Three NAHN members are among the 231 distinguished nurse leaders to be inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing.

Carmen Alvarez, PhD, CRNP, CNM, FAAN; Wanta Montalvo, PhD, RN, FAAN and Kipiri Ackerman-Barger, PhD, RN, FAAN will be honored at a special ceremony during the AAN's annual policy conference,Transforming Health, Driving Policy, which will take place October 24-26 in Washington, D.C.

About the NAHN honorees:


Carmen Alvarez, PhD, CRNP, CNM, FAAN:  
As an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Carmen's research focuses on the development and implementation of health promotion and risk reduction interventions primarily for underserved ethnic-minority women with a history of trauma-specifically adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and intimate partner violence (IPV). Her most recent work-"Improving Psychosocial Well-Being among Immigrant Latina Survivors of ACEs"-is supported by the RWJF Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program. Her BSN and MSN are from Emory University and her PhD is from the University of Michigan. Carmen is a member of NAHN's DC Chapter.


Wanda Montvalo PhD, RN, FAAN: 
Wanda, who is Executive Director of Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare at Columbia University, is a recognized national executive nurse leader in addressing health disparities in primary care by specifically working with federally qualified health centers, professional trade associations, public health and federal agencies. She earned her PhD at Columbia University School of Nursing in 2015, where she was a Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar. She focused her research on leadership, organizational politics and mentoring in nursing. In 2018, she was selected as a Fellow of the prestigious New York Academy of Medicine, where a diverse set of fellows across disciplines work on critical healthcare issues, she will be joining the Nursing Section. Her key message is RISE and Apply. "In order to diversify the leadership at AAN, we need more Hispanic/Latina nurses to not only apply, but engage with AAN and lend our expertise," she says. Wanda is a member of NAHN's New York City Chapter.


Kipiri Ackerman-Barger, PhD, RN, FAAN:
 Over her career, Piri has combined her expertise in nursing and education to advance a program of instruction on workforce diversity; education equity; and institutional sustainability that she has presented nationally to thousands of participants Her research identifies strategies to cultivate the skills and knowledge that healthcare providers, educators, and leaders need to diversify the healthcare pipeline. She has received numerous awards including the Charles P. Nash Humanitarian Award, Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity and Community, Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring, and an Award for Teaching Excellence. She is one of four national diversity consultants for the Campaign for Action, a partnership of AARP and RWJF. Piri is a member of NAHN's Sacramento Chapter

About the AAN Fellowship: The newest addition of fellows within this class represents 38 states, the District of Columbia, as well as 17 countries. The Academy is currently comprised of more than 2,600 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research. They have been recognized for their extraordinary commitment to the promotion of the public's health through evidence and innovation.

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