Welcome to the May 2022 National Hispanic

Pharmacists Association's Quarterly Newsletter!

President's Corner
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Esteemed NHPA Members,

Please join the National Hispanic Pharmacists Association team in welcoming the incoming NHPA President, Maria Gil-Flores, PharmD. We greatly appreciate her dedication and hard work at NHPA, and look forward to continuing our work together as the leading pharmacy organization for improving the health of Hispanic populations in the United States.

She is presently District Leader at CVS Health in Miami, Florida and can be reached at Maria.Gil-flores@cvscaremark.com.

NHPA 2022 Officers of the Board as of May 2022

Maria Gil-Flores, PharmD


District Leader

CVS Health

Maria M. Hearns-Rivas, PharmD, APh, BCGP, CDE


Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist

Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano

Lisa Marie Serrano-Eftychiou, PharmD

President Elect

Pharmacy Manager

City of Hope Department of Pharmacy Services

Deborah Pereles, RPh


Regional Health & Wellness Director

Walmart Neighborhood Markets

Tina Christi Marie Lopez, PharmD, MSPhr, BCACP


Pharmacy Clinical Services Manager


Gabriela Cipriano, PharmD

Chair, Programs Committee

Tenured Professor of Pharmacy

St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy

Carolyn Ha, PharmD

Chair, Development Committee

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)

Mark Diaz, MD


Sacramento, California

Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, MACP

Executive Director

National Hispanic Pharmacists Association

Executive Assistant: Jocelin Canas

NHPA 4th Annual Conference Recap

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The National Hispanic Pharmacist Association held its 4th Annual Conference virtually on March 19, 2022. It featured networking opportunities, presidential remarks, and a presentation by Vice President of PhRMA, Michael Ybarra, MD. NHPA Regional Directors presented Pharmacist and Chapter Recognition Awards, and Assistant Region Directors recognized NHPA students with Student Leadership Awards. 

We sincerely thank all who made it a success. From the insightful expert speakers and presenters, all our attendees, to the support of PhRMA, it was a pleasure to host such a wonderful group of people dedicated to uplifting Hispanic health professionals and improving the health of our communities.

Visit the NHPA Annual Conference by clicking the button below or visiting nhmafoundation.org/nhpa-annual-conference-2022 to access the Conference Recording and Slides.

NHPA Annual Conference 2022 Webpage

The Conference allowed us to recognize the

hard work and achievements of our NHPA members:

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 Southwest Region Chapter 

Lead by Dr. Tina Lopez of the San Antonio Public Health Department and Pipeline Subcommittee Chair Dr. Jason Cota at Infectious Disease/Vaccines at Merck & Co, our Southwest Region Chapter highlights included presentations on COVID-19 and other major health issues at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.

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 Southeast Region Chapter 

Our Southeast Region Chapter, lead by Dr. Debbie Pereles at Walmart Regional and Dr. William Huang at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, also had their work at the University of Georgia in education outreach, patient care, and fundraising highlighted. This included bilingual education pamphlets, a Farm Worker Family Health Program, and even bake sales.

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Member Spotlight: Liliana Yohonn

We also highlighted the work of Liliana Yohonn, a consulting pharmacist at ElderOne in Rochester, New York who has been recognized nationally by APhA for her exceptional communication skills. She serves a diverse range of patients, with up to 75% of her patients being Hispanic.

As a Hispanic bilingual pharmacist, Dr. Yohonn has made huge contributions in our NE region to breaking down communication barriers for our Hispanic patient communities!

Congratulations to our Graduates!

We also congratulated our regional graduates, including:

  • Western Region: Brandon Sanchez, Kevin Mancilla, and Susana Morales at Western University of Health Sciences, Felipe Castañeda at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy, Diana Ruth Garnica at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy, and Yesenia Revuelta-Ozuna at the Touro University California College of Pharmacy
  • Midwest Region: Nilmarie Ayala-Fontánez at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy
  • Southwest Region: Shriva Thakrar at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in Tuscon
  • Southeast Region: Raul Fagundez at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy
  • Northeast Region: Ervin Daniel Aldana, Pedro L. Rodríguez Flores, and Darianna Castillo at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 
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NHPA Updates

Interested in getting involved as a speaker for future webinars and conferences?


Reach out to us at nhpa@nhmafoundation.org to get engaged!

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 by locating their emails at https://www.nhmafoundation.org/nhpa-regional-directors-and-assistant-regional-directors.


Assistant Regional Directors: Please message your Regional Director by locating their emails at https://www.nhmafoundation.org/nhpa-regional-directors-and-assistant-regional-directors.


Regional Directors: Please message NHPA Executive Director, Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, MACP at NHPA@nhmafoundation.org.


Programs Committee Subcommittee Chairs: Please message Programs Committee Chair, Gabriela Camacho Cipriano, Pharm.D, BCACP at gcipriano@sjfc.edu.


Development Committee Subcommittee Chairs: Please message Development Committee Chair, Dr. Carolyn Ha, PharmD at cha@phrma.org.


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

Student Chapters

Welcome to the new NHPA Student Chapters!

University of Houston College of Pharmacy

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy

University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy

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.

NHPA Research Subcommittee

The NHPA Research Subcommittee is looking for volunteers!

Please reach out to the contact below if interested:

Beatriz Manzor Mitrzyk, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP

Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care

4549 North University Building


NHMA Update: New Address

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This month we would like to recognize D.C. Chapter Leaders Sergio Rimola, MD, FACOG and Rebecca Vargas-Jackson, MD for their work conducting a health literacy training at last week's Cinco de Mayo event!

We were thrilled to be able to invite our Washington, D.C. Chapter to our new office space to celebrate and learn together, now 1920 L St NW #200, Washington, DC 20036.

All are invited to join our next virtual health literacy event on Wednesday, May 25 at 12:30 p.m.

The NHHF Scholarship is Now Open!

The National Hispanic Health Foundation is elated to announce that applications for our Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship are NOW OPEN!

With many thanks to our sponsors, we can continue to support the next generation of Hispanic health professionals.

If you are a health professional student or a mentor to one, this is the perfect opportunity.

Learn more and apply today at:


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 Mentee to meet Pharmacists
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  • Apply for the NHHF Hispanic Pharmacist Student Scholarship (May 1, 2022)
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