Volume 1 | June 30 2020
Welcome to the Second Edition of the National Hispanic Pharmacists Association Quarterly Newsletter!
President's Corner
Dear NHPA Members,

During these trying times with the coronavirus pandemic, I applaud all of you for your hard work and dedication to all our patients and familia. Over the past few months in talking to my patients with diabetes, I have heard a variety of stories that have touched my heart and wished that I could do more. 

One of my patients had their whole family laid off and they were struggling to make ends meet. I connected them to financial resources available to them. They felt reassured and agreed to apply promptly for those financial resources. 

Another patient with severe hyperglycemia and in dire need of insulin, had a lot of anxiety from the pandemic and family problems that she could not focus on starting insulin. After a couple of conversations focusing on the good, the positive, and what she had control over, we had a successful video visit for an insulin teach and her glucose levels are now controlled. Last time I spoke with her she was laughing, I could hear her smile over the telephone appointment, and she stated, “¡Me ciento mucho mejor! Los malestares que tenía yá se me quitaron. Yo me salgo afuera y atiendo mi jardín, y tambien me siento a bordar. Y de los problemas…¿cuales problemas?, ¡mejor me olvido de ellos!”

Another one of my patients, who got the coronavirus and was hospitalized, is getting back to her new normal. Before she returned to work, we were working on lifestyle modifications and adjusting her diabetes regimen. She is now back to work and requested to put her lifestyle modifications on hold so that she can get used to her new routine. Once she feels she has more time, she has agreed to continue to work with me on her healthy habits.

In contrast, I have another group of patients for whom this time off has been a blessing in disguise. With the time off from work, and the support of their family, they have been able to focus on their diabetes care. Their glucose control has significantly improved and despite everything that is going on with the pandemic, they have shown what true resilience is. They are focusing on themselves, their loved ones, and taking it one day at a time. They have been able to be more mindful when eating, picked up exercising at home, have learned how to take advantage of modern technology like video visit and on-line healthcare communication, and are now using more medication mail order services. 

On a more personal note, I consistently remind myself that I need to practice what I teach. At the start of the pandemic shelter-in place, I chose to work from the medical office because I wanted to make sure I had access to all necessary resources in case my patients needed them. At the same time, there was a level of anxiety within me that I could not shake off. My loving husband is a great support and I could not have made it through this shelter-in place without him. Now I am rediscovering my “new normal” and focusing on what I can control. I make a full effort to follow the strictest guidelines from the CDC to stay healthy for me, my family, my patients, and our NHPA familia. 

In the coming months, I invite you all to share your stories. Please continue to submit them. There is real therapeutic value in putting down in words your experiences and sharing them with others.  

If you have any questions, comments, or need of my assistance, please e-mail us at nhpa@nhmafoundation.org .

Stay healthy and happy,

Dra. Maria M. Hearns-Rivas
National Hispanic Pharmacists Association
Student Chapters
Check out highlights from our NHPA Student Chapters Below!
Touro University California College of Pharmacy
The National Hispanic Pharmacists Association Touro University California College of Pharmacy (NHPA-TUCCOP) began the Project "Hablemos" Initiative in March 2020. The Initiative consisted of 5 educational COVID-19 flyers and a video about Shelter-in-Place ordinance in Spanish that are linguistically and culturally appropriate among the Hispanic community. Our project was featured in the school's newspaper.

In April 2020, NHPA-TUCCOP launched the multi-cultural project " Coronvirus Guidelines for America " in 23 different languages to help educate and keep minorities safe. The Multi-Cultural Project Initiative: An Inclusive Representation of “Coronavirus Guidelines for America” was featured in  the Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy Journal . This project had such a significant impact in the community that it was also featured in The Solano County local newspaper.

NHMA-TUCCOP was petitioned by CSHP COVID-19 forum admin to translate the English version of the FDA Hydroxychloroquine EUA Patient Fact Sheet into Spanish to help pharmacists from Syracuse, NY that were dispensing hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 under the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to Hispanic patients.

With the recent outbreak of COVID-19 at a nursing home in Vallejo (affecting nearly 100 healthcare workers and residents combined), NHPA-TUCCOP was inspired to work with  "The Cloth Mask Project." After receiving an anonymous donation in materials, NHPA-TUCCOP started recruiting members from other on-campus organizations who helped with the sewing process. So far, they have distributed 200 masks to local nursing homes and donated 100 masks to TUC College of Pharmacy. 

Please visit their Facebook page for more information about current activities.
UCSF School of Pharmacy
Some chapter members volunteered with UCSF Latinx Center of Excellence Street Team in providing masks and educational flyers about COVID-19 testing to those waiting in food distribution lines in the Mission district.

They also completed training with the San Francisco Department of Public Health to support contact tracing efforts in Spanish.

If you are interested in starting a student chapter at your school, please fill out an online application and check out this document for additional tips.
Important Announcements
“Management Along the Continuum for Latino Patients with Diabetes" CE

It is with great pleasure that NHPA offers our first CE, “ Management Along the Continuum for Latino Patients with Diabetes .” According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, Hispanic adults have a higher predisposition than non-Hispanic whites. As pharmacists, ranging from the ambulatory care, inpatient, and community pharmacy settings, we are in a unique position to help our Latinx patients with diabetes better understand and manage their condition to improve their health outcomes. Dr. Kimberly Cauthon, Dr. Francisco Ibarra, and Dr. Cynthia Perez share with us their clinical pearls as it relates their Lantinx patients with diabetes and how to help them achieve success. Join us and share with your colleagues! Together we achieve more.
NHPA has started a Mentorship Program!

Take advantage of our membership opportunities that include an invitation for our Pharmacists to serve as mentors to our Student Pharmacists. If you are interested, please sign up here and contact Ben Melano at bmelano@nhmamd.org if you have any questions.
The NHHF National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship applications are NOW OPEN!

Check  here  for more information and to apply.
Donate to NHPA
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