JULY 2010

A new NYU Institute aims to equip mid-career Hispanic doctors with the knowledge and skills to take leadership roles in shaping health policy at the local, state and national levels. The executive education program hosted by RCLA is part of a year-long National Hispanic Medical Association Leadership Fellowship for leading Hispanic physicians from across the country.

The week-long institute focuses on building Fellows' expertise on the processes and decision-makers central to health policy formation. They will also enhance their ability to assess specific policy proposals, particularly those with substantial impacts on the Hispanic community.

The institute includes symposia with senior health officials and a reception co-hosted by the National Hispanic Medical Association, the New York Academy of Medicine, and NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Institute sessions will focus on timely leadership, health and policy topics including:

  • Immigration law and its impact on health;
  • The role that foundations play in supporting research and advocacy that furthers health policy changes;
  • Emerging approaches to leadership;
  • The healthcare reform bill and its implications for Hispanic populations in four areas: access, quality, prevention and workforce;
  • Efforts to address health disparities, including the US Department of Health and Human Services Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Initiative and other programs at the national and regional levels;
  • Strategies for establishing and sustaining intra- and inter-organizational cooperation; and
  • The role of the press in covering health policy issues and shaping policy decisions.

In addition, the ten participating doctors will form policy analysis and advocacy teams on issues of workforce health and obesity prevention. These teams will conduct site visits to meet with senior government officials and will develop action plans for effective policy approaches.

Given the under-representation of Hispanic health policy professionals, the institute is designed for participants to enhance their leadership skills in areas essential for successful leadership careers in the federal public health system.

The doctors will also have additional tools for incorporating advocacy into their practices in ways that improve the quality of health care delivery for Hispanic populations.