National Hispanic Latino Cardiovascular Collaborative (NHLCC)


Message from the Chair / Founding Member

Carlos Jose Rodriguez, MD, MPH, FAHA, FACC

I am pleased and excited to serve as Chair of the National Hispanic Latino Cardiovascular Collaborative (NHLCC) for the next two years. Our Collaborative is a passionate, interdisciplinary group whose members are focused on promoting the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, in support of the Hispanic community, by reducing and eliminating health disparities that prevent people from living a full, optimal life.

Carlos Rodriguez, MD, MPH, FAHA, FACC
Chair / Founding Member, National Hispanic Latino Cardiovascular Collaborative

Vision

The vision of the National Hispanic Latino Cardiovascular Collaborative is to promote the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, in support of the Hispanic community, by reducing and eliminating health disparities that prevent people from living a full, optimal life.

Meetings

NHLCC General Information Meeting

You’re invited to join us for the fall 2022 general information meeting of the National Hispanic Latino Cardiovascular Collaborative, a part of the American Heart Association.

This new volunteer group shares a vision to promote the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, in support of the Hispanic-Latino community, by reducing and eliminating health disparities that prevent people from living a full, optimal life.

The Collaborative will host a general information meeting on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. During the meeting, attendees will learn about the group’s goals and mission, how NHLCC is guiding the work of the Association, upcoming opportunities at the Association’s Scientific Sessions, how to join, and more!

Who: This meeting is open to any AHA members interested in improving the health and well-being of the Hispanic-Latino community, in pursuit of eliminating health disparities, regardless of their own race/ethnicity or profession.
What: General information meeting – Fall 2022
When: September 27, 2022, 3–4 p.m. CT
Where: Zoom Webinar

A recording of the webinar will be available soon.


Scientific Sessions

November 5–7, 2022
Chicago, Illinois + Virtual
Learn more about Scientific Sessions


Fostering the Future of Hispanic Latino Health

November 6, 3:30–4:15 p.m.
Learning Lab 1 at McCormick Place Convention Center

Established within the American Heart Association, the National Hispanic Latino Cardiovascular Collaborative (NHLCC) is a new volunteer group with a shared vision to promote the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, in support of the Hispanic-Latino community, by reducing and eliminating health disparities that prevent people from living a full, optimal life. During this meeting, attendees will meet NHLCC leadership, learn about the group and its mission, engage in a presentation on health disparities in the Hispanic community, as well as recognize NHLCC Scholars through a discussion on career pathways. Following this session, attendees will have a better understanding of the changing demographics of the United States, the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease outcomes and risk factors in the Hispanic community, and how NHLCC and the AHA are building a pipeline of future healthcare providers and public health practitioners.


NHLCC Scholars

In order to advance its mission, NHLCC believes that it is critical to engage health professions students and early-career investigators in networking, mentorship, and sponsorship opportunities to grow and diversify the future healthcare workforce. To that end, NHLCC has launched the NHLCC Scholars mentoring program centered around AHA’s annual Scientific Sessions conference. Get to know our inaugural NHLCC Scholars below!

How to Join

Thank you for your interest. Please reach out to us at the email below with your name, professional credentials, and institution. A member of our team will reach out with more information.

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Get Involved

  • Join social media discussions with your colleagues by using #NHLCC

NHLCC Leadership

Learn more about our National Hispanic Latino Cardiovascular Collaborative leadership.

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HSI Scholars Program

screen capture of two attendees greeting each other from the Scientific Sessions 2021 registration video.

The Hispanic Serving Institutions Scholars Program invests in aspiring Hispanic researchers and health care professionals. Undergraduate students enrolled in biomedical and health sciences at HSIs participate in academic and career-enriching experiences for a full academic year. Scholars, with the support of the American Heart Association, and committed and impactful mentors, learn about health disparities in Hispanic communities, how cultural sensitivity can provide safe and reassuring clinical spaces, and how inclusivity is essential in science.

Heroes Saving Hearts Campaign

Overhead view of an unconsious person laying on the ground with a concerned bystander performing CPR

Despite improvement in CPR training, the survival rate for women experiencing cardiac arrest outside of a hospital has not improved significantly, especially for Hispanic women. The American Heart Association is determined to change that fact through a new initiative launching in August, the “Héroes Salvando Corazones/Heroes Saving Hearts” campaign. The campaign will inspire the Hispanic-Latino community to learn the two steps to Hands-Only CPR to help save lives.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the National Hispanic-Latino Cardiovascular Collaborative?

The National Hispanic-Latino Cardiovascular Collaborative’s purpose is to pursue and advance Hispanic-Latino cardiovascular health and Hispanic-Latino professional development for the American Heart Association volunteers and for its members. The existing Latinx Committee (Latinx Cardiology Committee) will sunset, and current members will be asked to consider appointment to the National Hispanic-Latino Cardiovascular Collaborative.

What is the goal for the National Hispanic-Latino Cardiovascular Collaborative?

The National Hispanic-Latino Cardiovascular Collaborative will be integrated and embedded in the American Heart Association. The Group will provide an opportunity for more Hispanic-Latino professional representation, to empower the next generation of Hispanic-Latino health professionals, provide networking opportunities for its members, mentorship opportunities through AHA’s key health equity work, and become an advisory board for AHA Hispanic-Latino-focused awareness campaigns.

The overarching goal is for the Association to consult with the National Hispanic-Latino Cardiovascular Collaborative members to help complement AHA’s work in the Health Equity space.

Who is included in the National Hispanic-Latino Cardiovascular Collaborative?

The Group is mostly comprised of AHA volunteers who are health and medical professionals and self-identify as Hispanic or Latino, such as, cardiologists, surgeons, primary care physicians, researchers, academics, and leaders from prominent accredited societies. The Group is also composed of volunteers who are passionate about Hispanic-Latino health and AHA’s mission.

Where is the NHLCC positioned within the AHA

The Group will be organizationally positioned within the AHA Office of Health Equity and supported by the AHA Somos Corazón employee resource group (ERG).

Why is the National Hispanic-Latino Cardiovascular Collaborative vital for our life-saving work?

At present, approximately 19% of the United States population self-identifies as Hispanic, and that percentage is projected to increase to 29% by the year 2050[1]. As such, the health of the Hispanic population in the U.S. has received increased attention. Especially, as it relates to, the state of chronic diseases, and overall cardiovascular health among the Hispanic population. A scientific study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found that approximately 48% of Hispanic adult males, 20 years and older, had prediabetes. Approximately 15% of both Hispanic males and females had a physician diagnose them with diabetes. Based on the same study, approximately 50% of Hispanic adults, 20 years of age and older, had cardiovascular diseases.

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges and the United States Office of Minority Health, there is a lack of diversity in health care practitioners today, research suggests that patients of color may experience uncomfortable interactions and communication barriers with their health care providers because of implicit and unconscious bias among physicians and other health care professionals. In fact, less than 7% of physicians are of Hispanic heritage, according to the same study. These barriers, in turn, can lower patients’ trust in the overall health care system and as a result, these patients may not complete prescribed treatments or follow-up on recommended care.

The American Heart Association believes there is an opportunity to engage the Hispanic-Latino segment of the cardiovascular community in research, education, clinical guidance, fellowship, and advocacy-related activities. One of those key pathways is to establish the National Hispanic-Latino Cardiovascular Collaborative.



[1] Projections of the Size and Composition of the U.S. Population: 2014 to 2060 (PDF) | (https://www.census.gov/)

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