HANA tackles critical community health issues at general meeting

HANA board members and members at their recently held general meeting.

Presentations focused on highlighting heart disease education and awareness

From heart disease to the zika virus, community health issues were at the top of the agenda this past Saturday at the Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida (HANA) general meeting, held at Miami Dade College, North Campus.

In honor of February as American Heart Health Month, presentations focused on highlighting heart disease education and awareness. HANA of Florida President Amina Dubuisson discussed about the prevalence of heart disease among women in particular. In the United States, one in four women die from heart disease. Dr. Deidree Edwards, Senior Medical Science Liaison of AstraZeneca, provided HANA members an outstanding presentation on Clinical Consideration in Acute Coronary Syndrome and Prior MI. ASN & RN-BSN students from Miami Dade College Benjamin Leon School of Nursing and Chamberlain College of Nursing also created beautiful teaching poster boards highlighting various aspects of the disease and how the condition can be alleviated by lifestyle changes nutrition, stress management and physical activity.

Due to the overwhelming concerns of the Zika Virus in the global community, HANA also felt the urgency to educate members, and how they can serve as health ambassadors to their families and the community.

HANA Co-Chair of Louise Marjori Paul, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, made an excellent job presentation on the disease relatively new to the Caribbean and U.S. In the spirit of collaboration, there were also presentations from Mme. Yolanda Nitti, MSN, RN, the President of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses – Miami Chapter and Nahomie Mirville, Chair of Education and Past President of HANA. Member was also updated on important state legislative reform by Dr. Marie O. Etienne, Chair of Legislative Affairs of HANA of Florida. Of particular interest was the HB 423 presented by State Representative Cary Pigman and SB 676 by Senator Denise Grimsley, which would allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe controlled substances. Another promising bill called HB 325/SB 572, from Haitian-American Rep. Daphne Campbell and Sen. Thad Altman, would allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants to initiate involuntary examination under the Baker Act of persons believed to have mental illness.

HANA executive members also welcomed all the new members, and thanked current members for their continued support of the association. “The success of the association lies on the great support of the members, sponsors, and the community,” said the association in a statement.

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