The National Association of Hispanic Nurses New York Chapter, NAHN-NY, hosted its second annual conference Oct. 8 at the Phillips Ambulatory Care Center of Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. This years conference centered around the challenges faced by women around the globe.
Women The Marginalized Species: Physical, Sociocultural, Psychological and Economic Challenges included sessions on healthcare and women in prison, creating opportunities for women globally, the HIV epidemic and women of color, women and heart disease and sex trafficking, among others.
Keynote speaker Ani Kalyajian, RN-BC, EdD, DOL, BCETS, BCECR, DrSc (Hon), professor of psychology at Fordham University and founder and president of the Association for Trauma Outreach and Prevention (ATOP), is board certified in traumatic stress and has traveled the globe advocating for the human rights of women, children, trauma survivors and refugees.Barbara Glickstein, RN, co-director of the Center for Health, Media and Policy at Hunter College in New York City, spoke about womens rights and advocacy at the NAHN-NY conference.
A large portion of her presentation dealt with healing and forgiveness as a means to moving on. Forgiveness is not something you give to others. Its something you give to yourself, she said.
As a partner in Huggies Every Little Bottom program, NAHN-NY also had a display at the conference where diaper donations could be made. According to researchers for the diaper brand, one in three American moms struggle to provide diapers for their babies, often having to forgo basic needs, such as food, to buy them or even reusing soiled ones. One of our members asked about collecting clothing for patients and their children with HIV/AIDS, said NAHN-NY chapter president Dan Suarez, RN, MA, who also is associate director of advertising for New York at Nursing Spectrum. I contacted national offices who told us that Huggies was running a campaign and asked if we would help spearhead this initiative.
The campaign has garnered more than 7 million diaper donations to date, with a goal of reaching 22.5 million.