The ALMA goals cannot be achieved without your support!

ALMA is committed to serving our community in several ways. We are increasing the number of Latino healthcare professionals through mentorship programs and scholarship awards. We provide preventive medical care and education through health clinics around the state of Arizona. We provide access to lower cost, quality healthcare to uninsured and underinsured families through our ALMA MedCard Program.

Donate – Scholarship & Endowment

ALMA provides scholarships to Latino students pursuing healthcare careers. Scholarships are awarded to students enrolled in an Arizona public or private university professional program, and who intend to practice in Arizona. You can support ALMA’s mission by donating to our Scholarship fund. ALMA is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation.

The 2019 ALMA Gala will take place on November 23, at The McCormick, in Scottsdale, AZ.

The annual ALMA Gala hopes to achieve the following objectives:

• Commemorate the founding of ALMA;
• Gather the ALMA Members and our friends;
• Introduce the ALMA scholarship recipients; and Raise funds to provide health careers scholarships, provide support for wellness initiatives and grow the ALMA Endowment Fund.

If not us who?
If not now when?

Click the image above for more information and to download your invitation.

The 2019 ALMA Jubilee was held on April 27th. Check back for any follow up posts.

“Nutrition Tango was created for YOU, who value healthy meals that nourish your body and feed your mind with essential nutrients,” says Phoenix based Nutritionist, and ALMA Member – Debbie Polisky.

Nutrition Tango offers Bilingual (English/Spanish) MIND and BODY Programs for those individuals who believe nutrition and lifestyle changes can improve their health condition, whether as a preventive measure or due to a specific chronic or inflammatory condition.

Consultations can be provided face-to-face in Phoenix, AZ or from the comfort of your home, via Skype, phone and email.

Click here to visit their website.

“We do!”

Finding the root cause of your health concern can mean modifying your nutrition plan, adding exercise to your life, decreasing stress levels and understanding how mindfulness plays a role in your overall wellbeing.

Click here to learn more.

You might have heard of Mindfulness; the importance of being present and attentive in everyday life, including while we eat = Mindful Eating. Like a magician, we’ll show you how to nourish your mind and body, savor your food, eat slower and enjoy more.

Click here for your abracadabra moment.

The campaign Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona is trying to pass 50% clean and renewable energy by 2030. A search is on for he right messengers to tell the story of how clean air, clean water affects Arizonans health every day.

“We would love to collaborate with you and any colleagues who can articulate these types of facts for us.”

Please visit their website and check out everything they have ever put out on this campaign and the issues they are trying to move forward and succeed at. https://cleanhealthyaz.com/

Bienvenidos to the inaugural issue of Brain & Life en Español, a new quarterly publication from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and an offshoot of Neurology Now, the AAN’s successful English publication for patients and caregivers.

Click here to visit their website.

You may be wondering, why are we doing this? The answer is driven by both global and individual reasons. Consider that nearly 1 in 6 Americans are Latino (almost 52 million people) and that by the year 2050 our population is expected to grow to 30 percent of the nation’s total population. Given that a large proportion of Latinos get their information in Spanish, the timing is right to create a Spanish-language version of Brain & Life. Thus, we are pleased to be offering the first publication for Spanish speakers that provides guidance on how to prevent, identify, manage, treat, and cure diseases that impact the brain and the entire nervous system.

Our magazine will be overseen by its own Spanish-language editorial board and editor so that we can bring you important material from the English version as well as original content in Spanish. Creating and presenting new material in Spanish is a deeply personal motivation for all of us involved in this endeavor. Having grown up in a Cuban household translating complex health information from doctors to my grandmother, I appreciate the essential nature of receiving information in my native language. Caring for Spanish-speaking patients throughout my career has only reinforced this opinion. As such, our editorial board has been selected so that you can get the information you want to know more about in a manner reflective of our language and cultures. Our board is comprised of neurologists representing all of the major subspecialties of our field as well as all of Latin America and Spain. This will mean more coverage of brain health topics that may impact Hispanics uniquely.

Brain & Life en Español is not the only change in the AAN family of publications this month. Our highly successful parent magazine Neurology Now is also being renamed Brain & Life to reflect our holistic focus on the need to both prevent and navigate life with neurologic diseases. At the same time, both Brain & Life and Brain & Life en Español will continue to highlight important and impactful current research and treatments consistent with our larger goal of curing all neurologic diseases.

We hope that you enjoy the first of three issues of Brain & Life en Español this year, and we look forward to further expansion in 2019.Our goal is that each copy of these issues will touch the lives of multiple Hispanics not only in the United States, but throughout all of Latin America, Spain, and the Spanish-speaking world.

Jose I. Sirven, MD, FAAN,
Editor

ALMA 2018 Health Career Awards

Medical student scholarship recipients received $2,000 each from Program Year 2000 to 2013. Starting in 2014 they receive $2,500 as does the UA MedStart Programs. The UA Medical School Phoenix Campus recipients received $5,000 per year from 2014 ending in 2018 through a joint matching program.

Would you like to apply for an ALMA Scholarship? Start by downloading the application form here.

1998

MS III Fred Johnson Midwestern University
MS II Alain Coppel University of Arizona
MS I Celinda Rangel University of Arizona


1999

Dr. Charles A. Bejarano Memorial Scholarships To be awarded annually in honor and remembrance of deceased Charter Member

MS II Marlene Rodriquez University of Arizona
MS I Gail Del Carmen Guerrero-Tucker University of Arizona


2000

Dr. Charles A. Bejarano Memorial Scholarship

MS II Jesse Daniel Bracamonte Midwestern University
Dr. Edgar H. Hernández Scholarship

MS IV (Albert) Tony Ramirez University of Arizona
Raoul & Lucy Carmona Memorial Scholarship

MS I Julissa Ochoa University of Arizona
MS I Xena Frisby University of Arizona


2001

Dr. Charles A. Bejarano Memorial Scholarships

MS II Jennyfer Faridy Docco University of Arizona
MS III Abram A. Aguilar University of Arizona
PH I Claudia Vargas Midwestern University
Dr. Edgar H. Hernández Scholarship

MS II Keren E. Cedillos University of Arizona


2002

Dr. Charles A. Bejarano Memorial Scholarships

MS IV Jesse Daniel Bracamonte Midwestern University
MS I Anthony Hugo Chavez University of Arizona
MS I Danielle Rae Rios University of Arizona
NP I Veronica Vital Arizona State University (Family Practice Nurse Practitioner)
Southern Arizona Physicians Scholarship

MS I Felipe R. Perez University of Arizona
Dr. Edgar H. Hernández Scholarship

MS III Julio Cesar Garcia University of Arizona


2003

Dr. Charles A. Bejarano Memorial Scholarship

MS IV Julio Cesar Garcia University of Arizona
Edgar H. Hernández, M.D. Scholarship

MS II Lucina Avila Midwestern University
Ernesto Gutierrez, M.D. & Xavier Martinez, M.D. Southern Arizona Physicians Scholarship

MS II Felipe R. Perez University of Arizona


2004

PH I Brenda Martinez-Castellanos Midwestern University
MS III Lucina Avila Kidd Midwestern University
MS III Felipe R. Perez University of Arizona
MS IV Julissa Ochoa-Buck* University of Arizona
*Awarded additional $2,000 by Southern Arizona Physicians, Ernesto Gutierrez, M.D. and Xavier Martinez, M.D. at Tucson Hispanic Coalition meeting 12/10/04. Dr. Charles A. Bejarano Memorial Scholarship

MS III Danielle Rios University of Arizona
Oscar Gluck Memorial Scholarship

MS III Santiago M. Cornejo University of Arizona


2005

PH II Brenda Martinez-Castellanos Midwestern University
MS IV Lucina Avila Kidd Midwestern University
MS I José Anaya University of Arizona
MS I Irene A. Gutierrez University of Arizona
MS II Mario Diego Teran University of Arizona
Med-Start Program for high school students.
Dr. Charles A. Bejarano Memorial Scholarship

MS I Tomas Acuña University of Arizona


2006

MS II Minerva Angélica Romero Arenas University of Arizona
MS II Irene A. Gutierrez University of Arizona
PH III Brenda Castellanos MidWestern University
PhD Veronica Vital, RN, NP UA College of Nursing
Med-Start Program for high school students.
Dr. Charles A. Bejarano Memorial Scholarships

MS I Thomas Acuña University of Arizona
MS I Edourado E. Rivera University of Arizona
MS III Mario Diego Teran University of Arizona


2007

Dr. Charles A. Bejarano Memorial Scholarship

MS III Thomas Acuña University of Arizona
Dr. Daniel De La Pava, Memorial Scholarship

MS II Juan Ramon Hernandez University of Arizona
MS II Lilia Pinedo University of Arizona
MS III Minerva Angélica Romero Arenas University of Arizona
BS Nursing Erika Rodriquez ASU College of Nursing & Healthcare Innovation
Med-Start Program for high school students.


2008

MS I Claudia Lizeth Chavez University of Arizona
MS III Raquel Irene Cisneros University of Arizona
MS III Juan Ramon Hernandez University of Arizona
MS III Patricia L. Olaya University of Arizona
MS IV Minerva Angélica Romero Arenas University of Arizona
Associate in Nursing Maria De Jesus Madrigal South Mountain and Gateway Community Colleges
Med-Start Program for high school students.


2009

MS IV Tomás Acuña University of Arizona
MS IV Raquel Irene Cisneros University of Arizona
MS IV Juan Ramon Hernández University of Arizona
MS IV Lilia Pinedo University of Arizona
MS IV Edouardo Rivera University of Arizona
NP Eva S. Mijares, RN University of Phoenix
Med-Start Program for high school students.


2010

MS I Gabrielle Brown University of Arizona
MS IV Efrain Cubillo University of Arizona
MS III Juliet Peña University of Arizona
Intern Eduardo Rivera University of Ariozna
MS IV Jessica Serrano University of Arizona
RN Graciella Parra Phoenix College
Med-Start Program for high school students.


2011

OMS II Claudia A. Alvarez A.T. Still University School of (Awarded $1,000) Osteopathic Medicine

OMS II Roxana Rodriquez A.T. Still University School of (Awarded $500) Osteopathic Medicine

MS I •Eduardo Alcántar, Jr. University of Arizona (Arizona Lottery)

MS I •Nina Lara University of Arizona

MS II Angel Ramon Lopez University of Arizona

MS III Andrea G. Aguirre University of Arizona

MS IV Carlo Guerrero University of Arizona

PharmD I Kellie Vasquez University of Arizona

RN Lorena Sanchez Phoenix Community College

Med-Start Program for high school students

* UA College of Medicine, Phoenix Campus matched the ALMA $2,000 award.


2012

OMS III Claudia A. Alvarez A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine

PA J. Guadalupe Gallo A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine

OMS III Mohammad Lqbal Naqvi A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Nursing Liliana Reynosa Bilingual Fellowship Program Phoenix College

MS II Eduardo Alcántar UA College of Medicine, Phoenix Campus

MS I Ana Casanova UA College of Medicine, Tucson Campus

MS II *Nina Lara UA College of Medicine, Phoenix Campus

MS II Juan Arturo Siordia UA College of Medicine, Tucson Campus

Med-Start Program for high school students – Phoenix & Tucson

UA College of Medicine, Phoenix & Tucson matched the ALMA scholarships provided to their students thus doubling their award to $4,000.

2013

West Coast Ultrasound Institute and ALMA started a scholarship match program for their students.

$1,000 award to Raúl Polanco.

Grand Canyon University Nursing Programs:

BSNRachel Garcia Perez

Family NPMonica Rangel, RN

UA College of Medicine – Tucson:

MS IIJessica Perez

MS IVPablo Amador Sanchez

UA College of Medicine – Phoenix:

MS IIINina Lara

MS IEduardo Salazar receives a joint $20,000 scholarship – ($5,000 per year for four years) from ALMA and the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix.

ASU Scottsdale Healthcare Graduate Education/University of Guadalajara School of Medicine:

MS IIIShirley Mori

Med-Start Program for high school students – Phoenix & Tucson


2014

The ALMA Scholarships were $2,500 each this year.

UA College of Medicine – Tucson:

MS II Francisco Andrade, Jr.

MS II Alfonso Robles

UA College of Medicine – Phoenix 4 year $20,000 scholarships. The University matches the ALMA award of $2,500 over a 4 year period.

MS I Maricruz Cisneros

MS II Eduardo Salazar

Universidad Autonomo de Guadalajara, Mexico & Scottsdale Healthcare Hospital

MS IV Daniel Contreras Alcántar

Grand Canyon University Nursing Programs:

Maricela Robles

Northern Arizona University/Mesa Community College:

Maria E. Curbelo

MedStart Program for high school students – Phoenix & Tucson

West Coast Ultrasound Institute & ALMA – Raúl Polanco ($1,000)


2015

West Coast Ultrasound Institute and ALMA scholarship match program for their students.

$1,000 award to Michelle Leon.

The following ALMA Scholarships were $2,500 each this year.

UA College of Medicine – Tucson:

MS I Valeria Leon Risemberg

MS I Karen Michelle Rico

UA College of Medicine – Phoenix 4 year $20,000 scholarships. The University matches the ALMA award of $2,500 over a 4 year period.

MS I Monica Patricia Gomez Lopez

MS II Maricruz Cisneros

MS III Eduardo Salazar

MedStart & Diversity Initiatives Grant to UA College of Medicine Tucson $2,000

Summer Scrubs Program Grant to UA College of Medicine

Phoenix $2,000


2016

West Coast Ultrasound Institute and ALMA scholarship match program for their students. Two $1,000 awards

Leticia Gomez

Gladys Ayala Nuñez

The following ALMA Scholarships were $2,500 each.

MS II Valeria Leon Risemberg, UA College of Medicine – Tucson

MS II Yadira Villalvazo, UA College of Medicine – Tucson

MS I Bernardo Chavira, MidWestern University

UA College of Medicine – Phoenix 4 year $20,000 scholarships. The University matches the ALMA award of $2,500 over a 4 year period.

MS I Monica Patricia Gomez Lopez

MS II Maricruz Cisneros

MS III Eduardo Salazar

Family Nurse Practitioner Program Arizona State University

Karla Cabrera, RN, MSN

MedStart & Diversity Initiatives Grant to UA College of Medicine Tucson $2,500

Summer Scrubs Program Grant to UA College of Medicine – Phoenix $2,500


2017

West Coast Ultrasound Institute and ALMA scholarship match program for their students. One $1,000 award

Mariah Zamora, Silver City New Mexico

The following ALMA Scholarships were $2,500 each.

MS II Guadalupe Davila, UA College of Medicine – Tucson

MS II Ivan O. Aispuro Galindo, UA College of Medicine – Tucson

MS IV Angel A. Sandoval, International School of Medicine,

Jalisco, Mexico – Clinical Rotations Abrazo West Campus

UA College of Medicine – Phoenix 4 year $20,000 scholarships. The University matches the ALMA award of $2,500 over a 4 year period.

MS III Monica Patricia Gomez Lopez

MS IV Maricruz Cisneros – Award placed on hold pending her

return to school.

$2,500 Award – UA Nursing Program – First Year

Wilfredo Rodriguez, ASU BA of Science in Biology

MedStart & Diversity Initiatives Grant to UA Health Sciences Hispanic

Center for Excellence, Tucson $2,500

Summer Scrubs Program Grant to UA College of Medicine

Phoenix $2,500

Nursing Scholarship Provided at Annual National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Phoenix Chapter – $1,500

$1,000 Allocated to Leadership Development, Administered by Dr. Barbara Garcia, Liaison to Latino Medical Association, UA College

of Medicine Phoenix

2018

$2,500 Medical Student Scholarship, UA College of Medicine Tucson
Karen Penelope Ibarra, MS II, San Luis, Arizona.
Ramon Jauregui, MS I, Phoenix, Arizona.

$20,000 Joint Four-Year Award, UA College of Medicine Phoenix
Monica Patricia Gomez Lopez, MS IV, Avondale, Arizona.

$5,000 Joint One-Year Award, ALMA Match Provided by Lopez Schulz Family
Celina G. Virgen, MS I, Tucson, Arizona.

$1,500 Joint Award – ALMA Match, West Coast Ultrasound Institute I
Yarleny Tovar, Mountain Ridge High School, Glendale, Arizona

ALMA member, Dr. Carlos Cazares, is offering his property for lease or purchase at:

448 E Southern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85040

Click here to view the commercial property report.