Central New York Chapter
(Last Updated 2007)
The CNY chapter of ANAC was chartered in November 1996. It serves a large area (the central counties of New York from the Canadian border in the North to Binghamton in the South). Our meetings take place in and around the central location of Syracuse, New York. Current local chapter membership is about thirty. Local chapter members come from various backgrounds including hospital-based clinics, in-patient units, long-term care facilities, correctional facilities, community based clinics and private practice. The chapter provides an organizational structure that encourages opportunities for learning, professional development, networking, and socialization among nurses (and others) working in the field of HIV/AIDS.
A year in the life:
Membership meetings take place at least four times a year. As well as ANAC members the meetings also attract others interested in the particular topic presented. The average attendance is about 50-60. The evening begins with membership news, business and announcements. Dinner is provided (usually with the help of pharmaceutical sponsorship) and a speaker presents on various aspects of HIV care.
In addition, every spring we host an Annual HIV/AIDS Nursing Update Teaching Day (2006 marked the tenth). We bring in several speakers and in recent years the day has attracted over a hundred participants. With the help of corporate sponsorship and individual registrations fees, the Teaching Day has become the main fund-raiser for the chapter.
Each year we try to support members who want to attend the national ANAC conference by offering sponsorship. We also offer scholarships for both national and local membership at each member meeting. In 2003 we launched our newsletter, which is mailed out 2-3 times a year. E-mail and mailed reminders inform members of up-coming events. There are over two hundred individuals on our current mailing list.
Other annual commitments include the chapter participation in the local AIDS Walk/Run – a fundraiser for the largest community based organization in our area providing care for those infected and affected with HIV/AIDS. In the past two years our team raised over $1500 and we hope to do the same again this summer. We have in recent years also provided annual financial support to a hospice organization in Zimbabwe (Island Hospice) with whom we are affiliated. On December 1st each year CNY
ANAC organizes an educational information display to commemorate International AIDS Day.
Lyn Stevens (our first chapter President) will be assuming the position of President Elect of ANAC for the upcoming biennium. Lyn has also been recognized as ANAC’s educator of the year (2005). This has given the local chapter a closer insight to ANAC activities on the national level. Another chapter member, Kathie Contello, was awarded the national HIV pediatric nursing excellence award by national ANAC in 2003. In 2006, we were honored with the Chapter Recognition Award. Additionally, chapter members have presented posters at national conference and several of our members are accredited with the ANAC ACRN.
Other accomplishments include sponsorship of international nurses to attend national conference and for ANAC membership. In addition we try to make it possible for at least 2-3 of the CNY chapter (including the chapter president) to attend national each year. In conjunction with AIDS Community Resources we welcomed a group of teens from Zimbabwe to share their experiences of living in a resource poor setting in 2000. Also with ACR we co-sponsored an education/prevention initiative entitled “Two questions/15 seconds/Save a Life” to encourage medical providers to include safer sex/ sexual health questions in routine healthcare screening.
In November 2005 we held our first ever community fundraiser and raised almost $5000.00 that was sent to Island Hospice in Zimbabwe.
Our January 2007 meeting was a roundtable discussion focused at area student nurses and was very well received. We anticipate using this approach again.
What the future holds:
We would like to increase our chapter membership and our outreach into the community. We have been discussing ways to achieve these goals. Also we are seeking ways to be more financially independent from corporate sponsorship. We have begun to charge non-members $5.00 to attend our dinner meetings. We have begun to sell items with our logo attached– again as a fund-raising venture.
This November will we will be holding our second fundraiser in conjunction with Hospice of Central New York. Again, all proceeds will be donated to African hospices.