National Hispanic Medical Association

Established in 1994, in Washington, DC, NHMA is a nonprofit association representing 50,000 licensed Hispanic physicians in the U.S. NHMA’s mission is to empower Hispanic physicians and other healthcare professionals to improve the health of Hispanic populations with Hispanic medical societies, resident and medical student organizations, and its public and private sector partners.

The Association established a Foundation, €”the National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF), to compliment the work of the Association. Based in New York City, its specific role is to develop educational activities and health policy research to improve the health of Hispanics. In 2005, NHHF became affiliated and is located at The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.

NHMA was developed as a result of a meeting of Presidents of Hispanic medical societies. During the meeting it was decided an organization was needed to fill a void in Washington, DC on the need for a voice for Hispanic/Latino physicians as advocates for Hispanic health with the Federal government. This decision grew from a history of organizing efforts dating back to the 1960’s when Hispanic medical students formed regional associations and local societies focused on social and charitable activities.

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