Newsletter - August 2019
Legislative Update
NHMA convened a Congressional Briefing: Cholesterol and Heart Disease among Hispanics on July 25th with co-hosts Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL) and Congressman Tony Cardenas (CA) who challenged the audience to consider research should be about our communities and we need to developing culturally competent programs to educate our communities on prevention and treatment of cholesterol.... read more .

The House of Representatives in a bipartisan vote on July 17th – supported the repeal of the Cadillac Tax on high-cost employer health insurance in the Affordable Care Act.  Democrats argued that it would be a tax on working families, as employers would shift costs to them through decreased wages.... read more .

Democrat Presidential Nominees Reveal Different Health Care Agendas leading up to the second Democratic Party Presidential Nominees Debate on July 29-30.... read more .

NHMA voiced strong concerns in a letter sent to the Director for Customs and Border Protections Agency last month for the inhumane treatment of Latino children at the Refugee Detention Centers and called for more volunteers of physicians.... read more .

NHMA endorses EARLY Act to Reauthorization of 2019 .... read more .

NHMA, along with other health and labor organizations, filed a lawsuit against Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on August 7 for refusing to ban chlorpyrifos, which is a widely used agricultural pesticide linked to damaging children’s brains and farmworker poisonings.... read more .

This month, NHMA sent letters to several government organizations regarding public comments ... read more .

NHMA signed on to the following letters:
  • Partnership for Medicaid’s comment to Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. Read the letter here.
  • Partnership for Medicaid’s letter to Senate leaders in support of extending programs to allow Medicaid beneficiaries to live in their communities. Read the letter here
Programs Update
Picture: NHMA Congressional Briefing "High Cholesterol in Our Communities: Strategies for a Healthier Future" on July 25, 2019. Dr. Elena Rios poses with Dr. Sergio Rimola, NHMA Washington DC Metro Region/Chapter Chair and Claudia Zamora, NHMA Board Member and panelists, Carlos Rodriguez, MD, MPH, FAHA, FACC, Vice Chair, Academic Affairs for Cardiology, Director of Cardiovascular Research, and Director of Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and CAPT Richardae Araojo, PharmD, MS, Associate Commissioner for Minority Health, Director, Office of Minority Health & Health Equity, U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 
Membership Update
NHMA Members are hard at work being catalyst for change in their communities. Each serve in many different ways. 

The 4 major values of an NHMA membership are Advocacy, Education, Leadership Development and Networking. Our major benefits for health professionals consist of:

  • Opportunities to be nominated for commissions and advisory boards in the Federal government, private sector, and other national health professional associations.
  • Opportunities to mentor medical students and residents.
  • Discounts at the NHMA Annual Conference (where you can also earn CME credits)
  • Ability to apply for NHMA Leadership Fellowship and Resident Leadership Programs
  • Opportunities to share your research either by being a speaker or poster presenter at our annual conference
  • Network with other healthcare professionals at one of NHMA Regional Events
Our major benefits for students:

  • Opportunities to mentor college students
  • Discounts at the NHMA Annual Conference
  • Opportunities to share your research by being a poster presenter at our annual conference
  • Network with healthcare professionals at one of NHMA Regional Events and Annual Conference

Ways You Can Get Involved With NHMA:

Anyone that would like to advance NHMA's mission and goals is welcome to join our network as a Premier or Basic member. Click below to see our membership options:

If you have received an award or attended an event and would like to be featured in our monthly membership update, please contact Vanessa Tellez at by the first Friday of every month.
Featured Announcements
A Touch of Sugar Spotlight: Addressing Type 2 Diabetes Health Disparities Among Hispanics 

More than 30 million Americans have diabetes – that’s about 1 in 10 adults – and 90 to 95% of them have type 2 diabetes. Additionally, as many of you know, not all ethnic groups are affected by this disease the same way. Hispanic men and women are disproportionately impacted by the epidemic, with more than 50% expected to develop type 2 diabetes over their lifetimes. 

As part of the NHMA’s ongoing work with Merck around the documentary, A Touch of Sugar , we are raising awareness of significant disparities in health between Hispanics and other demographic groups due to factors such as:

  • Language barriers: Around 9M Hispanic or Latino people in the U.S. report they speak English “not at all” or “not well.” Hispanic patients with limited English proficiency make far fewer physician visits than those with better English proficiency.
  • Health literacy: Understanding the information needed to make appropriate health decisions is important when trying to manage a diabetes diagnosis. Barriers to health care access for Hispanics include a shortage of Hispanic health care providers, limited cultural understanding and health illiteracy.
  • Access to care: Hispanics have the highest uninsured rates of any racial or ethnic group in the U.S., which is associated with worse blood sugar control, higher blood pressure and poorer cholesterol levels.
  • Environmental factors: Healthy eating is an important element of diabetes management, but Hispanics experience higher rates of food insecurity because they lack access to nutritious and consistent food sources.
  • Cultural disconnect: The number of Hispanic physicians in the U.S. has decreased over the last few decades. A physician's understanding of their patients' health care beliefs and preferences is an important part of patient care. 

Click to download Merck’s infographic in English and Spanish with further information about Hispanic health disparities in type 2 diabetes.
In A Touch of Sugar, we are introduced to Niurka and Susie – two Hispanic women learning how to live with and manage type 2 diabetes, while navigating many of the barriers noted above. Through interviews with Niurka and Susie, their loved ones, diabetes experts and doctors, including Dr. Rios, the film helps audiences better understand the challenges the Hispanic community faces in managing and coping with type 2 diabetes.
We encourage you to watch the documentary and to keep health literacy, socio-economic factors, cultural background, geographic location and personal lifestyle top of mind when treating people with type 2 diabetes. 

To request a link to watch the documentary, please visit and press the link at the top of the page that reads “Click Here to View A Touch of Sugar .” On the website, you will also be able to find educational materials and type 2 diabetes management resources in both English and Spanish. If you would like to secure copies of these materials for your patients, please email .

For those of you in the Los Angeles and New York City areas, we hope you can join us at the following upcoming events for a screening of a special edition of A Touch of Sugar addressing Hispanic health disparities in type 2 diabetes:

NHMA A Touch of Sugar Screening – Southern California
Saturday, September 14, 2019, 5:45 PM – 7:00 PM
AltaMed Health Services Headquarters
2040 Camfield Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90040

NHMA A Touch of Sugar Screening – New York City
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Weill Cornell Medicine, Belfer Research Building, Room 302 A-C
413 E. 69th St, New York, NY 10021

Don’t forget to RSVP Here!
US-DIA-00800 (8/19)
2019 NHHF Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship

The 2019 NHHF Scholarship application is NOW OPEN!! Make sure you submit your application before September 26, 2019. To apply and more information:

2019 NHHF Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Galas

New York City Gala Friday, November 15, 2019 , at the Westin New York Grand Central
Los Angeles Gala Thursday, November 21, 2019 , at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles

For sponsorship opportunities, Click Here
Upcoming Events
NHMA Chapter Policy Forums:

Saturday, September 14, 2019, from 5:45 PM – 7:30 PM
AltaMed Health Services Headquarters (2040 Camfield Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90040)
RSVP Here  by Tuesday, September 10, 2019.
Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Weill Cornell Medicine, Belfer Research Building, Room 302 A-C (413 E. 69th St, New York, NY 10021)
RSVP Here  by Tuesday, September 17, 2019.
Thursday, October 3, 2019, from 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Marriott Plaza San Antonio Hotel (555 S Alamo ST, San Antonio, TX 78205)
RSVP Here by September 30, 2019.
Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Northwestern Memorial Hospital (251 E Huron St, Chicago, IL 60611)
RSVP Here  by October 1, 2019.
Monday, October 14, 2019 from 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Florida International University, Modesto Maidique Campus CBC R233 (11200 SW 8 th Street, Miami, FL 33199)
RSVP Here by October 9, 2019.

Thursday, October 24, 2019, from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
George Washington University, Science & Engineering Hall, Room B1220 (800 22nd St NW Washington, DC 20052)
RSVP Here by October 21, 2019

Friday, October 25, 2019

January 2020

NHHF Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Galas:

New York City Gala Friday, November 15, 2019 , at the Westin New York Grand Central
Los Angeles Gala Thursday, November 21, 2019 , at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles

NHMA 24th Annual Conference:

Thursday April 23 - Sunday April 26, 2020  at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Visit our website for more information:

Virtual events:

September 4 at 3:00 PM ET:  Barriers Faced by Hispanics When Entering Health Professions
September 24 at 3:00 PM ET : Webinar: The Interprofessional Approach to HIV Prevention/Care
September 27 at 3:00 PM ET :   Twitter Chat on National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
October 9 at 3:00 PM ET:  Mapping Your Health Professional Journey as a College Student
October 15 at 3:00 PM ET:  Twitter Chat on National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day
December 2 at 4:00 PM ET:  Webinar on World AIDS Day
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