma and other respiratory diseases in our communities. 

Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in support of King v. Burwell subsidies for all State Exchanges in the Affordable Care Act – maintains the constitutionality of the law and its sustainability. Now the Federal government will start focusing on the next steps to implement and improve the enrollment processes, rules and regulations to create innovation to decrease costs, increase quality of healthcare, and improve the health of our communities (Health in all policies approach) and States will start focusing on expanding Medicaid.  The ACA has significantly reduced the number of uninsured people in the United States, lowered healthcare costs, improved health outcomes, and increased access to care.”

U.S. House passed 21st Century Cures Act (HR6) - which is designed to jumpstart medical innovation by modernizing clinical trials in medicine, encouraging the development of next generation treatments and increasing diversity in the biomedical workforce. The Cures Act adds additional oversight to the FDA and pushes it to embrace new tools like adaptive clinical trial designs and biomarkers. The legislation authorizes an additional $10 billion for the NIH over 5 years to help develop NIH’s capacity to help the FDA.  U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, praised the bill's passage:  “I’m proud that the House was able to come together today in bipartisan spirit to pass H.R. 6, The 21st Century Cures Act. This groundbreaking legislation will comprehensively modernize the healthcare industry through more streamlined biomedical research, patient-centered medicine, and more efficient processes and use of technologies. NHMA supported the Bill.

Jul 16, 2015 - U.S. Senate passed the Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177) to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) by a 81-17 vote.  Due to the lack of substantive improvements to the underlying bill, the Congressional Tri-Caucus—which is comprised of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC)—maintains opposition to S.1177 and calls upon House and Senate leaders to make improvements as the reauthorization process moves forward. The Chairs of the Congressional Tri-Caucus issued the following statements: “I commend the Senate’s bipartisan effort in reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). However, this week, the Republican-led Senate missed a critical opportunity to reauthorize and improve ESEA with the passage of the Every Child Achieves Act. Any final reauthorization bill must ensure that every child—regardless of zip code—has the chance to receive an equitable, quality education. This bill, unfortunately, falls short. As we move forward towards a conference, we must ensure states are held accountable to each and every child.”

STEM Premedical Student Pathway Bill introduced by Congressman Joe Heck (R-NV) and Congressman Raul Ruiz (D-CA) - The bill is the first ever bill to link STEM funding to premedical student academic pathways including mentoring, counseling and collaboration with national accreditation and associations. Eligible grantees will be Hispanic Serving Institutions designated by the US Department of Education – those higher education institutions that have 25 % Hispanic students with budgets that are not mainly funded by large research endowments.  NHMA is seeking Congress and Senate sponsors and has been meeting with offices on Capitol Hill starting at the March Annual Conference on the issue.

Medicare and Medicaid 50th Anniversary – this past week – as a result, there has beenincreased access to care for many in our communities due to these programs.

NHMA joined the Puerto Rican Healthcare Crisis Coalition in June - chaired by Dennis De Leon of SEIU 1099 in NYC with the PR firm, SK Knickerbocker. NY Congress Delegation, Senator Menendez, Congressman Gutierrez sent a letter to President Obama on the crisis in healthcare access to the Puerto Rican population. Last week the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda and Congressional Hispanic Caucus convened a Capitol Hill press conference on the Puerto Rican Economic Crisis.

NHMA President Dr. Elena Rios and staff are meeting with Congress and Senate Staff with the NHLA Health Committee as well as advocacy for NHMA to focus on Cultural Competence policies in the chronic care focus of the Senate Finance and the Congress Ways and Means Committees; on the increase of the diversity of the healthcare professional workforce; Prevention, Mental Health, Environmental Health and more with the meetings with the Senate HELP and the Congress Energy and Commerce and the Education and Workforce Committees.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Healthcare Task Force focuses on ensuring Latinos have access to affordable health care, public health, prevention, and health disparities. Members: Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, (NM) Co-Chair, Rep. Raul Ruiz, (CA) Co-Chair, Rep. Pedro Pierluisi (PR).  NHMA and NHLA met with the Co-Chair staff in the past month to better support their priorities – long term care, access to care for seniors, Latinos and veterans.


NHMA PROGRAMS UPDATE - see for more information on programs


Join the NHMA HepC and Hispanics Leadership Summit at the University of Southern California Caruso Center, 844 32nd Street, Los Angeles 90007, August 11, 2015 – 8:30 am -4:30 pm followed by a reception till 6 pm. Expert speakers to provide information for the 100 participants (physicians, community leaders) to develop recommendations to increase education and treatments for Hispanic baby boomers – HepC is projected by CDC to have greater impact than HIV/AIDS in this age group.

RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NHHF Early Child Obesity Project – supported by the WK Kellogg Foundation

NHHF/NHMA Physician Team from California and New York ---planning the activities:

Join NHHF and NHMA for a Showcase of Child Obesity Programs in NYC from the Department of Health and Mental Hygeine and the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, Sept 23.   Speakers include the Deputy Commissioner of Health and the President of the NYCHHC. Meet Staff at display tables of key programs that decrease obesity among Latino children. At the New York Academy of Medicine, 5th Ave and 103rd, Manhattan.  RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 20, 2015.

NHMA awarded a  5- year Cooperative Agreement with the CDC National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention: Enhancing HIV Prevention Communication and Mobilization Efforts through Strategic Partnerships - The NHMA will establish the Proyecto Consciente (PC) to maximize the effectiveness and reach of the CDC Act Against AIDS (AAA) campaign by strategically disseminating CDC’s HIV prevention messaging and communications with the Hispanic community, as well as implementing concurrent national engagement efforts that focus on HIV awareness and prevention . Through these multi-faceted efforts, NMHA aims to increase HIV awareness among Hispanic physicians and the community, reduce new HIV infections among Hispanics at highest risk, increase referrals to healthcare and improved health outcomes for Hispanic persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in the US and its territories.  NHMA will be collaborating with the Latino Commission on AIDS and the NY Academy of Medicine.

NHMA Influenza Immunization Campaign starts its Year 2– in Collaboration with CDC, Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO), Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP), American College of OB-Gyn (ACOG) and the Nurse Midwives Association. NHMA will be hosting a Physician and Public Health Leadership Meeting in Brooklyn in November, a meeting with Federal Agency leaders such as Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Dept of Defense, VA, and a meeting with the major drug store chains and retail pharmacy associations in the Spring besides continuing to disseminate the NHMA Immunization Toolkit on our website and at our Conference.

NHMA 20th Annual Conference “ Leadership to Improve the Health of Hispanics over the Next 20 Years”– in collaboration with the Hispanic Dental Association, Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC April 21 – 24, 2016.  Call for Abstracts – on clinical strategies, research, medical education issues or policy issues - on soon – due October 31, 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 Region Policy Forums: Join NHMA Region Chairpersons and Board Members for our regional membership forums - Midwest Region: Indiana Univ Medical School, Indianapolis, IN, Sept. 25 and in Chicago, Oct. 8; Northeast Region: NY Academy of Medicine, New York City, Sept. 23– Topic: Childhood Obesity; Washington, DC-Metro Region: GWU Public Health School, Sept. 25 – on Environmental Health; Inova Medical Center, Fairfax, VA, Oct. 15 – on Cervical Cancer; Southeast – Miami, September 28 in conjunction with Financial Times Latino Health Conference (tentative).

NHHF Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship and Mentoring Program -- Applications 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!  For anyone interested in sponsoring, contact Dr. Elena Rios today at (202) 628-5895.



NHMA Premier Members have many opportunities to develop leadership  -- Join at

NHMA Resident Academic Medicine Career Development Program

NHMA has partnered with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and other NIH Institutes to support up to 40 NHMA Resident Members conducting research or with research experience to participate in a new NHMA Resident Academic Medical Career Development Institute on Thursday, April 21, 2016, to meet medical faculty, NIH researchers, and to share their work at our national conference poster session. This is a great opportunity for young investigators interested in academic medicine careers in a venue dedicated to Hispanic and minority health issues.  See NHMA website for the application and more information


-United Nations Summit on WHO Chronic Disease Goals – Cervical Cancers, June 25 – Dr. Sergio Rimolo and Dr. Rios.

-NY Association of Health Executives Awards Gala, NYAM, June 25 – Dr. Sam Arce represented NHMA to meet with leaders in NYC.

-CDC Immunization Campaign Partners Meeting, Atlanta, GA June and HIV AIDS Strategy Celebration, Morehouse, Atlanta, GA, Aug. 28 – Dr. Flavia Mercado.

-Jannsen National Diabetes Campaign – Dr. Ilan Shapiro spoke at the Miami press conference launch of the event; Dr. Sam Arce participated in the advisory committee meeting in Dallas, Texas.

-US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) first-ever health equity blueprint for addressing health disparities and improving health equity specifically for maternal and child health (MCH) populations – expert panelist: Dr. Judy Flores.

-American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight’s (Institute) Shaping the Health of the Next Generation: Early Obesity Prevention Policy Roundtable Series, IL: Dr. Diana Torres-Burgos.

-HHS Policy Events in Washington, DC – Dr. Minerva Campos

-Dr. Mauricio Pinto – AMA Minority Affairs Section; Dr. Kathy Flores represented NHMA to the Commission to End Health Disparities – both meetings in Chicago in June.

-Dr. Elena Rios attended the US –Mexico Border Health Commission Event in DC in July and presented speeches to increase awareness of Hispanic health and NHMA partnerships at the following:

  • International Urban Health Society Annual Conference on Hispanic Early Childhood Obesity Campaign in the U.S. – Dahka, Bangladesh, July 24
  • With CVS Health on Technology and Healthcare and With Panelists on Environmental Health Priorities – hosted by GreenLatinos, moderated by Maria Cardona, NCLR Conference, Kansas City, MO, August 11
  • Health Plan Alliance Policy Summit (insurance companies), Albuquerque, NM, Aug. 15




Job Title:  Open Rank Faculty Provider    Working Title:  Primary Care Specialist         

The University of New Mexico, Health Sciences Center, Department of Internal Medicine, seeks applications for a position as an Internal Medicine Faculty/Provider within the Division of General Internal Medicine.  This is an Open Track, Open Rank position, reporting to the Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine.  Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and education. This person will be practicing in a group primary care practice of a newly opened 75 bed community hospital in Rio Rancho (SMRC). The position will have 80% clinical responsibility and 20% educational duties. The person in this position will manage their own patients 40% of the time and the rest of the 40% clinical practice would be consultative to support patients of Family Medicine colleagues. Minimum Requirements: 1) MD or DO; 2) Must be board certified/eligible in General Internal Medicine by date of hire; and 3) Must be eligible to work in the US. Desirable Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants with: 1) Experience/skills in providing efficient general medical patient care including Prevention, Wellness, Life Style Medicine, and chronic and complex disease management; 2) Interest/experience in teaching residents and medical students; 3) Interest in caring for underserved populations; and 4) Training/experience in developing outpatient quality projects preferred.

This position will remain open until filled. For best consideration, apply by August 31, 2015.

For complete description and application requirements for Posting #0830611

Please see the UNM jobs application system at:  A complete application includes a cover letter and CV.

Inquiries may be directed to Arti Prasad, M.D.  Professor & Chief, General Internal Medicine This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UNM’s confidential policy (“Disclosure of Information about Candidates for Employment,” UNM Board of Regents’ Policy Manual 6.7), which includes information about public disclosure of documents submitted by applicants, is located at

The University of New Mexico is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educator.


Academic Internist/ Section Chief Geriatrics

Open rank and open track faculty position is available in the Section Chief of Geriatrics, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Faculty Appointment and salary will be commensurate with training and achievements. Teaching activities involve a geriatric medicine fellowship, resident and medical student rotations and undergraduate education. Clinical activities will include faculty and/or teaching clinics at the Senior Health Center. Minimum qualifications: 1) Must be Board Certified in Internal Medicine by date of hire; 2) Must be eligible to work in the U.S. (this is not a J1 Visa opportunity); and 3) Must be certified in Geriatrics by date of hire. Preferred qualification: 1) Experience/skills in geriatric medicine; 2) Experience in the development of geriatric curriculum and teaching; 3) Research and publications; and 4) administrative leadership. This position may be subject to a criminal records screening in accordance with New Mexico law. For best consideration, application must be received by 6/18/15 however, the position will remain open until filled. A complete application consists of a letter of interest and CV. Inquiries may be directed to Arti Prasad, MD, FACP, Division Chief of General Internal Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of New Mexico. For complete description and application requirements for Posting #0830355 please see the UNM jobs application system at: EEO/AA.


The 3rd International Neuro Psycho Conference on Psychiatry and Neurosciences will be held in La Habana, Cuba, November 9th-11th, 2015.  

Americans can travel to Cuba to attend educational programs. The Congress is open to delegates from all over the world who wish to promote an advanced and high level scientific exchange in all fields of Neurosciences.  A list of topics is available from the Scientific Committee and proposals for additional topics for lectures or symposia are encouraged. Clinicians and scientists should submit case studies or abstracts of recent work on the conference website: Questions? Email Dr. David Benjamin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

1920 L St., NW, Suite 725
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-628-5895
Fax: 202-628-5898