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NATIONAL HISPANIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION PHYSICIANS JOIN FORCES WITH NATIONAL MEDICAL ASSOCIATION AND TEXAS CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE

On a Call to Action
To Expand Efforts to Reduce Health Disparities in Flu Vaccinations

The National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) will join National Medical Association (NMA) and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) in Houston Texas, to kick off a series of Invitational Leadership Forums to be held across the country to support the “Protecting All From Flu” campaign.

What: Invitational Leadership Forum in Houston, Texas

When: Monday, January 31, 2011 from 8:30-10:30 am

Where: University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
2450 Holcombe Blvd. Room TMC 1.3111

Why: The “Protecting All From Flu Campaign,”-HHS Demonstration Project
Is an effort to improve influenza vaccination rates among African-Americans and Hispanics in targeted cities. Houston was selected as one of eight cities based on historical evidence of vaccination disparities and availability of provider networks.

How: The goal of the forum is to bring national attention to this issue and
to begin to promote health care provider education and strategies
needed to increase seasonal influenza vaccination in minority communities. Participants will receive information on availability
of free flu vaccination vouchers for uninsured and underserved made
possible through a partnership with Walgreens.

Key participants include Office of Minority Health, Department of
Health and Human Services, Walgreens, Houston Department of Health and Human Services, MD Anderson, Cancer Center, National Medical Association and the National Hispanic Medical Association.

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