NHMA plans to develop a 5 year NHMA Hispanic Physician Leadership Initiative to enhance the health status and promote healthy lifestyles of Hispanics and other underserved minorities.

The purpose of the Initiative is to develop a national health communications infrastructure and program that reduces health disparities of heart disease, cancer and diabetes among Hispanics through the NHMA Hispanic Health Portal (hispanichealth.info) and health campaigns, leadership skills of Hispanic physicians to enter into key decision making positions in Federal and State public service, and leadership skills of medical and health professionals to develop community partnerships. Healthy People 2010 objectives for cancer, obesity and diabetes will be targeted.

The project would increase healthy lifestyles and ultimately, health status of Hispanics in the U.S. In Year 1 of the project, NHMA will 1) develop a health communications infrastructure; 2) coordinate a health communications program through public/private partnerships focused on cancer, obesity and diabetes activities, including a Hispanic health database, NHMA Annual Conference, Newsletter, list serves, Hispanic Health Portal (hispanichealth.info); 3) convene a National Leadership Institute at the 14th NHMA Annual Conference; and 4) attend the annual OMH technical assistance meeting.

In Years 2-5 of the project, NHMA will continue these activities, as well as to engage its networks to strengthen and expand partnerships through State Hispanic Health Leadership Summits & health campaigns in California, Texas and New York, and work with the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) to expand health communications and public/private partnerships to eliminate and reduce health disparities for Hispanics and other underserved.

This initiative is being funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.

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