NAHN Hispanic Health Policy Summit



NAHN Hispanic Health Policy Summit

February 9-11, 2023 | Washington, D.C.

The first Hispanic Health Policy Summit (HHPS) taking place February 9-11, 2023 at the Willard Intercontinental, in Washington DC, will combine the strengths of the nation’s leading Latinx focused nursing organization, the National Association for Hispanic Nurses, with other Latinx focused medical professional organizations, across all disciplines, to transform healthcare policy and accelerate the pace of research.

The NAHN HHPS unites the Latinx healthcare community to advocate for the health care issues affecting the Hispanic population and proposing potential solutions. National Association of Hispanic Nurses is excited to lead this new joint summit in partnership with other Latinx focused medical associations supporting the needs of the Latinx community.

The first day of this summit will focus on education and coaching for the Hill Day meetings. The second day is reserved for participants to attend those Hill Day visits with their local government representatives (meetings arranged by HHPS). The final half-day focused on discussing the results of those conversations. NAHN is currently applying for CEUs for the HHPS program.

At the end of this summit attendees will be able to:

  • Identify best practices to increase and retain the pipeline of Hispanic health professionals.
  • Define advocacy strategies for increasing access to patient-centered culturally sensitive care.
  • Collaborate across disciplines on healthcare priorities affecting the Hispanic community.


Online registration is now closed for the NAHN Hispanic Health Policy Summit. NAHN members and non-members can register on-site, but will not be eligible for Hill visits. 

Early Bird Rates (through January 11)

  • Member: $349
  • Non-member: $499
  • Student member: $99
  • Student non-member: $129

Regular Rates (January 5 - 31)

  • Member: $399
  • Non-Member: $549
  • Student member: $99
  • Student non-member: $129

On-Site Rates (February 9-11)
Note: Hill visit appointments unavailable if registering on site. 

  • Member: $399
  • Non-Member: $549
  • Student member: $99
  • Student non-member: $129

Preliminary Event Schedule and Speakers

NAHN is pleased to share a preliminary schedule for the Hispanic Health Policy Summit, including keynote presentations, non-profit panels, Hill Day events and more. Please note that this agenda is subject to change. More details will be announced soon.

Day 1: Thursday, February 9, 2023

  • 7:30am-9:00am in Foyer: Breakfast & Registration Opens ]
  • 9:00am-9:15am in Ballroom: Welcoming Remarks by Adrianna Nava, President of National Association of Hispanic Nurses
  • 9:15am-10:15am in Ballroom: Opening Keynote - A Cafecito with Angela Ramirez, HHS Deputy Chief of Staff, by Angela Ramirez, Deputy Chief of Staff, US Department of Health and Human Services - Secretary Becerra
  • 10:15am-10:45am in Foyer: Coffee Break
  • 10:45am-11:45am in Ballroom: Presentation - USDA’s Actions to Advance Food and Nutrition Security: The Role of NAHN, by Alberto A. González Jr., MPP, Senior Advisor for External Engagement, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) at the U. S. Department of Agriculture 
    (1.2 CEU)
  • 11:45am-12:45pm in Ballroom: Presentation Minimizing Hispanic Health Disparities by Tackling Gaps in Care at CMS OMH by LaShawn McIver, Director of Office of Minority Health
    (1.2 CEU)
  • 12:45pm-1:00pm in Foyer: Lunch Buffet Opens
  • 1:00pm-1:50pm in Ballroom: Working Lunch Session -Leveraging Technology in the Latino Population to Improve Outcomes, Ilan Shapiro, AltaMed Health Services, Medical Director, Health Education and Wellness; Men's Board, LatinaStrong
    (1.0 CEU)
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm in Ballroom: Presentation - Medicaid Unwinding: Millions of Eligible Latinos in Danger of Losing Medicaid Coverage by Jeanette Contreras, Director of Health Equity Campaigns, UnidosUS and Leonardo Cuello, Research Professor, Center for Children and Families, Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy
    (1.2 CEU)
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm in Ballroom: Presentation - Impact of Climate Change on the Healthcare of the Latino Community by Katie Huffling, Executive Director, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
    (1.2 CEU)
  • 4:00pm-4:15pm in Foyer: Coffee Break
  • 4:15pm-5:45pm in Ballroom: Hill Day Policy Training – The Art of Advocacy: Building a Relationship with Policymakers to Make a Lasting Impact by Ashley Waddell, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director, Government Affairs & Programs, Organization of Nurse Leaders
    (1.8 CEU)
  • 5:45pm-5:50pm in Ballroom: Closing remarks
  • 6:00pm-7:30pm: Welcome Reception 

Day 2: Friday, February 10, 2023 - Hill Day

  • 7:30am-8:45am in Foyer: Breakfast Session & Pick Up Hill Day - Leave Packets Behind
  • 8:00am-8:45am in Ballroom: Hill Day Breakfast Presentation, PhRMA and Innovation - Implications for Patients & Future Research with Sharon Lamberton, Deputy Vice President, State Policy and External Outreach, PhRMA
  • TBD: Hill Day Meetings (conference will coordinate individual schedules with local government representatives)
  • 6:30pm at Lima Twist: NAHN DC Chapter Fundraiser - Dinner & Show, Noche de Flamenco y Familia at Lima Twist: 1411 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (separate ticketed event - get details here)

Day 3: Saturday, February 11, 2023

  • 8:30am-9:00am in Foyer: Breakfast 
  • 8:50am-9:00am in Ballroom: Lisa Summers & Kimberly Gordon, Co-founders, Healing Politics
  • 9:00am-10:00am in Ballroom: Panel of Nonprofit Leaders - Developing an Interdisciplinary Approach to Health Equity, featuring Andie lee Gonzalez, Abbot Nutrition Pediatric Medical Science Liaison, Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics & Nutrition; Melissa deCardi Hladek, NAHN DC Chapter President, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing; Melissa Rodriguez, Physician Associates for Latino Health; Isha Marina Di Bartolo, Cooper Medical School, Pre-Health Dreamers, Session Sponsor/Moderator from Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
    (1.2 CEU)
  • 10:00am-10:45am in Ballroom: Presentation - Amplifying the Sexual and Reproductive Needs of Latina Women by Melissa Torres-Montoya, JD, MPH, Lawyer Engagement Manager at If/When/How Reproductive Justice Lawyers Network
    (0.9 CEU)
  • 10:45am-11:30am in Ballroom: Presentation - Overview of the National Plan for Health Workforce Well-being from the National Academy of Medicine by Katie Boston-Leary, PhD, MBA, MHA, RN, NEA-BC, CCTP, Director of Nursing Programs, Nursing Practice and Work Environment and Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation, American Nurses Association
    (0.9 CEU)
  • 11:30am-11:45am in Foyer: Lunch Buffet Opens
  • 11:45am-12:45pm in Ballroom: Lunch Session Sponsored by Amgen - Harnessing the Power of Collaborations to Advance Cardiovascular Health Equity Amongst Hispanics, Dr. Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Nursing, Dept of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and faculty at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity
  • 12:45pm-1:45pm in Ballroom: Closing Keynote
  • 1:45pm-2:00pm in Ballroom: Closing Remarks by Adrianna Nava, President of National Association of Hispanic Nurses

Read select speaker bios here.

Continuing Nursing Education: NAHN is an approved CE provider by the District of Columbia Board of Nursing, Provider #50-14680. There are up to a total of 10.6 CEs possible for the Hispanic Health Policy Summit. CEs for this program are available via the NAHN HHPS website for each applicable session following the completion of a post-session evaluation.

Hotel Rooms

A block of rooms is being held at our host hotel, The Willard Intercontinental Washington D.C. Hotel. To book a room at the special conference rate of $229 per night (not including taxes and fees), click on the following booking link: NAHN 2023. In an effort to meet our contractual agreements with the hotel, we ask that all attendees stay at this hotel.

When booking your room on the link, the dates are set to check-in on February 7, 2023 and check-out on February 12, 2023. You can edit these dates by clicking on “Change Search”. If you need to book outside our contracted dates you will need to contact reservations directly at 202-628-9100 and refer to the booking code NH5. The event registration and hotel reservation deadlines are both January 16, 2023.

Airfare Discounts

Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for NAHN HHPS attendees. Please use the link below to book your flights. You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (EST) and refer to Meeting Event Code NY26W. There is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via Delta's reservation 800 number. 


Thank you to our Hispanic Health Policy Summit sponsors!

hhps sponsors


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Thank you to our nonprofit partners!