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Examining the Past: The First Step in AANP's Journey of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Free Webinar Series Examining AANP's Past, Present and Future Commitments to Diversity
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February 25, 2021 7:00pm – 8:00pm (ET) Online

CE: This event does not include continuing education (CE) credit.

Presented by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, this webinar is the first of a three-part series covering AANP's past, present and future commitments to diversity. Join DEI Committee members as they discuss the history of diversity initiatives at AANP, including past activities and the formation and evolution of the committee itself. This opportunity is available to AANP members only. Register now for free!

Event Details
  • Webinar Details

    Examining the Past: The First Step in AANP's Journey of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    When: February 25, 2021, 7–8 p.m. ET.

    Where: Online via Zoom teleconference.

    Cost: Free.

    Availability: This event is offered to AANP members only.

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    About the Webinar

    As the year 2020 evolved, it became clear that our world and our country has been irrevocably changed. From a global pandemic — which required billions of people to stay inside, socially distance from family and friends and wear masks at work and home — to the systemic racism unmasked by the horrific killing of George Floyd, the outcome has been an increase in the many private and public institutions and organizations that are recognizing the need to increase diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and efforts.

    AANP has long recognized the importance of diversity and inclusion. In 2017, AANP leadership established a diversity and inclusion (DI) committee. However, many AANP members were unaware of its existence. Committee members of the recently renamed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee are now hosting a series of three webinars to chronicle the past, present and future of DEI at AANP.

    All AANP members are now invited to attend the first webinar in the series, Examining the Past: The First Step in AANP's Journey of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, to hear how it all began.

  • Speakers

    Webinar Presenters

    Moderator: Sandra Davis, PhD, DPM, ACNP-BC, FAANP

    Sandra Davis, PhD, DPM, ACNP-BC, FAANP, is an associate professor and assistant dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the George Washington University School of Nursing. Her research interests include health inequities and social and structural determinants of health. Dr. Davis was the Principal Investigator on a Photovoice Project, “The Social Determinants of a Heart Healthy Community,” that was exhibited at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Dr. Davis recently co-published an article in Academic Medicine entitled "Let’s Talk About Racism: Building Structural Competency in Nursing." Dr. Davis began her career in podiatry, where she spent years in private practice before transitioning to a career in nursing. She has been in academia for more than 20 years, serving in both faculty and administrative roles. Dr. Davis is board certified as an acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) and is past president of the Nurse Practitioner Association of the District of Columbia. She is an AACN/Wharton Executive Leadership Fellow, a Leadership for Academic Nursing Fellow and a Fellow of AANP.

    Joyce Knestrick, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN

    Joyce Knestrick, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, is a visiting professor in the acute and chronic care faculty community at George Washington University, and she is the

    Joyce Knestrick, Ph.D., FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, is a visiting professor and interim director of the Masters in Nursing Leadership and Management and Executive Leader DNP programs at George Washington University and she is the American Association of Nurse Practitioners’ past president. Dr. Knestrick is a family nurse practitioner from Washington, Pennsylvania. She serves as an advocate for nurse practitioners (NPs) and advanced practice nursing. Dr. Knestrick practices in rural Appalachia caring for low-income and underserved populations. She has been a family nurse practitioner for 30 years, a nurse educator for over 35 years and is active in maintaining high-quality education for NPs. In addition, Dr. Knestrick works at local, regional, state, and national levels to promote NP practice in education, policy, and clinical care. Her research is focused on health and access to care for low-income and rural populations, particularly women. Dr. Knestrick is a tireless champion of NPs and works to ensure that patients can choose NPs for high-quality, cost-effective health care.

    Barbara Todd, DNP, ACNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN

    Barbara Todd, DNP, ACNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, has practiced as an NP in the Philadelphia region for the past 32 years and has been a volunteer leader at AANP since 2016, serving on the Nomination Council, the Conference Planning Committee and as an inaugural member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is an experienced clinician and administrator for advanced practice providers. She has been instrumental in developing NP models of care in several large academic medical centers. Her clinical interest has been in cardiovascular health, with a focus on valvular heart disease and role transition for NPs. She has published extensively and presented nationally on advanced practice clinical and administrative topics. She is certified in both family practice.

    Honey Jones, DNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN, CNRN

    Honey Mone’t Jones, DNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN, CNRN, is a board-certified acute care nurse practitioner in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also serves as clinical associate faculty for the MSN program at the Duke University. Her primary role is providing care for critically ill adults and her clinical experience includes neuro-critical care, cardiothoracic surgery, electrophysiology and cardiac catheterization lab. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees from Duke University and her research focused on adverse events surrounding intra-hospital transport of the critically-ill adult. Honey also holds clinical certifications with the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses and the American Association of Critical-care Nurses and is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and American Association Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She was recently recognized as a Fellow in AANP and SCCM’s American College of Critical Care Medicine. Her professional contributions led to the development of AANP’s inaugural Diversity and Inclusion committee on which she was appointed as the first chair. She currently serves as a champion for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the UNC School of Medicine.

    Edwin Torres, PhD(c), RN, CHNP, FNP-C

    Edwin Torres, PhD(c), RN, CHNP, FNP-C, is a board-certified FNP. He is currently pursuing a PhD at Binghamton University, where the focus of his doctoral work is the social determinants of health and its relationship to diabetes. Currently, he practices at Montefiore Medical Center in the Outreach program, comprised of three clinics in Washington Heights, Inwood and the South Bronx. He also practices at a Montefiore federally funded clinic. His practice is primarily for patients diagnosed with diabetes. On a national level, Edwin sits on the DEI Committee and Health Policy Committee for AANP. Locally, he serves on community board 9 of Manhattan’s Health and Environmental Committee. Edwin has been quoted nationally on topics related to diabetes and health disparities. At Binghamton, Edwin mentors countless students interested in nursing and health-related fields. Binghamton University administration recently recognized Edwin as a stellar mentor and awarded him the Edward Weisband Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service.

    Irene Bean, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FAANP

    Irene W. Bean, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FAANP, is the Chief Executive Officer and owner of the Serenity Health Care Facility. Dr. Bean is a certified FNP and psychiatric NP. She provides integrated services to medical and psychiatric patients. Dr. Bean has presented at national and local conferences. She holds several professional roles, including as inaugural member of the AANP Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Fellow of AANP, Duke-Johnson & Johnson Fellow and State Representative of AANP. She has been featured on several podcasts, was the creator/moderator for a series of social injustice webinars and was a contributor to op-med articles with Doximity. Dr. Bean was awarded Tennessee’s AANP Advocate State Award for Excellence. Dr. Bean is the Executive Director and Founder of the Tennessee Nurse Practitioner Association. The organization is the only statewide association that represents more than 9,000 advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Dr. Bean holds a master’s degree in nursing from Tennessee State University, a doctoral degree from Loyola University in New Orleans and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification from Johns Hopkins University.