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NAHN Coordinates Annual Research Symposium

NEW YORK CITY — Beth Israel Medical Center’s Phillips Ambulatory Care Center was the site of The National Association of Hispanic Nurses New York Chapter’s first annual conference, “Hispanic Operational Imperatives: Dialogue, Education, Strategize.”

J.J. Rivera, MD, division of cardiology, Johns Hopkins University Hospital presented “The ABCs of Heart Disease Prevention.”

The full-day conference featured a range of seminars based on four main areas that have an impact on Hispanic health — asthma, women’s health, cardiovascular health, and diabetes — and featured speakers such as Lisa Landau, JD, director of the Nurse Family Partnership, New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and J.J. Rivera, MD, division of cardiology at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.

Metropolitan Jewish Health System was among the exhibitors at the conference.

One highlight was a seminar on domestic violence training in beauty salons.

The unique program is conducted in salons in the Washington Heights and Inwood areas of Manhattan by master’s in social work students to create awareness about intimate partner violence in a place where women are most likely to speak freely about their relationships.

From left, NAHN-NY president Dan Suarez, RN; Beth Israel Medical Center’s Hector Castro, MD; and Sharon L. Voytush, RN

At the conclusion of the conference, attendees were treated to a “Nurses Relax, Replenish, and Renew” seminar.

Luisa E. Porrata, RN, MPH, CCAT, a Hostos Community College adjunct professor who holds certifications in imagery and therapeutic touch, instructed attendees to sit with their eyes closed and picture themselves in their favorite places to relax.

Nursing students who are members of NAHN help out at the event.

Porrata also passed around samples of different scents that invoke relaxation and help heal.

By | 2020-04-15T15:04:06-04:00 July 27th, 2009|Categories: New York/New Jersey Metro, Regional|0 Comments

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