YON 2020 Day 34: Roberto Gonzalez, RN, CHAA, USAF Ret.

Roberto Gonzalez, RN, CHAA, USAF Ret., the immediate past president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses-Northeast Ohio Chapter, discusses the formation of the chapter and the success it has seen within its first few years.

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) is the nation’s leading professional society for Latino nurses, representing the voices of Latino nurses in our country. The goal was to create a cadre of highly qualified Latino nurses by advancing educational, professional and leadership skills and opportunities.

NAHN is devoted to promoting safe, quality health care delivery to Latino communities and individuals, and we recognize excellence among Latino nurses, provide formal and informal mentoring opportunities, and generally serve as a center of excellence for our members. NAHN advocates, educate, volunteer, seek partnerships, and conduct programming in the Latino community to improve outcomes, elevate literacy, heighten education, and influence policy. We work collaboratively with others to improve health equity and to create a future in which everyone regardless of race or ethnicity has opportunities to be healthy.

Supporting the Health and Well-being of our Community or “Apoyando la Salud y Bienestar de Nuestro Pueblo” has been the mantra of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses-Northeast Ohio Chapter (NAHN-NEOH) from its inception five years ago. NAHN-NEOH was one of 15 chapters handpicked to sponsor Muevete, a health-forward program modeled after former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign. The comprehensive initiative is dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. We participated in more than 45 community events; 11 Minority Nurse Conferences; and are a signing Chapter for the HRSA Grant, a grant established to provide a free nursing education to students of color.

NAHN-NEOH also holds the distinction and honor of being chosen as the host chapter for the 43rd Annual National Conference hosted in Cleveland (July 2018) in only our fourth year!

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