Deputy Surgeon General to speak at 43rd Annual NAHN Conference in Cleveland

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses is pleased to announce Deputy Surgeon General Rear Admiral (RADM) Sylvia Trent-Adams, PhD, RN, FAAN, will serve as a keynote speaker at the association’s 43rd Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. The conference runs from July 31 through August 3. RADM Trent-Adams will make her remarks during the morning general session on August 2. 

As Deputy Surgeon General, RADM Trent-Adams advises and supports the Surgeon General regarding operations of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and in communicating the best available scientific information to advance the health of the nation. She served as the Chief Nurse Officer of the USPHS from November 2013 through May 2016. In this role, she advised the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the recruitment, assignment, deployment, retention, and career development of Corps nurse professionals.

RADM Trent-Adams received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hampton University, a Master of Science in Nursing and Health Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She became a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2014.

“We are excited to welcome Deputy Surgeon General RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams to our annual conference,” said Dr. Norma Cuellar, NAHN’s president-elect and conference chair. “As a nurse, she sets a positive example for her commitment to public service and the nursing profession. Our student members, especially, will find inspiration through her presence at our conference.”

The theme for NAHN’s conference this year is: Latino Health Care: Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity. Other keynote speakers are Julissa Arce, Immigration & Education Advocate, Co-Founder/Chair Ascent Education Fund; Dr. Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, Founder & Director of the Watson Caring Science Institute, and Ricardo Palomares, Consultant, Author of Chronicles of a Journey: Embracing Pain on my Path to Self-Discovery.

The four-day conference is expected to draw 500 attendees from across the United States. In addition to educational sessions and keynote addresses, the conference features a healthcare expo, featuring more than 75 exhibitors and is expected to sell out.

The conference will also feature election of officers and directors and the presentation of scholarships and awards during NAHN’s annual Gala, which closes out the conference on August 3.

For more information and to register, visit NAHN’s website.


About National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses® is a non-profit professional association committed to promoting 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.


About the Office of the Surgeon General

As the Nation’s Doctor, the Surgeon General provides Americans with the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and reduce the risk of illness and injury. The Surgeon General, who is appointed by the President of the United States, oversees the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, an elite group of more than 6,700 uniformed officer public health professionals working throughout the federal government whose mission is to protect, promote, and advance the health of our nation. The Surgeon General now in office is VADM Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH.