2018 Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Gala - Los Angeles

Thursday, December 13th, 2018
Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles

6:30 PM  –  Registration and Reception
7:30 PM –  Dinner and Awards Ceremony
9:30 PM –  Dance (Music provided by Spice)

The National Hispanic Foundation (NHHF), the philanthropic arm of the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA), invites you to our Eleventh Annual California Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Gala. During our Gala, we are proud to announce the scholarship recipients from the Western United States, as well as the Hispanic Health Leadership Awardees who inspire us with their leadership for change in healthcare for our community.

Hispanics are the largest ethnic group in the United States, yet, there is a dearth of Hispanic health professionals with the cultural and linguistic skills to deliver quality care for this growing population. In addition, Federal, State, local government and private sector healthcare agencies have minimal Hispanic representation in top leadership positions who can develop policies and programs targeted to the Hispanic community.NHHF is responding to these challenges by developing this unique national scholarship program to reward students in health professional schools for exceptional academic performance, leadership, and commitment to serving the Hispanic community. We believe they are the future Hispanic leaders of our nation.

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Hispanic Health Leadership Honorees

Arturo Ibarra, DDS
President & CEO
Arturo Ibarra, DDS, Inc.


Domenika Lynch
President & CEO
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute


Yvonne Maldonado, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development
Stanford University School of Medicine


Arturo Molina, MD, MS
Chief Medical Officer
Sutro Biopharma, Inc.


Felix Nuñez, MD, MPH
Medical Director
Molina Healthcare of California


Maria Salinas
Los Angeles County Chamber of Commerce

USC Alumni

Chris Hiromura, MD
Associate Medical Director
Family Care Specialists Medical Group

Miguel Pedroza, MD
Staff Physician
UCSB Student Health

Scholarship Recipients

Diana Albor – Colorado School of Public Health
Yesenia Andrade – Western University Health Sciences Nursing School
Brenda Castillo – Texas Tech University Health Sciences, El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
Brianna Garza – Texas A&M, Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy
Laura Hernandez Santiago – Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Sofia Iribarren – University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry
Daisy Manzo – University of California, Davis School of Medicine
Vanessa Nunez – David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles
Andrew Rosales – University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
Monica Vergara – Tulane University School of Medicine