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National Latino
Physician Day

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Join us for NLPD 2024 - Our Biggest Year Ever!

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6% is not enough.

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Did you know that only 6% of physicians are Latino or Latina in the United States, despite the country being made up of 19% Latino?  California has an even higher Latino population reaching 39% with further increases projected to 50% by the year 2050. There are significant health care barriers, inequalities, and poorer outcomes in the Latino/Hispanic population. Having Latinos better represented in medicine is necessary for our communities and for the future of medicine in the United States.

 

Help us create awareness of this crisis and the need for more Latino and Latina Doctors by helping us celebrate National Latino Physician Day (NLPD) across the country on October 1st!

Send this 2023 NLPD letter to your institution!
NLPD 2023 
Mission Statement
& Fact Sheet
 
NLPD 2023
Press Release
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Advocacy

Designating National Latino Physician Day:

 

Assembly Concurrent Resolution 128 (2023 - 2024)

California Latino and Latina Physician Day

Introduced by Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula

https://legiscan.com/CA/text/ACR128/id/2892297

 

United State Congress Resolution 734 (2023 - 2024)

Introduced by Dr. Raul Ruiz and Dr. Yadira Caraveo

https://legiscan.com/US/text/HR734/2023

 

United States Senate 389 (2023 - 2024)

Introduced by Senator Alex Padilla and Senator John Cornyn

https://www.congress.gov/bill/118th-congress/senate-resolution/389/all-actions

Proclamations

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  • Santa Clara County, California (Dr. Lee Anna Botkin, Dr. Judith Sanchez, Dr. Rachel Ruiz, Leilani Jones)

  • San Jose (Dr. Antonia Zazueta Charles)

  • Bell Gardens 9/11/2023 at 6pm (Dr. Mariela Garcia)

  • Jurupa Valley (Dr. Veronica Contreras)

  • Maywood, California (Dr. Mariela Garcia)

  • Pasadena, California (Dr. Connie Casillas)

  • Orange County, California (Dr. Jose Mayorga)

  • Irvine, California (Dr. Lourdes González Bahamonde)

  • Rockford, Illinois (Dr. Emma Olivera)

  • Chicago, Illinois (Dr. Emma Olivera)

  • Peoria, Illinois (Karina Favela)

  • Miami, Florida (Dr. Lorena Bonilla)

2024 Media

NPR: The Pulse: Bridging the Gaps for Latino Health

https://whyy.org/episodes/bridging-the-gaps-for-latino-health/

 

United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Full Committee Hearing. Chairmen: Bernie Sanders, Ranking Member: Bill Cassidy National Latino Physician Day Testimony

https://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/what-can-congress-do-to-address-the-severe-shortage-of-minority-health-care-professionals-and-the-maternal-health-crisis

 

Lawmakers and Medical Professionals testify on Minority and Maternal Health Care

https://www.c-span.org/video/?535332-1/lawmakers-medical-professionals-testify-minority-maternal-health-care

 

Doctors of color call on Congress to help address minority physician shortage

https://www.yahoo.com/news/doctors-color-call-congress-help-215557175.html

 

AHA urges Senate committee to support federal programs promoting workforce diversity, maternal health

https://www.aha.org/news/headline/2024-05-02-aha-urges-senate-committee-support-federal-programs-promoting-workforce-diversity-maternal-health

 

CalHealthCares loan repayment program earns praise at congressional hearing for addressing provider shortages in underserved areas

https://www.phcdocs.org/News/calhealthcares-loan-repayment-program-earns-praise-at-congressional-hearing-for-addressing-provider-shortages-in-underserved-areas

 

Panel Addresses Minority Physician Shortage, Maternal Health at Senate Committee Hearing

https://www.ajmc.com/view/panel-addresses-minority-physician-shortage-maternal-health-at-senate-committee-hearing

 

Q&A with Michael Galvez, MD, Creator of National Latino Physician Day

https://wsma.org/Shared_Content/News/Membership_Memo/2024/june-28/q-and-a-with-michael-galvez-md-creator-of-national-latino-physician-day.aspx?_zs=HL9Ae1&_zl=M6Lh9

Action Items
About

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NLPD was initiated by concerned Latina and Latino doctors worried about the future of medicine in the United States for our diverse patient populations.

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Action Items

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

  • Design and wear a T-shirt! Create awareness by creating a T-shirt for your organization and local community. More information to come on our website for available T-shirts.

  • Share information about NLPD! Share this document with your friends or colleagues that are Latino/a/x physicians or surgeons, allies, and share this with your hospital/group.    

  • Ask your organization to endorse NLPD. Ask your hospital, physician group or organization to join us by officially recognizing NLPD on October 1st. Organizations can endorse NLPD through a press release, donation, Grand Rounds dedicated to NLPD, sponsoring NLPD swag (shirts, etc.), and various other ways to promote the day. Let us know if your organization has officially endorsed NLPD and we will celebrate them by adding them to the official list.

  • Post on social media! Create awareness about the day! Post a selfie or photo of you and your friends/family! Post a video about why this date is important to you! Tag others that you think would be interested, please include us and we will also promote. Us the hashtags: #nationallatinophysicianday #nationallatinaphysicianday

       #nationallatinxphysicianday

  • Celebrate on October 1st! Celebrate by creating a local event/gathering, involve your local media outlets, create a news release about your event, involve marketing, and post on social media.

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Events

2023 NATIONAL EVENTS!

Partners

NLPD Partners

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Contact
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CONTACT

We need this day to celebrate and to highlight the fact that we need more Latino doctors! Help us make a difference for our community.

Email us at:

nationallatinophysicianday@gmail.com

Michael G. Galvez, MD FACS

michaelgalvez@gmail.com

Cesar R. Padilla, MD

cesarraudelpadilla@gmail.com

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