Welcome to the February 2022 National Hispanic
Pharmacists Association's Quarterly Newsletter!
President's Corner
Esteemed NHPA Members,

It has been with great pleasure that we have hosted Pharmacists CEs, Student Webinars, and Patient-oriented COVID-19 presentations in English and in Spanish. I would like to express my appreciation to all speakers, moderators, and organizers. I look forward to all upcoming events! 

As we move into 2022, my question for all NHPA Members, NHPA Chapters, and NHPA Leaders is: What legacy do you want to make at NHPA? How would you like to get involved?

To help you raise any questions, comments, or ideas you have for NHPA, please use this guide:

NHPA Student Chapters: Please message your Regional Director and your Assistant Regional Director. (Their e-mails are located here: https://www.nhmafoundation.org/nhpa-regional-directors-and-assistant-regional-directors)

Assistant Regional Directors: Please message your Regional Director. (Their e-mails are located here: https://www.nhmafoundation.org/nhpa-regional-directors-and-assistant-regional-directors)

Regional Directors: Please message NHPA Executive Director, Elena Rios, MD. (Her e-mails are: NHPA@nhmafoundation.org)

Programs Committee Subcommittee Chairs: Please message Programs Committee Chair, Gabriela Camacho Cipriano, Pharm.D, BCACP. (Her e-mail is: gcipriano@sjfc.edu)

Development Committee Subcommittee Chairs: Please message Development Committee Chair, Dr. Carolyn Ha, PharmD. (Her e-mail is: cha@phrma.org)

Members or Other: Please contact NHPA@nhmafoundation.org and I will help to either answer your question(s) and/or re-direct to the appropriate NHPA leader(s).

With great appreciation in all that you do for our Hispanic Communities,

Dra. María M. Hearns-Rivas, PharmD, APh, BCGP, CDCES
Past-President, National Hispanic Pharmacists Association
NHPA 2022 Officers of the Board as of February 15, 2022
Maria M. Hearns-Rivas, PharmD, APh, BCGP, CDE
Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist
Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano

Maria Gil-Flores, PharmD
District Leader
CVS Health

Tina Christi Marie Lopez, PharmD, MSPhr, BCACP
Pharmacy Clinical Services Manager

Deborah Pereles, RPh
Regional Health & Wellness Director
Walmart Neighborhood Markets

Lisa Marie Serrano-Eftychiou, PharmD
President Elect
Pharmacy Manager
City of Hope Department of Pharmacy Services

Gabriela Cipriano, PharmD
Chair, Programs Committee
Tenured Professor of Pharmacy
St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy
NHPA 4th Annual Conference
NHPA Pipeline Subcommittee

The NHPA Pipeline Subcommittee is responsible for developing programming for K-12 students to increase the pipeline of Hispanic/Latinx students into the pharmacy profession. Our first project is to develop standardized presentations that NHPA pharmacy student members could deliver to elementary and middle schools during Career Fairs or Career Days. More information on how NHPA faculty advisors and NHPA student members can access these resources will be forthcoming in the coming months. Please email the Pipeline Subcommittee Chair at jason.cota@gmail.com if you would be willing to share your experience or any resources you may have used in the past during a Career Day or Career Fair for K-8 students.
Job Postings

There are several bilingual Spanish positions available in different locations including Los Angeles, Panorama City, Downey, and Fontana.
Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (Bilingual Spanish)
Provides ambulatory pharmaceutical care services using approved protocols in collaboration with other health professionals, including managing patient drug therapy, providing patient education, and preparing and/or overseeing the preparation and dispensing of medications. Promotes high quality, evidence-based, cost-effective pharmaceutical care. Performs these duties in the clinical areas assigned.
Essential Responsibilities:
  • Upholds Kaiser Permanente's Policies and Procedures, Principles of Responsibilities and applicable state, federal and local laws.
  • Conducts patient medication history inquiries upon referral from physicians and other medical personnel.
  • Given a diagnosis, synthesize a treatment plan, which may include drug therapy and lifestyle modifications, and transition within the continuum of care settings.
  • Identifies, resolves, and prevents potential and actual medication-related problems including: untreated indications, improper drug selection, subtherapeutic dosage, overdose, failure to receive medication, adverse drug reactions, drug interactions, and medication without indication.
  • Under protocol, initiates, adjusts, monitors, and recommends changes in drug therapy based on information obtained through patient interviews, objective monitoring parameters, review of drug profiles and the patient medical record.
  • Coordinates and interprets laboratory monitoring of drug therapy, including serum drug levels, electrolytes, and other approved drug-related laboratory testing.
  • Provides patient monitoring for the purpose of evaluating and optimizing patient outcomes, drug utilization and patient compliance, detecting and/or minimizing ADR's, eliminating unnecessary drug use and duplication.
  • Provides patient education related to the individual's disease state, including predictable actions, side effects, reasons for proper compliance, and any special instruction.
  • Assure ongoing performance improvement of the pharmaceutical care services provided.
  • Provides education to providers and staff via presentations, newsletters, formal utilization reviews, and one-on-one interactions.
  • Performs drug utilization review, comprehensive medication review, and/or medication reconciliation.
  • Operate pharmacy computer system(s) and other equipment and software.
  • Documents information appropriately in the patient's medical record and other computer systems according to policies and procedures and regulatory requirements
  • Supports a collaborative Labor-Management Partnership environment.
  • Performs other duties as required.
Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum 1200 hours of experience in the last three years working under a collaborative drug therapy management protocol including initiating, adjusting, discontinuing, and refilling medication in patients with chronic disease states.
  • Complete an ASHP accredited PGY-1 clinical pharmacy residency prior to start date in position where at least 50 percent of the experience includes the provision of direct patient care services with interdisciplinary teams.
  • See functions for additional specialty related requirements.

  • Degree in Pharmacy from an ACPE accredited (or ACPE candidate status) school of Pharmacy.
License, Certification, Registration

  • American Heart Association (AHA) approved Basic Life Support (BLS) training must be successfully completed within the first 90 days.
  • Pharmacist license required. Must be licensed as a pharmacist in California prior to first day of employment.
  • National Provider Identifier (NPI) prior to first day of employment.
Additional Requirements:

Knowledge Required:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of current pharmacological/biopharmaceutical principles, medical terminology, pathologies, disease state management, age appropriate therapy, and other information as it pertains to medical or pharmaceutical care management plan.
  • Knowledge of Federal/State laws/regulations regarding delivery of pharmacy services and the scope of practice of a pharmacist.
  • Demonstrated work experience performing aseptic techniques & preparation of sterile IV products & hazardous agents, as required.
  • Knowledge of sources of current drug information and medical literature.
  • Demonstrated ability to extract pertinent information from patient/other sources for a medical management plan.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and evaluate.
  • Effective verbal/written communication skills at appropriate level.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Experience working as part of a multidisciplinary patient care team.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Board certification in relevant practice area.
  • Advanced Practice Pharmacist License.
  • A Doctor Doctorate of Pharmacy, Pharm.D.
  • PGY-2 clinical pharmacy specialty residency or fellowship.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) Level II.
  • Start and end time should be variable.
  • Must successfully pass or have passed the bilingual test (within the last 12 months), or be active in the QBS program.


Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist at San Mateo Medical Center

The Ambulatory Care Pharmacist is part of an interdisciplinary care team that also includes primary care providers, nurses, nurse educators and nutritionists. The Pharmacist role includes both pharmacy liaison (completion of prior authorizations, verifying patient medication usage through databases & pharmacy verification) as well as support and clinical judgement necessary to proper utilization and administration of medications in cooperation with medical and nursing staff. The Pharmacist also conducts 1-on-1 patient visits for medication reconciliation and teaching, diabetes education and medication adjustment, as well as hypertension and blood pressure monitoring. The Ambulatory clinics provide primary care services to a diverse population including infants, adolescents, adults, and seniors, as well as Ob/GYN.
If you are interested in being considered for these extra help positions, the following materials must be electronically submitted in a Word or PDF format.
  • Cover letter
  • Resumé
Please include the words "Pharmacist - Extra Help" in the subject line of the email submission. Please submit the required materials electronically via email to:

Sonia Ter Kuile, Supervising Physician
Find opportunities, here.
Clinician Peer EducatorUC Davis, the Division of Continuing and Professional Education (CPE)

— Open date: January 31st, 2022

— Next review date: Monday, Feb 28, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

— Final date: Thursday, Mar 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

The mission of the Pesticide Educational Resource Collaborative- Medical (PERC-med) is to help healthcare providers prevent, recognize, and treat pesticide-related health conditions. The Clinician Peer Educator is responsible for creating, implementing and executing internal and external medical and scientific communications to advance PERC-med’s educational objectives. Read more and apply today.
SE Region Contribution
Dr. Emily Medina, Southeast Regional Director of NHPA, presented to the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy on October 12th on behalf of NHPA. Dr. Medina presented about the disparities in healthcare that Hispanics experience, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. It was an extremely successful event, with both students and faculty attending. Here is the flyer used for this past event:

Chapter's Corner
Graduating Seniors from WESTERN University School of Pharmacy:

Bruno Martine,
Aura Gutierrez
Brandon Sainz
Priscilla Cuan
Victoria Carpio Mera
Susana Morales
Kevin Mancilla
Did you know that 1 in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime, and 1 in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy at some point in their life? Epilepsy does not discriminate, meaning it can impact anybody regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or race. Among the nation’s 3.4 million people who live with epilepsy, an estimated 400,000 are Hispanic. Because of this growing population, there is a need for healthcare providers to know more about this community. The beliefs and attitudes the Hispanic population holds towards health, as well as cultural beliefs, all need to be understood. These factors interact in a complex way when dealing with certain health disorders such as epilepsy and seizures.

Despite the prevalence of epilepsy within the U.S., people still do not completely understand it. Many misperceptions remain, this all contributes to discrimination, difficulty with diagnosis, and even failure to follow a treatment plan for their seizures. This is especially true in the Hispanic population.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado and Wyoming’s Hispanic Outreach Program is designed to debunk fear and myths associated with epilepsy. Through awareness and education programs and activities, the Foundation works to ensure that Hispanic people affected by this condition will live a happier and healthier life. The Foundation has multiple programs in both English and Spanish in order to support this community including webinars, support groups, case management, camp, emergency financial assistance, and more. Learn more about their services here.
Support NHPA
We ask that you please consider making a $25 donation to help NHPA improve the health of Hispanics through the pharmacy arena.
NHPA Member's Corner
We want to hear from you! Contact us at nhpa@nhmafoundation.org for more information.
Why Join NHPA?
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  • Serve as a Mentor for NHPA Pharmacy Students
  • Serve as a Mentee to meet Pharmacists
  • Serve as a Speaker for NHPA Webinars/Student Chapters
  • Access other members in our Social Circles
  • Apply for the NHHF Hispanic Pharmacist Student Scholarship (May 1, 2022)
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