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Hollister opthalmologist to moderate at national LULAC conference

Sharma will be in Washington, D.C. to lead panel discussion on Affordable Care Act

Hollister opthalmologist Dr. Nazhat Parveen Sharma has been invited to the 17th Annual LULAC Legislative Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C., which runs from Feb. 22-28.

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is a national organization with a mission “to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.”

Dr. Sharma is chair of the LULAC National Health Committee and a board certified ophthalmologist in Hollister. She will be moderating a panel entitled "Surveying the Health Landscape: Addressing emerging health disparities and strengthening the Affordable Care Act."

A LULAC news release about the conference stated, "LULAC has played a critical role in addressing the health care needs of the Latino community. With the support of private and public sector partners, LULAC hosts health festivals in key states to bring health screenings to thousands of people and provide the community with information on the open enrollment process and health marketplaces.”

As Dr. Sharma prepared for her trip, she told BenitoLink via email, "In our county and even with these efforts, Latinos remain profoundly affected by not just the  lack of access to health care but higher rates of diabetes, heart disease and asthma. The health experts (at the convention) will outline the work being done to lessen the disparities related to the critical health issues. I can facilitate in bringing some of those resources back to our community." 



Leslie David

Leslie David is a Bay Area independent reporter/producer and is a BenitoLink founding board member. She has produced for radio, television, newspaper and magazines in both California and Wyoming. She was with KRON-TV News in San Francisco as camera-woman, editor and field producer, where she won the Commonwealth Club's Thomas Storke Award with Linda Yee for their series on the Aids Epidemic. She started as a small market news reporter shooting her own 16mm film at KEYT-TV Santa Barbara. Leslie lives on a ranch with her family in San Benito County.