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The NAHN-Illinois Chapter presence was strong at the 43rd Annual NAHN conference in Cleveland, Ohio. Seven of our chapter members received awards that included Nurse of the Year, Leadership Award, 40 Under 40, and United Health scholarships (see below). I am so proud of all our award recipients and all of our chapter’s accomplishments. We truly are an exemplar chapter thanks to the efforts of the board, committee chairs, and members who all keep us visible and active in the community. Our chapter is now ranked 3rd largest (closely behind NY & LA). We will soon be kicking off a campaign that will have a hefty but achievable goal of 200 members by July 2019…we’ll need everyone’s help to get there but we can move our chapter ranking to #1 if we achieve our goal! Stay tuned for more details. There a lot of chapter activited happening so I hope to see you soon!
-Elizabeth Aquino, PhD, RN
Congratulations to all of the Illinois Chapter award recipients!
Susana Gonzalez(Immediate Past-President) received the Nurse of the Year award & 1st place Ambassador for NAHNaward.
Liz Aquino(President): Janie Menchaca Wilson Leadership award.
Lupe Hernandez (Pres-elect), Irene Mendez, Anna Lozoya: 40 under 40 Award
Esmeralda Ochoa& Edith Bosque Barnes: United Health Scholarship
Thank you to everyone who attended the Membership Appreciation Rooftop Party on July 22nd!
The All of Us Research Program is not one single health study; it will be a database researchers can use to run thousands of health studies. The data collected can be used by any researcher in the U.S. and around the world, as long as they follow strict privacy and security rules. We hope that researchers will use this data to achieve a wide range of medical breakthroughs that can lead to individualized care and improve health for future generations.
Two major goals set this NIH effort apart from typical medical research. First, they aim to have 50 percent of participants from racial and ethnic minority communities. Second, they aim to have 75 percent of participants from groups that have been historically underrepresented in research. Achieving these goals will require significant effort to build trust, overcome barriers, and work with participants as true partners in research.
Health care providers have a critical role to play in this endeavor. Based on our commitment to reducing health disparities and expanding participation in clinical research, NAHN-Illinois is excited to help spread the word about this program and ensure that our members are educated about its promise and accomplishments over time.
All of Us has the potential to redefine the future of health in the United States. We’re excited to work with the NIH to ensure that this program brings together communities throughout the United States to drive better outcomes, earlier disease identification and precise treatment solutions.
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