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Hispanics and Health Services Research (Text Version)

Slide presentation from the AHRQ 2009 conference.

On September 15, 2009, Elena Rios made this presentation at the 2009 Annual Conference. Select to access the PowerPoint® presentation (530 KB) (Plugin Software Help).

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Hispanics & Health Services Research

Elena Rios, MD, MSPH
National Hispanic Medical Association
AHRQ Annual Conference
September 15, 2009


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NHMA—Who are We?

  • Established in 1994 in DC, non-profit 501c6 association representing 36,000 Hispanic physicians in the U.S.
  • Mission: to improve the health of Hispanics and other underserved
  • NHMA Board of Directors
  • Established its foundation, National Hispanic Health Foundation, 501c3, for research and education activities—affiliated with NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service


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NHMA Networks

  • NHMA Council of Medical Societies
  • NHMA Council of Residents
  • Latino Medical Student Association
  • Hispanic Health Professional Leadership Network—all national Hispanic health professional associations
  • Board of Directors, Fellows


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Hispanics & Health Care

  • The majority ethnic group in America
    • 2042: one out of four Americans will be Hispanics
  • High rates of uninsured & problems with disparities in health care according to US DHHS Disparities Reports
  • Limited cultural competence, language services
  • System lacks Hispanic researchers, providers and leaders in public/private agencies
  • Need for new approaches to increase Hispanics in primary care
  • Need for cultural competence training about Hispanic populations and in research
  • Community-based research is a priority


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Health Services Research & Hispanics

  • The new America will consist of populations who face severe lack of access to health care, lack of trust and knowledge, and are low-income, poorly educated with strong cultural and family values, limited English proficiency, mainly living in urban areas, suffering from high rates of obesity, diabetes, infectious and chronic diseases, and demanding health care reform.


Slide 6


US DHHS and NHMA Health Disparity Leadership Summits

  • 3 Regional Summits—
    • New York Academy of Medicine, New York
    • Sacramento, California
    • Austin, Texas
  • November 2007—March 2008
  • Planning Committee of OMH hdqts/regional offices and NHMA
  • Announced Consensus Recommendations at NHMA Annual Conference, April 18th, DC to the Health Policy Advisors of Obama, Clinton, McCain


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Stakeholder Participants

  • Clinics/Community agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Medical Schools
  • Foundations
  • Pharma Cos.
  • Insurance Cos.
  • Government


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Access—Recommendations Financing

  • Universal and affordable health insurance coverage
    • Expand eligibility for public programs—families, undocumented, legal doc, FPL level
    • Comprehensive benefits—preventive, mental health, dental, educational services
    • Individual mandates, automatic for all
    • Portable, quality measures, accountable


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Access—Recommendations Health Care System

  • Enforce standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (Joint Commission)
  • Promote cultural competency provider training (incentives, performance payments, Federal clearinghouse at the Office of Minority Health)
  • Language services—interpreters, pooling of resources, federal laws on access to services
  • Race/ethnicity/Language data—mandatory
  • Support providers in underserved communities
    • Strengthen DSH payment system to private practice
    • Expand NHSC or similar program


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Prevention—Recommendations Education and Awareness

  • Schools
    • Standardize K-12 wellness programs
    • Provide healthy foods in schools
  • Community/parents
    • Support community coalitions
    • Increase green market penetration
    • Cooking skills, food pyramid
    • Clinics—increase diabetes and obesity focus
  • Policymakers—effective policy development


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Prevention Recommendations Health Care System

  • Reimbursement/cpt codes for prevention (CMS to increase focus on diabetes and obesity)
  • Low cost interventions (CDC, NIH)
  • Healthy food in hospitals
  • CME/cultural competence training
  • Research—community-based, participation
  • Multidisc teams—include nutritionists, educators


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NHMA & J. Macy Jr. Foundation—Diversity &Title VII Summit

  • New York Academy of Medicine, June 22, 2009
  • 25 minority health experts
  • Speakers included presidents of MACY, NYAM, AAMC, HRSA BHPr, NHMA
  • 3 Workgroups: How to increase diversity in:
    • Pre-Medical Education
    • Medical Education
    • Data/Federal Policy


Slide 13


Title VII Summit Recommendations: Medical Education (and Research)for Diversity

  • Redefine and implement benchmarks and incentives for institutional excellence that include diversity as a critical component
    • TACCT—prioritize the core and implement
    • Accrediting standards—LCME, ACGME, Joint Commission to develop achievable diversity benchmarks
  • Alignment of Federal programs and policies across the agencies that affect the health care workforce/research
    • Leverage dollars better and create a greater impact


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Title VII Summit Recommendations: Medical Education (and Research) for Diversity

  • Define criteria for program funding eligibility that includes a baseline
    • Baseline of diversity which fosters horizontal collaborations and applications
  • Increase federal funding attention to faculty development
    • Marketing faculty development across all purposes, administration, research, education, practice,
    • Focus on the continuum of the HCOP program—all educational levels, mentoring and team approaches


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Title VII Summit Recommendations: Medical Education (Research) for Diversity

  • Improve accountability at the highest levels of the university—leadership development focus needed
    • Boards of Trustees, Deans and senior faculty need to mirror diversity and take on the agenda of diversity
    • Hispanics as PIs in the regional area of the focus of the research


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NHMA Recommendation on Future AHRQ Training for Research

  • Develop a new training program for health research students with focus on society challenges: primary care, aging and health disparities (culture and language training), prevention, medical home, patient centered care, leadership, communications, health IT, race/ethnic disparities research. Connect funding from the OMH, NCMHD, CDC, CMS, H-IT, VA, DOD with the Federal Health Disparities Research Committee at the OMH.


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  • NHMA 14th Annual Conference—March 25-28, 2010, Washington, DC

Current as of December 2009

Internet Citation:

Hispanics & Health Services Researc. Slide Presentation from the AHRQ 2009 Annual Conference (Text Version). December 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

Current as of December 2009
Internet Citation: Hispanics and Health Services Research (Text Version). December 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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