NHMA Nevada Chapter

Chapter Chairs

Jose R. Cucalon Calderon, MD, FAAP


Assistant professor of Pediatrics
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

E-Cigarette Champion
Nevada Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Stop Vaping Campaign Spokesperson
National Hispanic Health Foundation

General Pediatrics at the Healthcare Center

Anayansi Lombardero, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine


Leadership Committee

  • Young Physician Rep:
    Dr. Maria Fernandez
  • Non-Physician Rep:
    Councilman Oscar Delgado MSW & Jose Melendrez MSW
  • Resident Rep:
    Dr. Bridget Martinez for UNR Med
    Dr. Karen Vazquez-Santiago for UNLV resident
  • LMSA Liaisons:
    Sergio Trejo Jr. for UNR med
    Alexis Sauceda-Quintero for UNLV

Upcoming Events

Struggling to find a safe and responsive place to educate your family on mental health? Looking for providers who you can trust and connect with? Our NHMA Nevada Chapter has put together resources for accessible strategies you can implement at home, and you can on February 26th by attending our Acá Entre Nos: Conversations on Mental Health.


Past Events 

Upcoming chapter event

NV NHMA LatinX Health and Equity Conference: Advocacy for Health Topics Impacting Latinx Community
October 22. 2022, 7:30AM - 1:30 PM PST 

CME Information
View Event Photos Here 


CHA Gov. Sisolak and Secretary Becerra    CHA Gov. Sisolak and Secretary Becerra 2
Councilman Delgado and Dr. Maria Fernandez were visited both by Governor Sisolak and by Secretary Becerra at the Community Health alliance on August 19th. 2022.  Topics of conversation included: need for more community health centers like Community Health Alliance in Northern Nevada and across the country, access to quality health care, health equity, our food prescription program (with a food pantry), and the dire need for mental health services in Nevada. 

Letter from the Chairs

As you know, the state of Nevada has a rapidly growing Hispanic/Latinx community that accounts for 30% of our state’s population. The Latinx community has very specific needs that require culturally sensitive, equitable, and bilingual care.

The NHMA helps meet these needs by sharing federal and academic resources with local chapters, providing recommendations to local policymakers, offering partnerships with other state and federal stakeholders, and by guiding members in career advancement as well as funding grants for the improvement of education, scientific knowledge and medical care overall. Our aims in developing a local NHMA chapter are to help ensure that our state has access to these resources.

Current goals that we have set for our chapter include but are not exclusive to:

  • Mental health access and care
  • Mental health stigma reduction
  • Vaccination efforts including COVID 19 vaccination
  • The provision of multilingual resources, including Latin-American Aboriginal languages when appropriate
  • Immigrant health
  • Health Literacy Improvement
  • Nutrition and healthy habits education
  • Workforce safety, including indoor clean air and second/third-hand smoke exposure

We hope that this provides a framework for the specific needs of our state, and we look forward to hearing your suggestions on additional goals that we may include as we move forward with our chapter as well as obtaining your input on how to carry out and achieve these goals.  We are especially interested in learning about your willingness, availability, and interest in helping us to form the Nevada NHMA state board so that we can reach our aim of having a fully structured chapter by the beginning of 2022. Become a member if you are not one already!

Thank you, in advance, for your consideration and we look forward to hearing from you regarding your level of interest in participating in the Nevada Chapter of the NHMA, and any input you may be willing to provide.