Gloria E. Barrera, MSN, RN, PEL-CSN
Gloria currently works as a certified school nurse at a public high school in Illinois and as an Adjunct Professor of Nursing at several universities, most notably DePaul University and her alma mater Saint Xavier University. She is committed to being a lifelong learner and continues her efforts in improving child health outcomes in our most vulnerable populations through her current practice, advocacy, and teaching.
Gloria serves on the Board of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses-Illinois Chapter and the Illinois Association of School Nurses. She also represents the American Public Health Association’s Public Health Nursing Section in the Nursing Coalition on Climate Change and Health. She is an active member of the American Public Health Association (APHA), American Nurses Association (ANA), and the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE). She’s a Climate Champion and is interested in addressing environmental health issues and protecting public health from climate change. She’s been recognized for her leadership and community work by several organizations, both locally and nationally, including NAHN as the recipient of the 2019 Henrietta Villaescusa Community Service Award.