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Creating a Movement for Change: Latino Physicians of California Symposium

Latino leaders, healthcare professionals, legislators, and experts throughout California will come together to discuss and lead a movement to better serve the healthcare needs of Latinos at the inaugural Latino Physicians of California Symposium this month. Highlights of the Symposium include  opportunities to: Meet, greet and network with legislators, physician leaders, health executives, and health professionals; Discuss how to better serve the health care/access needs of Latinos; Find out about mentoring initiatives needed to employ to train and support Latinos on their path to the healthcare professions; and, Help develop ...

National Minority Quality Forum 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health Awards, Applications Open

The National Minority Quality Forum announced it is accepting nominations for the 2017 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health Awards, honoring influential young minority leaders making a difference in healthcare. They encourage a wide range of health professionals to apply: physicians, pharmacists, dentists, anesthesiologists, nurses, policy experts, researchers, and others. All nominations are to be submitted online here. Nominations will be accepted until January 16, 2017. Honorees will be awarded at the Congressional Black Caucus Spring Health Braintrust Gala in Washington, DC with special guest CBC Health Braintrust Chair Congresswoman Robin Kelly. Please direct any questions to 

Draft HHS Essential Community Provider (ECP) List Released

For the Marketplace’s 2018 benefit year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the updated Essential Community Provider (ECP) Petition to collect more complete data from providers who qualify as an ECP and wish to appear on CMS’s ECP list for the 2018 benefit year.  The ECP petition is a web-based questionnaire that is available at the following link:  The Draft HHS ECP list for the 2018 benefit year is embedded within ECP petition and can be viewed by clicking the button “Check to see if you are on the list” under question 6 of the petition ...

NEPO Director, Kyla Aquino Irving, uses 'Kidney Quinceañera" to raise awareness about organ donation

BY SAMMY CAIOLA | The Center for Spiritual Awareness church in West Sacramento sparkled with sophistication Saturday as finely dressed guests filed into Kyla Aquino Irving’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”-themed quinceañera. Martini glasses and little blue boxes dotted the tables, while an on-stage singer serenaded attendees out of their seats. The only thing that distinguished the event from any other 15th birthday bash – other than that Aquino Irving is 37 – was a table where attendees could sign up to be blood, organ and bone marrow donors. Aquino Irving, a Sacramento resident who received one kidney donation from her father at age ...

Media Invited to the 2016 Building Healthy Communities Summit, Nation’s Largest Gathering of Ethnic Minority Physicians

Hundreds of health professionals, community leaders, policymakers and advocates will gather September 16-18, 2016 in Newport Beach, California, when the Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) and California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation hosts the 2016 Building Healthy Communities (BHC) Summit. The BHC Summit is an educational conference where health providers and community advocates discuss health issues and emerging trends that disproportionately affect communities of color. The theme of this year’s BHC Summit -- “Helping Health Providers Address Social Determinants of Health”—highlights emerging health policy issues, best practices for reducing health disparities, and cultural competency in clinical care. Featured speakers at this year’s ...

Community Immunity in California Healthline

Dr. Ruth Haskins, California Medical Association president-elect, was featured in an article in California Healthline! In her interview Dr. Haskins discussed the importance of vaccines for people at every age and every stage, as well as the recent release of the two adult immunization public service announcements.  To read the article visit:  To view the PSAs and other  #CommunityImmunity resources, check out our resources page here.  

CMA Foundation recruiting LA-based practices for pneumococcal vaccination effort

The CMA Foundation was recently awarded funding for a 9-month project to increase the rate of pneumococcal vaccination among ethnic minority and low income adult populations in Los Angeles County.   While pneumococcal vaccination coverage rates in California are close to national rates, coverage rates in LA County are much lower, especially among communities of color and low income populations. Between 2009 and 2014, black residents in LA were over 50% more likely than white residents to experience an incidence of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD).                                                                   The CMA Foundation and NEPO are currently recruiting 10 primary care practices in LA County ...

Important Deadlines for Physicians Coming July 1

Important deadlines for physicians are coming on July 1st! Read the information below to learn about these deadlines, and click the links to learn more. CURES Registration Under California law, all individuals practicing in California who possess both a state regulatory board license authorized to prescribe, dispense, furnish or order controlled substancesanda Drug Enforcement Administration Controlled Substance Registration Certificate (DEA Certificate) must register to use the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES)by July 1, 2016. Click here for full details. Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption July 1 is the deadline for physicians to file meaningful use hardship exception applications to avoid Medicare payment penalties in ...

Inaugural Sacramento Black Women's Health and Wellness Conference

The inaugural Sacramento Black Women's Health and Wellness Conference (SBWHWC) is being hosted by The Encouraging Life Organization and the Juliette Health Organization on Saturday August 6th.  The event will take place from 9am to 3pm at the 4610 X Street, Sacramento,CA. Tickets to attend SBWHWC are on sale now for $25! Breakfast and lunch are included in the ticket price.  For more information on the conference visit or contact You can view the SBWHWC digital flier here!  

SAMHSA - Clinical Challenges in Opioid Prescribing: Balancing Safety and Efficacy (FREE CME COURSE)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is hosting a free CME course on opioid prescribing on July 11, 2016. The event will take place at the California Department of Health Care Services in Sacramento, California. Learning objectives include: ·         Describing the nature of chronic pain and its options for treatment; ·         Defining risk factors for potential misuse, abuse and diversion of prescribed opioid; medications; ·         Outlining a time-efficient method of conducting risk screening; and many more.   For more information visit:  or view the event flier available here

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