The Latino Health Symposium is MOLA’s all-membership educational event. The event will gather medical experts and provide educational opportunities for physician, health professional, and student attendees. In addition, an academic poster session will be a unique opportunity for participants to demonstrate their innovative scholarly achievements. Finally, there will be networking opportunities including a mentorship event which will mark an annual face-to-face mentorship encounter between MOLA mentors and mentees and a way for new attendees to get to know MOLA and develop opportunities for collaboration.
The main objectives for participants promise an impact in Latino health with regards to Education, Research, Innovation, and Collaboration and would be summarized as follows.
- Understand key issues in Hispanic/Latino/a/x health and health disparities on a local, regional, or national level, including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
- Identify evidence-based strategies to address gaps and barriers in Latino/a/x health and discuss options for implementation of “best practices” with Latino/a/x patients and communities.
- Describe innovative strategies that are being realized or proposed in current academic research, community practice, or educational development that have an impact on improving Latino/a/x health equity.
- Discuss strategies in health policy or education that address increased equity and representation of Latinos/as/xs in medical careers and other areas of health professional advancement.
The target audience will include students, residents, and attending physicians and will provide educational opportunities on issues affecting Hispanic/Latino health and health disparities. The symposium will also include the larger MOLA community which includes health care professionals, such as advanced clinical practitioners, public health professionals, and behavioral health specialists.
Symposium Scientific Committee
- Pilar Ortega, MD – Education & Research Committee and Symposium Co-Chair
- Arielle Guzman, MPH – Education & Research Committee and Symposium Co-Chair
- José Alberto Figueroa – Education & Research Committee and Symposium Intern
- Daniela Maciel – Education & Research Committee and Symposium Intern