NHHF Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Program
Every year, NHMA's philanthropic arm, the National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF), holds two Awards Galas where we honor 20 outstanding Hispanic health professional scholars as well as honor the accomplishments of inspirational health leaders who have made key contributions toward improving the health of Hispanic populations and communities. This year, we held our Awards Galas at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York, New York on November 29, 2018 and at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, California on December 13, 2018.
The following inspirational leaders were awarded the
2018 Hispanic Health Leadership Award
Oxiris Barbot, MD
, Acting Commissioner, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Mitchell Katz, MD
, President and Chief Executive Officer, NYC Health + Hospitals
Susana Morales, MD
, Director, Diversity Center of Excellence, The Cornell Center for Health Equity, Weill Cornell Medical College
Carlos F. Orta
, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Carnival Corporation
Yvonne Maldonado, MD
, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Stanford University School of Medicine
, DDS, Director, The Queen of Angels Foundation
, President & CEO, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Arturo Molina, MD, MS
, Chief Medical Officer, Sutro Biopharma, Inc.
Felix Nunez, MD, MPH
, Medical Director, Molina Healthcare of California
, President, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
We congratulate the following accomplished students who were awarded the
2018 Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship
at our Galas:
Olivia Buonanno – Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy
Juan Caceres – University of Michigan Medical School
Noe Cabello – Drexel University College of Medicine
Ariadna Capasso – New York University, College of Global Public Health
Dennis Dacarett-Galeano – Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Christina Nunez – Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and Mailman School of Public Health
Veronica Ortiz – Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Julio Ramos – Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Ana Saavedra – Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
Octavio Viramontes – Harvard Medical School
Diana Albor – Colorado School of Public Health
Yesenia Andrade – Western University Health Sciences Nursing School
Brenda Castillo – Texas Tech University Health Sciences, El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
Brianna Garza – Texas A&M, Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy
Laura Hernandez Santiago – Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Sofia Iribarren – University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry
Daisy Manzo – University of California, Davis School of Medicine
Vanessa Nunez – David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles
Andrew Rosales – University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
Monica Vergara -Tulane University School of Medicine
Thank you to everyone that attended our Scholarship Galas! A special thank you to all our sponsors and the honorary host committee who helped us have two successful Galas!
We hope that you all join us for the 2019 Scholarship Galas in November.
NIDDK/NHMA Travel Award Program
Thank you to everyone who applied to the 2019 Travel Award Program this week. We will be announcing those who will receive the Travel Award on our social media and on the next newsletter!
NHHF Puerto Rico Relief Campaign
About a year ago, Puerto Rico was devastated by a category 5 hurricane and still remains in a state of crisis due to the lack of appropriate funds and support from the Trump Administration. We invite you to donate to our campaign to assist Puerto Rican Medical Students.
The NHMA and NHHF are committed to supporting the Puerto Rico medical education disaster relief following Hurricane Maria in the fall of 2017. We have raised funds in the NHMA Northeast Region Forum in 2017 and at our 22nd Annual conference with the Deans of four medical schools in Puerto Rico. We have donated $10,000, plus supplies to the effort and hope to be able to donate much more with your help.
NHMA is a part of the National Minority Cardiovascular alliance (NMC Alliance) and they are conducting a brief survey to understand the experiences and challenges faced by patients in managing their heart health. The perspectives of minority patients and the physicians who treat them are particularly important to the alliance.
The information obtained will help us understand what issues and problems patients share in common and identify actionable solutions to address them.
New Data – America’s Health Rankings 29th Annual Report
On Wednesday, December 12th the United Health Foundation released the 29th America’s
. The year’s report reveals that the nation is facing concerning
increases in mortality and chronic disease, such as obesity, that continue to impact the nation’s
The Annual Report and the broader suite of America’s Health Rankings data can be used to better
understand the diverse needs of our communities and spark dialogue about how to improve health
equity across populations.
Please refer to the America’s Health Rankings
for additional information.