NAHN’s Chapter of the Month: Phoenix
NAHN Phoenix Chapter is currently the largest NAHN chapter in the nation and is committed to addressing health disparities and improving health outcomes in LatinX communities. The Phoenix Chapter is engaged in addressing Hispanic health issues at a national and local level. The Phoenix chapter led efforts in providing education for the LatinX community regarding the Affordable Care Act and provided resources for attaining health care coverage. These efforts led to a NAHN national initiative funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. The Phoenix Chapter was one of 15 chapters in the nation selected to implement Muevete USA to increase awareness of childhood obesity especially with the LatinX community. The chapter was also selected to partake in the National Institute of Health (NIH) Science Education Partnership (SEPA) Grant educating Hispanic Youth about the nursing profession and promoting nursing as a career choice. The Phoenix Chapter was selected as one of the chapters to pilot the Mentorship Academy, a national initiative with a goal of establishing and maintaining a formal mentoring process that advances Hispanic nurses’ education and careers. At a local level, the Phoenix Chapter has partnered with several organizations to promote health and wellness in our LatinX communities. Examples of partnerships include: Planned Parenthood, Educating Latinx communities about Sexual Health (Platicas); March of Dimes, Educating Hispanic/Latino communities on the importance of folic acid consumption for all women of childbearing age; and Pfizer, increasing awareness regarding smoking cessation and diabetes. NAHN Phoenix Chapter also provides annual scholarships and mentorship for nursing students.
The Phoenix Chapter is the host for NAHN’s 2017 Annual Conference, July 17-21 at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel.