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NAHN National Association of Hispanic Nurses® is a non-profit professional association committed to the promotion of the professionalism and dedication of Hispanic nurses by providing equal access to educational, professional, and economic opportunities for Hispanic nurses.

NAHN is also dedicated to the improvement of the quality of health and nursing care of Hispanic consumers.


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Two Additional NAHN Members to be Inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing
Congratulations NAHN Members Dawn Bazarko and Adriana Perez!

Washington, DC (September 1, 2014) — The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) is pleased to announce that Dawn Bazarko, DNP, MPH, RN and Adriana Perez, PhD, Rn, ANP-BC will  become Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing. They will be inducted with Immediate Past President Jose Alejandro, PhD, MBA, RN-BC, CCM, FACHE, whose induction we reported last May.

Our three members will be inducted on October 18, 2014, during the 2014 American Academy of Nursing Policy Conference in Washington, DC. NAHN will celebrate their accomplishments and those of the other NAHN members who are Fellows at a cocktail reception after the induction ceremony.

"We are so proud of the accomplishments of Jose, Dawn and Adriana," said Dan Suarez, RN, MA, president of NAHN. "As you will see from their profiles, these NAHN members represent what NAHN wants for all its members – to be recognized for their dedication to their nursing careers and to the community they serve."

Dawn Bazarko, DNP, MPH, RN is the founder and senior vice president of UnitedHealth Group’s Center for Nursing Advancement. Established in 2008, the Center supports the personal and professional development and health and well-being of more than 24,000 UnitedHealth Group nurses globally.

Over the past six years, Dr. Bazarko has also offered a number of mindfulness meditation and mindfulness-based stress reduction programs to company employees including in-person, telephonic, and drop in formats. She serves on numerous boards, including the American Nurses Foundation Board of Trustees, the University of Minnesota Nursing Foundation Board and is the community voice for the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nursing Association Foundation Board.

Dr. Bazarko is a registered nurse and holds a Master’s in Public Health, specializing in environmental and occupational health and a Doctor of Nursing Practice, both from the University of Minnesota. She also received her certification as a mindfulness facilitator from the University of California, Los Angeles.

G. Adriana Perez, PhD, ANP-BC, Arizona State University (ASU) College of Nursing & Health Innovation, Assistant Professor, Southwest Borderlands Scholar and Co-Director of the Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (HCGNE), will be inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in recognition of her outstanding contributions in research, policy, and practice improving the health of older Latinos.  Her work reflects the priorities of the American Academy of Nursing, transforming our health care system by promoting healthy aging and development across the lifespan.

Dr. Perez has demonstrated ability to lead change by engaging health professionals, consumers, and communities. Funded by AARP State & Communities office, as well as the Center to Champion Nursing in America at AARP, she initiated a nursing leadership model in partnership with AARP’s Director of Multicultural Outreach in Arizona, with two objectives: (1) to develop leadership and policy skills by engaging the public on health care reform and (2) to empower local communities with information to understand and make decisions concerning the ACA. She has worked with other states and nursing organizations to replicate this model, which places nurses front and center as leaders promoting the health of their communities. This work has been disseminated widely in consumer and health care venues. Dr. Perez was one of four nurses invited to meet with U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius and Dr. Mary Wakefield, Administrator for Health Resources and Services Administration, to share this work with approximately 500 nurses who participated on a national call.

Dr. Perez’s innovative contributions to health policy and cardiovascular health promotion among older Latinos in partnership with non-profits and community leaders, includes the development and testing of a wellness motivation intervention for physical activity, which has been funded by the National HCGNE, National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research (NRSA Award), and St. Luke’s Health Initiative in Phoenix, Arizona. As a result of her work and because of the high relevance to environmental health policy, she was competitively selected as American Political Science Association/Health and Aging Policy Fellow supported by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Healthy Aging Program (CDC-HAN). She has been invited to serve as visiting scholar by several top universities and currently serves as appointed Board member for the American Organization of Nurse Executives and External Nurse Advisory Board of the UnitedHealth Group Center for Nursing Advancement.
Dr. Perez’s leadership and commitment to addressing health disparities is also evident in her work with the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action’s Diversity Steering Committee. She consults with and guides state action coalitions in developing and implementing diversity action plans that can be sustained and can help narrow the health disparities gap. 

As she looks forward to being inducted this October, Dr. Perez states, “this is one of nursing’s highest honors to be recognized by the AAN.  I am proud to represent NAHN, the HCGNE, and ASU in this role as I stand on the shoulders of many mentors who paved the way for me. As with all work that I am passionate about, I look forward to dedicating my time and energy to the AAN in order to make a sustainable impact in diversifying and growing a nursing workforce that will ensure all communities live long and healthy lives.”

The American Academy of Nursing's approximately 1,800 Fellows are nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research. They include association executives; university presidents, chancellors and deans; state and federal political appointees; hospital chief executives and vice presidents for nursing; nurse consultants; and researchers and entrepreneurs.

Invitation to Fellowship is more than recognition of one's accomplishments within the nursing profession. Academy Fellows also have a responsibility to contribute their time and energies to the Academy, and to engage with other health care leaders outside the Academy in transforming America's health care system by:

  • Enhancing the quality of health and nursing care;
  • Promoting healthy aging and human development across the life continuum;
  • Reducing health disparities and inequalities;
  • Shaping healthy behaviors and environments;
  • Integrating mental and physical health care; and
  • Strengthening the nursing and health care delivery system, nationally and internationally.

Other current NAHN members who are FAANs include:

  • Amy Barton, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Mary Lou Bond, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
  • Norma Cuellar, DSN, RN,FAAN
  • Bronwynne Evans, PHD, RN, FAAN
  • Catherine Gilliss, DNSC, RN, FAAN
  • Carolina G. Huerta, EdD, RN, FAAN
  • Angie Millan, MSN, RN, FAAN
  • Nora Montalvo-Lieno, PhD, RN
  • Liana Orsolini, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
  • Carmen Portillo, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Nilda Peragallo, DRPH, RN ,FAAN
  • Elias Provencio-Vasquez, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP
  • Norma Martinez Rogers, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Maria Shirey, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN
  • Mary Lou Siantz, PHD, RN, FAAN
  • Eloisa Tamez, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Sara Torres, RN, PhD, FAAN
  • Antonia Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN



About National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)
NAHN National Association of Hispanic Nurses® is a non-profit professional association committed to the promotion of the professionalism and dedication of Hispanic nurses by providing equal access to educational, professional, and economic opportunities for Hispanic nurses. NAHN is also dedicated to the improvement of the quality of health and nursing care of Hispanic consumers.

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