About

NAHN Illinois – A rich history in bridging healthcare disparities among nurses & our communities.

Our History

In January of 1986, Jesusita Pedroza-Sepulveda RN brought together the founding committee who identified the many needs of healthcare delivery system for the Hispanic community. Recognizing that the lack of Hispanic Nurses and other healthcare professionals affected access to care for the entire Hispanic Community.

This association continues to increase awareness of nursing, improve access to care by providing educational, professional, and economic opportunities for Hispanic Nurses in Illinois. In 1994 the Illinois Hispanic Nurses Association was created, known as IHNA. IHNA has since, adopted the National title, so we are now known as NAHN-Illinois.

Our objectives

Assess

To assess the safety and quality of healthcare delivery services.

Collaborate

To collaborate with other organizations committed to serving bilingual, bicultural Spanish speaking communities and increasing the pipeline of Hispanic nurses.

Dialogue

To provide a forum for Hispanic Nurses to analyze and evaluate the healthcare needs of the community.

A note from the president

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses-Illinois (NAHN-IL) Chapter is a non-profit professional nursing organization representing the voices of Latinx nurses. We are committed to increasing the number of bilingual and bicultural nurses, as well as building the next generation of nurse leaders.

Our chapter is currently the largest NAHN chapter in the nation, with over 200 active members. We believe that there is “power in numbers” and that we will be a stronger Latinx nursing workforce if we unite to fulfill our mission.

Lupe Hernandez, MSN, FNP-BC

Past Presidents
Elizabeth Aquino PhD, RN

2017

2019

Assistant Professor, DePaul School of Nursing

DePaul College of Science and Health

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Susana Gonzalez, MSN, MHA, CNML, RN

2013

2017

ASI Home Care Agency Nurse Consultant

ASI

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Adrianna Nava, MSN, RN

2011

2013

Clinical Research Coordinator

Boston VA Healthcare System

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Board of Directors

Elizabeth Aquino PhD, RN

2019

2017

Immediate Past President

Board of Directors

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​Lupe Hernandez, MSN, FNP-BC

2021

2019

President

Board of Directors

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Isis Reyes, MSN, AG-ACNP-BC, CCRN

Secretary

Board of Directors

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Gloria E. Barrera, MSN, RN, PEL-CSN

Treasurer

Board of Directors

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Morelia Diaz

Social Media & Public Relations Coordinator

Board of Directors

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Joseph Hernandez, RN

2019

President-Elect

Board of Directors

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Committee Chairs

Liz Zimnie, BSN, RN

Community Engagement Co-Chair

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Mireya Flores, BSN, RN

Community Engagement Co-Chair

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Marianyelli Hanna, CNA

Event Planning Co-Chair

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Nancy Garcia BSN,RN,CPN

Membership Recruitment & Retention Co-Chair

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Daisy Flores, BSN, RN

Membership Recruitment & Retention Co-Chair

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Carlos Becerra, MS, RN

Pre-Nursing Engagement Chair

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Anna Lozoya, JD, RN

Mentorship Committee Co-Chair

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Andrea Fitzsimmons, MSN, RN

Mentorship Committee Co-Chair

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