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National Medical Association Brings 2,000 To Hawaii August 2-6

More than 2,000 physicians and healthcare professionals from across the  U.S. convened at the Hawai'i Convention Center for the National Medical Association's (NMA) annual convention and scientific assembly from August 2-6. This is the third time the National Medical Association held its conference at the center.

"It is our privilege to welcome the National Medical Association back to our islands and continue a relationship that began in 2002," said Brian Lynx, vice president of meetings, conventions and incentives for the Hawai'i Tourism Authority. "We are honored to provide an inspiring, resource-rich community for this esteemed group to gather, and extend our best wishes for another successful convention," Lynx said just prior to the convention.

This year's conference, which included seminars and demonstrations addressing critical medical concerns, covered issues related to men and women's health, community medicine, evidence-based stress reduction, and more.

The program commenced on August 2 with "Walk a Mile with a Child," a free, open-to-the-public event that encouraged healthy habits. The family-friendly fitness activity was held at the convention center. Concurrently, a ceremony recognizing outstanding individuals for their contributions to NMA and the field of medicine was held for all registered attendees.

The convention benefited Hawai'i's economy with its 2,000 attendees generating an estimated $9.4 million in visitor spending, $916,000 in state tax revenue, and more than 16,000 booked room nights.

Founded in 1895, the National Medical Association (NMA) is the nation's oldest and largest medical association representing the interests of more than 35,000 African-American physicians and their patients. The NMA repeatedly advocates for policies that would assure equitable and quality health care for all people.