Wednesday, November 17

Opening Keynote: Healthcare culture and its implications for minority nurses

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Opening Keynote Speaker - Ekta Srinivasa, PhD, RN


Dr. Ekta Srinivasa was born in Nepal and immigrated to the U.S at the age of 10. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Master of Science in Nursing from Curry College. She obtained her Nursing Ph.D. in Health Policy and Population Health at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has presented internationally and published on topics such as cardiac telemetry alarm fatigue and workplace bullying. Dr. Srinivasa has spent over a decade in the healthcare setting in various capacities as a nurse, an educator, and a researcher. These roles offered her a unique opportunity to address the widespread issue of workplace violence in the healthcare setting. She became interested in understanding how workplace bullying manifested in the lives of healthcare workers. She researched the experience of female minority nurses who faced workplace bullying. She uncovered bullying behaviors were a conduit to channel racism, discrimination, and various forms of illegal mistreatment towards racial/ethnic minority nurses. Dr. Srinivasa regularly corresponds with government leaders who have oversight responsibility for improving access, equity, and outcomes in healthcare. Her engagement is geared towards shaping policies and delineating processes that are integral to addressing workplace violence. She led a team of healthcare workers in addressing workplace violence utilizing the healthcare failure mode effect analysis (HFMEA) process which has been shared with various leaders. Dr. Srinivasa is the Founder of Improving Healthcare Culture, Inc. This nonprofit organization is being put in place to provide resources to individuals and organizations seeking strategies to mitigate the effects of workplace violence. The focus is on marginalized employees in the workplace.


General Session: NAHN's 4 Decades of History

General Session Speaker - Dr. Jennifer Figueroa-Delgado DNP, ANP-BC, MS, RN


Dr. Jennifer Figueroa-Delgado an Housecalls Adult Nurse Practitioner in upstate New York and a professional mentor to nursing students. She attended University of Puerto Rico for her Bachelors in Nursing Sciences, her masters degree from the College of Mt Saint Vincent in 2009 and received her doctoral degree from Grand Canyon University in 2018. She has served as a NAHN National Board of Director and Vice President of the NAHN NY Chapter. She also developed & chaired the NY Mentorship Program. She has served as the NAHN Historian since 2012.


Thursday, November 18

Plenary Session: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine also known as COMIRNATY® (COVID-19 Vaccine, mRNA) Medical Update and Building Vaccine Confidence for COVID-19 Vaccines

Plenary Session Speaker #1 - Antonio J. Iglesias, PharmD


Antonio J. Iglesias, PharmD, is a Vaccines Medical Director, Pfizer Vaccines US Medical Affairs. Dr. Iglesias is committed to making a difference in geographies that include children and adults with disproportionate vaccination rates. He received a BS in Chemical Engineering and a Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Florida. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency in Pediatrics at the University of Florida/Jackson Health System. He lives in Miami, Florida.

Plenary Session Speaker #2 - Maria J. Tort, PhD


Maria J. Tort, PhD is a Vaccines Medical Director, Pfizer Vaccines US Medical Affairs. Dr. Tort previously held positions in global clinical development, safety, regulatory and medical affairs. Maria is a board-certified Toxicologist; she earned her PhD from Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology and her MBA from Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Business. She lives in Houston, TX.


Friday, November 19

Closing Keynote Session: Addressing Microaggressions in Academic Nursing: Strategies to Promote Inclusion

Closing Keynote Speaker - Dr. Kupiri Ackerman-Barger, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN


Dr. Piri Ackerman-Barger is associate dean of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as well as an associate clinical professor at the University of California Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. She serves as a researcher for the Center for a Diverse Healthcare working to diversify the health professions pipeline. She also directs Faculty Development for Education and co-directs the Interprofessional Teaching Scholars Program for UC Davis Health. Over her career Dr. Ackerman-Barger has combined her expertise in nursing and education to advance a program of instruction on workforce diversity; education equity; and institutional sustainability.