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HSHPS Newsletter - February 2018
Newsletter - February 2018
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Dear HSHPS Members, 

As the President of HSHPS, it humbles me to take up the reins of leadership and know that we as an organization of multiple institutions and multiple disciplines can contribute to the long-term rebuilding of these communities. Nationally and locally, health care institutions and their workforces face uncertain times and unknown changes. Our challenge, as we move forward with a new president, a new board of directors, and new infrastructure, will be to pursue our mission to strengthen the nation's capacity, to increase the Hispanic workforce, and advance the health of Hispanics.  

I want to thank our outgoing President, Dr. Maureen Lichtveld and the outgoing Board for two years of dedication and perseverance in restructuring HSHPS into an organization prepared to address the health care workforce needs of our Hispanic communities. Under their guidance, we have blossomed into a multi-disciplinary pro-active group of passionate and committed institutions and individuals. I will strive to build upon this foundation by strengthening our connections and seeking your ideas and support for new projects and programs. I am energized by the challenges that we face and grateful for the support I have already received. I look forward to working closely with you as we seek to achieve equitable health and well-being for our Hispanic community.


Norma A. Pérez, MD, DrPH
President, HSHPS
HSHPS Executive Committee

Norma A. Pérez, MD, DrPH

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. 

Marcia Garcia, MD, MPH 
President Elect 

Dr. Maria Garcia is Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and Family Medicine and 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 

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. 

Maureen Lichtveld, MD, MPH
Immediate Past 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. 

Graduate Fellowship Training Program (GFTP)

Looking for a PAID fellowship? Interested in learning about Hispanic and other minority health issues? 

The HSHPS Graduate Fellowship Training Program (GFTP) is back and there is still time to apply!
The HSHPS Graduate Fellowship Training Program Overview (GFTP) provides paid and unpaid training opportunities for graduate and doctoral students, and recent graduates, interested in working on Hispanic health research. Fellows are placed throughout the United States and Latin America within government agencies and academic institutions.

All HSHPS fellows work alongside a mentor, an experienced researcher or senior staff member; assist with a research project as it relates to minority health issues; and participate in a series of professional development seminars. This program strives to assist individuals to develop skills to work with Hispanic and other minority groups in government and academia, pursue higher degrees, publish research, and stay connected with the HSHPS network.

Going on to its 22nd year, HSHPS has trained over 400 fellows. Most work with Hispanic and other minority groups in government or academia, pursued higher degrees, published research, and/or received NIH grants.

Please note that although we do not target the GFTP to undergraduate students, we highly encourage third and fourth year undergraduates to apply.

Apply today, applications close tomorrow Friday, February 9 at 10:00 AM (EST).

Upcoming Webinar - Teaching Medical Spanish to Improve Population Health

February 22, 2018 
1:30-3:00 p.m. ET  

HSHPS Members are Invited to Attend This Webinar Hosted by AAMC

This webinar will highlight the impact of patient-provider language concordance on clinical practice and health care delivery in an increasingly diverse population. We will specifically discuss the current state of medical Spanish curriculum in U.S. medical schools and resources available to help institutions assess their health and scientific workforce efforts to address cultural and linguistic competency. Participants will also learn about the Medical Spanish program at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and discuss the components of medical Spanish skill evaluation and certification. There will be an extended Q&A session at the end. 

To register, please click here.
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