National Hispanic Medical Association Newsletter – July 2016 

Washington, DC 

   Legislative Update
US Department of Health and Human Services Appropriations for FY 2017
Overall, budget for US DHHS programs at CDC, HRSA, NIH increased – note the President’s Budget request was sent to Congress, Congress then developed its Appropriations recommendation and now the Senate has announced its request – which is currently all being debated, discussed for final FY 2017 Budget.
HRSA Training for Diversity – 
  • $21,711,000 for the Centers of  Excellence [COE] Program. The Committee recognizes that the COE Program increases the supply and competencies of underrepresented minorities [URM] in health professions. Funds support programs of excellence that enhance the academic performance of URM students, support URM faculty development, and facilitate research on minority health issues. Diversity among medical school students is associated with higher levels of cultural sensitivity of all students and greater willingness to serve diverse populations. There is evidence that suggests that minority health professionals are more likely to serve in areas with high rates of uninsured and areas of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. 
    The Committee eliminates the Health Careers Opportunity Program due to funding constraints. Funding to increase the diversity of the health professions workforce in this bill is prioritized by investing in programs that have a more immediate impact on the production of health professionals by supporting students who have committed to and are in training as healthcare professionals.
  • The Committee provides $1,190,000 for the Faculty Loan Repayment Program. This amount is the same as the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and the budget request.
  • The Committee provides $49,070,000 for Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students, an increase of $3,100,000 above the fiscal year 2016 level. The Committee supports diversity among health professionals. 
  • The Committee provides $38,924,000 for Primary Care Training and Enhancement programs, which support the expansion of training in internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, and physician assistance. The Committee directs HRSA to prioritize programs that support underserved communities and applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds in any new grant competition in 2017.    
  • The Committee provides $35,873,000 for Training in Oral Health Care programs, which includes not less than $10,000,000 each for general and pediatric dentistry. Funds may be used to expand training in general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, public health dentistry, dental hygiene, and other oral health access programs. Funds may also be used to plan and operate training programs as well as to provide financial assistance to students and residents.    
  • The Committee provides $30,250,000 for Area Health Education Centers [AHECs], equal to the fiscal year 2016 level.
  • The Committee provides $38,737,000 for Geriatric Programs and encourages HRSA to work to ensure training programs are collaborative, interdisciplinary, and culturally competent.            
  • New to HRSA Workforce Funding: The Committee provides $50,000,000 for Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program [BHWET]. The Committee directs that eligible entities for this program shall include, but is not limited to, accredited programs that train masters and clinical doctoral level social workers, psychologists, counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners; psychology interns; and behavioral health paraprofessionals. The Committee provides $9,916,000 for Mental and Behavioral Health Education Training Programs. The programs provide grants to higher education institutions and accredited training programs to recruit and train professionals and faculty in the fields of social work, psychology, psychiatry, marriage and family therapy, substance abuse prevention and treatment, and other areas of mental and behavioral health    
  • The Committee provides $229,472,000 for Nursing Workforce Development programs. The program provides funding to address all aspects of nursing workforce demand, including education, practice, recruitment, and retention and the Nurse Corps Loan Repayment program. 
Program Update


NHHF PCORI RESEARCH AGENDA SETTING MEETINGS- Completed April and June meetings for Hispanic Patient Centered Research Priorities – for training researchers, recruiting patients, engaging community --- Report will be on our website soon. 

NHHF PCORI Hispanic Health Research Mentoring Program just awarded 2 year grant – NHMA to collaborate with NHHF on a national mentoring program for Young Research Faculty (Instructor, Assistant Professor levels who have research experience or interest) with Senior Faculty - academic researchers to build a cadre of patient-centered researchers about Hispanic health research. Mentoring Program will include a 2 day Training on May 3-4 prior to the NHMA 2017 Annual Conference in Washington, DC, travel expenses covered. Applications to be on our website soon. If interested please contact Andrew Robles Sol at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NHMA – ASTHO Adult Flu Immunizations Project – NHMA NY physicians will form a Special Expert Panel for CDC 2017 Flu Season and meet with NY State Health Department and NYC Health Department officials on how to increase immunization rates for Latino patients at all day meeting on August 2nd at the NY Academy of Medicine. Reply to Andrew Robles Sol at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

CDC Act Against AIDS Campaign ---NHMA is increasing awareness about HIV testing and treatment among primary care physicians who care for Latinos - through our social media, website, portal messages several times a week. In addition at the NHMA Region Policy Forums and the NHMA 2017 Annual Conference, we seek physicians to present their strategies in this area. For more information, see

CMS Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative – NHMA continues to recruit our physicians to take advantage of the free counseling and technical assistance about how to improve practice protocols for value based care. This program is the largest investment from CMS for the practicing physician, nurse, physician assistant, others – in academia, in hospitals, in clinics and in private medical practice.  Go to for more information.   

National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarships Applications now available on the National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) Website,
This year NHHF Scholarship Reception and Galas will follow a Hispanic Health Professional JOB FAIR for physicians, residents and nurses for area hospitals, health systems, medical groups and clinics.  Recruiters from these institutions are invited to register at the JOB FAIR site on the same website.
For more information, contact Jeanne Duvall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Members Update


Dr. Elena Rios invited to present on Health Disparities Policy Recommendations to the Democratic National Committee Platform Committee on June 17 in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Dr. Sergio Rimola presented NHMA policy recommendations to the Climate Change Latino Summit by EcoAmerica in Washington, DC on June 17
See speeches at under Government Affairs or Media. 

Seeking Partners from among our Networks to support our educational programs and capacity building through sponorships of our events  – please contact Jeanne atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NHMA invites all interested in Hispanic health to join NHMA as a Premier Member --- for opportunities to build your network among Hispanic health champions, for nominations to national government and private sector boards, advisory committees and for discounts to NHMA events. Go to to join today.

NHMA PREMIER MEMBER OPPORTUNITIES: contact Sara Reinoso: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  • NHMA Region Steering Committees - to plan and coordinate the NHMA Region Forums in our six regions across the nation.
  • NHMA-LMSA Chapter Advisors. This is an important role for Residents and Physicians to mentor medical students interested in becoming physicians who care for Latino patients and advocate for them in our communities. You should be linked to the Region Steering Committee and aware of NHMA activities.  



Save the Date:

NHMA AND CDC ZIKA MANAGEMENT CALL with Dr. Evelyn Rodriguez, CDC Zika Response Team – July 27th, 6:00 -6:30 pm  EDT/5:00 – 5:30 pm CDT/3:00 – 3:30 pm PDT  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 25th 
NHMA Foundation Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Reception and Galas 

        6:30 – 11:00 pm 

  • JW MARRIOTT LA LIVE – Dec. 8th

JOB FAIRS for Physicians to meet Hospitals, Clinics, Health Systems, Medical Groups in Southern California and NYC TriState Area --- 5:00-6:30 pm 

See for more information and applications to recruit, to participate, to purchase Tickets or Tables at the Scholarship Galas.  

Region Policy Forums
  • New York City: 9/20 (Northeast)
  • Los Angeles: 9/22 (West)
  • Washington, DC: 9/29 (DC Metro)
  • Chicago: 10/1 (Midwest)
  • Atlanta: 10/13 (Southeast)
  • San Antonio: 10/26 (Southwest)
NHMA 21st Annual Conference to be held at the Gaylord National Harbor Hotel, Washington DC - May 3rd – May 7th, 2017 (NEW)
Call for Abstracts, Call for Posters, Partnership Opportunities will soon be available at at
Assistant Professor
Department          00276 - Pharmacology and Toxicology

The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in the Skaggs Pharmacy Institute, in partnership with the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor. We are searching for talented investigators with the potential to develop outstanding research programs in the general areas of molecular pharmacology or systems biology. Other research areas of interest include development of precision medicine approaches or cancer therapeutic discovery programs.
For more information, see


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