NAHN At a Glance

The Monthly Newsletter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses

March 2009

Volume 3, Number 3

In This Issue

·   A Message from the President

·   Announcements

·   NAHN Members in the News

·   Opportunities

·   Policy

·   News Links

Contact Us

 

A Message from the President

 

This month I visited Washington, D.C. to participate in the Hispanic Congressional Caucus 
roundtable discussion.  Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Nydia Velazquez said, “Without 
a doubt, the bringing together of more than fifty of our nation’s leading Latino organizations, 
members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Speaker of the House, and other Members 
of Congress was a great moment for our community.”  
As well, I met with several key United States Senators and Representatives to discuss NAHN’s priorities.
 
We are starting Corpus Christi and Brownsville chapters in April. I encourage all current members to 
work to recruit new members.  Please email me any concerns you may have about our organization.
 I want us to meet your needs as members of this fine association. Be proud of us. Thank you for your 
continued support. Con Cariño!

 

You can now register for NAHN’s 2009 annual conference! The conference is in San Antonio, TX July 21-24. Registration information is available on our website at www.thehispanicnurses.org. If you have any questions, please contact us.

 

We are pleased to announce that NAHN’s website is getting a new look and an online membership application. Check out the new site at www.thehispanicnurses.org. We welcome your questions or comments regarding the website as we want to make it user friendly. Please send to info@thehispanicnurses.org as we will update the site at the end of every month. Included on the website is a questionnaire from Hilda Moralez for her dissertation. We encourage NAHN members to participate and support a fellow member by completing the questionnaire.

 

The National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations’ (NCEMNA) newsletter is now available; check it out at: http://www.ncemna.org/news.asp.

NAHN Members in the News             

 

Congratulations to Adriana Rivera for her part in the 12 minute interview video segment which focused on Mujeres en Accion: Walking in Hispanic Women. To view the segment click on the following link. http://www.azpbs.org/horizonte/watch.asp

Opportunities

 

The Associate Degree Nursing Scholarship through the Health Professions Education Foundation is open for applications. The spring postmark deadline is March 24 and the fall postmark deadline is September 11. The application is available on their website: www.healthprofessions.ca.gov.

 

The Public Health Nursing Section of the American Public Health Association is calling for nominations for awards to be presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting. Deadline for submission is May 1, 2009. Nominees must be members of the American Public Health Association and voting members of the Public Health Nursing Section. Application and award details can be found at http://www.apha.org/about/awards/.

 

Kaiser Permanente has an award opportunity available for the College To Caring Program. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2009. They are awarding up to $8,000. For more information on how to apply visit their website. http://scholarships.hispanicfund.org/Kaiser.

 

Cherokee Uniforms is now seeking nominations for its award program, Inspired Comfort Awards. This program honors outstanding non-physician healthcare professionals. The deadline is May 31st. More information can be found on their website. http://www.inspiredcomfort.com/2009/nominate.html

 

The Academic Center for Evidence-Based Practice has an opportunity to submit abstracts for their Summer Institute on Evidence-Based Practice or Educators EBP Workshop. The conference is July 9-11 in San Antonio, TX. For more information visit their website at http://www.acestar.uthscsa.edu/institute/su09.html.

 

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses New York Chapter is looking for abstracts for their First Annual Conference. The conference is Friday, June 19 in New York City. Deadline for submission is March 25. Email Dan Suarez at dsuarez@gannetthg.com with questions.

Policy

 

Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, announced a new initiative to measure levels of toxic air pollution near schools. She said, “Our job is to protect the American public where they live, work and play, and that certainly includes protecting school children where they learn.” The EPA will work with states, tribes and local communities to get high-quality data about air pollution around schools, to work together to clean up the air. http://www.epa.gov/air/toxicair/newtoxics.html.

 

The Comprehensive Health Reform Act of 2009 (S. 4), was introduced in Congress on January 6 by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) This bill would guarantee affordable, quality health coverage, possibly lead to illnesses prevention and decreased health care cost for all Americans.

 

The Health Information Technology Act of 2009 (S. 179), was introduced by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). If passed, the bill would provide grants for eligible organizations to offset the costs of adopting information technology, improving health care and patient safety. The Secretary Of Human Health Services is slated to oversee this program and conduct research.

 

On February 17, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (H.R.1). The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will receive $10.4 billion dollars through the Recovery Act to create and retain jobs through health-related research funding and the development of research infrastructure. The application due date for NIH Challenge Grants is April 27, 2009. Further information about the scope of the program, as well as the application and review processes, is outlined in the NIH Challenge Grants RFA: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-09-003.html

News Links

 

The National Hispanic Leadership Network (NHLA) met with the White House Monday, February 16 to discuss recommendations for Latino leadership in the President’s Administration. On Wednesday, February 18, NHLA met with Michael Camunez, who asked for a short list of the top qualified Hispanic health professionals to nominate for leadership positions within HHS, the DOD Assistant Secretary for Health, and the Surgeon General.

 

On January 27th, the members of the 111th Congress Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force (HTF) were announced. The membership jumped from 24 members to 45, making this year the largest membership in the 20-year history of the HTF. The Hispanic Task Force has served as a primary resource for strengthening partnerships with the Hispanic community, amplifying the voices of Hispanic advocates in the Senate, and working to ensure the Senate Democratic agenda reflects the values and priorities of the community. http://tomudall.senate.gov/record.cfm?id=307542

 

Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis (Las Angeles area) made history on February 24, as the first Latina to be nominated and confirmed as a secretary in a Presidential cabinet.  Secretary Solis was confirmed as head of the U.S. Department of Labor after a vote of 80-18. For more information on Hilda Solis go to: http://www.dol.gov/_sec/welcome.htm

The Center to Champion Nursing in America, a joint initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor recently held a Nursing Education Capacity Summit. The summit’s goal was to find ways to reverse the nursing shortage that increases costs and affects Hispanic/Latino populations - the fastest growing minorities in the U.S.  The U.S. Census Bureau shows the Hispanic growth rate was more than three times the growth rate of the total population. With projections even higher in the coming years, increasing minority nursing faculty is also a goal. “The patients in this country need us; it’s about providing higher quality care in this country,” said RWJF Senior Nursing Adviser Susan Hassmiller. “Some of the greatest solutions have come when this country has been in a crisis.” https://www.ncsbn.org/Final_Faculty_Capacity_Summitt_08.pdf