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2023 Hispanic/Latinx MS Experience Summit

Cumbre de Esclerosis Múltiple para Hispanos/Latinx de 2023


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2022 Hispanic/Latinx MS Experience Summit

If you live with multiple sclerosis or love someone who does, you may face certain emotional and physical challenges. In the Hispanic/Latinx MS Experience Summit, an interactive virtual program, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society offers a forum for everyone affected by MS to learn and make valuable connections.

  • Date: Oct. 12, 2023
  • Time: 1–4:45 p.m. ET / 12–3:45 p.m. CT / 11 a.m.–2:45 p.m. MT / 10 a.m.–1:45 p.m. PT
  • Cost: Free
  • Languages: Spanish and English (parallel sessions)
  • Recordings: Can’t make it to the live program? Register anyway to receive access to session recordings and resources in English and Spanish.

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During the summit, you will hear experts and peers talk about ways to overcome the emotional and physical challenges of MS. You will also have a chance to meet others with similar experiences.

Join the second annual summit to:

  • Hear people with MS tell their inspiring stories on videos 
  • Participate in discussion sessions about emotional and physical wellness after listening to presentations by experts in MS  
  • Ask questions and discuss your successes and challenges 
  • Find valuable materials on related subjects to help you expand on what you learn and find assistance  
  • Connect with others living with the disease during meetups

Together we will talk about stigmas, tackle difficulties, find resources, learn healthy habits and discover our common voice. Each of our voices is powerful, and when we raise them together, we help make sure that no one has to face MS alone.

Welcome Sessions

Giselle O. Alvarez

Host: Giselle O. Alvarez, performing artist, diagnosed with MS in 2016

Dr. Lilyana Amezcua

Featured speaker: Dr. Lilyana Amezcua, MD, MS, associate professor of Clinical Neurology, USC's Keck School of Medicine

Breakout Sessions

Overcome Stigmas: Nurture Your Emotional Wellness

Being a member of the Hispanic/Latinx community carries unique challenges and experiences. Join this breakout session on emotional wellness and its relationship with family dynamics. Learn strategies to navigate stigmas, ways to manage emotional wellness as a family, where to find support and the importance of self-advocacy.

Presenter: Katia M. Canenguez, PhD, EdM

Healthy Habits: Discover Your Physical Wellness

Taking care of your health is vital in managing MS. Learn about the specific needs of the Hispanic/Latinx community and the importance of physical wellness. Discover strategies to fuel your well-being, understand family impact and grow as a self-advocate.

Presenter: Leticia Tornes, MD, FAAN


Join these casual meetups to connect with others who are navigating their own MS journey. Meetups will bring together people with common life experiences to exchange information, offer support and lift each other up.

Accessibility information and technical requirements

This is a virtual, browser-based experience. Using Chrome as your browser will provide the best virtual experience. Safari is not supported.

This program is accessible to individuals with hearing impairments. Videos from all sources will have closed captioning features, and other materials are readable. You can also register/log in using an accessible text-only screen reader version (does not display virtual 3D environment) by clicking the link on the Welcome Page at registration.

Resources for living with MS

  • MS information in English and Spanish: Learn more about MS diagnosis and treatment, and symptom management.
  • Information in English and Spanish about Society programs: Discover trending education programs, MS Navigator® and others.
  • Additional Society information and resources in English and Spanish: Learn more about services and resources, such as support groups, advocacy efforts and many others.


We would like to thank all our 2023 program contributors.

Convening Contributor


© 2023 The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a tax exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Its Identification Number (EIN) is 13-5661935.