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Spring 2020 Issue

Supporting Latinx physicians, healthcare providers and medical students
through education, advocacy and health policy for health equity,
optimal health and quality of life for all Californians.

Welcome!

The Spring 2020 Issue signals the return of LPOC's eNewsletter, and we couldn't be more excited.  You are receiving this publication as a past subscriber, and this issue will be the only one available to non-members as a sampling of the type of information you can expect from this quarterly publication.  

If you haven't already done so, we also urge you to join us, take a moment to join or renew your LPOC membership, and help amplify the voice of Latinx healthcare providers and patients.  Prices increase March 31st, so don't wait.
In addition to relaunching our website, we are also excited to announce a new event planned for late May.  Information can be found below.
 
Thank you,
Latinx Physicians of California

SAVE THE DATE:LPOC AWARD DINNER ANNOUNCED

LPOC is excited to announce our 2020 Award Dinner set for the evening of Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento.  The program will feature co-Keynote speakers from California's Latino Caucus leaders Senator Maria Elena Durazo (D, Los Angeles) and Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D, San Diego), followed by the presentation of the LPOC Healthcare Hero Award to Dr. Sandra Hernandez. 

2020-2021 CALIFORNIA BUDGET:
OVERVIEW & ANALYSIS 

By James Cruz, M.D., LPOC Board Member

Each year, the California budget process provides the governor an opportunity to promote a vision . . .                                         

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Dr. Sylvia Diego imageMEMBER PROFILE:
Dr. Sylvia Diego

Recently named the recipient of the Network of Ethnic Physicians Organization’s Excellence and Leadership Award, Dr. Silvia Diego has received many recognitions throughout her career.  A career that ...

DHHS’S CONSCIENCE RULE

Recently, I was asked by the LPOC Board to provide information regarding Department of Health and Social Services' "Conscience Rule” to accompany a position statement.  Below is a summary of the rule. Please keep this on your radar for the reasons (and others that you may have) laid-out below. 
~ Sergio Aguilar-Gaziola, M.D., LPOC Board Member

LATINX SALUD POEMS:
AN INAUGURAL COLLECTION

The Latino Caucus for Public Health is proud to release Latinx Salud Poems: An Inaugural Collection.  According to publication editor/contributor and LPOC board member, Alvaro Garza, MD, MPH, "these poems reveal our experiences, observations, reflections, concerns, wishes/desires, and ...

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IN MEMORIAM

California Healthcare lost two Latinx pioneers in 2019.  Read tributes to both below.

Dr. Frank Meza
Dr. Frank Meza’s Role in the Chicano Health Movement:  A true Kaiser Permanente Story of Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion – Perseverance, Vision & Courage

By Dr. Lisa Montes, Southern California Permanente Medical Group   READ MORE

Image of Dr. Frank Zapanta at East Side Orthopedic Medical Group

Dr. Richard Zapanta

Dr. Richard Zapanta’s mother refused to let him be discouraged by a high school counselor who had told him settle for being an auto mechanic. She inspired him by her example of completing high school as a forty-year old adult, and both Dr. Zapanta and his mother graduated from East Los Angeles College at the same time.  READ MORE
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