Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the Inaugural Scholarship & Award Gala on October 19th. We had a successful evening and were able to acknowledge deserving members.
We hope to see you at our next chapter meeting on Nov 15th, this is a member only meeting so please make sure your membership is up-to-date. A CEU will be provided for the special topic presentation “Care of Sexual & Gender Minority Patients”. Our annual coat and sock drive will happen during the November and December chapter meetings...new socks and/or gently used/new winter coats will be collected.
Also remember to use the NAHN-Illinois Amazon Smile charity link (details below) as you begin your holiday shopping!
-Elizabeth Aquino, PhD, RN
2018 NAHN-Illinois Inaugural Scholarship & Award Gala
We are also doing our annual coat and sock drive so please bring gently used/new coats and new socks to donate. Thank you!
Immediate Past-President Susana Gonzalez is on her 4th medical mission trip to Puerto Rico...sharing supplies and nursing skills to areas still in need of resources after Hurricane Maria. She joins other amazing NAHN volunteers on this medical mission trip.
President Liz Aquino was recognized on Nov 8th with the DePaul Woman of Spirit & Action Award for her service that embodies the life work of St. Louise de Marillac.
Thank you to volunteers who participated in the ASI Elevating Home Care to the Next Level conference on Nov 3rd. Shout-out to Liz Aquino, Edith Barnes, Carlos Becerra, Luis Espinosa, & Isis Reyes. All of Us, Pneumococcal Vaccine, and AHA material shared with the 300 attendees.
Thank you to everyone who attended Bows & Pearls Gala! Proceeds benefited NAHN-Illinois Chapter!
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.
Do you want to help others? Practice your skills? Educate and empower people with information to take care of themselves and their families? Volunteer with NAHN-Illinois! Here are a few upcoming events: Monday, Nov. 19th at the Humboldt Park field house, 10a-2p Contact Mireya Flores @ email@example.com to sign-up.
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS! UPCOMING EVENTS:
Join us Thursday, November 15 for a peer-led panel discussion entitled: SCD Integrated Care - Where are Patients Getting Lost?
The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and Pfizer Rare Disease are pleased to invite you to a community-based panel discussion at Hotel Palomar in Chicago, where sickle cell disease (SCD) experts—including hematologists and patient advocates—from Chicago will share perspectives on managing SCDand discuss collaborations that may help to improve patient care.
Each year in Illinois, approximately 80-100 infants are born with SCD. Illinois has long been a leader in SCD care, having adopted universal newborn screening of SCD in 1989. Despite significant progress, numerous unmet patient needs remain at the local, regional, and national levels that require urgent and collective attention.
The panel discussion will include the following:
Dr. Benjamin Chavis, President and CEO, National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA)
Dr. Lori Luck, Medical Director, Sickle Cell Disease, Pfizer
Dr. Lewis Hsu, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Hospital
Dr. Shivi Jain, Hematology & Oncology, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Hospital
Dr. Radhika Peddinti, Pediatrics and Sickle Cell Disease Program, University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC)
Jessica Torre, APN, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC)
TaLana Hughes, Executive Director, Sickle Cell Disease Association of Illinois (SCDAI)
Together, we can share and work to implement actionable SCD management ideas on November 15 that can make a meaningful difference in the lives of SCD patients in the Chicago area!
We hope to see you there. Event Details Where: Contemporary Room, 6th Floor, Hotel Palomar, 505 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654 When: Thursday, November 15 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm CDT, with a reception to follow at 7:00 pm RSVP: To confirm your attendance, please send an email to ChicagoSCD@syneoshealth.com
Program is intended for the medical community, including health care professionals, community-based organizations, and hospital administrators, to discuss the well-being of SCD patients
Light refreshments to be served during post-meeting reception.
Email Liz Aquino email@example.com by Nov 15th if you would like to attend. Complimentary tickets available for the first 30 ppl.