Grant Program: NUCA II
National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)
1920 L. Street NW Suite 725, Washington, D.C. 20036-5050
(202) 628-5895 (Phone)
Established in 1994, the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) is a nonprofit association whose mission is to empower Hispanic physicians and other health care professionals. NHMA works to improve the health of Hispanic populations by collaborating with Hispanic medical societies, resident and medical student organizations, and public and private sector partners.
Grant Project Information
Increasing Hispanics in the Medical Professions Workforce
Length of Project: 9/1/12-8/31/15
Annual Funding Level: $100,000
Project Director: Elena Rios
(202) 628-5895 (Phone)
Research has shown that racial diversity among health professionals is associated with improved access to medical care for racial and ethnic minority patients. For this reason, the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) grant project strives to increase racial and ethnic diversity among health professionals, specifically through:
- Increasing the number of Hispanic students who successfully apply and are accepted to medical school;
- Researching, analyzing, defining, and disseminating best practices for encouraging Hispanic youth to pursue health-related career fields; and
- Increasing the number of Hispanic physicians who are culturally competent in providing health care.
The target population for this intervention includes Hispanic middle and high school students nationwide. Additionally, Hispanic representatives from medical schools will be engaged in activities and outreach to improve their cultural competency. The primary intervention strategies are to identify best practices for encouraging youth to pursue health related careers, facilitate conferences and career development opportunities, and engage medical schools while in the process of attracting Hispanic youth to health-focused disciplines.
The process and outcome evaluation will focus on tracking changes in the number of Hispanic students who:
- Interested in applying to medical school;
- Successfully complete medical school applications; and
- Get accepted into medical school.
The anticipated program outcomes of this intervention include increased representation of Hispanics within medical fields, as well as enhanced cultural competency of Hispanic physicians. These outcomes are subsequently expected to improve the overall health of the Hispanic American population.
- OMH objective(s) toward which the project's results most contribute (check all that apply):
- Key Healthy People 2020 objectives or sub-objectives toward which the project's results most contribute (see Appendix 3 of OMH's Evaluation Planning Guidelines):
_X__ 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)
__ Strengthened leadership and coordination to leverage resources and enhance effectiveness and efficiency of individual and collective efforts (including, but not limited to, research and data)
__ Other (please specify): _____________________________________
Healthy People objectives were not specifically identified.