WASHINGTON, April 17 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Doctors from coast to coast meet here April 17-20 to tackle health issues that disproportionately affect Latinos – including hypertension, stroke, depression, cancer and obesity – during the 12th annual conference of the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA).
NHMA is teaming with U.S. and state governments for its conference – “Health Care Reform & Health Disparities: A Priority for Hispanic Communities.”
The Office of Minority Health (OMH) and NHMA will release the findings of three “Health Disparities and Hispanics Leadership Summits” at a press conference at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 18, in the Dupont Room at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
“Doctors from all over – New York, Texas, the Midwest, California and everywhere in between – will learn about groundbreaking research and the success stories of their peers,” said Dr. Elena Rios, president of NHMA, a nonprofit group based in Washington, DC, that represents Hispanic physicians in the U.S.
A highlight of the conference will be a “Health Care Reform and Health Disparities Presidential Forum” at 2 p.m. April 18 in which representatives of Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), Barack Obama (D-IL) and John McCain (R-AZ) will attend.
The event begins with a breakfast symposium by Dr. Carlos Herrera, the medical director of Heights Doctor’s Clinic in Houston, on hypertension, stroke and high blood pressure at 7:30 a.m. April 18.
The conference includes research findings on diabetes, HIV/AIDS, mental health and women’s health. Other highlights include:
— At 9 a.m. April 18 there will be a plenary on “Federal Leadership & Hispanics” with Josefina Carbonell, assistant secretary, Administration on Aging, HHS; Kerry Weems, acting administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; and Dr. Carolyn Clancy, director, Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, HHS.
— At 2:10 p.m. April 19, research on “Obesity and Hispanics” will be unveiled by the National Latino Children’s Institute in San Antonio.
Other invited speakers include Dr. Garth N. Graham, deputy assistant secretary for minority health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); and Dr. Ciro Sumaya, dean of the School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center.