2015 COD Parliamentary Summary

Resolution 01-2015: Academia in Latino Medical Communities

Title: Academia in Latino Medical Communities

Resolution Identification: 01-2015

Parliamentary Summary: This resolution was extracted for discussion. During COD, discussion was centered on clarifying the resolution language.

Final Content:

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association write an open letter to encourage medical schools to recruit and retain Latinos in academic medicine, and be it further 

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association work in conjunction with other professional and student organizations to prepare Latino medical students to enter academic medicine.

Congressional Action: ADOPTED as amended at the COD.

Resolution 02-2015: DACA Matriculation

Title: Supporting DACA eligible students’ graduate medical education and matriculation in US Medical School

Resolution Identification: 02-2015

Parliamentary Summary: This resolution was extracted for discussion. During COD, testimony in support of the resolution as amended by the Reference Committee. Discussion was centered on inclusion of all undocumented students and not just those eligible for DACA were brought up, but it was agreed upon by the delegates that other resolutions to address this could be submitted in the future.

Final Content:

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association provide a safe environment for the edification and advancement of Latino students applying to medical school, irrespective of their immigration status; and be it further

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association strongly encourage medical schools, residency and fellowship programs to clarify their DACA admission and match policies; and be it further

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association supports regulatory relief to DACA eligibility in the absence of comprehensive reform as seen by the Executive Action declared in 2014, and be it further

RESOLVED that our Latino Medical Student Association strongly encourage medical schools, residency and fellowship programs to support the admission, retention and promotion of DACA eligible students; and be it further

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association write an open letter to the AAMC asking for regulatory relief for DACA eligible students who are accepted into medical school but are unable to matriculate; and be it further

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association work with medical advocacy organizations to develop policy language that promotes the admission, retention and promotion of DACA eligible students.

Congressional Action: ADOPTED as amended at the COD.  

Resolution 03-2015: Food Assessment Development

Title: Designing a food assessment plan to systematically track food desert incidence and measure effectiveness of community intervention programs such as mobile food vendor programs

Resolution Identification: 03-2015

Submitted Content:

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association designs a comprehensive proposal to urge the USDA, CDC and affiliated federal institutions to update and create a observational food assessment within the U.S. that tracks (1) food desert incidence trends, (2) mobile produce vendor programs distribution and implementation, and (3) longitudinal effects of these vendor programs on health outcomes, especially of Latinos, using existing nationwide infrastructure.

Parliamentary Summary:  This resolution was voted on as presented by the Reference Committee to be tabled, as it was not extracted for discussion.

Congressional Action: TABLED

Resolution 04-2015: Food Deserts

Title: Increasing strategies to decrease rate of obesity and chronic disease in Latinos living in food desert communities

Resolution Identification: 04-2015

Parliamentary Summary: This resolution was voted on as presented by the Reference Committee for adoption as amended, as it was not extracted for discussion.

Final Content:

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association recognizes food deserts as a contributor to poor health outcomes, and be it further

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association supports research into identifying policy solutions that decrease the deleterious effects of food deserts in Latino patient communities

Congressional Action: ADOPTED

Resolution 05-2015: Green Spaces

Title: Supporting green space development in Latino communities

Parliamentary Summary: This resolution was voted on as presented by the Reference Committee for adoption as amended, as it was not extracted for discussion.

Final Content:

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association support green spaces in residential zoning districts within Latino communities; and be it further

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association collaborates with physicians who are interested in policy and advocacy for green spaces.

Congressional Action: ADOPTED

Resolution 06-2015: Implicit Bias

Title: Implicit Bias

Resolution Identification: 06-2015

Submitted Content:

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association propose collaboration with the Diversity Policy and Programs unit of American Association of Medical Colleges to inform US medical schools about the Implicit Association Test and encourage their incorporation into cultural competence curricula.

Parliamentary Summary: This resolution was voted on as presented by the Reference Committee for non-adoption, as it was not extracted for discussion.

Congressional Action: NON-ADOPTION

Resolution 07-2015: Mass Incarceration

Title: Mass Incarceration

Resolution Identification: 07-2015

Parliamentary Summary: This resolution was extracted for discussion. Several members of the COD gave testimonies in support and against of the resolution as amended by the Reference Committee. Discussion was centered on concern over the use of “inflammatory language” in the resolution.

Final Content:

RESOLVED, our Latino Medical Student Association recognize mass incarceration as a cause of health inequity, and further

RESOLVED, our Latino Medical Student Association will compose an open letter to our member undergraduate medical education institutions medical schools highlighting the importance of mass incarceration on the health of our communities and urge that curricula include information on the health impacts of incarceration.

Congressional Action:  TABLED

Resolution 08-2015: Defining Immigration in the United States

Title: Terminology used in reference to the undocumented Latino community.

Resolution Identification: 08-2015

Parliamentary Summary:  This resolution was extracted for discussion. Several members of the COD gave testimonies in support of the resolution as written by the authors.

Final Content:

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association condemn the term “illegal alien,” and further

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association task the LMSA National Board with issuing a statement recommending the term “undocumented” as sensitive and appropriate terminology to refer to people in the United States who lack legal immigration status.

Congressional Action: ADOPTED

Resolution 09-2015: Metabolic Disorders and Advertising

Title: Sweet sugar beverages (SSB) advertising on health outcomes: metabolic syndrome of children and adolescents in Latino communities

Resolution Identification: 09-2015

Parliamentary Summary: This resolution was extracted for discussion. Several members of the COD gave testimonies in support of the resolution as amended by the Reference Committee. The authors provided the delegates with citations and clarifying language for the resolution.

Final Content:

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association recognizes the effects of sugar sweetened beverage on health outcomes in the young Latino population; and be it further

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association releases a public stance against sugar sweetened beverage advertising and its consequences on metabolic syndrome incidence among Latinos; and be it further

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association identify partnering medical organizations who are willing to develop  strategies and solutions for decreasing obesity in our Latino population, including the American Diabetes Association, American Pediatric Association, and NHMA.

Congressional Action: ADOPTED as amended at COD.

Resolution 10-2015: Mobile Food Vendor Programs

Title: Increasing the Consumption of Healthy Fresh Foods in Food Desert Latino Communities Using Mobile Produce Food Vendor

Resolution Identification: 10-2015

Parliamentary Summary: This resolution was voted on as presented by the Reference Committee for adoption as written, as it was not extracted for discussion.

Final Content: 

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association support increasing the number of healthy mobile produce vendors as a strategy to eliminate food deserts in Latino communities.

Congressional Action: ADOPTED

Resolution 11-2015: Police Brutality

Title: Increase support of research into the effects of police brutality and racial profiling in health outcomes of Latinos.

Parliamentary Summary: This resolution was extracted for discussion. Several members of the COD gave testimonies in support and against of the resolution.

Final Content:

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association recognizes police brutality and racial profiling against minority communities as a serious, ongoing public health issue; and be it further

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association makes a public written statement that supports the following mission: (1) Raise awareness of racism as a public health concern, (2) End discrimination in medical care, (3) Prepare future physicians to be advocates for social justice; and be it further

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association supports policy solutions such as The End Racial Profiling Act; and be it further

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association collaborates with SNMA/NMA to sign an open letter encouraging advocacy organizations to increase public awareness, advocacy and fund community research on the effects of police brutality in Latino health.

Congressional Action: ADOPTED as amended at COD.

Resolution 12-2015: Deferred Action and Health Insurance

Subject: Healthcare equity amongst immigrant populations

Resolution Identification: 12-2015

Parliamentary Summary: This resolution was extracted for discussion. A member of the COD gave a testimony in support of the resolution as amended by the Reference Committee.

Final Content:

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association adopt a stance supporting healthcare coverage for undocumented immigrants; and be it further

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association write an open letter to community to increase awareness on the lack of healthcare services to undocumented immigrants, and be it further

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association deliver media statements to Latino community news advocating for healthcare coverage for undocumented individuals.

Congressional Action: ADOPTED as amended at COD.

Resolution 14-2015: School Meals

Title: Improving nutrition in schools with high Latino enrollment by supporting strategies to increase high nutritional standards in subsidized school meal programs

Resolution Identification: 14-2015

Submitted Content:

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association supports the high food nutrition standards set by the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act 2010 and USDA Smart Snack, especially due to its health impact in meals served in public schools with high Latino enrollment; and further

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association support innovative strategies to improve nutrition in schools such as the Community Eligibility Program; and further

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association sends out research and data on this subject to legislators in states that have not yet participated in the Community Eligibility program; and further

RESOLVED that our Latino Medical Student Association collaborate with other medical organizations that have taken a stance against corporate interests to end the healthy school meals programs.

Parliamentary Summary: This resolution was voted on as presented by the Reference Committee to be tabled, as it was not extracted for discussion.

Congressional Action:  TABLED

Resolution 15-2015: Single Payer Resolution

Title: Advocacy for Single-Payer Health Insurance

Resolution Identification: 15-2015

Parliamentary Summary: This resolution was extracted for discussion. Several members of the COD gave testimonies in support and against of the resolution.

Final Content:

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association shall support legislation that includes a single-payer health insurance system.

Congressional Action:  ADOPTED as amended at COD.

Resolution 16-2015: Research on LGBTQ Latino Healthcare

Ttile: Supporting Research on Healthcare and Healthcare Equity for Sexual Minority and Gender Diverse Populations, especially those of Latino Origin.

Resolution Identification: 16-2015

Parliamentary Summary: This resolution was extracted for discussion. A member of the COD provided a testimony on changing the financial note to include that the policy committee will designate a person to be in charge of the organization of the scholarship.

Final Content:

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association supports initiatives that enhance and increase the number of projects, grants, initiatives to develop, and efforts to support research about the LGBTQ and Latino patient population, medical student and physician members particularly as they relate to health disparities, medical education and training; and be it further

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association supports the creation of a scholarship fund for research that relates to LGBT Latino populations in order to promote awareness of health disparities affecting LGBT Latinos.

Congressional Action: ADOPTED as amended at COD.

Appendix:

Note on Definitions: The LGBTQ acronym is meant to encompass populations that self-identify as belonging to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer communities. It also serves to encompass those who do not necessarily identify with any of the above referenced groups but still engage in sexual practices with members of the same gender. This population is often referred in the literature as MSM (men who have sex with men) and WSW (women who have sex with women).

Financial Note:

Our LMSA will provide a total of $250.00 annually for this scholarship fund, while the LGBTQ Caucus will raise the other $250.00 as part of their yearly fundraising efforts. The LMSA LGBTQ Caucus Chair and VP of LMSA Policy will be the designated persons organizing all matters related to scholarship funds and will report directly to the LMSA national board. This scholarship shall be named after a Latino doctor that has made a great contribution to the health of LGBTQ Latinos nationwide, therefore this scholarship is to be named the “JP Sanchez Scholarship on LGBTQ Research”. The LGBTQ Caucus will work with the national conference chairs to seek applications for this scholarship and will review all research internally prior to providing recommendations for the winning entry before the LMSA national board.