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ANAC is proud to have a diverse group of people as members and we want to celebrate their contributions to the HIV/AIDS community. Each month, we are highlighting a current member who is working to end stigma, train future HIV/AIDS healthcare providers, pursuing research opportunities, advocating for people living with HIV and so much more.
ANAC celebrated vision by speaking with Melanie Steilen, RN, BSN, ACRN, president of ANAC's Board of Directors, to discuss the future of ANAC and her goals for her tenure. Read more about Melanie.
ANAC celebrated Black History Month and National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (Feb. 7) by talking to Deb Wafer, PA, NP, chair of ANAC's diversity, equity and inclusion committee to discuss her career and the DEI committee's goals for this year. Read more about Deb.
ANAC celebrated Certified Nurses Day (March 19) by sharing the story of Audrey M. Looman, LPN and honorary ACLPN, who had a large part in HANCB developing the new AIDS Certified Licenses Practical Nurse certification. Read more about Audrey. Other important awareness days in March included National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10) and National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 20).
In April, ANAC celebrated two important days, National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (April 10) and National Transgender HIV Testing Day (April 18). We spoke with Comfort Enah, PhD, RN, FAAN to discuss her work in the fight to end HIV/AIDS, which includes researching mobile health approaches to prevent HIV infections in young people and Dallas Ducar, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC, CNL about her work constructing clinical, research and education services in community-based, gender-affirming healthcare systems.
In May, ANAC celebrated National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (May 19), along with Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. We talked to Roque Anthony F. Velasco, MS, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, CNS, CMSRN, ACRN, AAHIVS about what this month and being an ANAC member mean to him. Other important awareness days in May included HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (May 18) and Hepatitis Testing Day (May 19).