NAHN Presents 2019 Awards at 44th Annual Conference Gala
Angie Millan (left) presents NAHN's Nurse of
the Year Award to Michele Crespo-Fierro
Michele Crespo Fierro,
Phd, MPH, RN, AACRN was named the National
Association of Hispanic Nurses’ Nurse of the Year at the association’s
44th Annual Conference in Reno, Nevada.
Fierro, who is a member of NAHN’s New York Chapter, received the recognition
during the association’s Scholarships and Awards Gala on Friday, July 19.
The NAHN Nurse of the Year Award is for a nurse, who has developed a creative
and innovative program, intervention, or strategy in one of the following
- Improving the quality of health care in the
Hispanic community (narrowing health care disparity)
- Recruitment, retention, professional career
development (increasing the number of Hispanic nurses at all educational
and professional levels)
- NAHN organizational development at local,
state, and/or the national level (growth, effectiveness, and communication
within NAHN organizations, and with the community it serves)
Awards were also
presented as follows:
Awards were presented to NAHN
members (pictured l-r above). Top row: Henrietta Villaescusa Community Service Award, Gloria Barrera; Ambassador Awards: Sylvia Pelroy for Esther
Ibarra, Rose Lopez and Susanna Gonzalez; Nurse of the Year, Michele Crespo-Fierro;
Latino Legacy Award, Mimi Gonzalez; Viajero Award, Isis Reyes; Janie Menchaca
Wilson Leadership Award, Adrian Espinosa; Ildaura Murillo-Rhode Award, Nora
Hernandez-Pupo; Sarah Gomez Erlach Humanitarian Award, Ledys Janett Perez; 40
Under 40 Award, Jasmine Ruiz.
NAHN Latino Legacy Award presented to Mimi Gonzalez, BS, RN (New York
Chapter) for her contributions to the nursing profession with commitment to
advancing the health in Hispanic communities.
Ildaura Murillo-Rohde Award for Education Excellence presented to Nora
Hernandez Pupo, PhD, RN, TNCC (Miami Chapter) for her contributions to nursing
education, research and practice, commitment to excellence in nursing and distinguished
Henrietta Villaescusa Community Service Award presented to Gloria
Barrera, MSN, BSN, RN, PEL-CSN (Illinois Chapter) for her contributions to the
improvement of health in Hispanic communities.
Janie Menchaca Wilson Leadership Award presented to Adrian Espinosa,
MPH, MS, PHN, RN, FNP-BC (San Jose Chapter) for outstanding leadership
contributions at the local, state and national levels, and leadership in
creating programs that have positively impacted Hispanic communities.
Sarah Gomez Erlach Humanitarian Award presented to Ledys Janett Perez,
RN (New York Chapter) for seeking ways to improve health delivery to the rural
poor and migrant farm workers and their families through implementation of
health programs, and advocacy and commitment to public health service to the
Viajero Award presented to Isis Reyes, MSN, AG-ACNP-BC on behalf of the Illinois Chapter.
Ambassador Awards: 2nd Place, Esther Ibarra, BSN, RN (Yuma Chapter); 1st Place, Rose Lopez, BSN, RN (Phoenix Chapter); 3rd Place, Susanna Gonzalez, MSN, RN, MPH, CNML (Illinois Chapter).
In addition, NAHN President Norma Cuellar, PhD, RN, FAAN presented President’s
Awards to Linda McCauley, RN, PhD, FAAN, FAAOHN of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff
School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta and Terri E. Weaver, PhD, RN,
FAAN, ATSF, Dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing.
Roxana Chicas, BSN, RN, a PhD student at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff
School of Nursing at Emory University received the ACT PhD Award and scholarship
and Linda Maldonado, PhD, RN received the Sigma Theta Tau Award and
In the 40 Under 40 Awards program, three NAHN members were recognized: Alison
K. Hernandez, PhD, RN-BC (Illinois Chapter); Jasmine Ruiz, MSN, RN, FNP-C (San
Jose Chapter); and Dulce Santana Gonzalez, BSN, RN, PHN (San Jose Chapter).