March 2021 Newsletter
2021 Virtual Conference - Register before the deadline!

Get lost in our Virtual Exhibit Booth Hall! Featuring over 40 different organizations ranging from non-profit, governmental, institutional, and corporate partners!
The auditorium will feature our agenda and sponsors with a stunning view of paradise in the background!
The lobby allows you to access all that our platform has to offer! Ranging from a networking tab, auditorium, exhibit hall, a swag bag, help desk, resource center, lounge, and a survey for feedback!
Have you registered yet?

03/17/21 7:00pm - 03/20/21 9:00pm

NHMA's first-ever Virtual Annual Conference!
I'll be there!
I can't make it
It's not too late to register! 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

March 17 - March 20, 2021
NHMA 24th Annual Hispanic Health Conference - *CME to be provided

Monday, April 19 - 1 PM Eastern Time
National Transgender HIV Testing Day Twitter Chat: @NHMAmd

Monday, April 26 - 1 PM Eastern Time
AllofUs Research Program National DNA Day Twitter Chat: @NHMAmd

Wednesday, April 28: *CME to be provided
NHMA NYC Chapter and the National Medical Association NYC Chapter
Legislative Update
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) into law that will reduce health care costs, expand access to coverage, and ensure nearly everyone who buys their own individual or family health insurance through a Marketplace can receive a tax credit to reduce their premiums. The ARP will also reduce poverty by providing child tax credits for families’ income taxes, and supports jobs for public health and healthcare providers. Individuals with incomes below $75K or couples below $150K will receive $1400 and unemployment recipients will receive an extra $300/week until September. ART supports pregnant women, children, and struggling families can maintain access to the essentials during the emergency, like housing, diapers, internet service, soap, and food. NHMA supports the ART and will educate our members to understand we need these changes to become permanent.
NHMA meets with the Biden Administration:
Dr. Rios was invited to meet with the White House along with other national Hispanic leaders to discuss our activities and plans to reduce COVID-19 and increase vaccines in our communities. Rios mentioned the importance of appointing Latinos to HHS this year.
NHMA meets with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus:
Dr. Rios met with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on our priority issues and focused on health care access, immigration reform, healthcare career pipeline and leadership development, and our new #Vaccinate4All Campaign.
NHMA supported the expanding Medicaid which is the largest health care program in the country, covering about 1 in 5 Americans, including millions of children, older adults, people with disabilities, and nearly 2 million veterans. This year Medicaid should support COVID-19 vaccinations and expand since so many more will be impacted by the pandemic.
NHMA supported the importance of expanding policies to improve the environment and has met with the Secretary of the Department of Energy on the new focus on decreasing energy from fossil fuels such as supporting the development of electrical cars. 
NHMA State Advocacy: NHMA invited physician members to meet with Congresswoman Frankel (Florida) about COVID-19 and Latinos and also supported the California Medicine Scholar Program and Regional Pipeline Programs to the California legislature.

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 portal - We welcome your recommended articles and reports and patient fact sheets for our portal and speakers for our monthly Virtual Briefings and photos of you getting COVID-19 vaccines.

Our new program, from 2021- 2026, will include:

INDIVIDUAL TRAINING:- NHMA Leadership Fellowship is recruiting for 20 Mid-career physicians to be trained as public health champions including health equity policies and programs related to COVID-19 with a core faculty from Federal and State public health and policy, and an Advisory Committee to serve as mentors, speakers and role models to our Fellows.

We will build webinars, websites, newsletters, 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.

ORGANIZATIONAL TRAINING- NHMA will educate health professionals through our Annual Conference, Chapters, Website, Newsletter and 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 Institute.

CAMPAIGN CALL TO ACTION: Sign-up as individuals or as organizations to join the Campaign at the website #Vaccinate4All Campaign Page to learn more.

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

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 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:
  • NHMA COVID-19 Virtual Briefing Series #Vaccinate4All Campaign
  • If interested in speaking at our monthly briefing, contact Elena Rios, MD:
  • 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 - CDC PACT - Let's Stop HIV Together - supported by CDC
  • If interested in submitting a short PSA video, please email Vincent at
  • NHMA Flu Campaign - supported by Sanofi and Anthem
  • If interested in submitting a short PSA video, please email Vincent at
  • NHMA Cardiovascular Disease Campaign - supported by Amgen
  • NHMA College Health Scholars Program - supported by HHS OMH
  • 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 and 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 CME Opportunities - NHMA offers 14 CME Hours on Latino health.
Welcome our new NHMA Team Members!
Ariel Brengle, BSHA, MPH
Program Officer
Yazmin Alfonso, MS
Director of Programs
Ashley J. Cherry, MS
Communications Manager
NHMA Community
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
Dr. Nereida Correa establishes NHMA Cohort for the American Academy of Pediatrics WEL 2.0 Initiative
Juliana Jaramillo, MD
Pamela Montaño Arteaga, MD 
Lorena Del Pilar Bonilla, MD
Monica Payares-Lizano, MD
Elizabeth Homan Sandoval, MD, MPH

NHMA thanks Dr. Shapiro for taking time to submit a PSA on the flu for our Flu Campaign with Anthem and Sanofi!
Dr. Diana Ramos writes President's blog for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists titled, "Prioritizing Women’s Preventive Health with WPSI."

**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:
If you have received an award or attended an event and would like to be featured in our monthly Membership Update, please contact by the first Friday of every month.
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
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.

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

Click below to see our membership options:
Featured Announcements
With the change of administration of the federal government, the search for an USH is now underway. I have attached a Statement of Responsibilities for the USH role. We would greatly appreciate it if our NAAC members can ensure this vacancy announcement be sent out broadly across their own mailing lists and academic enterprises. 
Candidate resumes can also be emailed directly to for application.
NYC Health - New York 
The NYC Health + Hospitals Family Justice Center Mental Health Collaboration is currently seeking excellent candidates for an innovative program that provides integrated mental health treatment to families affected by gender-based and domestic violence.
Given the increased documentation and calls of domestic violence and mental health due to COVID-19, we are seeking additional candidates. We are currently hiring for the following positions: 

APM is looking for a Full time or Part-time Adult Psychiatrist- North Philadelphia. 
Asociación de Puertorriqueños en Marcha for Everyone (APM) is Latino-based health, human services, community, and economic development non-profit organization helping Philadelphia area families achieve their full potential in life.

Our Behavioral Health outpatient clinic teams are expanding, and we are looking for a FULL-TIME or PART-TIME PSYCHIATRY for a position with benefits. If you are someone you know is interested, please email us at Hector.Colon-Rivera@APMPHILA.ORG.

Director of the National Center for Excellence in Primary Care Research (NCEPCR) to lead the strategic vision for NCEPCR; support and align both intramural and extramural primary care research across the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement (CEPI) and AHRQ; work with the Agency to develop a national primary care research agenda; serve as AHRQ’s main point of contact with the primacy care community, and oversee the dissemination of AHRQ’s primary care work.

The successful candidate should have an MD or DO from an accredited medical or osteopathic school; expert knowledge and skill in primary care, health services research, implementation science, and evidence-based medicine; ability to serve as a leader and technical authority to colleagues and issues related to primary care research; ability to lead and direct projects involving the input of groups and individuals with differing interests and views; and ability to establish and maintain productive relationships with national and international health care agencies and organizations to stay aware of the newest research, methods, and developments.

The closing date for this position is March 24, 2021.
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