Call for Abstracts! 2024 MOLA-NAMS Annual Conference

The Medical Organization for Latino Advancement (MOLA) and the National Association of Medical Spanish (NAMS) invite you to submit an abstract (in English or Spanish) for the 2024 MOLA-NAMS Annual Conference, taking place on Friday, October 25th – Saturday, October 26th, 2024 at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC).

We are excited to announce that this year, we will be accepting abstracts for poster and oral presentations, as well as for track sessions during Friday and Saturday’s concurrent breakout sessions.

Conference Theme & Objectives:

Our conference theme this year, The Healing Power of our Roots | El poder sanador de nuestras raíces, was created to honor and embrace the identities and experiences of our Latino/a/x, Hispanic, or of Spanish origin (hereafter LHS+) community. LHS+ identifying and affirming health experts, researchers, and medical Spanish educators and leaders will guide us in conversations surrounding this theme with the goal of impacting healthcare and educational practices. Conference sessions will interweave health and medicine topics with impactful strategies for achieving clinician Spanish language proficiency and effective communication with LHS+ patients and communities.

At the conclusion of the conference, attendees will not only be able to identify the inequities experienced by LHS+ individuals in healthcare and education systems, but will be empowered to take action to reclaim our identity in healthcare, education, and research and elevate the LHS+ community.


We strive to particularly highlight work that addresses the following learning objectives for our attendees:

  • Health Disparities: Identify health disparities prevalent in the LHS+ and Spanish-speaking communities, focusing on access to care, quality of care, and health outcomes
  • Communicative and Cultural Competence: Describe the impact of language concordant care, clinician language proficiency development and assessment, and cultural competency and humility in healthcare.
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice: Propose strategies in healthcare and education that embrace and uplift values of multilingualism and cultural diversity as critical assets that enhance health and educational equity for historically marginalized groups and for all.
  • Collaboration and Networking: Identify opportunities for healthcare professionals, researchers, educators, and community leaders to collaborate, share best practices, and build networks aimed at advancing the health and well-being of the LHS+ population.

Application Deadline: 

June 3rd, 2024 at 11:59 PM CT