NHMA 16th Annual Conference April 26-29, 2012 Washington DC

Innovations that Improve the Health of Hispanics, Families and Communities

Join Hispanic physicians, residents, medical students, nurses, dentists, policymakers, and healthcare industry representatives at our annual conference. This year, NHMA celebrates its 16th Conference with partners from the Federal and State governments and the private sector. This unique conference brings together experts from across the nation to share their multi-disciplinary experiences in improving health care delivery for Hispanic populations.  CME accreditation will be provided.

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Conference Objectives:

  • Share and highlight healthcare innovations that can serve as models for influencing health care reform, prevention, medical management and public health strategies in the United States.
  • Discuss biomedical and community-based research methods and training programs that show promise of eliminating health disparities.
  • Adopt new treatment modalities and strategies for physicians about Hispanic patients with diabetes, cancer, obesity, cardiovascular disease, asthma, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, renal disease, and aging and other diseases, in order to decrease morbidity and mortality in their medical practices or in their organizations.
  • Analyze cultural competence and service learning about Hispanics in medical education curriculum.

NHMA Partners:

  • National Hispanic Health Foundation
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Morehouse School of Medicine


 8:30am – 3:30pm      NHMA Leadership Fellowship Orientation (closed)Coolidge Room


8:30am – 3:30pm       NHMA Resident Leadership Program Orientation (closed)Harding Room

            12:00pm – 4:00pm     NHMA Board of Directors Meeting (closed)—Hoover Room 

3:00pm – 5:00pm       RegistrationExhibit Hall A

5:00pm – 6:30pm       White House Briefing For Hispanic Health Professionals—Eisenhower Executive Office Building

7:00pm – 8:30pm       Opening Reception & Welcome—Exhibit Hall A

  • John Balbus MD, MPH—Senior Advisor, Public Health at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), NIH, Bethesda, MD

FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012

7:30am – 7:30pm       Registration and Exhibit Hall Opens—Exhibit Hall A

7:30am – 9:00am       Breakfast Plenary: Personalized Medicine in HispanicsMaryland Room A, B, C

  • Moderator: Leonora Lopez, MD--Chairwoman, National Hispanic Medical Association’s Council of Medical SocietiesPresident, New Mexico Hispanic Medical Association, Albuquerque, NM

Understanding Diversity in Breast Cancer Using Personalized Medicine

  • Milayna Subar, MD--VP National Practice Leader, Oncology, Express Scripts, Franklin Lakes, NJ

                                                     Asthma and Respiratory Diseases and Hispanics

  • Jorge Quel, MD, EFAAAAI, EFACAAI--Executive Director, Hispanic American Allergy Asthma & Immunology Association, Marina del Rey, CA


 9:00am – 10:45am     Capitol Hill Briefing: Health Financing & Policy UpdateSenate Office Building

  • Senate Health, Labor and Pensions Committee Speakers- TBN
  • Congress Commerce and the Environment Committee Speakers - TBN


11:00am – 1:00pm     Lunch and Hispanic Health Research Poster SessionExhibit Hall A

11:30am – 1:00pm     National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Meeting for Selected
                                       Undergraduate Students—
Washington Room 1

1:00pm – 3:30pm       Opening Plenary: US and Mexican Leadership & Innovation for Hispanic Community Health and 
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

Welcome Remarks

  • Katherine Flores, MD--Chairwoman, National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) Board of Directors, Director, UCSF-Fresno, Latino Center for Medical Education & Research, Fresno, CA
  • Moderator: Elena Rios, MD, MSPH--President & CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association, President, National Hispanic Health Foundation, Washington, DC
  • The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius--Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC
  • The Honorable SalomónChertorivskiWoldenberg--Minister of Health of Mexico, Mexico City, DF
  • Ileana Arias, PhD--Principal Deputy Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Atlanta, GA
  • Janet Wright, MD, FACC--Executive Director, Million Hearts, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center/CMS, Baltimore, MD
  • Hilda Davila--General Director, International Relations, Ministry of Health of Mexico, Mexico, DF
  • Maria Teresa Cerqueira, PhD--Chief, US Mexico Border Field Office, Pan American Health Organization, El Paso, TX


3:45pm – 4:45pm       WORKSHOPS A

  • A.1- Health System Reforms to Develop Accountable Care and Medical Homes for HispanicsMaryland Room A
    • Moderator: Minerva Campos, MD, MPH—Health Care Consultant, Washington, DC
    • Mateo Ledezma, MD—Physician, Kaiser Permanente, Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
    • Stephen Rosenthal—President and CEO, Care Management Company (CMO) of Montefiore Medical Center, Yonkers, NY
    • Carmen Terzic, MD, PhD—Chair, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN



  • A.2- Knowledge is Power: Informing Patients through PCCC ResearchMaryland Room B
    • Moderator: Maritza Alvarado, MD—Medical Director, Syracuse City School District, Syracuse, NY
    • Brenda Leath, MHSA, PMP—Principal Investigator and Program Director, Patient-Centered Care Collaboration Initiative to Improve Minority Health, Rockville, MD
    • Aida Giachello, PhD—Principal Investigator, Chicago Hub, University of Chicago, Patient-Centered Care Collaboration Initiative to Improve Minority Health, Chicago, IL
    • Aisha Morris Moultry, PharmD, MS—Principal Investigator, Houston Hub, Texas Southern University, Patient-Centered Care Collaboration Initiative to Improve Minority Health, Houston, TX


  • A.3- Health Information Technology and Cultural Competence for Efficient Patient Care—Maryland Room C
    • Moderator: Jaime G. González, DrPH, MSSW, MSHANational Director of Business Development, Latino Health Solutions, UnitedHealthcare, Plano, TX
    • Dirk Schroeder, ScD, MPH—Associate Professor, Emory University; Executive Vice-President, Hola Doctor, Roswell, GA
    • Joy Pritts, JDChief Privacy Officer, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Washington, DC
    • Mat Kendall, MPH—Director of Provider Adoption Support, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, US DHHS, Washington, DC


5:00pm - 6:30pm        NHMA INTEREST GROUP MEETINGS

  • NHMA Council of Residents—Preparing For Fellowship: Options for Those Interested in Public Health, Policy, and Leadership—Washington Room 1
    • Facilitator: Vanessa Salcedo, MD, PGY2—Chairwoman, NHMA Council of Residents; Pediatric Residency Program, Columbia Medical Center, New York, NY
    • Alicia I. Arbaje, MD, MPH—Assistant Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • NHMA Health Professional Student MembersWashington Room 2
    • Facilitator: Katherine Flores, MD—Chairwoman, National Hispanic Medical Association Board of Directors; Director, UCSF-Fresno, Latino Center for Medical Education & Research, Fresno, CA
  • NHHF Clinical Trials ProgramWashington Room 2
    • Facilitator: GermanGuerrero, MD—Associate Medical Director, NovoLog Mix 70/30 & Devices at Novo Nordisk A/S, Princeton, NJ
  • NHMA Health Professional MembersWashington Room 3
    • Facilitator: Onelia Lage, MD—Chairwoman, NHMA Membership Committee; Secretary, NHMA Board of Directors; Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Director of Adolescent Medical Education, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
  • NHMA Leadership Fellows Alumni —Washington Room 3
    • Facilitator: Sam Arce, MD, FAFFP—Vice Chairman, National Hispanic Medical Association Board of Directors; Family Physician and Attending Physician, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, Jamaica, NY

5:30pm – 6:30pm       Harvard Medical School Reception—Washington Room 4                                                      

6:30pm – 7:30pm       Reception honoring the Minister of Health of MexicoWashington Room 6

7:30pm - 9:30pm        Dinner Plenary—The Prevalence of Diabetes in Hispanic PopulationsDelaware Room

  • Moderator: Katherine Flores, MD--Chairwoman, National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) Board of Directors, Director, UCSF-Fresno, Latino Center for Medical Education & Research, Fresno, CA

 The Critical Role of the Practitioner in Diabetes Mellitus Treatment, Management and Control in the Hispanic/Latino Community

  • Carlos Campos, MD, MPH--Clinical Adjunct Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX; Medical Director, Resolute Health for Wellbeing/Diabetes Center, Braunfels, TX

Diabetes Mellitus Patient Self Management - Staying the Course

  • Joel Zonszein, MD, CDE, FACE, FACP--Director of the Clinical Diabetes Center, University Hospital of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY

New/Emerging Trends in Care for Diabetes Mellitus Treatment, Models of Care

  • Anthony J. Cannon, MD--Clinical Endocrinologist, Private Practice, Hamilton, NJ




7:00am- 7:30am         Chair Yoga and Meditation for Stress Relief—suitable for all business attire-friendly—Lucy 
                                        Pacheco, RYT-200—
Washington Room 2

7:30am – 4:30pm       Registration, Exhibit Hall and Research Poster Session OpensExhibit Hall A

7:30am - 9:00am        Breakfast Plenary:Helicobacter pylori: Importance of Appropriate Testing and Management
                                       —Delaware Room

  • Moderator: Onelia Lage, MD—Secretary, National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) Board of Directors;Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics & Director of Adolescent Medical Education & Community Health, Division of Adolescent Medicine/Department of Pediatrics University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
  • David A. Peura, MD—Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Charlottesville, VA

9:00am – 12:00pm    NHMA and AAMC Health Professional School Student Recruitment Lecture/Fair from Recruiters of
                                       Medical and Public Health Schools from across the nation
Washington Room 4 college and high school students
                                      Exhibit Hall following the lectures for all students and recruiters

  • Emma Ledesma, MA—Diversity and Minority Health Officer, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, CA
  • Luz Ortiz, PhD, MA—Assistant Dean, Jefferson Medical College, PA
  • Ciro Sumaya, MD, MPHTM—Professor, School of Rural Public Health, The Texas A&M University Health Science Center, College Station, TX

9:00am -10:20am       WORKSHOPS B

  • B.1- Cardiovascular Disease Management for HispanicsWashington Room 1
    • Moderator: Jorge  Puente, MD—Regional President, Oncology Business Unit in the Japan, Australia, Canada and Korea Region, Pfizer, Inc., New York, NY
    • Victor Urrutia, MD—Director, Stroke Center, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
    • David Espino, MD—University of Texas Health Science, San Antonio, TX


  • B.2- Using Social Media to Change Health Behavior among HispanicsWashington Room 2
    • Moderator: Flavia Mercado, MD—Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine; Medical Director of the Department of Multicultural Affairs and the International Medical Center, Grady Health System, Atlanta, GA
    • Jennifer Shine Dyer, MD—Mobile Health Entrepreneur, Duet Health Eproximiti, Columbus, OH
    • Stephanie Stroever, MPH—University of Texas School of Public Health, Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, Austin Regional Campus, Austin, TX
    • Farris Timimi, MD—Medical Director, Mayo Clinic Center, Rochester, MN


  • B.3- Effective Prevention Programs for Oral, Eye and Behavioral HealthWashington Room 3
    • Moderator: Jaime Torres, DPM— Director, US DHHS Region II, New York, NY
    • Maritza Morell, DDS, MS, MPH—President-Elect, Hispanic Dental Association; Director of Pre-Doctoral Pediatric Dentistry, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA
    • Maria Puig-Llano, MD—Ophthalmologist, Private Practice, Chula Vista, CA


10:20am - 11:45am    WORKSHOPS C

  • C.1- “Luchando contra el Cáncer”: A Tailored Approach for Cancer Treatment—Washington Room 1
    • Moderator: Nereida Correa, MD, MPH—Medical Director, MIC Women’s Health Services of Public Health Solutions, New York, NY
    • Deborah G. Duran, PhD—Deputy Director, Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, National Cancer Institute, Rockville, MD
    • Melissa Sileo, MSW, LCSW—Senior Manager of Navigation Services, LIVESTRONG Foundation (Lance Armstrong Foundation), Austin, TX


  • C.2- Expanding Hispanic Community-Based Research and Clinical TrialsWashington Room 2
    • Moderator:Benjamin Ortiz, MD—Medical Officer, US Food and Drug Administration, New Rochelle, NY
    • Stephen Korn, PhD—Director, Office of Training, Career Development and Workforce Diversity, NIH/National Institute of Neurological Diseases & Stroke, Bethesda, MD
    • Donald Vereen, MD, MPH—Director of Community Academic Engagement, Prevention Research Center, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI
    • Elena Bastida, PhD—Department Chair, Department of Health Promotion and Prevention, Florida International University, Miami, FL


  • C.3- Advancing Hispanic Healthcare Academic Professionals and Curricular Innovations for Health EquityWashington Room 3
    • Moderator: John Paul Sanchez MD, MPH—Clinical Instructor, Emergency Department, Montefiore Medical Center, North Division;Chairperson, Einstein LGBT Steering Committee; Principal Investigator, Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians Initiative, Rye Brook, NY
    • Maria Soto-Greene, MD—Vice Dean and Professor, New Jersey Medical School; Director, Hispanic Center of Excellence, Newark, NJ
    • Guadalupe Pacheco, MSW—Senior Health Advisor to the Director, US DHHS Office of Minority Health, Rockville, MD
    • Javier Sevilla-Martir, MD—Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Assistant Dean, University of Indiana School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN


11:45am -12:45pm     Break in Exhibit Hall

12:45pm -2:00pm       Lunch Plenary: Prevention of ObesityThurgood Marshall Ballroom

  • Moderator: E. Luis Aguilar, MD--Treasurer, NHMA Board of Directors; Clinical Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ
  • Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS--17th Surgeon General of the United States (2002-2006); Vice Chairman, Canyon Ranch; President, Canyon Ranch Institute; Distinguished Professor, Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ


             2:00pm – 2:15pm       Break

2:15pm – 4:30 pm     Plenary: Foundation, Corporate and State Health Care Innovations to Improve Access, Decrease
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

  • Moderator: Mark Diaz, MD--Chairman, Board of Directors, National Hispanic Health Foundation; Alivio Medical Group, Sacramento, CA

Community Obesity Programs

  • George Flores, MD, MPH--Program Manager, California Endowment, Oakland, CA

State Insurance Exchange Systems

  • Bruce Caswell--President and General Manager, Health Services Segment, MAXIMUS, Rockville, MD

Patient Centered Medical Homes

  • J. Emilio Carrillo, MD, MPH--Vice President, Community Health Development, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Medical College of Cornell University New York, NY
  • Yasmine Winkler--NHHF Board of Directors; Senior Vice President of Product Innovation, UnitedHealthcare, Chicago, IL


4:30pm-6:45pm        NHMA Council of Residents Meeting—Washington Room 1

  • NIH Grant Opportunities for Minorities and Young Physicians
    • Stephen Korn, PhD—Director, Office of Training, Career Development and Workforce Diversity, NIH/National Institute of Neurological Diseases & Stroke, Bethesda, MD
  • The Medical Student and Resident Role in Academic Leadership and Service
    • Maria Soto-Green, MD—Vice Dean, Director, Hispanic Center of Excellence, Newark, NJ
  • NHMA Council of Residents, Meet and Greet Information Session
    • Vanessa Salcedo, MD—Pediatric Resident, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
    • Elizabeth Homan-Sandoval, MD—Psychiatry Resident, University of Miami, Miami, FL

6:30pm – 7:30pm         ReceptionThurgood Marshall Ballroom Foyer

6:30pm – 7:30pm         VIP Receptionclosed

7:30pm – 11:30pm       Leadership Awards Gala & Salsa DanceThurgood Marshall Ballroom

 Mistress of Ceremonies:

  • Maria Cardona--Principal, Public Affairs Practice, Dewey Square Group, Washington, DC

Keynote Speaker:

  • Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez--Executive Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP, Washington, DC

Hispanic Leadership Awards:

  • Government – Ileana Arias, PhD— CDC/ATSDR Principal Deputy Director
  • Corporate – John F. Boyer, PhD—Chairman, MAXIMUS Federal Services, Inc.
  • Academic – Marc A. Nivet, EdD—Chief Diversity Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Physician – Valerie Romero-Leggott, MD— President, Hispanic Serving Health Professional Schools, Vice President for Diversity, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
  • Innovations –Russell Bennett, MBA,CHIEVice President, Latino Health Solutions, United Health Care
  • Fellow of the Year – Jaime Torres, DPM— Director, US DHHS Region II
  • Presidents of the Hispanic Medical Societies and National Hispanic Health Professional  Associations
  • Outgoing NHMA Board of Directors


9:30pm – 11:30pm       Salsa DanceThurgood Marshall Ballroom

SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2012

8:30am – 11:30am     NHMA 2012 Leadership Institute for Presidents and Board Members of the NHMA Council of
                                       Medical Societies and the National Hispanic Health Professionals Association Leadership Network
                                       and Conference Participants
Thurgood Marshall South Ballroom

  • Moderator: Elena Rios, MD, MSPH--President & CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association; President, National Hispanic Health Foundation, Washington, DC
  • Update from the Office of Minority Health
    • Nadine Gracia, MD, MPH--Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Minority Health, US DHHS
  • Leadership Skills-Building: Leveraging National and Regional Partnerships
    • Teresa Niño--Director, Office of Public Engagement, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, US DHHS, Baltimore, MD
    • Russell Bennett, MBA,CHIE--Vice President, Latino Health Solutions, United Health Care, Los Alamitos, CA
    • Michael Happe--Healthcare IT Consultant, DrFirst, Inc., Rockville, MD
    • Martin Portillo, MD, FACP--Medical Director, Amerigroup Community Care, Hanover, MD
    • Arisa Cunningham, MBA--Vice President, Global Diversity MD&D Group, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ


~Thank you for all our current sponsors for making this conference possible~














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