Winter 2018-19 Health e-Newsletter


In This Issue:

December 1st is World AIDS Day
Cervical Health Awareness Month January February 14th is National Donor Day
NYS Minority Health Council’s Corner



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December 1st, 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. This annual observance is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

Around the world, about 37 million people are living with HIV. Here in the United States, approximately 38,500 people get infected with HIV each year. The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. It’s important that everyone ages 15 to 65 gets tested for HIV at least once. Some people may need to get tested more often.

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New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute
2018 Ending the Epidemic Summit December 4 5, 2018
Empire State Plaza Convention Center Albany, NY


The New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute focuses on empowering young people through education on how to remain HIV-negative and promote positive, healthy and informed choices regarding living a healthy life. Every year, the Institute hosts a World AIDS Day event, with this year marking their 20th year in doing so. Please click here for more information from the AIDS Institute on Ending the Epidemic.

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American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network 2019 NYC Day at City Hall January 23, 2019 (all day) New York City Hall 250 Broadway
New York, NY

Public Information & Community Outreach (PICO)

12th National Conference on Health Disparities

June 19-22, 2019

Oakland Marriott City Center Oakland, CA

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The United States Congress designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month. Every year, the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) highlight issues related to cervical cancer, HPV disease and the importance of early detection.

More than 13,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, and more than 4,000 of women will die. Cervical cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer for women worldwide, but because it develops over time, it is also one of the most preventable types of cancer. Deaths from cervical cancer in the United States continue to decline by approximately 2 percent a year. This decline is primarily due to the widespread use of the Pap test to detect cervical abnormalities and allow for early treatment. Most women who have abnormal cervical cell changes that progress to cervical cancer have never had a Pap test or have not had one in the previous three to five years.

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Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
AIDS Education and Training Centers National HIV Curriculum e-Learning Platform: Technology Operations and Maintenance This notice announces the opportunity to apply for

funding under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP), AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) Program for the technological operations and maintenance of the National HIV Curriculum

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For more information, please visit the New York State Department of Health Cancer Services Program’s website where you can find information on diagnostic services available to New York state residents who do not have health insurance.


(NHC) e-Learning Platform. This project will manage the technological operation and maintenance of the NHC e-learning Platform.

Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Basic Research in Cancer Health Disparities This FOA encourages grant applications from

investigators interested in conducting basic, mechanistic research into the biological/genetic causes of cancer health disparities.

Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) National Institutes of Health (NIH) Reducing Health Disparities Among Minority and

Underserved Children

This initiative encourages research that targets the reduction of health disparities among children.

Investing in early childhood development is essential. Specific targeted areas of research include bio-behavioral studies that incorporate multiple factors that influence child health disparities.

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New York State Department of Health

NYS HIV Testing Site Information

New York State Department of Health

Youth Sexual Health Plan

New York State Department of Health

Cancer Community Programs List

National Cancer Institute

Understanding Cervical Changes: A Health Guide for Women

Donate Life

Center for Donation and Transplant New York - Vermont

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February 14th is National Donor Day, an observance day originally designated in 1998 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Saturn Corporation and its United Auto Workers to raise awareness for organ, eye, tissue, marrow, platelet and blood donation.

You have the power to Donate Life. All New Yorkers 16 years old and up can register to save lives by signing up as an organ and tissue donor. By joining the New York State Donate Life Registry, you record your decision to be a donor. Your kindness could save eight lives through organ donation, restore sight with cornea donations and improve 75 more lives with tissue. It is easy to register, and you can give someone a second chance at life. People any age and medical history can potentially be organ and tissue donors and there are no diseases that automatically prevent you from becoming a donor. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Information on Organ Donation and Transplantation website, all major religions support organ and tissue donation and there is no cost to a donor’s family for the donations.

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There are almost 10,000 New Yorkers that need a life- saving organ transplant. New Yorkers make up 10% of the national organ transplant waiting list; and each year, almost 500
New Yorkers die because an organ does not come in time

to save their lives.

Over 5,299,410 New Yorkers have signed up to save lives - Contact Donate Life New York at: 1-866-NY-DONOR or

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Please stay tuned for news and information on the Minority Health Council in 2019!

If you would like to be added to the Council’s meeting invitation list or have questions about the Council, please contact or 518-474-2180.


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Listed: the 1-minute video clip, as well as the 6-minute extended synopsis of the conference. Also included is a brief powerpoint highlighting the event and the conference agenda. We will be sure to keep everyone updated on our future events.

You can now follow us on Facebook (Search "Black and Latino Men in Medicine" or "@BLMiM2016") and Instagram (Search "@blmim2016"). 

Maurice D. Hinson, MD
Founder, Black and Latino Men in Medicine


MCMS members,

     Please register for the Gun Violence Prevention Summit on Saturday June 23, 2018 8:30-12:30pm. Continental breakfast will be served. Members are needed to sit at our MCMS table from 8-10am. Please contact me separately if you are able to participate. Share with social media and networks. 

Dear Colleague,

Please see below an announcement and registration details for an exciting event about gun violence prevention policies. Join us THIS SATURDAY MORNING, 6/23/18. This is your final reminder to register while slots remain! Tickets via Eventbrite:


The event is hosted by New York Doctors Coalition. While the target audience is healthcare providers and students, we are enthusiastically open to anyone interested in attending. Please register NOW and share widely with your networks. Event flyers attached. 


Yours in health,

Bill Jordan




Policy Summit:


Join fellow public health advocates to learn about gun violence prevention, connect with and be inspired by others fighting for change, and take local action for better gun-related policies. Introductory remarks, keynote, policy panel, and break-out groups.

Saturday, June 23, 2018


Breakfast at registration

NYC Health + Hospitals / Metropolitan

1901 1st Avenue, NY, NY 10029


Speakers include:


Nupol Kiazolu

President, Youth Coalition for Black Lives Matter - Greater NY 

Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Vote 2000

**Please also consider donating to her GoFundMe to support her college education:


Jo Anne Simon


52nd District of NY State Assembly

Speaker on NYS gun violence prevention bills

Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH

Vice President, Empire State Medical Association - National Medical Association State Affiliate

Panel Moderator, "From Learning to Action"

Rebecca Fischer

Executive Director, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence

Panelist, "From Learning to Action" on Extreme Risk Protection Orders 

Breakout Co-facilitator, "Connecting for Action" on Legislative Strategy

Ken Kidd

Founding Member, Steering Committee Member, Gays Against Guns

Panelist, "From Learning to Action" on Concealed Carry Reciprocity

Breakout Co-facilitator, "Connecting for Action" on Media and Messaging Strategy

Caroline Weinberg, MD, MPH

Interim Executive Director

March for Science

Panelist, "From Learning to Action" on  federal & state gun violence research funding

Javier Lopez

Assistant Commissioner

Bureau of Systems Partnerships

Center for Health Equity

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Panelist, "From Learning to Action" on

local funding and scale up of Cure Violence models

Breakout Co-facilitator, "Connecting for Action" on Community Strategy

Angela Montague, LCSW

Associate Director of Social Work

NYC Health + Hospitals / Metropolitan Hospital

Breakout Co-facilitator, "Connecting for Action" on Community Strategy

Jeffrey Oestreicher, MD, FAAP

Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Breakout Co-facilitator, "Connecting for Action" on Legislative Strategy

Christian Pean, MD, MS

Orthopedic Surgery Resident Physician

NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital

Breakout Co-facilitator, "Connecting for Action" on Media and Messaging


James Dobbins III

Assistant Director, Community Affairs

Director, Emergency Services 

Guns Down, Life Up Initiatives



Suggested donation: $5

Tickets via Eventbrite

Facebook event page

Sponsored by

New York Doctors Coalition



Twitter @NYDocs

Facebook @NewYorkDocs


Camille A. Clare MD MPH

President, Manhattan Central Medical Society,, a local affiliate of the National Medical Association,



Diversity in Medicine

Complex Challenges

There is a growing concern in the medical community about the lack of African- American male doctors and doctors of color in the medical profession. A 2015 study entitled, Altering the Course: Black Males in Medicine, released by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) highlights key factors that contributed to the decline in medical school applications among black males. The study cites there were 542 black male matriculated medical students in 1971, but by 2014 that number dwindled to 515. According to AAMC, some of the major drivers in this downward trend include disparities in academic opportunities during K-12 years, a lack of financial resources, a scarcity of mentors and public perceptions of young men of color.

Dr. Robert Plummer ’74, M.D., FACS, PC, a Laparoscopic Surgeon practicing in New York City, knows all too well the challenges he faced to realize his dream. Plummer took a rather circuitous route to becoming a doctor. He graduated from Lehman College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology and Biology. After graduation, he worked the night shift at UPS before going off to medical school full-time. In 1983, he graduated from Rutgers Medical School in New Jersey now The Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Plummer went on to teach at New York Medical College and Lincoln Hospital and held positions at Montefiore Medical Center Department of Surgery and Einstein Medical Center. Throughout his over three decades long career, Plummer found that representation is a central component in helping young people envision the possibilities. “The earlier you expose students to the medical profession, the earlier they will grasp the concept. When you instill that type of dream into a child it will eventually stick.  As they become adults, they see that this is a tangible goal. When you start mentoring to young people it builds confidence.” Plummer also points out that many major teaching institutions are located in underserved areas and it is crucial that the medical workforce reflects the community in which they serve. “Physicians of color have an obligation to be visible in the inner cities. They must make themselves accessible to giving back to some degree.”

Pathway to Medicine 

In an effort to help students and parents navigate the challenging path to medical school, Dr. Lynne Holden, M.D., an Emergency Medicine physician at Montefiore Medical Center, created the Mentoring in Medicine (MIM) program. With the skill and expertise of her colleagues Dr. Robert Plummer, Dr. Mary Badillo, Dr. Raj Krishnan, the program experienced tremendous success.  More than 50,000 educators, students and parents have benefited from the program. In addition, MIM has garnered media attention from notable press outlets like The New York Times, CNN’s The Chart Blog by Dr. Sanjay Gupta and The National Institute of Health Medline Plus.

As President and Executive Director of MIM, Holden and her team is helping to address the disparities among applicants of color. During her own journey in the medical field, Holden went through six pipeline programs that allowed her to do research, volunteer and network with high-ranking members in the medical community. Holden wanted to bring the same type of resources through an all-inclusive program. “Mentoring in Medicine was founded to provide that continuity for students and it morphed into providing continuity for summer experiences. We realized that students needed year round experiences and they needed to be immersed because the competition for medical school is stiff. We also started a parent network so we can hit all the touch points so that the students understand that being a medical profession is serious work.”

Since 2006, MIM has been an integral afterschool program at Cardinal Hayes.  MIM has hosted a series of interactive workshops with doctors from Montefiore Medical Center. Holden believes that these sessions allow students the freedom to be inquisitive and learn more about what the medical profession has to offer.  “I am very dedicated to brown males.  I sought out the schools that were in the Bronx where I worked and tried to get the program in those schools. I think that males especially need that special grooming. If they can have male role models like Dr. Plummer and medical students like Eric Acosta’ 12 who are around then they see these students are progressing to the next level  this will allow them to envision their future selves. That is what I try to mimic and help the students to understand although it’s difficult but it also it’s achievable.”

Dr.  Caitlyn Hoffman, M.D., Pediatric Neurosurgeon at Cornell Weill Medical Center is a huge supporter of promoting diversity in the medical profession.  Last summer, Hoffman invited a group of students from Cardinal Hayes and Mount Saint Michael as part of the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center’s focus on diversity in medicine. The students had the opportunity to use an actual endoscope, a tool that surgeons use to make tiny incisions. Hoffman was excited to see the level of enthusiasm and fascination among the students. “I can’t tell you how many times I would listen to chatter among the kids about how they were blown away that his was a discipline and a job. These experiences allow a level of excitement and curiosity to come through for the students.” Hoffman believes that the way to address these disparities is a multi-pronged approach.  “We must work from the top by putting more financial resources in programs in urban areas. This process has to start at an early age as part of the educational process. Mentoring is essential and there must be an effort to start educating faculty, staff and the administrators about incorporating these key initiatives.”

The Next Generation

Eric Acosta ’12 knows how important role models have been to him throughout his life.   As a member of MIM, Acosta found the program transformative.  “Hayes was the first step of my medical journey. It was in the tenth grade when I joined Mentoring in Medicine as a student. I fell in love with the program. I took it when I went to Canisius College in Buffalo. After I graduated from college, I came back and rejoined MIM immediately and the first thing that I asked to do was to teach at Cardinal Hayes. I currently teach at 12-13 other schools and I am the in-school coordinator for the program.”  Acosta believes that having role models of color is vital in attracting more applicants of color to the field. Initially, he planned on applying to the physician assistant program, but Dr. Holden and Dr. Mary Badillo, a member of MIM and an Emergency Medicine physician at Montefiore Medical Center, encouraged him to pursue his medical aspirations. The other aspect that Acosta found to be a major hurdle is the imposter syndrome, the idea of believing that you don’t belong. “My entire life I grew up, I never had a Hispanic doctor or an African-American doctor. No one I lived around was in the medical field. I am the first person in my family to enter into the medical profession.  The imposter syndrome is just that you don’t realize you can do this because you don’t see anyone that you can strive to be like. That is why Mentoring in Medicine is so huge for me. The head of the program is a black doctor, my role model my first year at MIM was Dr. Mary Badillo who is Francis Badillo’s sister(Director of Student Activities at Cardinal Hayes).   She became my biggest role model. The role models started coming into my life and I believed that I could it.” 

Through his work with MIM Acosta is prepared to inspire future generations of doctors. This fall Acosta dream is closer to becoming a reality.  He will begin his first year at Albert Einstein Medical School in the Bronx.  He plans to specialize in emergency medicine.


To learn more about the Mentoring in Medicine program go to


Get ready to celebrate Doctor’s Back to School Day on May 9, and inspire the next generation of minority physicians.

On this day, visit a school and share your passion for the profession with minority elementary and high school students. You can help them realize that a medical career is within their reach. 

8 Tips for Making Your Visit a Success

  1. Contact the principal's office of a school in your community before March 30.
  2. Schedule your visit on (or around) May 9.
  3. Partner with nearby medical students, residents, physicians, medical societies or health systems.
  4. Explore various formats, but keep your presentation to 2 class periods (e.g., classroom, auditorium, career fair).
  5. Register your event. (You can also purchase giveaways for the students at registration).
  6. Take props to share with the students (e.g., stethoscope, X-rays).
  7. Wear scrubs or a white lab coat.
  8. Post your photos to social media with the hashtag #DrsBackToSchool.
NMA E-Newsletter - March 2018 Issue
2018 NMA Convention and Scientific Assembly
Register Today for the 116th Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly, to be held August 11th through August 15th in Orlando, Florida.

Visit at convention website at for additional details
NMA Hosts 2018 National Colloquium on
African-American Health
The 19th Annual Colloquium on African American Health was a powerful and productive event.

Continuing with the theme "The Urgency of Now: Creating a Culture of Health Equity"health experts from across the country joined together to address pressing issues facing patients, health care providers, and community leaders.

The event kicked off with a welcome reception where guests enjoyed an evening filled with food, fun, and fellowship. Throughout the weekend participants were able to engage in informative sessions focused on implementing action-oriented solutions geared to improve health outcomes for minority populations nationally. 

Important panels that took place during Colloquium include: "Health Equity as a Civil Rights Issue" featuring NAACP President Derrick Johnson and National Urban League Senior VP for Policy Don Cravins, and "State and Local Perspective Policy Panel" featuring Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh. Keynote speakers included media personality Roland Martin, Atlantic writer Van Newkirk, and POLITICO Health Care Editor Adriel Bettelheim. 

Additionally, our signature NMA awards were presented to leaders in health equity. The President’s Award was presented to Tracy M. Walton, Jr., M.D. Past President and Chairmen of the Board of Trustees and Mae S. Walton, B.S. Past President and Chair Board of Trustees, Auxiliary to the National Medical Association. The James M. Whittico, Jr., M.D. Community Advocate Award was presented to Patricia A. Davidson, M.D, and The Louis Stokes Health Advocacy Award and Distinguished Speaker was presented to Camara P. Jones, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.

The event closed with Capital Hill Day sponsored by Pfizer. NMA members rallied together to advocate for health equity on Capitol Hill by participating in congressional visits and hearings. 
Assessing Health Equity Activities in Health Systems 
We need your input in helping us to inform the National Action Plan for Health Equity. Please click on the following link to the “Assessing Health Equity Activities in Health Systems” survey. (done in partnership with Morehouse School of Medicine)

Harriet Tubman's Legacy Inspires Black Women to Take 100 Mile Journey on Foot
NMA President Dr. Doris Browne was recently featured in an NBC News article discussing GirlTrek's movement to urge black women to engage in "radical self-care" through exercise and civic engagement.

NMA Member Dr. Edwin Chapman Featured in NPR Story on the Opioid Crisis
The current drug addiction crisis began in rural America, but it’s quickly spreading to urban areas and into the African-American population in cities across the country.

“It’s a frightening time,” says Dr. Edwin Chapman, who specializes in drug addiction in Washington, D.C., “because the urban African-American community is dying now at a faster rate than the epidemic in the suburbs and rural areas.”

Dr. Chapman is on the front line of the opioid epidemic crippling his community in the Northeast section of Washington. He heads the Medical Home Development Group, a clinic specializing in addiction medicine.

NMA Member Dr. Melissa M. Freeman Featured on ABC News Black History Month Profile
In honor of Black History Month, abc7NY is profiling significant contributors to the African American community.

Dr. Melissa M. Freeman is a 91-year-old medical doctor who is on the front lines in the fight against the opioid epidemic. Freeman finished medical school in 1955 and has practiced medicine since 1961.

The Bronx native is also the granddaughter of a slave in Virginia. Her maternal grandfather, Albert B. Walker, was separated from his mother at the age of 7. When the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, he was told he could return to his mother.

Her grandfather later moved north to New York City, where Dr. Freeman's parents eventually bought the home she where grew up in the Willamsbridge section of the Bronx.

The American College of Rheumatology and KDH Research & Communication invite you to participate in a pilot survey test
Are you a health care provider?

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and KDH Research & Communication (KDHRC) invite you to participate in a pilot survey test that will inform the evaluation of educational materials for health care providers to increase minority participation in lupus clinical trials. The project, entitled Materials to Increase Minority Involvement in Clinical Trials (MIMICT) includes two toolkits – a distribution toolkit for clinical trial site and an educational toolkit for providers. 

The ACR seeks health care providers (MDs, DOs, PAs, NPs, RNs) to participate in a pilot survey test.

Participants will be asked to (1) complete an online survey and participate in a phone interview, or (2) complete an online survey. Participation should take between 45 and 90 minutes. Participants will receive $20-$40 for participation. All information collected during these interviews and surveys will be kept confidential.

If you are interested in participating, please contact: Kelsi Jackson at or 404-968-8013. You may also visit: 

Join Us For The Climate & Health Solutions Conference
Please join your colleagues for the Climate
& Health Solutions Conference  to be held at the George Mason University Founders Hall in Arlington, Virginia on April 9-10 (Ballston/Virginia Square Metro).

Conference sessions will provide updates on: 

  • Climate change health impacts (including, air pollution, adverse childhood events, and the Lancet Count Down)
  • Reducing the carbon footprint of the health sector
  • Policy solutions to climate change
  • How to communicate with policymakers about climate and health.  

The meeting includes CME/CE credits. Visits to Congressional Offices to educate the members will be available on the afternoon of April 10th.  

The visits are planned in cooperation with the American Lung Association. The conference is hosted by the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health (Consortium), a group of 20 member medical societies, including The National Medical Association and 24 affiliates (health and science based organizations). 

National Youth HIV AIDS Awareness Day – April 10th
National Youth HIV AIDS Awareness Day is dedicated to educating the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on youth, and highlights the work youth do to strengthen the fight against the HIV and AIDS epidemic.

The NMA is moving full steam ahead in the fight against HIV and AIDS! We are proud to announce our partnership with the African American Health Program(AAHP) in Silver Spring, MD. The AAHP’s mission is to eliminate health disparities and improve the number and quality of years of life for African Americans and people of African descent in Montgomery County, MD.

Just ahead of National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day, AAHP will be sponsoring a health fair at Montgomery College, Takoma Park campus, where they will be offering BMI, blood pressure, and glucose screenings, as well as HIV testing. At last month’s event, 70 people were screened, and over 30 people were tested for HIV! #DoingIt

We’re looking forward to another successful event on Thursday, April 5th from 10am – 3pm.
Region I 2018 Annual Meeting
Region II Annual Meeting
Region III & V 2018 Annual Meeting
 Region IV 2018 Annual Meeting
              MAY 4 - 6, 2018

More Details to Follow!
Region VI 2018 Annual Meeting

NMA Region VI will hold its annual meeting in Las Vegas, NV April 5-8th, 2018. This meeting will address health equity, vulnerable populations, and environmental health closing the gaps.

SLS Las Vegas Hotel
2535 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
April 5-8, 2018

In Memoriam
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of beloved members of the NMA community. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families during these difficult times. 

Tracy M. Walton, Jr., MD
NMA Past President and Past Speaker, House of Delegates
Andrea S. Bin-Walee
Sister of Past NMA President Javette Orgain, MD

Mrs. June Marie Crawford
Mrs. Dorothy Jean Smith
Past ANMA Board Members
NIH/NMA Travel Awards Program Now Accepting Applications!
Residents, fellows, postdoctoral scientists, and early stage investigators interested in academic medicine are encouraged to apply. Award incudes participation in a two day academic career development workshop and provides support for travel, hotel, and registration for selected applicants to attend the 2018 NMA Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly in Orlando, FL. 

Application deadline is April 15, 2018. 

Save The Date
Allergy & Asthma Day Capitol Hill
Registration is now open for the 21st annual Allergy & Asthma Day Capitol Hill (#AADCH2018) on Wednesday, May 9 in Washington, D.C.
Join us as we advocate on behalf of patients and families and meet 1-on-1 with members of Congress and their staff. Among key topics at this year's AADCH: asthma health disparities and access to care.
Allergy & Asthma Day Capitol Hill
May 9, 2018
Advocacy Training and Breakfast: Prepare for Congressional visits and review key issues.
Congressional Visits: Meet with members of Congress on Capitol Hill. (Allergy & Asthma Network staff will schedule meetings according to participants' home districts.)
Congressional Lunch Briefing: Engage with the members of the Congressional Asthma & Allergy Caucus, patient advocates and health care leaders on key policy issues. (List of speakers is coming soon!) The briefing will be held at the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2168 (Gold Room), 75 C Street SW, Washington, D.C.
Networking Reception: Meet with fellow advocates, healthcare professionals and industry leaders.
Allergy & Asthma Network has secured a block of rooms at Kimpton Hotel Palomar DC (2121 P Street NW, Washington, DC). Book your room now or call 877.866.3070 and ask for the Allergy & Asthma Network room block.
Are You Following NMA on Social Media?
Follow NMA on social media for the latest news, updates, and events. Be sure to follow our all new NMA Instagram page and Youtube Channel. 

Our very own Dr. Aletha Maybank, Vice President of ESMA, will be participating in the 8th Annual Stars of New York Dance Competition on Friday, November 17 at 7pm at the Kumble Theater honoring Malik Yoba and hosted by Errol Louis of NY 1 News.

Seven Dancing Stars competing to win $5,000 for his or her dance partner's dance company to provide free dance education and training to children of color who come from low-income families in New York City so that they reach their full potential.