2009 Los Angeles Chapter Conference

Dr. Norma Martinez Rogers speaking at 2009 Los Angeles Chapter Conference

Latino Nursing: Empowering Yourself and Your Community.

On April seventeenth   two thousand and nine the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses held its annual conference at the California Endowment Center. The conference titled Latino Nursing: Empowering Yourself and Your Community brought together an array of people to learn about and discuss the Latino community.  The California Endowment Center nestled in downtown Los Angeles provides participants a welcoming environment. The facility had lots a room to not only enjoy a conference but to soak up the sun. Many people enjoyed the idea of sitting outside having lunch with landscape that puts you at ease.  One participant stated “I enjoyed the outdoor area where there is a waterfall, lots of greenery and ample seating to soak it all in.”
Providing open remarks where assembly member Tony Mendoza and our national President Norma Martinez Rodgers. They welcomed a crowd of two hundred participants. The day provided participants a variety of educational and personal feedback for the profession of nursing. The day began with Rosie Vasquez providing the audience valuable information on disaster preparedness.  She discussed the importance of communication during a disaster. She stressed the importance of a family emergency plan.  Whether a natural or man made disaster it is important to plan ahead and be prepared.  Itzel Molina Williams provided valuable information on Occupational Health for the immigrant worker. Itzel provided the audience valuable information for immigrant workers who may fear the consequence of retaliation when injured on the job. The right’s of immigrants under worker’s compensation and protection under Cal-OSHA where talked about during her presentation. Susan Bogart presented on the importance of one’s nutrition. Marketing Healthy Eating Strategies provide participant’s strategies for healthy eating. Marketing is used in our society to convince people to buy or consume a product. Susan used marketing to change one’s eating habits.

2009 Los Angeles Chapter Conference – Sponsor Area

This year we had a presentation given by Sylvia S. Estrada, RNP, Vice President for LANAHN, regarding the new LANAHN chapter’s mentorship program “Juntos Avanzamos”.  Our chapter has developed an acronym for our mentorship program: Modeling the way through: Enthusiasm, Nurturing, Tutoring, Observation, Resources. Also included in the presentation were five nursing students that had benefited from mentorship opportunities provided by our local chapter members.  They presented their struggles into getting into a nursing program and the day-to-day struggles they encountered while attending nursing school.   Finally, Dr. David Hayes –Bautista provided our end keynote to close out our annual conference. Author of Nuevo California provide in insight of the coming of age for Latinos in the United States. He provided a historical background of the Latino in the United States. As the fastest growing minority Latinos in the United States will have a voice not only locally but at a national level.
Participants not only were rewarded with great speakers and vendors they to were able to give back.  Participants gave generously to support NAHN-LA scholarship fund through our wide array of fundraisers. There participation raised enough money to provide a student with a scholarship. The audience also raised over seven hundred dollars for the NURSES FLOAT that will be displayed during the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade. I would like to thank our sponsors for their support. Without their support our conferences would not be possible.

Dr. Norma Martinez Rogers speaking at 2009 Los Angeles Chapter Conference