October 2020 Newsletter

Upcoming Events
Ana Marie Argilagos
President & CEO
Hispanics in Philanthropy

Cristina S. Contreras, MD, MSPH, FACP
Executive Director, Chief Strategy Officer
NYC Health + Hospitals
North Central Bronx Hospital

Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP
Chief Medical Officer for Prevention
American Heart Association
Lucy Lucila Tarin, MD
Program Director
Adventist Health White Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program

Ramiro Zúñiga, MD, MBA, FAAFP
Vice President, Medical Director
Health Net and California Health and Wellness
Centene Corporation
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 Latino health. Go to our conference page to register.
NHMA Virtual Events
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Celebrating National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day: Breaking Barriers & Stopping Stigma Twitter Chat

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
When Two Pandemics Meet: HIV and COVID-19 in the Hispanic LGBTQ Community Webinar

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Tackling Flu Season Amidst COVID-19 Twitter Chat
NHMA Advocacy

  • NHMA joined the statement led by the Cancer Free Economy Network, the statement, “Cancer and Health Leaders Call for Action to Reduce the Burden of Cancer by Addressing Environmental Risk Factors,” to consider the environmental causes of cancers in policies.
  • NHMA released a statement against the uninformed hysterectomies done to immigrant women in detention centers under ICE, Federal government contractors.
  • NHMA released statements against the Trump Administration's proposed policy to use medication prices from other countries and supported the Medicare optional policy to cap insulin at $35 that certain pharmaceutical companies have joined. 
  • NHMA endorsed Prop 16 to support higher education admissions using affirmative action for underrepresented students by race/ethnicity.
  • Join Dr. Elena Rios this month for state advocacy. If you reside in Florida, New York, or Texas, we welcome you to meet with state legislators to educate them on chronic diseases in the Hispanic population and the importance of diversity in workforce. Please sign up here by October 16.
NHMA COVID-19 Education and Advocacy
NHMA Education and Advocacy for COVID-19 started in March 2020 and will continue. We welcome your recommended articles and reports and speakers for our continued Virtual Briefings to start in January 2021. Read more information here
Legislative Update & Action Alerts
VOTE – for Latino Health!
We encourage you to VOTE for those who will support our communities by increasing access to healthcare that is affordable and accessible and builds on the ACA (which provides benefits such as the preventive services, mental health, vision and dental care, coverage for children up to age 26 on parent’s health plan, and insurance for those with preexisting conditions.)

ACTION ALERT – Contact Your Senators
The House Appropriations Committee passed their FY 2021 Appropriations Budget. The Labor-Health Human Services-Education (L-HHS-Ed) Appropriations bill included a report language for both of NHMA’s requests, a Minority Leadership Fellowship Program and a Junior Faculty Research Accelerator Program. The Senate has yet to release their FY2021 L-HHS-Ed bill.

Read more on NHMA Legislative Updates here.
Programs Update & Membership Opportunities
NHMA has various opportunities for our members and partners to engage with other health care providers and patients. Some of these opportunities include providing short educational video messages 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 your participation.

Read more on NHMA's Current Programs:

  • NIH All of Us Research Program - supported by All of Us Research Program
  • Looking for speakers for All of Us Program Fireside Chat Series. If interested, contact Elena Rios, MD: erios@nhmamd.org.
  • NHMA Chapters
  • Looking for Steering Committee Members.
  • NHMA Medical School Liaison Program
  • Looking for liaisons for LMSA Chapters! If interested, sign up here.
  • NHMA - CDC PACT - Let's Stop HIV Together - supported by CDC
  • Looking for physician and resident video messages! If interested, sign up here.
  • NHMA Cardiovascular Disease Campaign - supported by Amgen
  • Looking for physician and resident video messages! If interested, sign up here.
  • NHMA College Health Scholars Program - supported by HHS OMH
  • NHHF Stop Vaping Campaign - supported by CVS Health-Aetna Foundation
  • Looking for spokespersons! If interested, sign up here.
  • Add us on Snapchat!
  • NHHF Health Literacy Program & COVID-19 - supported by Centene Corporation
  • NHMA 24th Annual Hispanic Health Conference
  • Has been postponed to March 17-20, 2021
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. We are also seeking physicians to discuss COVID-19 and treating patients with the virus.

Check out other educational videos our members have done on COVID-19, cardiovascular disease, HIV, and more, on our YouTube channel.
Membership Update
**Interested in becoming an NHMA leader? Join our committees, Council of Young Physicians, Council of Residents, Chapter Steering Committees today! If interested, please contact Vincent Gearity: vgearity@nhmamd.org.

We are seeking liaisons (physicians or residents) to meet with Latino medical students at medical schools in the NHMA Chapter Cities: Sacramento or Los Angeles, California; Albuquerque, NM; Phoenix, AZ; El Paso, San Antonio, or Harlingen, TX; Chicago, IL; New Orleans, LA; New York City, NY; Boston, MA: Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC Metro Area; Atlanta, GA; and Miami, FL. If interested, please contact: nhma@nhmamd.org.

COR and CYP have started recruiting Members for the NHMA Chapter Steering Committees and other networking activities for the year and invite interested Young Physicians to join CYP or Residents/Fellows to join COR.
Of note, NHMA does provide awards for both groups that are presented at the March 2021 Annual Conference. 

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 registration 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 communications@nhmamd.org by the first Friday of every month.

NHMA Past Council of Young Physicians Chairwoman Maria Mora Pinzon, MD, won the American College of Preventive Medicine William Kane Rising Star Award.

National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) Fellow and emergency medicine doctor Dr. Yvette Calderon talked with NBC News about diversity in medicine.

Elena Rios, MD discussed the health disparities faced by the Latino and low-income communities with the National Association of Hispanic Publications and Dr. Anthony Fauci.

NHMA Board Member Minerva Campos represented NHMA at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) Influenza/Pneumococcal News Conference on October 1.

NHMA speakers at the Latino Medical Student Association Policy Summit include Elena Rios, Ben Melano, Ricardo Correa, and leaders of our Council of Residents.

NHMA Board Chairwoman Nellie Correa, MD made a speech at the Better Medicare Alliance Summit.
Featured Announcements
Calling all residents and fellows! Join NHMA COR today! Benefits include various mentorship, networking, research, and NHMA Resident and Fellow leadership opportunities! Membership also includes the monthly NHMA newsletter, discounts for the Annual NHMA Conference, and more! https://www.nhmamd.org/nhma-council-of-residents
Are you interested in giving advice to residency applicants for the 2020 Match cycle? If so, sign up to be part of our Residency Match Webinar Panel sponsored by NHMA Council of Residents. We are looking for representation from as many specialties as possible to serve on the panel. This is a great opportunity for members of the Council of Residents to stay involved or for interested current residents to become involved in the Council of Residents. Sign up on the form here.

Our partner, Hoy Health, has developed a new Bilingual Remote Patient Monitoring Program. Hoy Health is a Hispanic-owned digital health company.

Hoy Health has developed a turnkey, comprehensive and bilingual Remote Patient Monitoring Program (RPM) that would allow healthcare centers manage Medicare Chronic patients remotely increasing patient adherence and compliance as well as health outcomes. Additionally, healthcare centers can bill Medicare for this service. Specific CPT codes allow healthcare centers increase revenue of $757/yr/patient.

Hoy Health’s RPM provides real-time total solutions for patient management in a highly supportive environment. Hoy Health provides all the needed software, chronic condition testing kits and supplies and provide the remote patient monitoring to assure patient engagement and continuous adherence. All this without interrupting current clinical workflow.
If you are interested in learning more about this program, how it could be implemented or experience in current engagements, please email Hoy Health at jose.aguilar@hoyhealth.com, or mario@hoyhealth.com.
The University of Mississippi Center (UMMC) Department of Preventative Medicine is accepting applications for their Preventive Medicine Residency Program from November through January. For more information, go here.
For over 7 million people with diabetes in the United States, insulin is not optional. It’s a life-sustaining medication, and high list prices have left many struggling to access the medication they need every day. That’s why we’ve partnered with diabetes organization Beyond Type 1 to share GetInsulin.org. 

If you or someone you love is struggling to access insulin, go to GetInsulin.org. GetInsulin.org is a new tool to connect people in the diabetes community in the US to the insulin access options that match your unique circumstances. 

On GetInsulin.org, users answer a few questions (such as location, insurance type, income, and prescription) then receive a customized action plan to access insulin. The site and action plans are available in English and Spanish, and serve people with diabetes in the United States. 

We’re sharing today because we know many in the US struggle to access insulin. The list cost is high, and not taking insulin is not an option. Until we see systemic change, individuals will need immediate assistance. GetInsulin.org is an important resource for people who need help affording their insulin today. 

GetInsulin.org is a program of Beyond Type 1. The program is supported by partners American Diabetes Association (ADA), Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (ADCES), Endocrine Society (ENDO), Feeding America, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, JDRF, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) and is funded by Lilly, Mylan, Novo Nordisk, and Sanofi.

The information input by users on GetInsulin.org is used to generate custom action plans, but is NOT saved or stored. Beyond Type 1 and GetInsulin.org partners do not gather, keep, or share any user information that is input on this page. Please refer to the site Terms of Service for more information.
Watch CDC's new video on the annual flu vaccine!
Your copy should address 3 key questions: Who am I writing for? (Audience) Why should they care? (Benefit) What do I want them to do here? (Call-to-Action) On October 1st, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $20 billion in new funding for providers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic Providers will be able to apply for a Phase 3 General Distribution allocation starting on Monday, October 5th, 2020 and the application period will conclude on Friday, November 6th, 2020.

Go here for more information from The Rybar Group, Inc.
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1) NHHF Health Professional Student Scholarship
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