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Getting Into Focus: AMA Partnership with CMAF/NEPO Localizes National Diabetes Prevention Efforts

The growth of diabetes and prediabetes in this country is a looming threat, especially at a community level. With that in mind, the AMA has partnered with the California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation and the Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) to help spread the word about the importance of diabetes prevention in local communities. Diabetes and prediabetes are growing problems in California. According to 2014 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 8.2% of U.S. adults in California reported ever being told by a health professional that they had prediabetes, while 9.9% of U.S. adults in ...

NEPO Launches Statewide Education Campaign on the Importance of Diversity in Clinical Trials

Sacramento, CA (March 28, 2017) – The California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation, through its cornerstone program, the Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO), today announced the launch of its “Encouraging Diversity in Clinical Trials” campaign to increase clinical trial participation among California’s multi-ethic patient populations. The campaign is part of the CMA Foundation’s ongoing commitment to raising awareness about critical health disparities and their impact on California’s underserved communities. Clinical trials are research studies designed to evaluate the effects of medical interventions and medicines on patients; to help doctors understand, prevent and treat disease; and to provide patients with opportunities ...

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

BY SAMMY CAIOLA | scaiola@sacbee.com 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 ...

Quality Payment Program

Delivery System Reform, Medicare Payment Reform, & MACRA On April 27th CMS issued its first proposed regulation on MACRA, detailing elements of the Quality Payment Program (MIPS/APMs) that will change reimbursement under Medicare Part B.  If you haven’t seen the announcement, details can be found at the CMS website at http://go.cms.gov/QualityPaymentProgram.  On that site is a list of details, including a fact sheet on the elements of the new program. CMS is also working to develop information focused on particular modes of practice, to help clinicians understand what to expect, and to take advantage of support and technical assistance to prepare ...

CMA Foundation and NEPO provide Hepatitis C screenings at Crenshaw HealthFest

CMA Foundation and NEPO provide Hepatitis C screenings at Crenshaw HealthFest The California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation and its Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) were proud to partner with Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley Thomas this past weekend as co-sponsors of the first annual Crenshaw HealthFest in Los Angeles. The HealthFest took place on Saturday, July 11 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. Featuring over 25 community organizations, the HealthFest provided health education and free health services to hundreds of attendees from the Los Angeles area. Some of the fun-filled activities included free health screenings, informational booths featuring games, fitness and ...

2015 Building Healthy Communities Summit

2015 Building Healthy Communities Summit Helping Health Providers Address Social Determinants of Health September 18-20, 2015-- Riverside Convention Center REGISTER NOW! The 2015 Building Healthy Communities (BHC) Summit-Helping Health Providers Address Social Determinants of Health is a unique and exciting educational event for physicians, public health professionals, and community leaders. The 2015 BHC Summit will provide you with opportunities to learn about emerging health policy issues, best practices for reducing health disparities, and cultural competency in clinical care. The Summit will inspire physicians and health care providers to participate in community health efforts and to be challenged to improve health care and the quality of life ...

Heroes and Healers: Stories of Courage and Altruism in Times of Genocide

Heroes and Healers: Stories of Courage and Altruism in Times of Genocide   The Armenian American Medical Society (AAMS) celebrated Heroes and Healers: Stories of Courage and Altruism in Times of Genocide, in commemoration of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The event honored medical professionals and others who embody the spirit of humanitarianism, looking past ethnic and religious differences to save lives and champion the plight of the victims of these and other atrocities of the 20th and 21st century. Those honored posthumously were Floyd Smith, MD. Armin T. Wegner, and ...

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