The National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) (501c3) was established in 1994 in Washington, DC as the National Hispanic Medical Foundation as the philanthropic arm of the National Hispanic Medical Association. The mission of the Foundation is to support educational and research activities to improve the health of Hispanics. In 2003, the NHMA was awarded a Congressional Earmark to develop the Foundation with the support of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Senator Arlen Specter and Congressman Regula. In 2005, NHHF became affiliated with and located at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University. Recently, NHHF has moved to the New York Academy of Medicine to build its community-based research program.
In 2004, NHHF established its National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Program and held its first Gala in New York City. The following year, we invited the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Hispanic Dental Association, Latino Caucus of APHA, the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, NYU and an honorary committee of NY elected officials, to help us present our first ten scholarships. In 2008, we added a Scholarship Dinner on the West Coast and now conduct two annual dinners to expand our scholarship program to health professional students committed to serving the Hispanic population. In 2007, NHHF started its partnership with the United Health Foundation in this unique national effort. In 2005, NHHF established its Corporate Advisory Council to provide input to NHMA/NHHF programs, meeting twice a year with the NHHF Board of Directors. In the future, NHHF plans to continue to build its Scholarship Fund, develop Hispanic recruitment programs for health careers, health communications activities & health policy research training and white papers on Hispanic health issues. Current, former, and future programs of the NHHF include:
The Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Program –The first national scholarship program targeted at Hispanic students who are committed to careers in health care ± medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, health management and policy analysis, health research, and allied health. For 14 years, this program has awarded $1,034,000 to 266 outstanding Hispanic health professional students for their exceptional academic performance, leadership, and commitment to caring for Hispanics.
Increasing Diversity in Title VII Summit – A one day summit that brought together 25 African American and Hispanic and other medical experts to develop consensus recommendations on improving diversity in medical education in collaboration with the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, on its website
NHHF Child Obesity Physician Leadership and Health Communications Project, supported by Kellogg Foundation – A two year project to develop Hispanic medical society and physician leaders in California and New York to work with the State Legislative Latino Caucuses to develop policies to reduce early childhood obesity; a Federal Panel of Experts; a National Media Advisory Committee.
The NHHF Clinical Trials Project – targeted at physicians in private practice with large Hispanic patient panels in collaboration with Johnson and Johnson, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Eli Lilly and other partners of our Corporate Advisory Council.
Portal for Hispanic Health: www.HispanicHealth.info – Information in English and Spanish through the Internet for physicians and health providers developed by the National Hispanic Health Professional Leadership Network and the NHMA Council of Medical Societies. Funded by the 2006 and 2008 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Earmarks.
NHHF is developing partnerships to develop a National Hispanic Community Health Research Center that develops the knowledge and Hispanic research workforce for future policies that can improve the health of our communities. For more information go to www.nhmafoundation.org.