Alabama Chapter Volunteers for COVID-19 Testing at Community Center
Kansas City Chapter Fights Food Insecurity During COVID-19 Pandemic and Community Unrest
The “El Corazon de la Tierra” (Kansas City) chapter of NAHN provided $2,800 in financial support to the Healthy Harvest Mobile Market and El Centro. Both agencies are actively distributing bags of free food to Kansas City Hispanic/Latinx community members in need. Healthy Harvest services residents on the Missouri side of the state line and El Centro does the same on the Kansas side.
During this time of unprecedented uncertainty, it is important for nurses to join with partners in the community to address the needs of the most vulnerable. Chapter leaders felt that in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the current fight for social justice due to prevalent systemic racism, food insecurity is a major problem that must be addressed. The chapter’s donation aided in food distributions conducted at the following locations: Westside Community Action Center, Mattie Rhodes Center and El Centro.
NAHN Debuts New Covid-19 PSA Campaign
NAHN unveiled a new PSA campaign featuring members from across the country to educate the community on COVID-19 and how to reduce its risk and spread. The spots in English and Spanish will be rolled out to NAHN members and partners through various platforms.
The English- and Spanish-language campaign was led by Jennifer M. Figueroa-Delgado, DNP, ANP-BC,MS,RN and in partnership with the creative talent of Hugo Gutierrez, introduced by NAHN Board Member Adrian Espinosa, MPH, MS, PHN, RN, FNP-BC and the Greater San Jose Chapter. A special thank you to all involved for this important bilingual community resource.
Public Service Announcement from the National Association of Hispanic Nurses
-- Other NAHN Voices in the Fight --
Jennifer Gil participated in a podcast and in a Univision Philadelphia newscast about dealing with COVID-19
Thanks to Adrian Espinosa & members of the San Jose Chapter for this powerful video about COVID-19
Among North Philadelphia's Latino Elders During COVID-19
Penn LDI Nurse Researcher Adriana Perez Focuses on a Particularly Vulnerable Population
Although they live in one of Philadelphia's most crime-ridden and unhealthy neighborhoods, North Philadelphia's community of Latino elders has the benefit of having one of the city's most diverse health care workforces, says University of Pennsylvania Nursing School faculty member Adriana Perez, who provides care and conducts research there.
"The question of disparities and COVID-19's effect on older Latino adults who are already experiencing disparities is an important one, and the diversity of the health care workforce here is a real asset," said Perez, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN. She is an Assistant professor at Penn's School of Nursing, and LDI Senior Fellow, a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner at North Hancock Mercy LIFE in North Philadelphia, and past Chair of the Expert Panel on Aging at the American Academy of Nursing. Read more
Arizona needs every nurse to fight COVID-19, including undocumented ones like me - Opinion
I’m a registered nurse at a hospital in central Phoenix, where we’re gearing up for a surge of coronavirus patients. You can typically find me in one of our newly created “rule out” units. The people in my care are suspected of having COVID-19 but must spend eight hours in the holding area, separated from their loved ones, as they await testing results. I’m also a bilingual immigrant who came to Phoenix from Mexico City with my family when I was 4 years old, and I take pride in being able to work with the large number of patients who speak only Spanish. Read more
How Immigrant Medical Professionals Are Helping To Fight The Coronavirus
"I just want to keep my family healthy"
Karen Garcia is a nurse at Valleywise Health Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz., and cares for COVID-19 patients. "All of my patients are Spanish speaking, and being their nurse definitely gives them a sense of relief," Garcia said. "Each nurse cares for one or two patients at a time, but I worry about the coronavirus peak in late April because we could get many more patients per nurse."
The virus isn't the only threat to Garcia's future. She's a DREAMer, one of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children. She was 4 years old when her parents crossed the border illegally from Mexico. Read more
Enfermera combatiendo el COVID-19 en primera fila, con futuro incierto debido a su estatus legal
Como beneficiaria de DACA, su estatus migratorio depende del fallo de la corte suprema, que puede darse en junio, según expertos. Read more
Greater Milwaukee STARS Ask the Public to Stay Home During COVID-19 Spread in Three Languages
When a Facebook post by NAHN's Greater Milwaukee Chapter asked the community to stay home hit 8,000 views, President Erika Colon and the chapter knew they had to reach more people in their native languages. So she and her friend and colleague Nisreen Atta got to work. "We translated the messages to Spanish and Arabic, and made sure we didn't miss anything," Erika wrote in a LinkedIn post. Nisreen reached out to talented artists who created the signs (nursing students and students because we sure can do many things!) She recruited her peers in the Emergency Department and coordinated and ran the photo shoot. Oh yes, we are calling it a PHOTO SHOOT because everyone in these picture is a big star! "Each STAR is asking you to flatten the curve by staying home, even if you feel healthy. It is beyond you or us. Help us protect those at higher risk."
The overall membership of the Greater Milwaukee Chapter represents 13 countries and ethnicities who are fluent in five languages, serve the community in 11 different healthcare organizations, and practice in over 12 specialties.
Amplify Nursing Podcast: Immigrant Health
COVID-19: On our next special episode of Amplify Nursing we talk to Dr. Laura Vargas and Dr. Adriana Perez , two scholars whose research focuses on Latinx immigrant populations in the US. Dr. Vargas is a Vice-Provost post-doctoral fellow at the Penn Injury Science Center at the Perelman School of Nursing and Dr. Perez is a nurse practitioner and an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
Dr. Adriana Perez
Dr. Laura Vargas
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Creativity: Sophia Jiminez Needed Masks and Caps so She Made Them
By: Sophia Jimenez, MSN, RN-BC, AGCNS-BC
My name is Sophia Jimenez, I am from the San Diego NAHN chapter and a UHF Diverse Scholar alumnus. I am a medical-surgical nurse at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center. The nurses on our unit have been floating to other units to assist in the overwhelming workload of caring for Covid-19 patients. We have been floated to work in our ER, ICU and Covid-19 units. There have been shortages of head covers for our nurses, so I decided I needed to do something. The safety of my coworkers and ancillary staff to be protected is very important.
I purchased a used sewing machine on Goodwill and started making masks for my family and head covers for my coworkers. I donate all the caps to my fellow coworkers and to whoever needs them. When I am unable to find material, I use old scrubs that I was going to donate to make caps. A shout out to Stephanie Zed, she is a lady on YouTube who shares her video and pattern for free and has made and donated caps to nurses in need in her area.