May 2020 Newsletter
NHMA COVID-19 Education and Advocacy
NHMA has been actively involved with advocacy activities with the U.S. Congress with the support for the CURES Act that was enacted into law this month and with the ongoing policy-making for continued COVID-19 support and relief.

NHMA Board of Directors, Chapter Leaders and our networks – National Hispanic Health Professional Leadership Network, Council of Medical Societies, Latino Heath Organizations have provided their priorities to improve the health of Latinos through the following activities:
  1. Developed a Resource hub at
  2. NHMA Board of Directors started a Collection of materials from the NHMA Chapters who have met 3 times to share their collections with NHMA, including video messages in Spanish
  3. NHMA sent a letter with input from above network to support COVID-19 Relief Legislation (CARES Act, HEROES Act) to Speaker Pelosi, Senate Leader McConnell
  4. NHMA sent letter to support COVID-19 Relief Legislation (CARES ACT) to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
  5. NHMA sent letter voicing concern on the Trump Administration’s Immigration Changes during COVID-19 to Congressional Hispanic Caucus Health Task Force
NHMA Resource Hub - We invite you to send links to reports, articles, videos on COVID-19 and Physicians/Health Professionals Caring for Latinos and on Latino Messages. Please send your materials to Briah Stokes at .

NHMA has participated in meetings with partners on COVID-19 to share priorities for Federal advocacy. Read more here to see how our partners are involved.

NHMA Virtual Briefing Series Join NHMA and its partners for our first virtual briefing series on COVID-19 and Latino Health.
#1 May 28 th – Managing Chronic Care Patients with COVID-19
#2 June 24 th – COVID-19 and Latino Mental Health
#3 July 22 nd – COVID-19 Impact on Health Care Delivery
Legislative Update & Action Alerts
Action Alerts
  • Representative Jesus “Chuy” García (IL-04) and the Congressional Tri-Caucus, which includes the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus introduced the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2020 (HEAA), a landmark bill to close health disparities in the United States. NHMA strongly supports this bill. Call or email your representative today and urge them to be a co-sponsor of the bill. To find your representative’s contact information, please visit:

  • Representatives Jason Crow (CO-06), Lauren Underwood (IL-14), and Jimmy Panetta (CA-2) introduced the companion legislation for S.3606. Call or email your representative today and urge them to be a co-sponsor of the bill. To find your representative’s contact information, please visit:

  • Senator Kamala Harris (CA) introduced the COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force Act, which would bring together health care and other policy experts, community-based organizations, and federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial leaders to confront the racial and ethnic disparities of the COVID-19 pandemic. NHMA strongly supports this bill. Call or email your senators today and urge them to co-sponsor the bill. To find your senators’ contact information, please visit:

Read more, here , to see the letters NHMA signed onto in April 2020.
Programs Update
NHMA has various opportunities for our members and partners to engage with other health care providers and patients. Some of these opportunities include short educational videos on COVID-19, cardiovascular disease, and patients living with HIV; mentoring health professional students, spokespersons for the NHHF Stop Vaping Campaign, and more.

We encourage participation by its members to join our Chapters and support our Programs through one of our various participation needs.

Please check out and continue to support our Current Programs :

  • NIH All of Us Research Program
  • NHMA Chapters
  • NHMA Medical School Liaison Program
  • NHMA - CDC PACT - Let's Stop HIV Together
  • NHMA Cardiovascular Disease Campaign
  • NHMA College Health Scholars Program
  • Open Call for Mentors
  • NHHF Stop Vaping Campaign
  • NHHF Health Literacy Program
  • We are still looking for advisory committee members!
  • NHMA 24th Annual Hispanic Health Conference
  • Has been postponed to March 18-21, 2021
  • NHHF Scholarship Galas
Membership Update
**NHMA Premier Members have the benefit of joining advisory committees! We are looking for committee members for our new and upcoming Health Literacy campaign. Please reach out to Ruth Rivera to sign up: .

NHMA members have been interviewed by UNIVISION, TELEMUNDO News and have had op-eds in print and sent videos and messages through social media! We encourage our Premier Members' participation with us.

NHMA Members are hard at work being catalyst for change in their communities. 

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

  • 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 for reg fees &Briefings for CME credits.
  • Opportunities to share your research either by being a speaker or poster presenter at our annual conference.
  • Network with other healthcare professionals our 16 NHMA Chapter Forums.

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.

Ways You Can Get Involved With NHMA:

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 by the first Friday of every month.
Dr. Armando De Alba speaking with the Governor of Nebraska at a COVID-19 press event in April 2020.
NHMA Board Member, Dr. Sylvia Preciado, MD, featured in Latina Style Magazine.
Dr. Ilan Shapiro talks to Univision about the coronavirus and tips on avoiding contagion.
Check out other educational videos our members have done on COVID-19 cardiovascular disease, HIV, and more, on our YouTube channel.
Featured Announcements
The NHHF National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship applications are opening soon! Check back here for more information.
Transgender Latinas' Healthcare Needs are Increasing

by Dr. Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, FACP

According to CDC, from 2009 to 2014, 84 percent of the 2,351 transgender people who received HIV diagnoses in the U.S. were women.

From 2010 to 2017, there were 37,832 people with HIV diagnoses, which had decreased by 11 percent among adolescents and adults in the States and the District of Columbia. However, the diagnoses increased among Latinos and African Americans. Latinos accounted for 27 percent of new HIV diagnoses while being 18 percent of the U.S. population. Of note, Puerto Rico is not included in this data so we have an undercounting of Latino data.

A 2019 systematic review and meta-analysis found that an estimated 14% of transgender women have HIV.

Transgender people are at a higher risk for HIV infection. Transgender women are highly affected. HIV prevalence was 14.1 percent for transgender women, 3.2 percent for transgender men, and 9.2 percent for transgender people overall. By comparison, estimated HIV prevalence for U.S. adults overall is less than 0.5 percent. (CDC Review in 2006-2017)

The situation for transgender Latinas needs improvement. It is estimated that roughly 1 in 4 transgender Latina women are living with HIV. According to estimates the prevalence in the studies reviewed by commentary authors ranged from 8% to 60%.

Transgender Latinas, especially those with HIV, need to have culturally and linguistically appropriate care in clinics, medical and dental practices, in mental health programs, and in hospitals and other health care programs in our communities. They deserve to have access to healthcare services to live quality lives and be productive students, workers, and family members in our communities.
We are seeking physicians and health care providers that treat Hispanic/Latinx patients to create a short video on cardiovascular disease and the importance of being heart healthy, and physicians and providers treating Hispanic/Latinx patients with HIV to create a short video on the importance of HIV prevention/treatment.
Upcoming Events
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November 19: Los Angeles
December 4: New York City
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