(Extensions of Remarks - April 26, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E578]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []



                         HON. CHARLES B. RANGEL

                              of new york

                    in the house of representatives

                         Friday, April 26, 2013

  Mr. RANGEL. Mr. Speaker, today I stand to recognize the 16th 
anniversary of The Dominican Medical Association. An organization 
dedicated to providing information on disease prevention, education, 
and counseling to New York City communities.
  The Dominican Medical Association or DMA was founded on April 26, 
1997, by a group of physicians from the Dominican Republic. Their 
mission has been to educate communities on health issues and to assist 
newly arrived physicians from abroad in obtaining jobs in their 
respected fields, providing them with the tools needed to pass the 
medical boards, and integrating them into the local medical community.
  Last year was one of multiple accomplishments for the Dominican 
Medical Association. In line with its mission a total of 1119 people 
were served through health fairs, medical conferences, forums, 
symposiums, and trainings. The vast majority served through the DMA are 
Hispanics living throughout all of New York's boroughs.
  Information and knowledge on health is vital. My beloved village of 
Harlem and many areas of my district are predominately inhabited by 
minorities who have been affected by many health concerns that are the 
direct result of lack of knowledge on preventative care. Obesity is 
just an example of one of the diseases that has plagued our communities 
but it is an epidemic that can be stopped and the DMA works tirelessly 
and has worked for quite some time to be a part of this movement to get 
our communities on a healthy track. The DMA's outreach programs help to 
enlighten our communities, helping them to make better health conscious 
decisions about the way they live.
   As the representative to the largest Dominican population in the 
country it gives me great pride to see a thriving organization not only 
rooted in that heritage but one that works to provide information for a 
predominantly Hispanic demographic. The youths of my district and those 
all over New York have a brighter future because of organizations like 
the DMA and their mission to spread knowledge and awareness.
   Mr. Speaker I ask you and my colleagues to join me in honoring this 
remarkable organization and all of the good that they do.