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  • 10 Apr 2019 2:57 PM | Anonymous

    Norma Pérez, M.D., Dr.P.H., Executive Director of Hispanic Center of Excellence and Special Program in the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions, School of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, has been chosen as one of a select group of medical education leaders for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program. Dr. Pérez is also the President and UTMB representative of Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS).

    The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program, an application-based certificate program, cultivates leaders in academic medicine through evidence-based, collaborative learning and reflective practice. After going through the competitive application process, Dr. Pérez was one of 65 nationally selected fellows.

    The one-year, cohort-based certificate program provides:

    • Theory and evidence-based learning for interested professionals to develop and strengthen their educational leadership
    • A professional learning community for aspiring and emerging leaders to learn from, and with each other
    • Learning and reflective practice for enhancing one’s leadership style and practices
    • Facilitation of entry and progressive advancement into meaningful leadership roles

    During the program, Dr. Pérez will be working with a small peer coaching group with an assigned national LEAD Coach on an ongoing basis over the course of the year, and will attend 2 in-person workshops, 1 regional medical education meeting, as well as virtual coaching sessions.

    About the opportunity, Dr. Pérez stated, “I am honored and very excited to have been chosen into this exclusive program. I look forward to meeting and working closely with nationally recognized senior leaders in academia.”

    In order to apply for the program, Dr. Pérez needed the recommendation of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions, Dr. Ruth Levine, at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. 

    “I know that the LEAD program will add to my experience and help me jumpstart more complex projects in academic medicine.”

    For more information about the AAMC’s LEAD Certificate Program, visit

  • 14 Mar 2019 2:48 PM | Anonymous

    Maureen Lichtveld, MD, MPH, professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, joins the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing(JHSON) Advisory Board. Through her more than 35 years of experience in environmental public health, she will help support the school’s mission and contribute diverse perspectives to JHSON’s local and global work.

    “Dr. Lichtveld has a wealth of knowledge gained from working all over the world,” says JHSON Dean Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN. “Her education, expertise, and lived experience will add tremendous value to our work, and we are excited for her enthusiasm to invest in our school.”

    As a member of the National Academy of Medicine, Lichtveld also serves as an endowed chair in environmental policy at the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium and is director of the Center for Gulf Coast Environmental Health Research, Leadership, and Strategic Initiatives.

    Lichtveld began her career at 23 years old working as a physician in the Amazon rainforest. She has researched environmentally-induced disease, health disparities, environmental health policy, disaster preparedness, public health systems, and community resilience. She has also examined the impact of chemical and non-chemical stressors on communities, as well as environmental health issues and capacity building projects related to the Gulf Coast.

    In recognition of her lifelong efforts dedicated to improving health, Lichtveld has been inducted in the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars and earned honors including being named CDC’s Environmental Health Scientist of the Year and Woman of the Year by the City of New Orleans. She is also a member of the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council and the EPA Scientific Advisory Board, among other health care organizations, and is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Public Health.

    JHSON’s Nursing Advisory Board consists of members from across disciplines and professions to help advocate for the school’s leadership and success. JHSON offers a range of programs from prelicensure to the doctoral level, and is ranked No. 1 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for its master's, online, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.


    Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research and practice. The school ranks No. 1 nationally for its master's, DNP, and online programs in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. In addition, the school is ranked by QS World University as the No. 4 nursing school in the world, No.1 by College Choice for its master’s program, and No. 1 for its DNP program. First opened in 1889, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is celebrating throughout 2019 its 130th anniversary as a school and leader in nursing education and excellence. For more information, visit www.nursing.jhu.eduand


    Danielle Kress

  • 29 Jan 2019 8:10 AM | Anonymous

    The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a FREE six-week summer initiative for college freshman and sophomore students interested in pursuing a career in the health professions.  The SHPEP is committed to strengthening the career development of underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged students to further prepare them for a successful career in the healthcare industry.

    SHPEP scholars may choose from multiple career pathways, including: medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, physician assistant, nursing, public health and physical therapy.

    The SHPEP is a summer experience that will make a lasting impression and help better position students for acceptance into advanced degree programs.

    Apply today at, the application deadline is February 15, 2019.

  • 01 Oct 2018 1:45 PM | Anonymous

    HSHPS has been invited to attend a one-day workshop on Addressing diversity in the biomedical research workforce through collaboration among scientific medical associations, hosted by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) and cosponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Dr. Maureen Lichtveld, Past President of HSHPS will attend the workshop. On behalf of HSHPS Dr. Lichtveld has participated in virtual focus group meetings providing information that has helped drive the workshop's agenda. 

     The workshop is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at the Cloisters on the Main Campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    The United States is one of the world’s leaders in science and technology. Identifying human resource talent to lead innovation and advance knowledge discovery is a cornerstone of biomedical research. However, several challenges exist which hamper the ability of the nation to maintain an intellectually diverse and competitive workforce. One challenge in particular is the implementation of effective strategies to promote and harness diverse talent in the biomedical research workforce. Despite longstanding efforts to diversify the biomedical research workforce, there remains a significant gap in the reflection of the general US population and those who lead our scientific enterprise. The higher the examination across the scientific pipeline from entry into science through faculty rank, the wider the gap exhibited. Since 2006 the numbers of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds entering into science and technology majors has increased, but these numbers have not translated into increased diversity among the faculty ranks (National Academies of Science, 2010). Specifically, less than 10% of the biomedical faculty are underrepresented minorities (Valantine and Collins, 2015).

    The purpose of the workshop is to bring together thought leaders from medical, scientific, and academic organizations to share best practices with respect to developing, growing, and maintaining scientific talent from underrepresented groups across the biomedical workforce. The workshop will be conducted with the goal of establishing innovative and action-oriented steps to enhance diversity within the biomedical and clinical research fields.

    This workshop is by invitation only and not open to the public. 

  • 05 Apr 2018 9:48 AM | Anonymous

    April 10, 2018
    2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT

    Please join the Latino Commission on AIDS on National Youth HIV/AIDs Awareness Day (Tuesday, April 10,2018) at 2PM (EDT) as their leading expert panelist, Luciano Reberte and Abdier Benitez, will be discussing topics about the importance of HIV testing in youth and eliminating stigma related to HIV in youth.

    About the Webinar:

    Today's young people are the first generation that has never known a world without HIV and AIDS. In the United States, almost 40 percent of new HIV infections are young people ages 13 to 29.

    It’s more important than ever to recommit to the fight against HIV and AIDS. And most importantly, we must invest in young people - bring them to the table not only as partners, but as leaders that can truly turn the tide of the HIV and AIDS epidemic. Only by fully investing in young people - in their health, their education, and their leadership - can we reach an AIDS-free generation.

    Two young men that work at the latino Commission on AIDS, Luciano Reberte and Abdier benitez, will share their experiences working with youth in New York City, touching on two important points:

    1. The Importance of HIV testing in youth
    2. Eliminating stigma related to HIV in youth


    Luciano Reberte, Lead Program Manager
    Abdier Benitez, M-Powerment Core Group Coordinator 

  • 26 Jan 2018 4:14 PM | Anonymous

    February 22, 2018
    1:30-3:00 p.m. ET

    This webinar will highlight the impact of patient-provider language concordance on clinical practice and health care delivery in an increasingly diverse population. We will specifically discuss the current state of medical Spanish curriculum in U.S. medical schools and resources available to help institutions assess their health and scientific workforce efforts to address cultural and linguistic competency. Participants will also learn about the Medical Spanish program at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and discuss the components of medical Spanish skill evaluation and certification. There will be an extended Q&A session at the end.

    To register please click here.


    David Acosta, MD
    Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
    Association of American Medical Colleges

    Norma A. Pérez, MD, DrPH
    Director, School of Medicine Special Programs
    Director, Hispanic Center of Excellence
    Office of Student Affairs and Admissions
    University of Texas Medical Branch

    Brenda Robles
    Coordinator, Language Interpreters Program
    National Institutes of Health

    Yumirle Turmelle, MD
    Advanced Medical Spanish course faculty advisor
    Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine


    Pilar Ortega, MD
    Assistant Professor
    University of Illinois Chicago – College of Medicine
    Attending Physician, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
    Author, Spanish and the Medical Interview

  • 10 Oct 2017 10:01 AM | Anonymous

    October, 2017

    Dr. Ana Abraida-Lanza, PhD, Member-At-Large, HSHPS Board is the recipient of this year's APHA Mentoring Award.

    She will be presented with the award during the awards ceremony of the APHA conference in Atlanta, on November 7th at 6pm at the Georgia World Congress Center.

    Here is a full list of all the award recipients:

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