National Hispanic Medical Association Newsletter – October 2015 

Washington, DC 




US Department of Health and Human Services and the Marketplace – health exchanges at CMS and at States prepare for the Third Open Enrollment Period Announced: November 1st to January 31st 


NHMA working with other national organizations to encourage our networks to inform individuals and small businesses to go to website for eligibility for healthcare insurance and subsidies to have more affordability access to preventive services and health and wellness care. 


Coverage to Care is a key  initiative of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to educate all who have insurance about the steps to understand how to use the healthcare system, how to find a physician or other provider, how to understand healthcare insurance and more.  


The House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) 

Sept 30th  approved reconciliation recommendations that together save more than $1 billion. The recommendations would repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund created in the president’s health care law, stop states from receiving federal dollars for abortion providers like Planned Parenthood, and invest in Community Health Centers to promote higher quality access health care options for women and men.  


On October 1, the Subcommittee on Health held a Hearing to review three bills that would strengthen the Medicare program for seniors. Subcommittee members discussed, H.R. 556, the Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy Act authored by Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), H.R. 1934, the Cancer Care Payment Reform Act authored by House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and draft legislation that addresses home health care regulations authored by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) 




NHMA PROGRAMS UPDATE – see for more information on programs 


NHMA 20th Annual Conference “ Joint Conference on Advancing Hispanic Health: 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 with prevention, disease, mental health, research, faculty development, health policy issues, and on successful practice strategies  - on – 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. 



NHHF Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Galas – the National Hispanic Health Foundation invites you all to attend the Awards Galas 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!  Scholarships are given to outstanding medical, nursing, dental, public health and health policy students who are committed to leadership and caring for the Hispanic community. For anyone interested in sponsoring, contact Dr. Elena Rios today at (202) 628-5895. 


NHMA receives five  year Cooperative Agreement from CDC to develop HIV Awareness among our primary care physician members and others and will work with the Latino Commission on AIDS for HIV testing and education of high risk Latinos in NYC and Puerto Rico. 


NHMA awarded a year Flu Immunization Campaign for Adults from Association of State and Territorial Health Officers and will support meetings with Federal agencies which can collaborate on public health education 


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

Surgeon General and First Lady’s offices meeting with NHHF on progress of our efforts.  Paloma Hernandez, CEO, Urban Health Plan, honored for innovation in child obesity, Award for Population Health Advancement with Bronx President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, NHHF Advisor Dr. Diane Torres-Burgos, and others garner media for Child Obesity awareness! 


Showcase Obesity Programs at the NY Academy of Medicine with 75 participants and programs reps from the NYC Health and Hospital Corporation and the NYC health Dept. 


Physicians encouraged to increase healthy weight counseling with their patients. 


NHMA Region Policy Forums: From September 17 to October 15, NHMA Region Chairpersons and Selection Committees hosted key meetings for 50- 100 persons from our networks and membership to learn about Environmental Health, Immigrant Health, Child Obesity, HIV, Cervical Cancer and more…thank you to all our Speakers and Sponsors and staff led by Lizette Rivera, Program Officer ! 


NHMA Resident Academic Medicine Career Development Program – year long program to increase knowledge and mentoring from Senior Medical Faculty 

NHMA has partnered with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) NIH to support 25 NHMA Resident Members who have 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 


We also need Mentors, Senior Medical Faculty from across the nation --- NHMA staff to plan the program starting in November after the Agreement is signed with NIDDK. 





This is a call for you to join NHMA as a Premier Members who have many opportunities to develop leadership  -- Join at  


Congratulations to Javier Sevilla-Martir, MD, Indiana University School of Medicine, becomes president of the new Indiana Hispanic Medical Society; Alfredo Lopez, MD, Indianapolis, becomes vice president. 


Flavia Mercado, MD and Elena Rios, MD participate in the first Financial Times Latin American Health Care Conference with health care private sector leaders interested in Hispanic health programs linked to Latin America - Miami 


Congratulations to the Members of NHMA and the Board of Directors and Staff for being awarded the Meritorious Community Based Organization Award for 2015 from the Latino Caucus of the American Public Health Association – in Chicago November 3rd at their Dinner. Jorge Girotti, PhD, NHMA Board Member and Associate Dean, University of Illinois, Chicago Medical School to accept the award. 


Kathy Flores, MD appointed to the Blue Shield of California Board of Directors 


Nellie Correa, MD to be inducted as a New York Academy of Medicine Fellow, Nov. 5th 


Residents of the Year --- new Award for each NHMA Region to be awarded at the NHMA Conference Awards Gala on April 23rd in Washington, DC – nominations by Residency Directors --- letters mailed out in August….more to come. See 





NHMA Board of Directors  

invites you  

to a  

Special Bienvenido-Welcome Reception  


Dr. Eliseo Perez-Stable 

Director, National institute on minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) at the NIH 

Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-340, Oct. 13th, 4:00 – 7:00 pm. 

Refreshments to be served. 

Please RSVP by Oct. 8th at  or call (202) 628-5895. 


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. 





Department of Health and Human Services 

National Institutes of Health 

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences 

Deputy Director, Division of Clinical Innovation 

The Position:  The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) is the newest center at NIH, formed with the mission to catalyze the generation of innovative methods and technologies that will enhance the development, testing, and implementation of diagnostics and the therapeutics across a wide range of human diseases and conditions. The mission includes strengthening the entire spectrum of translational research and includes the early steps necessary to develop new therapeutics, devices and diagnostics from basic discoveries, the steps necessary to establish real world efficacy and effectiveness, and the research needed to improve the practical implementation and dissemination of improved approaches to care. The investments of NCATS focus on the general needs of the translational sciences, including innovation in methods, the development of improved research processes, and support for models that test the incorporation of new technologies and approaches into translational research.  


The Deputy Director, Division of Clinical Innovation (DCI), reports to the Director, DCI, and assists in providing overall leadership and stewardship of NCATS investments bringing innovation to clinical research. A major component of the responsibilities of the DCI is oversight of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs) program. This program is a national investment in the translational sciences, providing academic homes at leading institutions across the country for the advancement and career development of investigators and supporting research resources needed by both local and national research communities to improve the quality and efficiency of all phases of translational research. The incumbent will support the DCI Director in guiding this program and establishing a vision of innovation and national leadership, with a broad charge to improve the implementation of all aspects of human subject studies. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Applicants must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, as well as senior-level research experience or knowledge of research programs moving research from the basic laboratory sciences into pre-clinical development, clinical trials, and demonstration of public health benefit.  Candidates should be outstanding communicators and known and respected as distinguished individuals of outstanding competence.  Applicants must apply a visionary, forward-thinking mindset to all endeavors and should demonstrate the ability to think strategically, work collaboratively, and use a consultative approach to problem solving and decision making: this will be demonstrated in past employment and research experiences and detailed in application materials.  This positon will be filled under a Title 42 (f) appointment. 

SALARY/BENEFITS/OTHER INFORMATION: Salary is commensurate with experience and a full package of Civil Service benefits is available, including: retirement, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, leave and savings plan (401K equivalent).  The National Institutes of Health inspires public confidence by maintaining high ethical principles.  In addition to the Federal government’s code of ethics, we have our own agency specific standards – check them out at the NIH Ethics web site:  This position is subject to a background investigation. 

For further information, please call (301) 594-4860.  Contact person is Ms. Jackie Gibson. All information provided by candidates will remain confidential and will not be released outside the NCATS search process without a signed release from candidates. The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities and individuals with disabilities.  DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers 


INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE FACULTY– The University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, is seeking qualified faculty applicants for the General Internal Medicine Division, Section of Integrative Medicine.  This position is open rank and open track.  Salary will be commensurate with experience and education. Minimums:  1) MD or DO; 2) Must be Board Certified/Eligible in General Internal Medicine or Family Medicine by date of hire; 3) Must be eligible to work in the US (this is not a J-1 Visa opportunity) Preferences; 1) Directly related experience and training in Integrative Medicine; 2) Board certification in Integrative Medicine; 3) Providing efficient integrative primary care or integrative specialty care; 4) Experience and interest in medical education and graduate medical training; and 5) Leadership and/or management experience in clinical medicine 


These positions will remain open until filled. For best consideration, apply by November 15, 2015. 


For complete description and application requirements for Posting #0831891. 

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



UNM's confidentiality 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. 

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