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NAHN is a non-profit pro- fessional association committed to the promotion of the professional- ism and dedication of Hispanic nurses by providing equal access to educational, professional, and economic opportunities for Hispanic nurses. NAHN is also dedicated to the improvement of


the quality of health and nursing care of Hispanic consumers. Ruiz, former President of NAHN-Oregon, continues to emphasize consistency and visionary leadership; one vision and one voice. As she says in her platform statement, “This is the era of health reform—a time for NAHN: strength in diversity, language and culture. Let’s increase Latino leadership in all aspect of teach- ing, clinical, research, and the legislative process.” In 2010, Dr. Ruiz was given the prestigious National Association of Hispanic Nurses Association's (NAHN) Nurse of the Year Award. She was honored for her research and leadership as past president of the Oregon NAHN chapter, her international clinical and educational programs focused on Latinos and other underserved communities, as well as her mentorship and support of nursing students. Her nomination for this national award was sup- ported by a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate nursing students, as well as various academic and professional colleagues. "Maria Elena Ruiz is not only an outstanding nurse, but also an outstanding NAHN leader," said NAHN President Angie Millan. "While she was President of the Oregon-NAHN Chapter (2008-2009), she wrote a grant and received funding to develop the "Puente" program for NAHN-Oregon. This excellent program allowed LANAHN and the Oregon Chapter to collaborate in order


to strengthen relationships between California and the Pacific Northwest, where less than 1% of Nurses are of Hispanic origin. Dr. Ruiz continues her work to build bridges — not only between individual leaders, but between chapters, so that we may strengthen our local and national initiatives," added Millan. Dr. Ruiz most recently received an award from the American


Public Health Association for her research that explored intergen- erational relations among Latino and Asian families. She is present- ly working on comparing the US-Cuban health systems and also exploring public policy changes in Public Health.


To learn more about her work go to: http://www.chicano.ucla.edu/about/news/csrc-newsletter- december-2013


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