Jul 06, 2012

Leadership Institute Equips Top Hispanic Physicians to Reform Health Policy

From treating sick children to directing urgent care clinics, physicians see firsthand how health policies affect patients’ lives. Ten leading Hispanic physicians have a unique opportunity to apply this medical expertise to shaping health policy at the local, state and national levels. From July 15-20, 2012, they will participate in a leadership institute hosted by the National Hispanic Medical Association and NYU Wagner's Research Center for Leadership in Action to build the knowledge and skills to take leadership roles in advancing policy reform.

The institute is part of a year-long National Hispanic Medical Association Leadership Fellowship, through which Hispanic physicians receive support to enhance their leadership capability, increase their understanding of current key national and state health policy issues, and draft and present innovative policy proposals to improve health care – particularly in Hispanic communities. In addition, Fellows have the opportunity to develop a national network of public service and health policy experts and to participate in the development of future NHMA initiatives. The fellowship is directed by NHMA President and CEO Elena Rios.

The institute at RCLA 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.

Sessions draw on the expertise of NYU Wagner’s health faculty, including Professor Brian Elbel, the faculty liaison for the Institute, and Professors John Billings and Allen Zerkin. Topics include timely leadership, health and policy issues including:

  • Key health indicators and emerging health issues for the Hispanic community in the US
  • Current regional and federal initiatives to eliminate health disparities
  • Emerging approaches to leadership
  • Healthcare reform and implications for Hispanic populations in four areas: access, quality, prevention and workforce
  • Changes in financing and access included in healthcare reform, with an emphasis on Medicare and Medicaid
  • Important features of the federal, state and local policymaking processes and how they manifest in health policy decisions
  • Establishing and sustaining intra- and inter-organizational cooperation
  • Communications skills and principles for effective negotiation
  • Stakeholder analysis and advocacy efforts

The fellowship kicked off with an orientation during NHMA’s National Conference. Fellows will participate in the RCLA institute in the summer and an institute in Washington, DC in the fall in which they will meet with leaders from the White House, US Department of Health and Human Services, Congress, think tanks and national organizations with interests in health policy. Fellows will present their policy recommendations at the NHMA National Conference in 2013.

The National Hispanic Medical Association Leadership Fellowship Program Class of 2012 includes:

Christian Arbalaez, MD, MPH
Assistant Residency Director, Department of Emergency Medicine and Associate Director, Office for Multicultural Faculty Careers, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Capt. Magda Barini-Garcia, MD, MPH
Senior Medical Advisor, Learning and Diffusion Group, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Luis M. DiBernardo, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Gateway Medical Center & Urgent Care

Fausto Meza, MD, MPA
Chief Medical Officer/Medical Director and Chief Information Officer, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance

Rolf Montalvo, MD
Assistant Professor and Residency Program Director, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston

Maria Fernanda Nota, MD
Children and Youth Project

Joseph Perez, CDR, MD, FAAP
Director, USCG Health, Safety, Work-Life Field Office – New London

Eyda Samuels, MD, FAAP
Physician; Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, Albert Einstein Medical Center

Victoria Elena Sorlie-Aguilar, MD
Family Physician, Department of Family Medicine, Magnolia Family Health Clinic

Laura A. Williams, MD, MPH
President/CEO, L. Williams, MD A Medical Corp

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