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Hispanic Physicians' Leadership Development Initiative (HPLD)

Grantee Information

Hispanic Physicians' Leadership Development Initiative (HPLD)
National Hispanic Medical Association
1411 K Street NW, Suite 1100, Washington D.C. 20005
(202) 628-5895 (Phone)
(202) 628-5898 (Fax)

The Delta Regional Institute (DRI) will be the lead institution for this project, and it will operate out of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. DRI serves as a hub of multi-state activity, services, and information on health disparities and the impact on racial, ethnic, and rural communities within the Delta Region States.

Grant Project Information

The National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) is committed to improving Hispanic health through research, education and charitable activities.
Dr. Elena Rios,
(202) 628-5895,


The purpose of the project is to enhance the health status and promote healthy lifestyles of Hispanic and other underserved minorities. The initiative focuses on the development of a national health communications infrastructure and program that reduces health disparities of heart disease, cancer and diabetes among Hispanics. Hispanics face financial and non-financial barriers to accessing health care, with more than two-thirds of Hispanics being uninsured in 2009. One of the consequences of this lack of access is that Hispanics suffer from higher rates of chronic diseases compared to non-Hispanics. The initiative hopes to reduce health disparities to improve the overall health of Hispanics. They plan to implement the following strategies/practices or interventions:

  • Develop a health communications infrastructure,
  • Coordinate a health communications program through public/private partnerships focused on heart disease, cancer, and diabetes activities,
  • Plan and implement a National Hispanic Leadership Fellowship to encourage physicians toward public service,
  • Convene a National Leadership Institute and press conference for collaborating partners at the 14th NHMA Annual Conference and
  • Attend the annual OMH technical assistance meeting.
The initiative will identify resources in targeted health areas to be linked to the project, as well as plan, develop, implement, and evaluate programs that have positive impact on improving the health of Hispanics and other underserved populations. A few of the outcomes they expect include:
  • Knowledge dissemination and dissemination of Spanish-language health information and research that focuses on diseases with high prevalence in the Hispanic population,
  • Increase awareness of health disparities - improved health metrics by state and increased calls and usage of the web portal and
  • Improve coordination of health services for Hispanics.
The performance measures that will be used to conduct the evaluation include, but are not limited to:
  • Monitoring the number of hits on the NHMA website and list serves,
  • Online community activities,
  • Number of partnerships in Summits and
  • Empirical evidence of the reduction of identified health disparities.
The NHMA will evaluate the program through process evaluation, as well as an outcome evaluation and will examine the protocols and checklists used for the project tasks.

OMH objective(s) toward which the project's results most contribute:

  • Increased awareness, education, & outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health & health disparities problems
  • Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health & other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services, service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)

Healthy People 2010 objectives:

  • Priority racial/ethnic minority health issues

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