HSHPS Newsletter - October 2017
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Dear HSHPS Members, 

Welcome to our E-newsletter! The goal of the newsletter is to strengthen the peer network among our member institutions and foster collaborative learning by serving as a platform for information exchange. 

HSHPS is making strides to improve the delivery of services valuable to our constituent member schools. Here are updates about the planned programming for HSHPS and some of the changes we are making for improving your experience as an HSHPS member. In this inaugural letter, I have the privilege of providing you some programmatic and organizational updates.  

At the program level, we are collaborating with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) on a professional lecture series focused on specific topics and professional development interests targeting Hispanic Health and specifically the Hispanic academic health workforce. In addition to external speakers, we are reaching out to you to showcase your research and best practices. Registration for these webinars will commence in early in 2018. Please email Dr. Maria Garcia: Maria.GarciaMD@umassmed.edu if you are interested to serve as a speaker. We are updating our scope of work with the Graduate Fellowship Training Program through the Office of Minority Health (OMH). Program details will be available from OMH to HSHPS later this year. Applications will be accepted from HSHPS member schools as soon as those placement opportunities are known. 

Organizationally, please join me in welcoming our new board of directors and Executive Committee (click here to read press release). I want to thank Ana Abraido-Lanza, PhD, and other members of the nomination team for their tireless efforts leading the nominations and election process. We are committed to keeping our members more informed about HSHPS activities. Specifically, in addition to the newsletter, we are increasing our presence on social media sites, and revising our website to be more user-friendly. Please share your achievements in research and education with us, faculty vacancies, webinars, and other learning opportunities advancing Hispanic Health. 

During the last two years we conducted a comprehensive review of our operations and have adopted a more efficient and cost effective organizational framework: we transitioned to a virtual management structure which has resulted in increased efficiency and decreased operational costs. Dr. Eneida Roldan, our treasurer played a critical role in making this a smooth transition. 

Membership is an important pillar of our sustainability. We are seeing strong renewal commitments for 2018. If you have not yet renewed your dues or have questions, please contact our office (hshps@hshps.org) for assistance. We also welcome your ideas to expand our HSHPS network across all health disciplines. Lastly, please join me in congratulating Dr. Ana Abraido Lanza, member-at-large of our recently elected Board, who will be recognized by the American Public Health Association's with the Mentoring award at the 2017 annual meeting in Atlanta, Ga. (Click here to read about award.)

Regards,

Maureen Lichtveld, MD, MPH
HSHPS President
A Thank You to Our Current Executive Committee

Maureen Lichtveld, MD, MPH 
President

Dr. Maureen Lichtveld is currently Professor and Freeport McMoRan Chair of Environmental Policy in the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She has over 35 years experience in environmental public health. 





Norma A. Pérez, MD, DrPH
Vice President

Dr. Norma Pérez is Director of the Hispanic Center of Excellence at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston School of Medicine. She also has faculty appointments with Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Preventive Medicine and Community Health.





Maria Garcia, MD, MPH
Secretary

Dr. Maria Garcia is Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and Family Medicine & Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She also serves as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity and Associate Program Director for the UMass Internal Medicine Residency.


Eneida Roldan, MD, MPH, MBA
Treasurer

Dr. Eneida Roldan is Associate Dean for International Affairs, Associate Professor within the Department of Pathology and Course Director of Professional Strand at the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Additionally, she is is the Immediate Past Chief Executive Officer and President for the Jackson Health System in Miami.



Valerie Romero-Leggott, MD
Immediate Past President

Dr. Valerie Romero-Leggott is Vice President for Diversity at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Associate Dean of the School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She is also Executive Director of the UNM Combined BA/MD Degree Program designed to promote the recruitment of diverse New Mexico high school seniors interested in practicing medicine in areas of greatest need across New Mexico.

Upcoming Program Application

Watch the HSHPS website for more information on program applications in December!
Upcoming Events - Webinar

HSHPS will be offering a webinar series in 2018 focusing on Hispanic health issues and research methods. The main objectives of this program are to create a "for us by us" learning environment to advance research, professional development and community engagement of faculty in HSHPS member institutions, to foster collaborative opportunities between HSHPS, AAMC and other inter-professional organizations advancing Hispanic health, and advance the research portfolio of HSHPS member institutions by supporting a faculty peer network. Stay tuned and check our website for future dates and topics.
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