Attendees at National Health Summit Outline Strategies to Improve Health Care for Hispanics

National Hispanic Health Leadership Summit

The National Hispanic Medical Association, with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus acting as honorary co-chair, convened a national health leadership summit in August 2002.

Participants explored how the health care system affects Hispanics and made recommendations to improve this group's health and health care.

Key Recommendations: The conference proceedings include recommendations for improving Hispanic health and access to health care by 2007. Some of the recommendations are:

  • Adopt a universal health care policy.
  • Develop a marketing strategy with community institutions to engage Hispanic leaders and populations in expanding health care services.
  • Increase Hispanic leadership at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, state and private organizations and advisory committees to encourage program development for Hispanic communities.
  • Promote proven prevention strategies for diabetes, asthma, heart disease and cancer.

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