National Hispanic Medical Association

Texas Chapters Meeting


Texas Doctors for Social Responsibility

Health Forum 


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National Hispanic Medical Association

Texas Chapters Summit


Thursday, October 15, 2020, 1 pm – 3 pm

Keynote Speaker:

Hanna Hollandbyrd

 “Reimagining the Border: A Call to Action”

Hope Border Institute, El Paso

Welcome:               Dr. Jaime Estrada, Chair, San Antonio Chapter and President and Board Chair Texas Doctors for Social Responsibility


Official Welcome:    Dr. Elena Rios, President and CEO, NHMA


Keynote Speaker:    Hanna Hollandbyrd, Hope Border Institute, El Paso 


          Panel:        “Impact of COVID-19 on Border Communities” – Q&A 




          I.        Paula Gomez, ED, Brownsville Community Health Clinic

          II.       Eddie Olivarez, Hidalgo County HHS

          III.      Alfonso Mercado, PhD, Psychologist, Edinburg

          IV.     Bishop Mark Seitz, DD, Catholic Diocese of El Paso

          V.      Hanna Hollandbyrd, Hope Border Institute, El Paso


Moderators:  Dr. Frank Fernandez, Chair, NHMA RGV Chapter

Dr. Bert Johansson, Chair, NHMA El Paso Chapter


Closing Remarks:


Dr. Elena Rios, President and CEO, NHMA

Congressman Henry Cuellar, District 28, Texas


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Texas Doctor's for Social Responsibility

3rd Annual Health Forum:

"Integrated Care: Social Determinants of Health in the Care of the Uninsured in the COVID Era"


Thursday, October 15 - October 16, 2020

TDSR Health Forum Session 1:

Legislative Advocacy

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Sessions details coming soon


Session Chair: Christine Yanas

Vice President, Policy & Advocacy

Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas Inc.

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Session Chair: Lauren Geraghty
Chief Program & Innovation Officer

Communities in Schools San Antonio

TDSR Health Forum Session 2:

Behavioral Health

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Current data related to the behavioral health impacts of the pandemic on adult and youth populations paints a grim picture of rising stress levels and increased rates of depression, anxiety, substance use, loneliness, domestic violence, and child abuse. In this session, participants will learn how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting San Antonio residents, understand the pivots our local behavioral health systems and institutions are making to ensure equitable access to high-quality mental health supports, and come away with actionable steps to ensure the health and wellbeing of our community.  


Mary Beth Fisk, CEO/Executive Director at The Ecumenical Center

Dr. Carol Harle,  UTSA College of Education & Human Development and NISD school board trustee

Amaris Sanchez, LPC, Counselor at Rhodes Elementary

Tami Logsdon, Director of Programs & Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor at Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas

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Dr. Rudy Urby

Founder & Board Secretary,

Bridging Whole Health

Member, Texas Doctors for Social Responsibility

TDSR Health Forum Session 3:

Social Determinants of Health

Friday, October 16, 2020, 9:00 am - 10:30 am

The current COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the severity of health disparities and access to care by vulnerable populations in Texas.  Loss of employer-based insurance coverage during the pandemic has increase the number of uninsured in Texas to 5 million, including 623,000 children - the highest rate in the U.S.  Access to care is also negatively influenced by adverse social determinants of health - further exacerbating health disparities for underserved populations. In this session, participants will learn about the disproportionate impact of social determinants of health on underserved segments of our community from experts in the fields of public health and demography, explore opportunities to leverage community resources to reduce barriers to care, and engage in a vibrant discussion regarding advocacy efforts to change legislative priorities in Texas.


Carlos Roberto Jaén, MD, PhD, Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine, UT Health San Antonio, Lozano/Long School of Medicine

Linda G. Solis, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Humanities, University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine

Rogelio Saénz, PhD, Dean of the College of Public Policy, Endowed Chair at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Sandra G. Guerra, MD, MPH, FACPM.  Assistant Medical Director, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District


TDSR's 3rd Annual Health Forum is presented by:

Methodist Healthcare Ministries, Inc.

To learn more about TDSR and how you  can support their mission to advocate for a more just and cost-effective healthcare system in the state of Texas, visit
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