Tweetchat 10/25: Fixing the Colossal Shortage of Latino Doctors


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The U.S. Latino population surged 243% since 1980.

But at the same time, the number of Latino doctors dropped substantially.

The need for more Latino physicians is vital for the nation’s rising Latino population, to enable better access to healthcare with fewer cultural and linguistic barriers.

Latina doctor with medical chartsSo how can we get more Latino doctors?

Use #SaludTues on Oct. 25, 2016, to tweet with us, Dr. Esteban Lopez of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, the National Hispanic Medical Association, and the Latino Medical Student Association, about innovative strategies to increase Latino doctors.

  • WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat “How to Address the Latino Doc Shortage”
  • TIME/DATE: 12-1 p.m. CST, (1-2pm EST), Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016
  • WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
  • HOST: @SaludToday
  • CO-HOSTS: Dr. Esteban Lopez, Chief Medical Officer and Southwest Texas Market President, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (@DrEstebanLopez); The National Hispanic Medical Association (@NHMAmd); and The Latino Medical Student Association (@LMSA_National).

We’ll open the floor to your suggestions and experiences as we explore:

  • How Latinos are affected by a shortage of Latino physicians?
  • Why more Latinos don’t enroll or finish medical school and what types of barriers Latino students face?
  • How non-Latino doctors and health experts can better connect with Latinos?
  • Share information on programs and networks that support Latino students who are interested in becoming doctors.

Be sure to read Dr. Lopez’s blog post about the Latino doctoral shortage in advance.

Remember, use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversion on Twitter and share your strategies, stories, and resources to help raise awareness of the need for more Latino docs.

#SaludTues is a weekly Tweetchat about Latino health at 12p CST/1p ET every Tuesday and hosted by @SaludToday, the Latino health social media campaign for the team at Salud America! And the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

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