March 2019
NHMA/HDA 2019 National Hispanic Health Conference
The 2019 National Hispanic Health Conference, co-hosted by the National Hispanic Medical Association and the Hispanic Dental Association, is about a month away! This year we are co-hosting our annual conference with the HDA to reach more health professionals and combat the health issues our communities face. This is an event you will not want to miss!

Our conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia from April 11 to 14, 2019 . We expect to attract over 600 physicians, dentists, residents, medical/dental students, nurses, faculty, government and industry representatives, as well as other health care professionals from across the nation. Conference speakers will be presenting current patient-centered care, medical education training, oral health research, prevention, behavioral health, e-health and cultural competence for the growing Hispanic populations. Disease areas include cardiovascular disease, HIV, obesity, malnutrition, cancer, and more. This year NHMA/HDA will highlight immigration health, women's health, opioid crisis, and Medicaid. Additionally, during the conference we will be having exhibit booths, a recruitment fair and many other ways to get involved with NHMA. 

To register for this conference, please visit .

To learn more about the conference visit our conference website: .

Lastly, NHMA has set aside a block of rooms for conference attendees at a special rate. We strongly encourage you to book a hotel room in the NHMA block by Friday March 15, 2019 here: .

We look forward to having you at the conference! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at .

More 2019 Conference opportunities:

2019 Young Physician of the Year Award : Six outstanding young physicians (less than 5 years out of training), will receive the NHMA Young Physician of the Year Award for extraordinary commitment to serving the Hispanic community to be presented at our 23rd Annual Conference Awards Gala on April 13th, 2019. Deadline: TODAY, March 8, 2019

2019 Resident of the Year Award : Six outstanding residents/fellows, will receive the NHMA Resident of the Year Award for extraordinary commitment to serving the Hispanic community to be presented at our 23rd Annual Conference Awards Gala on April 13th, 2019. ​ Deadline: TODAY, March 8, 2019.

Service Learning Posters: We are accepting posters on the following topics: women’s health, immigrant health, behavioral health, chronic diseases, opioid treatment, media participation, Hispanic health research, business/student loan debt, financing practices, retirement, clinical – diabetes, heart disease, cancer, asthma, surgery and more. The top three posters will be awarded at the Health Career Advancement Exhibit Hall and Poster Sessions Awards on Saturday, April 13th, 2019. Deadline: TODAY, March 8, 2019.
Read more to find out NHMA's legislative, program, membership, and future event updates. Preview our content below for more information.
Legislative Update
NHMA is reviewing the health care reform proposals that call for increasing access to care for our communities. In addition, NHMA is supportive of legislation to support Prevention of Chronic disease and substance abuse and mental illness, Research, and Medical Education programs to increase diversity in medicine at all levels.
Public Plan Proposals
  • Two proposals would create Medicare-For-All, a single national health insurance program for all U.S. residents (Senator Sanders, S.1804; Rep. Ellison, H.R. 676);
  • Three proposals would create a new public plan option, based on Medicare, that would be offered to individuals and some or all employers through the ACA marketplace (The Choice Act by Rep. Schakowsky, H.R. 635, and Sen. Whitehouse, S. 194); The Medicare-X Choice Act by Sen. Bennett, S. 1970, and Rep. Higgins, H.R.4094; and the Choose Medicare Act by Sen. Merkley, S. 2708 and Rep. Richmond, H.R. 6117)
  • Two proposals would create a Medicare buy-in option for older individuals not yet eligible for the current Medicare program (55-64 year olds - Sen. Stabenow, S. 1742; 50 – 64 year olds - Rep. Higgins, H.R. 3748)
  • One proposal would create a Medicaid buy-in option that states can elect to offer to individuals through the ACA marketplace. (Sen Schatz, S. 2001 and Rep. Luján, H.R. 4129).
  • NEW: The Medicare For All Bill would transition current Medicare programs into a new Single Payor Plan, allowing private insurance companies to sell only outside the program. New benefits include long term care and care giving.
ACA Insurance Reform Proposals
Congress is discussing improvements to ACA, including bills to decrease costs to consumers:
  1. Reinsurance program for insurance companies to decrease premiums for the highest sick persons; and
  2. Incentives for insured persons to decrease their premiums.
NHMA has signed- on to letters in support of the following policy developments this past month:
  • Urging for at least $7.8 billion for CDC Programs in the FY 2020 Labor, Health, and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriation Bill
  • FY 2020 (House & Senate Appropriations) $50 Billion for CDC to conduct public health research into firearm morbidity and mortality prevention 
  • In support of H.R. 913 – the CLINICAL TREATMENT ACT 
  • FY 2020 (House & Senate Appropriations) $76.95 Billion for CDC’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Program
  • Letter to Congress Prioritizing Health Equity 
Programs Update
Our Current Programs:

  • NHMA College Health Scholars Program
  • NHMA Medical School Liaison Program
  • NIH All of Us Research Program
  • NHMA Cholesterol Management Campaign
  • NHMA Seasonal Influenza Campaign
  • CDC Partnering And Communicating Together (PACT) to Act Against Aids
  • NHMA 2019 Hispanic Health Conference co-hosted with the Hispanic Dental Association

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
Congratulations to Ricardo Correa, MD, EsD, FACP, FACR, CMQ , Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University , for being selected as one of the National Minority Quality Forum's 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health . The award recognizes all of his accomplishments in the healthcare field and his potential to continue positively impacting minority communities. 

If you have received an award or attended an event and would like to be featured in our Monthly Membership update, please send to Vanessa Tellez at by the last Friday of every month.
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

Featured Announcements
We are excited to work with Ms. Guzman and welcome her to the team!
Introducing NHMA's new Chief Operating Officer (COO), Patrice A. Guzman, MBA.
The NHMA Board of Directors and the President and CEO are proud to announce the hiring of Patrice A. Guzman, MBA as the Chief Operating Officer of NHMA effective March 11, 2019. Ms. Guzman is a seasoned results-focused, creative and versatile professional with more than twelve years of experience in the non-profit sector.

Ms. Guzman has experience in overall business management, grant management, program management, budgeting, operations, advocacy and event planning and implementation. 

Ms. Guzman has held management positions at the Heart Failure Society of America, Sarcoma Foundation of America, Northrop Grumman, and at National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. She received her BA degree from Johnson & Wales University and her MBA in Marketing from Strayer University. A self-proclaimed lifelong learner, Ms. Guzman currently resides in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with her husband and puppy. She enjoys reading, traveling, and hiking the Appalachian trails.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

PCORI is now accepting nominations and applications for open seats on research advisory panels. These panels provide valuable direction and refinement of comparative clinical effectiveness research questions, approaches to potential funding, engagement of health care stakeholder partners in research, and input on study design and methodologies.

Membership on a PCORI Advisory Panel offers the opportunity to work alongside other health care stakeholders in providing crucial input on the direction of PCORI’s comparative clinical effectiveness research. We highly encourage your participation. The advisory panels accepting applications include:

  • Health Disparities and Delivery Research
  • Patient Engagement
  • Clinical Trials
  • Rare Disease
  • Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science  
If you are interested in serving on an advisory panel or would like to nominate a candidate, the deadline to submit applications and nominations is Friday, March 29 . You can find details about each advisory panel and the application process here: . Please contact Meghan Berman at with any questions.

Latino Medical Students Association Conferences

A special thank you to those who represented NHMA and spoke at the LMSA Conferences:

Judith Flores, MD, FAAP, CHCQM, NHMA Chairwoman
Adalberto Renteria, MD, NHMA Board Member
Jeffrey Uribe, MD, Chairman, NHMA Council of Residents
Pilar Guerrero, MD, NHMA Chicago Local Network Chairwoman

NHHF Puerto Rico Relief Campaign

Last year, 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.

Your donation is tax deductible! Donate here .
Upcoming Events
Hyatt Regency Crystal City — 4/11-14/2019
San Antonio — University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX 4/6
Washington, DC Area — Hyatt Regency Hotel, Crystal City, VA 4/13
NHMA City Network Policy Forums and Receptions:
October — November 2019
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2) NHMA Resident Leadership Program.
3) NHMA Leadership Fellowship

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