The Illinois Hispanic Nurses Association and the American Heart Association participated at the 2014 Illinois Minority Health Conference, supported by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Center for Minority Health Services.
This year’s conference seizes the momentum of national health care reform to foster dialogue, offer strategies, and provide a roadmap for a bridge to health equity in Illinois.
The 3rd Annual Illinois Minority Health Conference’s goal is to educate and build partnerships among health professionals and community stakeholders that removes barriers, strengthen communities, promote diversity and eliminate health disparities.
This year’s conference theme, Access + Treatment = Healthy Communities, is in alignment with the Illinois Department of Public Health’s strategic 5 year plan, which will maximize the Department’s effectiveness, influence and value for promoting wellness, health equity, safety and improved health outcomes.
Elizabeth Florez, Ph.D., R.N ( Illinois Hispanic Nurses Association) (photo: left) and Fil Guipoco, M.A. (photo: right) presented, Partnerships Making an Impact within Our Latino Communities: Illinois Hispanic Nurses Association and the American Heart Association. This session focused on the benefits, considerations and process of small local groups/agencies partnering with larger nationally-based organization, and provided the structure on how both organizations shared resources and implemented Spanish based programs and events in a 15-month span to impact the Latino community throughout metro Chicago.
“Sharing the success and impact of IHNA and the American Heart Association partnership with key community stakeholder, and those invested in the minority health initiatives was essential to help encourage others to develop similar partnerships that can build healthier communities”. – Elizabeth Florez, Ph.D., RN
Both organizations continue to invest in this relationship, through involvement with the Multicultural Leadership Committee, as well as exploring grant opportunities and developing community program projects such as, A Todo Corazon and other Latino based projects throughout the Metro Chicago area. The vision continues to be the expansion of this relationship throughout the American Heart Association’s Midwest Affiliate and eventually throughout the Country.