February 2021 Newsletter
Learn from healthcare experts on COVID-19 and Latinos, how to deliver healthcare or behavioral healthcare, how to develop faculty careers, clinical trials, use of AI and technology and more to improve Hispanic health. Go to our conference page to register!
Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 | 7 PM ET

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 | 7 PM ET
  • Barbara Ferrer, Ph.D., MPH, MEd - Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
  • Aisha Oliver, PharmD - Pharmacy Manager, CVS y Más
  • Maria L. Marquez, MD, FAAP - Administrative Medical Director - Mary's Center, Fort Totten site

Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 7 PM ET

March 17 - March 20, 2021
Legislative Update
National Hispanic Medical Association is proud to endorse the COVID Community Care Act (along with several national advocacy organizations) along with Members of the Tricaucus (the Congressional Hispanic, Black and Asian Caucuses) to provide emergency funding for medically underserved communities to protect themselves from COVID-19. The bill text now includes supporting non profit organization to recruit a new public health workforce and confidentiality and inclusive language for the LGBTQ community. The COVID Community Care Act provides grants for non-profit organizations and CBOs to conduct community and mobile testing, tracing and outreach activities to increase vaccination rates in communities with higher rates of COVID–19, high percentage of minority residents, or the underserved, and community health centers.

NHMA has also met with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus new Chairman, Congressman Raul Ruiz' staff on priorities for COVID-19 policies that target Latino communities for the Biden White House meeting this week.
President Biden Achievements in his first month in office: 
-American Rescue Plan - getting vaccinations in more arms, opening schools, and providing relief to the workers, families, and small businesses that need it most. We know that getting back to full employment, as quickly as possible, will make a major difference in the lives of tens of millions of people, particularly those most at risk of being left behind.
-New three-month open enrollment period to give millions of people the ability to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

-Rejoined the World Health Organization and the Paris Agreement for Climate Change efforts.
-Stopped the global gag rule and began the process of ending the domestic gag rule that had forced community health care providers like Planned Parenthood out of the Title X program and supported anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ efforts – that will increase access to women’s reproductive health
-Stopped the building of the U.S.-Mexico border wall and the ban on DACA persons and supported the reunification of separated immigrant families and developing a Plan for Immigration Policies.
-Established a COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force - Chair, Dr. Nunez-Smith, committee members and officials from the United States Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, and Department of Labor. The Task Force’s work will conclude after issuing a final report to the COVID-19 Response Coordinator describing the drivers of observed COVID-19 inequities, the potential for ongoing disparities faced by COVID-19 survivors, and actions to ensure that future pandemic responses do not exacerbate health inequities.
The Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) latest budget projections this week confirm for the first time in our history outside of World War II, the debt is now larger than the economy. This budget situation predates the COVID-19 crisis, and the growth of health and retirement spending. We know the situation will be worse over the next year as the pandemic requires Federal relief. The CBO reports once the current crisis ends and the economy is well on its way to recovery, policymakers must turn their attention to long-term debt and deficit reduction to get the country on solid fiscal ground. This includes action to secure Social Security and other trust funds headed toward insolvency, limit the growth of health care and other costs, and raise additional tax revenue.
Monoclonal Antibodies have been approved by FDA For emergency use to treat high-risk patients with COVID-19 who are not hospitalized. Go to the following websites for Infusion Centers near you:
https://protect-public.hhs.gov/pages/therapeutics-distribution#distribution-locations HHS is supporting this effective therapy for infusion in Community Health Centers for them and community physicians.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 — signed into law by President Trump and started Jan. 1, includes the No Surprises Act, a long-debated law designed to protect patients from unexpected medical bills for out-of-network services. The Act, which most closely resembles the bill previously proposed by the House Ways and Means Committee, requires health plans to hold patients harmless from surprise medical bills and provides that patients are only required to pay the in-network cost-sharing amount for out-of-network emergency care, for certain ancillary services provided by out-of-network providers at in-network facilities, and for out-of-network care provided at in-network facilities without the patient’s informed consent. 
NHMA COVID-19 #Vaccinate4All Campaign
NHMA is proud to announce our #Vaccinate4All Campaign with support from CDC, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and BIO (partial list) and

NHMA Education and Advocacy for COVID-19 started in March 2020. We are going to continue to develop our COVID-19 Resource Hub at our HispanicHealth.info portal - We welcome your recommended articles and reports and patient fact sheets for our HispanicHealth.info portal and speakers for our monthly Virtual Briefings and photos of you getting COVID-19 vaccines.

Our new program will include 2 parts:

INDIVIDUAL TRAINING:- NHMA Leadership Fellowship is recruiting for our Advisory Committee and 20 Mid-career physicians to be trained as public health champions including health equity policies and programs related to COVID-19 and media training for Eng/Sp TV, radio and publications with our partners.

We will build webinars, websites, newsletter, social media and videos for our YouTube channel to train more persons who can decrease COVID-19 by increasing vaccinations among Latino communities and other underserved.

ORGANIZATION COLLABORATION- NHMA will collaborate with our network of Hispanic Health Professionals, Medical Societies, Advocacy Coalitions and CDC funded organizations to build the COVID-19 Resource Hub and leadership training at our National Conference and Chapter Meetings.

We encourage you to visit the HISPANICHEALTH.info PORTAL for resources on COVID-19 and other issues. We welcome Latino health professional organizations and health advocacy groups. Send information to Elena Rios: erios@nhmamd.org

Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities - a new NIH website for researchers
Program Update & Membership Opportunities
NHMA has various opportunities for our members and partners to engage with other health care providers and patients. We encourage your participation to share and develop leadership.

Read more on NHMA's Current Programs:
  • Tomando Acción por Nuestra Salud/Taking Action for Our Health
  • NHMA has partnered with Anthem Inc., City of Hope, and Pfizer, Inc., to help create resources aimed to empower people to take control of their health.
  • NHMA Survey of Physicians/Providers who care for Latinos at high risk for HIV - contact nhma@nhmamd.org if interested in participating this first U.S. survey on the topic. NHMA is partnering with University of Maryland, UT Austin and Gilead.
  • NHMA is a national partner with NIH AllofUs Research Program -
  • Looking for health professional speakers for AllofUs Research Program Fireside Chat Series in May. If interested, contact Elena Rios, MD: erios@nhmamd.org.
  • NHMA COVID-19 Virtual Briefing Series
  • If interested in speaking at our monthly briefing, contact Elena Rios, MD: erios@nhmamd.org.
  • NHMA Chapters and Planning for 2021 - webinars from April to November on Issues of interest to the 17 NHMA Chapters -
  • Looking for Steering Committee Members - Members, representatives of healthcare facilities, training institutions, LMSA, COR, CYP who can promote the Chapter Activities. Contact nhma@nhmamd.org
  • NHMA Medical School Liaison Program - see website
  • NHMA - CDC PACT - Let's Stop HIV Together - supported by CDC -
  • NHMA Cardiovascular Disease Campaign - supported by Amgen
  • NHMA College Health Scholars Program - supported by HHS OMH
  • Join the program as a mentor today!
  • NHHF Stop Vaping Campaign - supported by Aetna Foundation-CVS Health
  • Looking for spokespersons! and connectors to middle/high school students. If interested, sign up here.
  • Add us on Snapchat!
  • NHHF Health Literacy Program & COVID-19 - supported by Centene Corporation
  • NHMA/AAOA Opioid Toolkit Launch! Check out our resources here!
  • NHMA 24th Annual Hispanic Health Conference
  • March 17-20, 2021 - Poster Presentation Abstracts deadline: Feb.26.
NHMA CME Opportunities - NHMA offers 14 CME Hours on Latino health.
NHMA Member's Corner
NHMA has many opportunities for its member physicians, such as being nominated to national commissions, being a mentor, adding your short educational videos to our YouTube, and receiving NHMA-branded literature. To sign up for an opportunity, please click here! For questions, email Elena Rios, MD at erios@nhmamd.org.
Member Community Activity
Our NHMA Social Community has officially launched and is waiting for you to join as an NHMA Member!

  • To access our exclusive member community, log-in to your account here!
  • Don't forget to update your profile information, add a photo, and find connections.
  • Want a chance to win NHMA merch? Join the "Welcome NHMA Members" circle and post an introduction about yourself!
  • If you are unsure how to navigate our new community features, there is no need to worry. Once you log-in, there is an instruction video waiting for you at the bottom of your member landing page.
Member Spotlight
NHMA Members are hard at work being catalysts for change in their communities and for NHMA Activities:

Thanks to Judy Flores, MD from NYC and Dr. Ilan Shapiro for speaking for the January COVID-19 Briefing

Thanks to Bert Johansson, MD from El Paso for sharing his experience in the February Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Webinar

Thanks to all the Speakers and Recruiters who shared their tips for academic, finance and personal growth to all the Pre-Health Students (600 rsvps) in our 2021 College Health Scholars Conference, Jan 23rd.

NHMA Advisory Committees
  • The Advisory Committees behind our programs guide planning and implementation of the programs. For all of our members who dedicated their time to volunteer and work side-by-side with us - thank you.
NHMA Members on the Frontlines
  • We would like to acknowledge and thank all of the NHMA members who have been fighting on the frontlines during COVID-19. Your heroic efforts and selflessness are admired and appreciated immensely by all of your NHMA family.
**Interested in becoming an NHMA leader? Join our Board of Directors committees (Development, Programs, Membership, Communications), Council of Young Physicians, Council of Residents, Chapter Steering Committees! If interested, please contact Vincent Gearity: vgearity@nhmamd.org.
If you have received an award or attended an event and would like to be featured in our monthly Membership Update, please contact membership2@nhmamd.org by the first Friday of every month.

The 4 major values of an NHMA membership are Advocacy, Education, Leadership Development and Networking. Our major member benefits for professionals include:
  • Opportunities to be nominated for commissions and advisory boards in the Federal government, private sector, and other national health professional associations. (Announcements sent to your email every Friday)
  • NHMA Leadership Fellowship - pending.
  • Opportunities to mentor medical students and residents.
  • Discounts at the NHMA Annual Conference.
  • Free CME credits.
  • Opportunities to share your research as a speaker or poster presenter at our annual conference.
  • Network with other members of our social community and events!

Our major benefits for residents/health professional students:
  • Opportunities to mentor college students.
  • Discounts at the NHMA Annual Conference.
  • Opportunities to share your research or service-learning as a poster presenter at our annual conference.
  • Network with health professionals at one of NHMA Chapter Forums and Annual Conference.

Click below to see our membership options:
2021 NHMA Conference Membership Drive!
Join NHMA as a member today, and receive 50% off registration for our conference!

For questions on how to sign up or renew, please email Vincent at membership2@nhmamd.org.
Featured Announcements
Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) is a well-respected, nationally recognized and award-winning public healthcare system. The CHA Department of Psychiatry is recognized as a leader in patient care, teaching and research. As a leader in mental health for more than 20 years. CHA’s psychiatry teams provide compassionate care while having deep connections within the community. As a Harvard Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine affiliate, we offer ample teaching opportunities with medical students and residents. We utilize fully integrated EMR and offer competitive compensation packages and comprehensive benefits for our employees and their families. Ideal Candidates will have a strong commitment to providing high-quality care to our multicultural community of underinsured patients.
Psychiatry Opportunities:
  • Adult Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Medical Director, Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Adult Outpatient Psychiatry
  • Medical Director, Adult Outpatient
  • Primary Care Integration
  • Consultation-Liaison
  • Inpatient Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Outpatient Child/Adolescent
  • Child Integration
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Division Chief, Geriatric Psychiatry
CHA is a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School (HMS) and academic appointments are available commensurate with medical school criteria.
Please visit www.CHAproviders.org to learn more and apply through our secure candidate portal. CVs may be sent directly to Melissa Kelley, CHA Provider Recruiter via email at providerrecruitment@challiance.org. CHA’s Department of Provider Recruitment may be reached by phone at (617) 665-3555 or by fax at (617) 665-3553.

The National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine is a virtual event that will unite representatives from across the US government, with tribal, state, local, and territorial leaders and representatives from public health, healthcare systems, national and community-based non-governmental organizations, education, private industry, unions, and faith-based organizations. All have a role in supporting COVID-19 vaccination. The Forum aims to promote the most effective strategies to build trust and confidence in COVID-19 vaccines, use data to optimize vaccine implementation, and provide participants with practical information for increasing vaccine access in communities nationwide, especially for persons at increased risk of COVID-19 disease and those who may face barriers to vaccination.

  • Build trust and confidence in COVID-19 vaccines
  • Use data to drive vaccine implementation
  • Provide practical information for optimizing and maximizing equitable vaccine access
  • Practitioners and champions are encouraged to attend the Plenary and Town Hall sessions outlined in the agenda.

American Diabetes Organization’s Focus on Diabetes initiative is all about decreasing the incidence and severity of diabetes-related eye disease This website provides an overview of Focus on Diabetes and available resources, which include downloadable resources for patients, podcast and webinars for health care professionals and patients, latest diabetes and diabetic eye disease guides and more…

As Americans prepare to receive COVID-19 vaccines, it is a good time to reinforce the importance of nutrition. Good nutrition is critical for immunity. It supports the body’s ability to respond to an immune challenge, whether that challenge is exposure to a new virus or a new vaccine.
Vaccines may be less effective in stimulating an immune response in those who are undernourished, including older adults. Nutrition is one of the factors potentially impacting immunosenescence, which is the gradual decline of immunity with age. Older adults are disproportionately affected by malnutrition and COVID 19 has likely further compounded their malnutrition risk. Government and community nutrition programs can help address older adult malnutrition. Several of these programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and congregate and home-delivered nutrition services supported by the Older Americans Act have received increased funding through federal COVID-19 legislation.
Priority nutrients for good immune health are protein, vitamins (particularly Vitamins A, D, C, E) and minerals (particularly zinc). Older adults with poor food intake or who have compromised health may need additional support to meet their nutrition needs. Oral nutritional supplements (ONS) can provide protein, vitamins, and minerals to help maintain immune health.
More information is available on COVID-19 and nutrition through Abbott and its Abbott Nutrition Health Institute.
The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP) offers four-year postdoctoral research awards to physicians, dentists, and nurses from historically marginalized backgrounds. Scholars should be committed to working toward eliminating health disparities by achieving senior rank in academic medicine, dentistry, or nursing.
The program provides scholars with:
  • development of research, academic, and leadership skills;
  • ongoing mentoring by a distinguished national advisory committee;
  • a grounding in the social determinants of health, health equity, and the elements of a Culture of Health;
  • growth in communications skills to advance the impact of scholars’ research and scholarship in the field.
In this grant cycle, RWJF will fund up to 10 four-year awards of up to $420,000 each. Scholars will receive an annual stipend of up to $75,000 each, complemented by a $30,000 annual grant to support research activities. Application Deadline: March 17, 2021. See rwjf.org

New Spanish Resources Available: Based on popular demand, NFID recently released Spanish language infographics on recommended vaccines for children, adolescents, and adults as part of the Keep Up The Rates campaign. Download and share widely with stakeholders.
George Mason University looking for volunteers for a vaccine clinic at the Fairfax Campus

George Mason is serving as a satellite clinic for COVID vaccines to help Fairfax County Health Department administer vaccines for folks who have already registered to receive a vaccine. They’re particularly looking for volunteers (MDs, EMS, LPNs, RNs, NPs, PAs) to serve as vaccinators. The vaccination clinic is Friday and Saturday from 6:30am-5:30pm - Shift 1: 8am-12pm, 12-1 break and Shift 2: 1pm-4:45pm. Looking for MD, EMS, LPN, RN, NP, PA. Also, it helps if bilingual.

Training and Preparation for Administering COVID-19 Vaccinations under the Auspices of the Virginia Department of Health https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/8/2020/12/Training-and-Preparation-for-Administering-COVID-Vaccine-1.25.21.pdf
The National Hispanic Medical Association recently partnered with Allied Against Opioid Abuse to release a suite of resources to help educate the Hispanic community about the rights, risks, and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids. The toolkit features three downloadable and printable resources available in both Spanish and English, along with an informational Spanish-language video providing key insights on safe prescription opioid use from NHMA physicians. The toolkit serves an especially important role during the COVID-19 pandemic, as more people are staying home to help stop the spread of coronavirus. The toolkit provides individuals and families with critical information regarding the safe storage and disposal of prescription opioids during this challenging time. We encourage you to share the resources and video with your patients and colleagues.

On Wednesday, February 10, NHMA hosted a webinar sponsored by Pfizer, to bring awareness to the impacts that the rare disease, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, has on the Latino community. The webinar went into depth on the background of the disease, physician perspectives of treating Latino patients and families, and resources available to those impacted by the disease in English and Spanish.

To view the recording, slides, and resources, click here.

NHMA is conducting in partnership with the University of Houston College of Medicine.
This research is being conducted in collaboration with other minority professional organizations, including the National Medical Association and the National Pharmaceutical Association. Our participation will give voice to our local communities and their needs. We have added a drawing for one of three $50 gift cards (a total of $150 in gift cards) for those who take the survey. If participants want to be entered into the drawing, they can leave their email address at a question near the end of the survey. If you have already completed the survey, thank you for your participation. If you have not yet completed the survey, we appreciate your willingness to complete this survey by February 12th, 2021.

Follow this link to the survey: https://redcap.times.uh.edu/surveys/?s=9RKY48FAXL
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