NAHN At a Glance
The Monthly Newsletter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses
September 2008 Volume 2, Number 9
In This Issue Important Resources for Uninsured
Resources for Uninsured Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano recently released the new Arizona Health
Guide: Resources for the Uninsured. The booklet was published by the
Featured Chapter? National Association of Hispanic Nurses with a grant from the Pfizer
Meet the Board pharmaceutical company.
NAHN Student "There are a lot of resources out there, but there's never been a compilation
Association until now," says Phoenix Chapter President, Annabell Castro. Arizona has an
above-average portion of its citizenry uninsured, about 20 percent of the
NCEMNA Update population, compared with 18 percent nationwide. About a third of uninsured
Hispanic Medical people are Hispanic, and the vast majority of the uninsured are working
Associations Meet in DC families.
Health Policy and By placing this information in a single guide, Arizona hopes to raise
Legislation awareness of the valuable services available to uninsured children. The guide,
written in English as well as Spanish, also lists health services available for
Industry News Links homeless people, veterans, Indians and senior citizens, and information on
affordable insurance plans.
Contact Us For more on the Guide, visit: http://www.az211.gov/
Featured Chapter San Antonio?
1501 16th Street, NW
Washington DC 20036
Fax: 202-483-7183 Meet the Board: Paul Ocon
While attending the Boston conference, I was reminded of why I am a
member of NAHN. I belong to a slew of professional organizations: AONE,
ACHE, CCRN, etc. These define my nursing practice and career path. NAHN
has been different, as it defines me as a person, and coming to the
conference always feels like I am coming home. My parents immigrated from
Chihuahua, Mexico in the late ‘50’s and I was born in East Los Angeles (6 th
child from a litter of 8). Our 2006 conference in Industry Hills was the area
where I grew up as a teenager (yes, I stole away from some speakers to visit
my Mamasita, who lives still in West Covina).
I received my nursing degree from Cal. St. Los Angeles and my Masters in
Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. Most of my 20+
years as a Critical Care nurse has been in pediatrics, working in Los Angeles,
Palo Alto, Chicago, and Atlanta (I guess you can call me a migrant worker).
I am currently the Director of Critical Care at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
As National Treasurer I am pulling from career and life experiences to create
a financial foundation for NAHN to mature into. The board has been working
on some initiatives from the conference, and we hope to update you all
before the end of the year. Feel free to contact me at: email@example.com
NAHN Student Association
The Students Association, an Affiliate of NAHN will be focused, in part, on the
impact of student and professional affiliations in the development of the
nursing profession as we know it today.
Jacqueline Perry is looking for personal anecdotal experiences from nurses
which reflect on this topic. She says, “I am interested in stories that can
demonstrate how much the level of involvement in professional affiliations
has contributed to the development of today's scope of practice, changing the
face of the profession.” For example: any stories that focus on professional
dynamics, dress, working shifts, gender relations, legal aspects, etc.
Ms. Perry states, “I am firm believer that by bringing a little bit of history, not
only we will be honoring the hard work and efforts of nurses through the
years, but we can also create awareness about the importance of our
contribution, even if is just a little bit”
Jacqueline Perry encourages you to send your story, and feel free to forward
this information to anybody that you think can help craft this part of the
presentation. If you have any other question do not hesitate contact
Jacqueline at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hispanic Medical Associations Meet in DC,
Discuss Common Mission
On August 19, 2008 The National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)
hosted the National Coalition for Hispanic Health (NCHH) meeting in
Washington D. C. NCHH was joined by members of the National Association
of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) as well as the National Hispanic Medical
Association of Medical Doctors (NHMAMD). NCHH is a nonpartisan coalition
actively working to reduce health disparities, improve access to healthcare,
advance cultural competency of the providers, and increasing diversity in the
health professions. A primary issue of concern was SCHIP and the
ramification of its August 17, 2007 directive (see Legislation & Policy section
in NAHN newsletter).
The NHMAMD mission is improving access to quality care, cultural
competence, increasing opportunities in medical education and research for
Hispanics. “NHMAMD works closely with the Federal government and
Congress, the private sector, private foundations as well as national Hispanic
organizations. As a member of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, we
meet regularly with Federal officials to hold them accountable on Hispanic
issues” stated Michael Bernard, Associate Director of Government Affairs. It is
important for these membership organizations to work together where there
is common ground.
NHMAMD will hold their annual conference in Brooklyn, New York scheduled
for March 19-22, 2008. Abstract submissions and/or speaker requests
relating to these issues are encouraged; more information will be available as
soon as possible.
NCEMNA is pleased to announce its Fifth Annual Conference, “Creating
Research Careers: Leading The Way.” The goal of this conference is to
stimulate and inform ethnic minority nurses to growing opportunities in
research. The Conference will be held at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown,
Albuquerque, NM March 13-15, 2009.
Mentee/Mentor Program: Funding for this program covers travel, lodging,
food and conference costs. This award is available only to those belonging to
NCEMNA member organizations.
Abstract Presentations: we invite ethnic minority nurse researchers and
students to submit abstracts for poster presentation during its 4th Annual
research conference. Abstracts of completed or on-going studies focusing on
expanding the knowledge base to alleviate health disparities of ethnic
minority populations are invited. NAHN President Norma Martinez-Rogers will
help anyone interested in presenting or joining the mentorship program.
For more information, visit NCEMNA on the web at:
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) program is accepting applications for
their annual scholarship. The GMS program selects 1000 students per year in
the fields of public health, mathematics, science, computer science,
engineering, education and library science to receive the award. Nomination
forms as well as information concerning eligibility can be found at:
All applications must be postmarked/submitted by January 12, 2009. For
information on more scholarships available through the Hispanic Scholarship
Fund, visit: www.hsf.net
Health Policy & Legislation
SCHIP and its August 17, 2007 directive are still subjects of concern. Its
implementation makes it difficult or impossible to cover more moderate
income students who are still lacking coverage. The directive is explicit in
instructing the state to enroll 95% of the low-income children, whose families
are 200% below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), prior to enrolling children
whose family incomes are greater than 250% of the FPL. Even if this
requirement is reached, the eligible moderate income children must wait 12
months prior to the coverage being activated. Numerous elected officials and
advocacy organizations have voiced their disapproval, numerous court cases
are currently being fought over the directive.
Now Congress may move to walk this directive back. Senator Rockefeller (D-
WV) is sponsoring Senate Joint Resolution 44 to cancel out the August 17
directive. It is being cosponsored by 40 Democrats, 2 Independents and 8
Republicans. According to Michael Bernard, Associate Director of
Governmental Affairs (NHMAMD), “Word from the Hill is that they’re going to
try to tack it on anything that moves. However, it seems unlikely that SCHIP
will see any substantial congressional action given the shortened legislative
calendar throughout the remainder of the 110 th Congress”. Nonetheless, this
should be an issue to follow when the new Congress begins next year.
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