National Health Organizations
Dedicated to improving the health of Hispanic communities, the following list of Hispanic health organizations is a key resource for our community.
National Alliance for Hispanic Health (NAHH)
Founded in 1973, the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (NAHH) is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization aiming to provide educational health resources to the Hispanic population. The organization prides itself on its science-based and community-driven efforts, with many national members around the country. The NAHH also partners with other member organizations that help support their organization’s advocacy, including local universities, foundations, hospitals, and various community-based organizations. The NAHH also provides opportunities for scholarships to students in high school and holds demonstration programs that offer and promote awareness of programs such as Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program, and more. Other beneficial resources NAHH offers include promoting social health services programs that aim to help disease prevention in areas such as heart health, cancer, obesity, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, mental health, and more. The NAHH’s ultimate vision is to help Hispanics receive support and resources based on a scientific approach, adequate and factual research, along with incorporating community and culture. NAHH also aims to improve current available resources and invests in quality health care. NAHH offers a bilingual helpline for anyone seeking basic information on health-related topics and issues.
National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives (NALHE)
Founded in 2005, the National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives is an organization led by experts and Latino and Latina executives in the medical and health care industry. The organization was created to enhance the executive-level representation of Latino and Latina leaders working in hospitals and health care settings around the U.S. The mission and goals surrounding NALHE are to advocate for health equity and support policy and legislation within health care settings for Latinx and diverse communities. In addition, NALHE seeks to utilize talented Latino/Latina executives in health that can help support the challenges that face the Latinx community. Efforts by the NALHE have managed to succeed by expanding the organization’s network by launching chapters across the country, including Puerto Rico, being acknowledged for excellent and quality leadership, launching initiatives, and establishing partnerships and sponsorships with health care industry organizations. Members also have the opportunity to support new initiatives, take part in advancing health care policies for the Latinx community, and nominate outstanding peers and colleagues for awards that the organization gives out. NALHE also offers a program for early-career individuals who seek mentorship and professional development assistance called “La Mesa Emerging Leaders Program.”
National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA)
Founded in 2000, the National Latino Behavioral Association (NLBHA) was established to provide mental health and behavioral health services to Latinos and Latinas across the country. The organization was created due to the increasing need for mental health services in the Latino community. The goals of the NLBHA are to recognize the ongoing need for advocacy and resources for the Latinx communities, who are affected by the lack of access and resources pertaining to behavioral health. The organization aims to help influence national behavioral policy, improve care for Latinx communities, and address the gaps in areas such as funding, quality care, education, workforce issues, and substance abuse. Supporting Latinx family-based interventions and Latino-focused behavioral health research are also key to the organization’s approach. A mental health interpreter training program (MHIT) is also offered by the organization in which bilingual staff members are able to train and use their linguistic skills in behavioral health settings. NLBHA also provides the “Josie Torralba Romero Scholarship Fund,” named after the organization’s first President, Josie Torralba Romero, in which a student recipient receives a scholarship towards their college education.
National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)
Founded in 1975, the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) is a non-profit organization with over 40 local chapters throughout the United States and the leading professional association for Hispanic nurses. The organization provides educational knowledge, mentorship, and leadership skills to Hispanic nurses. Members of NAHN have many beneficial opportunities such as taking part in the NAHN annual conference, local chapter events, virtual webinars, and the Latino Leadership Institute, which is currently in the works. The association also aims to provide and promote safe, quality health care to Latino and diverse communities and acknowledge outstanding nurses in the profession. In addition, members participate in policy influence, volunteer opportunities, and work to bring programming awareness to the Latino community. NAHN also addresses the major challenges that continue to affect the Latino communities and helps support policy implementation and analyze the health care needs of the Hispanic community by participating in clinical research and advocating to government agencies. Other duties include promoting safety and quality health care services to Hispanic consumers, collaborating with various Hispanic healthcare professionals for solutions, and community.
Hispanic Dental Association (HDA)
Founded in 1990, the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) is committed to improving oral health in the Hispanic community. As the leader in advocating for Hispanic oral health, the association aims to promote advocacy, provide educational research, and promote health for Latino/Hispanic and diverse underrepresented communities. The HDA also utilizes research and knowledge to help find solutions for disease prevention and treatments for oral health and provides support for oral health and dental professionals. Dental and oral health professionals may find educational resources in the HDA and become members. Some membership benefits include access to leadership opportunities, education, service and empowerment, and regional events such as conferences and local chapter events. The HDA also provides community outreach and has utilized various ways to provide access to vulnerable communities. The association has also partnered with local clinics, churches, and food pantries to help provide access to people in need.
National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)
Established in 1994 in Washington, DC, the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) is a nonprofit association with a mission to empower Hispanic physicians. The association represents the interests of 50,000 licensed Hispanic physicians in the United States and aims to lead efforts to improve the health of Hispanic and other underserved communities. The vision and overall goal are to be the national leader in improving the health of Hispanic populations. Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, NHMA encouraged its members and partners to participate in the “Vaccinate4All” campaign. The NHMA serves as a resource to the White House, Congress, and the federal government. It also develops public health and private sector leadership by coordinating programs to develop future leaders. The NHMA has trained 150 fellows and 200 resident leaders. In 1997, NHMA began summoning its Annual Hispanic Health Conference in March. NHMA provides a great learning network for policymakers on Latino Health policies.
National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF)
Established in 1994, the National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) has a mission to support educational and research activities to improve the health of Hispanics. The NHHF has six programs to help support its community and its goal of improving Hispanic health. The programs include The Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship, Hispanic Physicians Building Community through COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness and Equity, NHHF/UHF Diverse Scholars Program, Health Literacy Program with Centene, Skin Scholarship, and the NHHF Internship Program. The NHHF was established as the philanthropic arm of the National Hispanic Medical Association.
National Hispanic Pharmacists Association (NHPA)
Established in 2018, the National Hispanic Pharmacists Association (NHPA) serves as a resource to the federal government on how to advance pharmacy programs and policies. Its mission is to empower Hispanic pharmacists in collaboration with public and private sectors to improve Hispanic health. Founders envisioned the NHPA as the leading pharmacy organization for improving the health of the Hispanic community. The National Hispanic Pharmacists Association works alongside the National Hispanic Health Foundation.
Latinx Health & Medical Society (LHMS)
The Latinx Health & Medical Society (LHMS) is a non-profit organization for Hispanics and Latinxs, Hispanic Americans. Its mission is to promote deeper contact, communication, and resource exchange among Latinx professionals in the global healthcare system. When founding the organization, founders envisioned its future to be the world’s leading advocate, voice, and core connector for Hispanics and Latinx professionals in the global and life sciences ecosystem. LHMS recruits globally to promote Latinxs in healthcare and guide other professional organizations in building diverse cultures that are welcome to Latinx culture. Additionally, it provides mentoring to both individuals and groups in hopes of supporting the success of Latinxs. LHMS aims to serve life and science professionals by providing new insights and information regarding the latest health trends involving Latinxs, gaining access to policymakers, and connecting to potential global employers. It also serves life and science organizations by providing access to deeper knowledge regarding the Latinx consumer market, clinical and R&D issues specific to the Hispanic/Latinx community, and access to the best Latinx potential employees.
Medical Organization for Latino Advancement (MOLA)
Founded in 2016, the Medical Organization for Latino Advancement is a non-profit association of Hispanic/Latinx physicians and health professionals with a mission of career advancement, linguistic and cultural competency, personal wellness, and health equity for the entire Hispanic/Latinx community. Within the past 30 years, the number of Latinx physicians per 100,000 people has declined by 27 percent. This inspired the founders of MOLA when creating their mission; while the general Latinx population is increasing, their representation in healthcare is shrinking dramatically, which needs to change. MOLA is locally based in Chicago and closely tends to its community’s needs.