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Nurses at the Forefront of Racial Justice Recruiting Participants

Racial Healing Circles II Open for Registration
There are many paths towards social justice and health equity and many hands are needed to make change happen. As holistic nurses we are particularly aware of how fostering a more compassionate health care system would lead to a more just health care system. Building a compassionate healthcare system calls us to engage in dialog and introspection around inclusion and equity. Racial Healing Circles are an established practice that can provide safe and sacred space for deep discusion. Developed by Dr. Gail Christopher, racial healing circles have proven to be a useful tool for having difficult conversations about life experiences, perceived differences and creating opportunities to diverse groups of people to achieve things together that we cannot achieve alone.

The AHNA diversity task force has completed a pilot racial healing circle session for nurses uing literature from social jsutice work by nurses to frame the circles going forward and we are now ready to offer them to all nurses. The circles will be comprised of four 90-minute sessions facilitated by trained racial healing circle facilitators. in these circles participants will be guided to explore your own experience of race in your community, work and family. The goal of the racial healing circles is for individuals to become more open and prepared to develop policies that support racial justice within organizations and society from a compassionate understanding.

Dates for sessions are the first Wednesdday of each month March - June:
Wednesday, March 2, 6:00 - 7:30 pm EST
Wednesday, April 6, 6:00 - 7:30 pm EDT
Wednesday, May 3, 6:00 - 7:30 pm EDT
Wednesday, June 1, 6:00 - 7:30 pm EDT


Successful completion of the program will be based on 100% attendance with 90% on camera active time, completion of four reflexive writing papers and a program evaluation.
Planners have no conflict of interest to report.
6 contact hours will be awarded

Discussion about Mentorship and Women of Color in Science


Effective mentorship is important for career development and advancement, especially for women in biomedical careers. NIH scientists Dr. Sadhana Jackson, Dr. Sherine El-Toukhy, and Dr. Yarimar Carrasquillo share advice and discuss their experiences with mentoring from their perspectives as women of color. The discussion is moderated by Dr. Melissa Ghim, who leads career development and workforce diversity programs at the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH).

 
  

Diversity Resources

Movies

See You Yesterday (Netflix)

See You Yesterday (Netflix)

From director Stefon Bristol and producer Spike Lee comes See You Yesterday, a sci-fi adventure grounded in familial love, cultural divides and the universal urge to change the wrongs of the past.
See You Yesterday (Netflix)
American Son (Netflix)

American Son (Netflix)

On the night a teenage boy goes missing, his parents, Kendra (Kerry Washington) and Scott (Steven Pasquale) end up at the police precinct. They are trying to figure out what happened to their son - reopening old wounds regarding race, fear, and their rocky marriage in the process. 
American Son (Netflix)
The 13th (Netflix)

The 13th (Netflix)

13th is a 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay that explores the "intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States;" it is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1865, which abolished slavery throughout the United States and ended involuntary servitude except as a punishment for conviction of a crime.
The 13th (Netflix)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Amazon prime Video, Hulu)

If Beale Street Could Talk (Amazon prime Video, Hulu)

Based from a book by James Baldwin of the same title, If Beale Street Could Talk honors the author's prescient words and imagery, charting the emotional currents navigated in an unforgiving and racially biased world as the filmmaker poetically crosses time periods to show how love and humanity endure.
If Beale Street Could Talk (Amazon prime Video, Hulu)
King In The Wilderness (Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, HBO max)

King In The Wilderness (Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, HBO max)

King in the Wilderness chronicles the final chapters of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, revealing a conflicted leader who faced an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. While the Black Power movement saw his nonviolence as weakness, and President Lyndon B. Johnson saw his anti-Vietnam War speeches as irresponsible, Dr. King’s unyielding belief in peaceful protest became a testing point for a nation on the brink of chaos.
King In The Wilderness (Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, HBO max)
The Hate U Give (YouTube, Vudu, Hulu)

The Hate U Give (YouTube, Vudu, Hulu)

The Hate U Give is a 2018 American drama film directed by George Tillman Jr. with a screenplay by Audrey Wells, based on the 2017 young adult novel of the same name by Angie Thomas. The film follows the fallout after a high school student witnesses a police shooting.
The Hate U Give (YouTube, Vudu, Hulu)
When They See Us (Netflix)

When They See Us (Netflix)

When They See Us is a 2019 American tragedy based on events of the 1989 Central Park jogger case and explores the lives and families of the five male suspects who were falsely accused then prosecuted on charges related to the rape and assault of a woman in Central Park, New York City.
When They See Us (Netflix)

Books

A Terrible Thing to Waste
A Terrible Thing to Waste

A Terrible Thing to Waste

A Terrible Thing to Waste

A Terrible Thing to Waste

Written by Harriet A. Washington, author of Medical Apartheid, this 2019 non-fiction title presents the alarming, negative impact that environmental hazards have on people of color in America.
Divided Sisters
Divided Sisters

Divided Sisters

Divided Sisters

Divided Sisters

Written by Midge Wilson, and Kathy Russell  this book is based on scores of interviews, cultural literature and extensive research, divided sisters examines relations between black and white women as children, as adults, at school and in college, at work and at home.  
Early Black American Leaders in Nursing: Architects for Integration and Equality
Early Black American Leaders in Nursing: Architects for Integration and Equality

Early Black American Leaders in...

Early Black American Leaders in Nursing: Architects for Integration and Equality

Early Black American Leaders in Nursing: Architects for Integration and Equality

The fascinating story of three black women, Mary Mahoney , Martha Franklin, and Adah Thoms, who are considered among the pioneers of nursing, and who were admitted into nursings hall of fame for their efforts.highlights their family lives, personalities, commitment to womanhood, and their professional achievements.
Fatal Invention
Fatal Invention

Fatal Invention

Fatal Invention

Fatal Invention

This book examines how the myth of biological concept of race—revived by purportedly cutting-edge science, race-specific drugs, genetic testing, and dna databases—continues to undermine a just society and promote inequality in a supposedly “post-racial” era.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right.
Locking Up Our Own
Locking Up Our Own

Locking Up Our Own

Locking Up Our Own

Locking Up Our Own

James Forman, Jr. is a leading critic of mass incarceration and its disproportionate impact on people of color. In locking up our own, he seeks to understand the war on crime that began in the 1970s and why it was supported by many african american leaders in the nation’s urban centers.
Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology
Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology

Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and...

Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology

Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology

Author Deirdre Cooper Owens highlights the dark history of American gynecology and the foundation it was built on, through exploitation of enslaved Black women.
Raising White Kids
Raising White Kids

Raising White Kids

Raising White Kids

Raising White Kids

Living in a racially unjust and deeply segregated nation creates unique conundrums for white children that begin early in life and impact development in powerful ways. Helps children function well in a diverse nation.
The Bluest Eye
The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye

The bluest eye, published in 1970, is the first novel written by author Toni Morrison.  A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity.
The Miner’s Canary
The Miner’s Canary

The Miner’s Canary

The Miner’s Canary

The Miner’s Canary

The stories of political race in action include the coalition of hispanic and black leaders who devised the texas ten percent plan to establish equitable state college admissions criteria, and the struggle of black workers in north carolina for fair working conditions that drew on the strength and won the support of the entire local community.
The New Jim Crow
The New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow is an account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the united states; one that has resulted in millions of african americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the civil rights movement. 
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic...

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to new data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.
The Wretched of the Earth
The Wretched of the Earth

The Wretched of the Earth

The Wretched of the Earth

The Wretched of the Earth

The Wretched of the Earth had a major impact on civil rights, anticolonialism, and black consciousness movements around the world, it’s an analysis of the psychology of the colonized and their path to liberation.
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years—due largely to initial audiences’ rejection of its strong black female protagonist.
They Can't Kill Us All
They Can't Kill Us All

They Can't Kill Us All

They Can't Kill Us All

They Can't Kill Us All

They Can't Kill Us All offers a historically informed look at the standoff between the police and those they are sworn to protect, showing that civil unrest is just one tool of resistance in the broader struggle for justice.
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard...

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

In this in-depth exploration, Dr. Robin DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

LGBTQ+

#WeGotThis: Men In Nursing


 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force

    

Roxane Raffin Chan

Roxane Raffin Chan
Roxane is currently a facilitator and ambassador for the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) program supported by One Love Global in Lansing, Michigan. She is also faculty at CREDO, a part of the Episcopal Church Pension Group in the United States. Through CREDO she works on a team that delivers mind, body and spiritual wellness to ordained clergy at retreat centers across the United States. Roxane is a Board Certified Advanced Holistic Nurse, a massage therapist, Reiki master and trained provider of Mindfulness Self-Compassion education. Roxane maintains her own practice, Chan Body Energy, LLC, where she works with individuals and groups in the community. During her academic career, Roxane conducted several funded and unfunded research projects. Serving as the Principal Investigator of an NIH-funded study, she established long-standing meditation support groups in two major health care systems for persons with chronic lung disease and has published several studies in nursing and interprofessional research journals. Roxane’s career as a nurse focused on underserved populations in acute care and community settings across the United States.  Her recent work at Michigan State University continued this focus, where she initiated the first community based nursing simulation implementing the Community Based Poverty Simulation and participated in developing a street medicine program between nursing, medicine and social work. This focus was supported by her involvement in advancing contemplative pedagogy in order to develop more compassionately based health care providers through the Mindful State initiative. She was also part of a team that developed a resiliency training program for health care providers based on the Mindfulness Self-Compassion program through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of California San Diego.

Christina Jordan

Christina Jordan
Christina Jordan, BSN, RN, LMT, RMT, CCAP, HNB-BC has over 22 years’ experience as a holistic practitioner. She is a certified massage therapist, yoga instructor, doula, childbirth educator; board certified holistic nurse, and emergency nurse. Ms. Jordan is passionate about creating holistic caring environments for both patients and practitioners and has initiated several programs and research studies to evaluate the effects of such environments. Recent accomplishments include the development of the Integrative Health Employee Renewal Center (IHERC) for a Level 1 Trauma Center in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as programs and training for employees to decrease their perceived levels of stress in the work environment. Ms. Jordan is currently working as a simulation nurse educator at the University of West Georgia where she is reinforcing the caring curriculum by teaching pre-licensure nursing students how to incorporate self-reflection and self-care into their future career. In our current healthcare system, it is imperative that we train all practitioners to reflect upon their roles, biases, expectations of self and others, and understand how to best take care of their emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs. This is how we transform healthcare.

Dawn Hawthorne

Dawn Hawthorne
Dawn Hawthorne is an Associate Professor at the Florida Atlantic University Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and is a Board member of the International Association for Human Caring. My clinical experience includes over 30 years in Maternal-Child health. I have worked as a nurse-midwife, neonatal intensive care staff nurse, family educator/discharge coordinator and lactation consultant. My work interest focuses on promoting spirituality in health, healing, and demonstrating the significance of spirituality to holistic care nursing. My research included spirituality as growing to understand the grief and resultant mental health symptoms experienced by bereaved parents. I’m currently working with a multidisciplinary team of researchers, across the state of Florida, on a needs assessment project to develop communication strategies that will dismantle power and imbalances between healthcare providers and pregnant women, who identify as Black, during their prenatal care.

Linda Keilman

Linda Keilman
Linda Keilman has been a registered nurse since 1983, and before that, an elementary school educator. Linda received her Master of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University in 1989. Her focus of study was gerontology, primary care, and end-of-life. She has been a Geronotological nurse practitioner since 1989 – always combining practice with teaching, research, and community engagement. Linda is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at MSU where she has taught since 1992. She received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice Leadership in 2010 from Oakland University. Linda is a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and a Distinguished Gerontological Educator from the National Harford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence. She is editor in chief of the Elsevier journal Advances in Family Practice Nursing. Linda is an active member of the American Holistic Nurses Association and participates as a Peer Reviewer for Conference proposals.

Debra James

Debra James
Debra James earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University of Nursing, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the Howard University and her BLS and ACLS Certification from Start Beat, LLC. Currently a Registered Nurse at Visiting Angels Home Care, where she evaluates patient health care needs, sets treatment goals, and provides direct patient care. Debra has previously managed USAF detachments in Germany and Japan. As part of the program's holistic experience, she went to China. Her previous positions include Case Manager at Tender Loving Home Care in 2016-2020 and a Registered Nurse at Meitus Medical Center, formerly known as Washington County Hospital in 2003-2015. In 2019, Debra was a contributor to "365 Soulful Messages: The Right Guidance at the Right Time".

Sarah Lally

Sarah Lally
Sarah Lally is an Intensive Care Unit nurse at Michigan Medicine, The University of Michigan Hospital, where she has worked for five years and serves on multiple unit-based and institutional committees. Sarah is also the Nurse Educator for Eastern Michigan University's Center for Health Disparities Innovations and Studies (CHDIS). At CHDIS, she works with an amazing team of faculty and staff funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant to decrease health disparities for Asian Americans. Sarah is also a part of AHNA's Education Approver Committee and Founder of the SE MI AHNA Chapter.

Mary Turner

Mary Turner
Mary Turner is a AHNCC Board Certified Nurse Coach. She graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center with a BSN in Nursing.  Mary values coaching healthcare organizations to get to the “root” of their problems instead of treating the “symptoms” of dis-ease.  Recognized as a catalyst for life transformation, it’s only natural that Mary takes a holistic approach.  Mary’s expertise is coaching and mentoring nurses to reach their peak performance by reminding them of their highest potential and unlimited possibilities as expressions of a Higher Source.  Mary is committed to life-long learning and continuous personal growth and development.

Christie Lockett

Christie Lockett
Christie is a Registered Nurse, Nurse Coach, and a passionate Holistic Health Writer. She obtained her Reiki Practitioner(L2) Certification from Holistic Arts Institute. Christie is working to obtain her certification in nurse coaching from International Nurse Coach Academy(INCA) and plans to become Board Certified from the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation(AHNCC).

Karla Rodriguez

Karla Rodriguez
Karla Rodriguez, DNP, RN, CNE, DipACLM is a clinical assistant professor at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. She has been teaching since 2007 and is a certified nurse educator and Clinical Assistant professor. Her background is adult and pediatrics medical-surgical nursing. She is a mentor for registered nurses and nursing students along their varying trajectories. She has been a registered nurse since 1999 and worked in Irvine, California and different areas of New York. Rodriguez has been certified in Lifestyle Medicine since 2020 and has always been passionate about teaching the preventative and disease-reversal nature of a plant-based diet. She is also certified in Plant-Based Nutrition from Nutrition Studies eCornell. Rodriguez earned her DNP from Quinnipiac University, MSN from Phoenix University, and her BSN from Long Island University. Rodriguez serves as one of the medical advisors for Plant Powered Metro NY. She is a member of the Office of Global Inclusion at NYU. She serves as a faculty advisor for the student group, Plant-Based Lifestyle Nursing and Latinos Aspiring to Imagine Nursing Opportunities (LATINOS) at NYU. Rodriguez is also an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau – Upsilon chapter as Chair of the Education Committee. This is her second semester teaching an undergraduate course elective to nursing students called, Lifestyle Approaches and Well-Being in Nursing. 

Elicia Baker-Rogers

Elicia Baker-Rogers
Elicia Baker-Rogers, DNP, RN, COHN-S, CCM, AHN-BC, ADS, LMT, BCTMB  has over 37 years of nursing experience, and is a native of Detroit, MI. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice - Integrative Health and Healing, from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN in May, 2017.  She completed her MS and BSN degrees at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Dr. Baker-Rogers presented her DNP Scholarly Project: "Reducing Nurses' Occupational Stress using Aromatherapy as an Integrative Nursing Intervention: A Journey in Process Improvement", at the Second International Integrative Nursing Symposium, Tucson, AZ in April, 2017, and as a Poster Presentation at the American Association for Occupational Health Nurses Conference in Reno, NV in April, 2018. She is a 20-year Veteran of the United States Navy Nurse Corps, where she held several distinguished leadership positions. Dr. Baker-Roger's personal military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit awards. Dr. Baker-Rogers served as a board member of the Veteran Suicide Prevention Channel from January, 2019 to December, 2021. She was the Director of Health and Wellness for the Austin Veteran Arts Festival (AVAFEST 2021). Dr. Baker-Rogers is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB) and is also an Acudetox Specialist (ADS).  She is the owner of Justa’ Touch Integrative Health & Wellness, PLLC, and resides near Austin, Texas.