Greetings from the Chapters Committee!
In an effort to highlight some of the great work and activities that local chapters are doing, we're re-instating Chapter Chit Chat - a monthly spotlight on different chapters around the country. If you're a chapter leader and would like to share your news with other ANAC members - we'd love to hear what you're doing. For further information on how the Chapters Committee can assist your local chapter, or to become member of the Chapters Committee please email Jeff Kwong, Chair of the Chapters Committee (JeffreyJKwong@gmail.com).
PHILADELPHIA CHAPTER (October 2014)
The Philadelphia Chapter of ANAC is full of ENERGY! Just last week we were a team in the 2014 Philly AIDS Walk. It was a beautiful Fall Day and nurses from across the area joined thousands of other walkers to raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS services in our area. It was great to chat with other nurses during the walk, support each other & discuss challenging cases, as so many of our patients are struggling with mental health issues, unstable housing, co-morbidities, aging and stigma. It was a great way to get know each other better and get a little nursing peer consultation! Looking forward to AIDS Walk 2015 & showing off the new ANAC logo.
Some of the ANAC Team of walkers who participated in the 2014 Philadelphia AIDS Walk
We have been busy all year thinking of ways to increase visibility and membership. We hosted an HIV 101 presentation and invited non-HIV experienced nurses and nursing students and faculty so that they would better understand the struggles and stigma that HIV+ patients experience. We’re planning this as an annual event. We partner with the PA-AETC and welcome other health care professionals, such as social workers, PAs, pharmacists, and nursing school faculty and others to our meetings.
We’ve had some awesome presentations in the past year. Tom Loveless, PhD, CRNP presented his doctoral research about men seeking HIV infection; learning the struggles facing these men was truly enlightening and deeply emotional. Every May, we have a yearly medication update presentation that is always very well received. In September 42 people, ANAC members and others, attended the ANAC meeting when Dane Menkin MSN, CRNP, AAHIV presented HIV in the Transgender Population in the Primary Care Setting. There was lively discussion on how to make all of our patients feel welcome and engaged in their care. And lately, we’re hearing of more and more Philly ANAC members involved in PrEP education and PrEP programs – contributing to an effective addition to the HIV prevention toolkit!
Finally, we want to share some of the LOVE that Philly has to offer. With our city’s proximity to South Jersey and Delaware, we invite ANAC members from those areas to attend our meetings. Also, we are considering having a yearly meeting in Central Pennsylvania so that all Pennsylvania ANAC members could attend. We’d love to hear feedback from ANAC members in western and central and northern Pennsylvania about your interest in this. Send me an email to email@example.com with your thoughts and ideas. We also talked among ourselves about a joint meeting in the future with the New Jersey chapter too, so New Jersey folks, let us know what you think.
BATON ROUGE CHAPTER (September 2014)
In addition to our three business meetings this year, the Baton Rouge Chapter (BRANIAC) has been working to educate and network with providers in our community and to recruit new members! In July, we were privileged to collaborate with Gilead Sciences to host a monthly meeting for the Louisiana Nurse Practitioner’s Association. Ms. Bethsheba Johnson, Gilead Senior Medical Scientist, presented “HIV Epidemiology and Linkage to Care” to a crowd of 35 nurse practitioners. We discussed the grim local statistics for the capital area, the HIV/AIDS Care Continuum, and the importance of testing. She engaged the participants in an informative discussion, including role play scenarios, which addressed how to appropriately and effectively offer HIV testing in the primary care setting and the national guidelines for testing. We also discussed several case studies of “missed opportunities” for HIV diagnosis. Members of our Chapter were then present to offer resources to help them link their newly diagnosed positive patients. We gave each participant a card with the contact information for the local Case Management agencies and medical clinics.
BRANIAC was so thankful for this partnership with Gilead and the LA Nurse Practitioner’s Association. We received great feedback and even recruited a new member! We are looking forward to partnering again with Gilead in October for an “HIV in Corrections” talk when we will reach out to the providers in area jails and prisons. We are also looking forward to sending two representatives to the National Conference in November!
Patricia Grover, Pamela Williams, Kenya Williams (from left)
ANAC NIGERIAN CHAPTER: THE JOURNEY SO FAR (June 2014)
Recently, a group of nurses in Nigeria came together to form the Association of nurses in AIDS care (ANAC) Nigeria chapter. This chapter was inaugurated on 29th April 2013 and had continued to convene meetings online through the go-to-meeting on a monthly basis.
The following has been done so far in less than one year of ANAC Nigeria chapter inauguration;
Educational activities and paper presentation
Continuous medical education (CME) was held for nurses at Abuja, 2013 as one of the strategies to update nurses’ knowledge and skills in nursing.
A keynote address on Evidence based practice: a clarion call for nurses was delivered by ANAC president, Dr Ijeoma Okoronkwo, to nurses at workshop organized by fellows of West African College of Nursing (WACN) at Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Nigeria.
ANAC members in collaboration with partners, set up the standard of HIV curricula for training healthcare workers. This is currently at the point of adoption by Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria
Trainings, Mentorship and technical assistance
ANAC participates in education of Nurses and other healthcare workers all over Nigeria and West African sub-region, assisting them to provide quality care
Members of ANAC provide mentoring and technical assistance to health facility staff in comprehensive hospitals, Primary health care centres and even private hospitals. This in the past year have upgraded and updated workers knowledge and expertise in HIV care and management
Pre service training on HIV care and management is ongoing in various schools of nursing and health nationwide; courtesy of ANAC members’ determination to optimise HIV services in and beyond the shores of Nigeria. Thus empowering the students who would soon become health (including HIV) care providers.
In service training of health care workers especially in HIV care is a strategy being utilized by ANAC Nigeria and its partners as a means of ensuring that quality services are provided to patients using best care practices by skilled health care providers
Networking with one another
All nurses involved in any dimension of HIV care are members of ANAC. This is being achieved by the explosive mobilization and awareness creation of ANAC at hospitals, Universities and nursing and health colleges. Awareness has been vigorously created in the following states……FCT, KANO, EBONYI, ENUGU, IMO, KADUNA, GOMBE, PLATEAU, NASARAWA AND BENUE to mention but a few, yielding a result of…………number of nurses/nursing students being members of ANAC, Nigeria in this one year of existence.
ANAC members are conducting leading edge researches in all aspects of HIV disease and serve as mentors to novice researchers. Some of the research works are already published while others are actively ongoing
Patients living with HIV in Nigeria enjoy a more productive and satisfying quality life as a result of contributions from ANAC, viz;
Nationally, ANAC members via nursing and HIV education and services have ensured that people living with HIV/AIDS are receiving excellent care with improved outcome
Health policy makers in Nigeria and in the West African Sub region rely on the advice and expertise of ANAC and ANAC members have actively participated in upholding patients interest acting as their advocate in drafting policies affecting patients .
ANAC members are key players nationwide in the elimination of HIV stigmatisation through outreaches, community mobilization and sensitization.
Dr. Ijeoma Okoronkwo
Vice president………Mrs Nike Kehinde
Secretary……Alhaji Salisu Abubakar
New Jersey (May 2014)
From left to right: Liz Woodfield (treasurer), Anna Haywood (Educational Liason), Eileen Scarinci (President elect), Fran Stein (Secretary), Melida Melise-Grant (President). Helen Ferlazzo ( senior advisor to the board) not in photo.
Now in it's 21st year, the New Jersey Chapter of ANAC has a long and rich history of being an active and engaging chapter. We have several meetings throughout the year and try to meet in different parts of the state in order to attract different members. On April 25th we held our bi-annual Day of Learning in Princeton, NJ. Our theme this year was "Patient/Provider Concerns Beyond HIV". We had wonderful guest speakers including Dr. Rhonda Hagler who covered Methadone Maintenance, Dr. Jonathan Pastor covered AIDS Dementia Complex, Dr. Anat Feingold covered Pediatric HIV in New Jersey, Debbie Mohammed, DrPH(c) gave us on update on STD/STI treatment, Terry Fox, MSW updated us on NJ Ryan White Cross Part Collaborative and Katherine Hermes, MBA talked about the Affordable Care Act and New Jersey Expansion.
ANAC NJ Chapter President
Golden Gate (April 2014)
Over here at ANAC Golden Gate, we are a lively, passionate and committed bunch. We traditionally have dinner meetings on a Wednesday every month or two at local restaurants and have had some fantastic speakers! This year we have been very active, with a packed meeting every month. We’ve learned about the Gardner cascade, caring for people of color living with HIV/AIDS and HIV /Hep C co-infection. Our April meeting is scheduled on HIV resistance and some other upcoming topics scheduled through the summer are PrEP, HIV & Aging and HIV and women and the upcoming single pill (name unknown) co-formulation of Dolutegravir/Epzicom. We generally start each meeting off with a rousing raffle game, chapter business and announcements which we follow with a community presentation from a local agency or group before moving on to the main speaker. At our last meeting, we were all very inspired to hear from Tez Anderson of Let’s Kick ASS (AIDS Survivor Syndrome) @ letskickass.org, about the important grass roots work and advocacy he is doing with long term survivors. We at ANACGG, are a welcoming group made up of nurses of every stripe: RN’s, nurse case managers, nursing students, NP’s, PhD’d, clinical professors, masters in public health nurses—just to name a few. True to the San Francisco spirit, we are a diverse group in gender, gender identity, age, ethnicity, sexuality and HIV status, but primarily, we see ourselves as nurses! We have people working in community and private settings, academic faculty and individuals applying for nursing school amongst our mix. We continue to see new faces at our meetings each month, which we love! This year, I have kicked up the activity on our Facebook page, which I now hope can serve as a useful HIV information portal for all. I post articles daily about the latest HIV research, opinion pieces, community pieces and even HIV related book reviews. Check it out and join the conversation!
This year we also welcomed Chris Fox, NP into our leadership who has done a fantastic job as our community liaison and SoSon Jong, RN, PhD as our international liaison. Continuing in leadership roles are myself, Pierre Crouch, NP, PhD (secretary) and Marion Pelligrini, RN (Policy). Upcoming community volunteer activities include the Up Your Alley fair, AIDS Walk and Folsom Street fair. Our meetings are always friendly, boisterous, engaging and, most of all-fun! We invite you all to come west and check out ANAC Golden Gate the next time you are in town.
Jonathan Van Nuys, NP
Central Florida (March 2014)
Angela Artymowycz,Monica Rutherford,Celia Gabaldon, Liliana Argueta and Michele Wetmore. Missing Jeffrey Dinsmore
The Orlando ANAC Chapter meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. This year we had our 2014 Kick off meeting in January with a dinner meeting and presentation on HIV and inflammation presented by Roberto Ortiz, MD. We are actively working on recruitment of new members. At our last meeting we had RNs, LPNs, APRNS, Educators, Pharmacists, and Nursing students. We hope to continue recruitment and expanding to other health professionals in the community. We have several other dinner meetings in the works, as well as a potluck meet and greet for members.
Our chapter has also made donations to Nurses for Africa and the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance. Other activities our chapter engages in include the annual Chapter Gift Basket raffle at the National ANAC Conference. We also hold monthly raffles of gift baskets to help raise funds for our local chapter.
Please visit our facebook page (CFANAC) or our webpage on the national ANAC chapter website
Michele Wetmore, MSN, ANP-BC, NP-C
Rocky Mountain Chapter (February 2014)
Rocky Mountain Chapter Members Karen Lyda, Whitney Starr, Craig Nielsen, Jeff Kwong and Suzy Jed
The Rocky Mountain ANAC Chapter has been meeting regularly through the fall and has started our 2014 year off with a presentation on mental illness and HIV infection. We have encouraged participation from multiple disciplines in our educational events and this has led to recruitment of new members for the chapter. The Denver metro area was widely represented at our last meeting, with representation from registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, nursing assistants, health educators, and social workers. Safety net providers were represented, as were private practice settings and community based organizations.
We also welcomed new talent and enthusiasm into our Board, with the addition of a seasoned HIV psychiatric nurse practitioner, a new nurse who has extensive HIV global experience, and a social worker on staff with the Colorado AIDS Education and Training Center.
Efforts this year will focus on diverse, multi-disciplinary educational opportunities, as well as a focus to engage both nursing and advanced practice nursing students.
Here’s looking forward to a wonderful 2014 and for ANAC members and chapters.
Karen & Whitney
Greater New York Chapter (January 2014)
The Greater New York Chapter of ANAC is celebrating 25 years as a chapter this year --- 2014!!
GNY ANAC Members: Carol Cohen and Erik Mortenson at the National Conference in Atlanta – November 2013
This year started off with a wonderful dinner lecture presented by Daniel P. Worrall MSN, ANP-BC, a former Boston ANAC Chapter President. His talk was on "Anal Dysplasia & HPV Related Disease." At our first meeting of the year, we also had a few new nurses attend this session.
We have several innovative dinner lectures in the planning stages for the next few months. The topics include "HIV/HCV and Co-Treatment," "Current Clinical Considerations in the Treatment of HIV/AIDS" and an update from the CROI Conference. This session will be provided by an HIV Specialist who started his career as a nurse and is now a doctor. He has been a primary care provider for people with HIV/AIDS for many years. (He will also be attending CROI this year.)
We are also participating in ANAC’s Chapter Mentorship Program. We are a current mentor chapter and hope to be able to give some good guidance and ideas to our mentees.
Along with this, we are currently planning our annual local educational conference. Each year we’ve sponsored an all day continuing education conference attracting more than 70 local nurses, nurse practitioners, and students. Our 2014 conference is Tuesday June 10th and will be held at Baruch College in Manhattan. This year’s conference will be filled with great topics and speakers, including ANAC’s Chief Nursing Officer, Carole Treston, and Suzanne Willard, the national ANAC President. One very important topic that we are going to cover is "Who will be there to take care of our patients? The future of the HIV nursing workforce.”
If you plan to be in New York, please plan on attending a meeting or our conference. For further information please feel free to e-mail Debbie Batson @ DebbieB@villagecare.org or call Debbie at 1-212-539-629 for information.
(Our meetings are on the second Wednesday of the month, and we would love to have visiting ANAC members attend!!!)