2019 NEPO Summit

The 2019 Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) Summit took place August 23-24 at the Westin Pasadena. This year's theme was "Standing Up for Health Care in California." The annual two-day summit is an innovative educational event for physicians, public health professionals, advocates and community leaders that offers policy and best practices for reducing health disparities, building diversity in the workforce and increasing cultural competency in clinical care.

Our keynote speakers included influential California legislators and physicians Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula, M.D. (District 31-Fresno) and Senator Richard Pan, M.D. (District 6-Sacramento).


2019 NEPO Summit Awardees

CONGRATULATIONS to our award winners!

  • Efrain Talamantes, MD, MBA, MSc​
    • Adarsh S. Mahal, M.D., Acces to Health Care and Disparities Award
  • Silvia M. Diego, MD
    • Robert D. Sparks, M.D., Leadership Achievement Award
  • Sudeep Kukreja, MD
    • Ethnic Physician Leadership Award


Click here to see photos from the 2019 event!


Dr. Margaret Juarez, NEPO Chair

NEPO's Goals:

  • Supporting a network of ethnic physician leaders to serve as community health advocates throughout California.
  • Strengthening the collaboration between ethnic physician and community-based organizations.
  • Deepening the relationship between physicians and community members to improve the health of their communities.
  • Encouraging ethnic physician leadership development at the local, regional, and statewide level.
  • Addressing the issues of health disparities and access to care.
  • Increasing the workforce diversity and cultural competency of California's healthcare system.
  • Encouraging and identify young ethnic physicians to become involved in ethnic physician organizations.
  • Encouraging ethnic physicians to expand their roles in the local community beyond their role as clinicians.
  • Providing the local community with the ethnic physician's perspective on community health issues.