·      The National Hispanic Medical Association granted the Award during its 20th Annual Conference.

·      This Award adds to the many national and international recognitions that Dr. Tapia-Conyer has received for his outstanding career and his innovative spirit.

Washington, D.C., April 23,  2016.- Dr. Roberto Tapia-Conyer, former President of the Mexican Society of Public Health, a member of our Advisory Board and awarded the Medal of Health Merit, was recognized by the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA).

The NHMA is a nonprofit organization that brings together more than 50,000 medical specialists in different areas of medicine, which aims to a better access and quality health care delivery to Hispanics and other vulnerable populations living in the United States.

During its 20th Annual Conference, which was held in Washington, DC, Dr. Elena Rios, President of the NHMA handed-over the Award, which recognizes Dr. Roberto Tapia-Conyer’s leadership in the fight to improve health services for Hispanics in the United States, which has become evident through many years of work for the rights of migrants.

Dr. Tapia-Conyer thanked the award and took the opportunity to invite health professionals to act with compassion, to support the inclusion and work with passion, to have in mind that “migrants travel not looking for opportunities, but to save their lives." In addition, he urged, "a migrant is a soul who came to this land in search of a better life; let us touch not only his/her body but also his/her heart."

Dr. Roberto Tapia-the Conyer also served as keynote speaker at the Gala Dinner of the Annual Conference. During his speech, Dr. Tapia spoke about the disruptive trends that impact public health in Latin America: urbanization and migration; an aging society; technological developments, and connections without borders.

During his speech, Dr. Tapia-Conyer said the Influenza Pandemic, Zica and Ebola are reminders that the world is in a situation of vulnerability due to health inequities. He stressed that; at the same time, we are about to witness the eradication of Polio from the planet, and that global achievement should help to make clear the urgent need to work together for a world where there is true equality.

Dr. Tapia-Conyer described the concept of Planetary Health within which people recognize themselves as independent but interconnected beings. He also explained that this concept promotes sustainability, diversity and social justice, which is based on a fundamental value: that health is a human right.

The Award granted by the NHMA to Dr. Roberto Tapia-Conyer adds to the many national and international recognitions that has distinguished his outstanding career and his innovative spirit, as well as his permanent fight for social justice and the human right to health.

From the long list of recognitions stands out a recent one, the Ciro de Quadros Global Health Equity Award that the Florida International University granted to Dr. Tapia-Conyer in March this year.




About the Mexican Society of Public Health

It is a civil non -profit organization founded in 1944. With over 70 years of experience, the MSPH is one of the most respected and recognized organizations in the field of public health in Mexico and the only of multidisciplinary nature in the health field. Currently, it has about 9,000 members and subsidiaries in almost the entire country. Its mission is to be a positive factor of influence on the health of the Mexican population through strategies based on prevention, disease control and professionalization of human capital, always with a focus on gender and human rights. www.smsp.org.mx

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