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HSHPS Newsletter - Summer 2018
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Dear HSHPS Members, 

I am energized by the strides we have taken as an organization this summer, all with the purpose of supporting our mission to strengthen the Nation's capacity to increase the Hispanic health workforce and advance the health of Hispanics.

In June, the Board of Directors reviewed the bylaws extensively, with the intent of seeking an opportunity to expand our membership to individuals who are engaged in and committed to the mission of HSHPS. I'm pleased to report that at the end of July, the Board of Directors ratified an amended set of bylaws which now includes a non-institutional member type for individuals. Applicants for the individual member type must be an administrator, faculty member, current student, post-doctoral scholar, resident, fellow, or alumni to an accredited US school or college of medicine, public health, dentistry, nursing, or pharmacy. I look forward to sharing more information in the weeks to come; I hope together we can share this membership opportunity with your institution's alumni. For your records, please download the amended bylaws here.

It's that time of the year again - membership renewal! Mid-August, your institutional representative or other designee will receive the HSHPS Membership Renewal Packet. Your active and continued engagement as an HSHPS member institution significantly strengthens our collective ability to achieve our common goal towards improving Hispanic health through academic development, research initiatives and training. If you have questions about your institution's membership or do not receive a packet, please contact hshps@hshps.org.

In late August, the Board of Directors will be hosting an Institutional Representative call. We look forward to providing a financial and administrative update, news on the Graduate Fellowship Training Program and a legislative update, provided by Matthew Shick, JD, the Director of Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs at AAMC. A complete agenda and meeting invite will be distributed.

I am grateful for the support of our Board of Directors and membership. Thank you for your passion and dedication to achieve equitable health and well-being for our community. As always, I would love to hear your ideas for continued growth and success in our organization, please do not hesitate to contact me noaperez@UTMB.edu


Norma A. Pérez, MD, DrPH
President, HSHPS

Meet the Summer 2018 HSHPS Fellows

HSHPS is pleased to introduce the Graduate Fellowship Training Program Summer 2018 Fellows!   

Christopher Balam, MS Exercise Physiology 
College of Human & Health Development at California State University, Northridge
Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science

Christopher Balam is a recent graduate of California State University, Northridge (CSUN) with a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology. Mr. Balam's research was dedicated to combating the level of physical inactivity in Latino adults in the San Fernando Valley/Los Angeles area with free community-based exercise programs. His program, 100 Citizens, was recognized by the White House and won the popular vote in Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign. His professional interests are currently dedicated to research in physiology and health disparities in racial and ethnic minorities. He looks to continue his work in positions that provide a positive effect on the current state of health inequity and to gain acceptance into a PhD program in Exercise Physiology or Public Health.

Mr. Balam has been serving at the the Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science (CTRIS), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH in Bethesda, MD. CTRIS and the NHLBI are committed to the elimination of health inequities (HI) through the identification of proven effective strategies for the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, blood, and sleep (HLBS) disorders. One of CTRIS' strategic priorities is to support and foster late-stage translation research and implementation science. Central to this core mission, Mr. Balam has been specifically focused on supporting NHLBI's Strategic Vision, Objective 8: to further develop, diversify, and sustain a scientific workforce capable of accomplishing NHLBI's Mission.  

Olivia Carvajal, Juris Doctor
Arizona Summit Law School 
Baltimore City Health Department 

Olivia Carvajal was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She recently graduated from law school with a Juris Doctor degree. In 2014 Ms. Carvajal earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona in Public Management and Policy with a minor in Business Administration and Sociology. During law school, Ms. Carvajal assisted with pro bono work for citizenship renewal requests and estate planning. Ms. Carvajal has worked on political campaigns and for the US Congress. Her future career goals include improving health equity through healthcare policy implementation for all racial and ethnic minorities of all ages. With her law degree, Ms. Carvajal hopes to create a brighter future for the generations to follow.

The mission of the BCHD is to protect health, eliminate disparities, and ensure the well-being of every Baltimorean through education, advocacy, and direct service delivery. The current focus of the BCHD is to decrease health disparities in half by 2025 for a number of health objectives. This includes closing the gap in health disparities in regards to issues like substance abuse/access to treatment, youth violence and homicide, chronic disease outcomes like obesity and heart disease, and infant mortality at the local level. Ms. Carvajal is working directly with the staff in the Office of the Health Commissioner on a variety of projects and activities that support the BCHD's goal of decreasing the disparity between the city overdose death rate and the state overdose death rate (Baltimore is 1/10th of the population of Maryland, but has 1/3rd of all overdose deaths in the state) as well as helping work towards closing the gap in racial and ethnic access to behavioral health treatment and naloxone.  

Consultant Opportunities with HSHPS 

HSHPS is seeking a top grant and contract writing professional consultant to research and apply for grant and contract opportunities that persuasively communicate HSHPS's programs and mission to strengthen the Nation's capacity to increase the Hispanic health workforce and advance the health of Hispanics to potential funders. This is a project based consultant opportunity, not a full-time employment opportunity. Consultant will support the development of a grant and contract cycle timeline so that expectations for grant and contract proposal deadlines and award is clear. 

Please download the complete project descriptions for further details about the opportunities and how to apply -- Grant Writer and Consultant Writer. Please note that while there are two separate descriptions, you may apply for both.  
Promising Practices to Improve Hispanic Health

In collaboration with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), HSHPS is presenting a new webinar series titled: Promising Practices to Improve Hispanic Health. This series is designed to promote increased awareness, foster discussion, and catalyze further research among health professions faculty on promising practices to advance Hispanic health. 

On April 24th, the first webinar in the series launched! The title of the webinar was: The State of Hispanic Health and Implications for the Future. This first webinar provided a foundation for upcoming presentations by introducing the current status of health in Hispanic communities. National leaders discussed the unique challenges facing Hispanic communities, current local and national public health efforts to address these challenges, and identify existing approaches within academic medicine to advance Hispanic health in the United States. For a recording of the webinar, please email programs@hshps.org

The second webinar entitled, Approaches to Hispanic Health Research, will be held at the end of September. In this webinar, national leaders will discuss current trends in research practices to advance Hispanic health in the U.S. and globally. We will also discuss approaches to community research partnerships, as well as interventions used to reduce Hispanic health disparities at the national level. Complete details including registration information will be distributed via email within the week. 
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