Who We Are

The purpose of this organization is to serve the Hispanic Community and Professional Registered Nurses and nursing students, in an effort to promote the Hispanic presence in society. A commitment to fostering research, academic activities for the membership and continued advancement of Hispanic health care and culture is the focus of the NAHN NY Chapter. 

What We Do

The NAHN NY chapter provides members with the opportunity to address issues impacting the health and care of Hispanics at the local and state levels.


Benefits of chapter membership include:

  • Qualifying for awards and scholarships

  • Monthly forum to discuss local community issues

  • Participation in health promotion activities, professional/social networking events, and continuing education and job opportunities

  • Leadership development

  • Mentorship programs


We invite you to visit the National Hispanic Nurse Association's website for more information on membership benefits: Click here ​


NAHN NY by laws: Click Here



  • Provide a forum for nurses to analyze and evaluate the health care needs of the Hispanic community 

  • Assess the safety and quality of health care delivery services to the Hispanic community 

  • Identify barriers to the delivery of health services to Hispanic consumers and recommend appropriate solutions to local, state, and federal agencies. 

  • Develop, test, and promote culturally sensitive models of intervention that provide effective nursing care for Hispanic communities 

  • Disseminate research findings and policy perspectives related to Hispanic health care needs to local, state, and federal agencies in order to impact policy making and the allocation of resources 

  • Collaborate with, and provide assistance to, other Hispanic health care professionals 

  • Identify Hispanic nurses throughout the nation in order to monitor the size and growth of this group of health care professionals who may provide culturally sensitive nursing care to Hispanic consumers 

  • Identify barriers to quality education for Hispanic nursing students and recommend appropriate solutions to state, local, and federal agencies 

  • Work toward recruitment and retention of Hispanic students in nursing education programs, in order to increase the number of bilingual and bicultural nurses who may provide culturally sensitive nursing care to Hispanic consumers. 


"As a non-traditional, second-degree student, the NAHN-NY chapter has embraced the value of my distinct attributes. The NAHN-NY chapter has guided me and provided the resources that have cemented my passion for nursing. NAHN has allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone and grow as a professional. I am so thankful for NAHN and hope to teach the next generation of nurses to pursue their dreams with integrity and confidence." -Patricia Rojas RN

NAHN NY Board Members

Michele Crespo-Fierro, Ph.D. RN

Dr. Michele Crespo-Fierro is a clinical assistant professor at NYU Meyers College of Nursing.  She is the director of the NYU Meyers LEAD Honors Program. She graduated from NYU Meyers’ traditional baccalaureate program and received a Master’s of Science in Community Health Nursing and a Master’s of Public Health in Community Health Education with a subspecialty in HIV/AIDS Nursing from the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing at Hunter College, City University of New York.  She completed a doctorate (PhD) at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her dissertation explored the culture care needs of Puerto Rican women receiving HIV care from Nurse Practitioners in New York City. Her areas of interest are HIV care, the social determinants of health, culturally congruent care and linguistically appropriate services, LGBTQ and adolescent health needs, nursing workforce diversity and diverse student support, addressing the STEM pipeline issues for students of color.  She has published numerous articles and presented nationally and internationally on these topic areas. She is certified in Advanced AIDS nursing care. She is the recipient of various awards, scholarships, fellowships and grants and is the President-Elect of the New York chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses.

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Karla Rodriguez is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Rory Meyers NYU College of Nursing. Having been a Registered Nurse since 1999, her population of interest is adult and pediatric general medicine. She has always been interested in health and wellness and pursued an interest in the Care of Populations track for her DNP at Quinnipiac University.

Karla Rodriguez

"I am a Registered Nurse since 2017, currently working as Clinical Manager in one of the largest health insurances in NYC. I am a Certified Disability Management Specialist and Certified Case Manager. I will begin the MSN program in the Nurse Educator track as of this May. I have over ten years of experience in social and medical-based case management serving individuals who are living with HIV and their families. Experienced in community outreach, education, engagement, retention as well as in program management, development, improvement, and quality assurance. I have participated in community interventions, individualized and small groups, focusing on prevention, treatment and addressing social barriers to retention in care. I am still very engaged with the community and enjoy connecting, empowering and mentoring others. Serving on the board at NAHN will serve my purpose of continuing to engage with community members while still addressing public health concerns."

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Luz Santana
Board Member
Jedglen Sandoval
Board Member

"Hello, my name is Jedglen Sandoval. I was born in New York City and my family is originally from Guatemala. I received my ASN from LaGuardia Community College and I am currently pursuing my BSN with CUNY SPS. I have a projected graduation date for May 2020 with intentions of continuing my education in the near future.


 I began my nursing career last year and I am currently holding a position as an Assessment Nurse at Healthfirst. This position has allowed me to work with a diverse and unique population throughout New York City.


This past year I have engaged in community outreach programs with the NAHNNY chapter. I currently serve as a board member of the NAHN NY chapter. I look forward to working with the many talented individuals associated with this nursing club."

"I was born in Brooklyn and raised in Puerto Rico.  My nursing career began in the emergency departments of PR.  Currently, I am a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Emergency/Trauma and Critical Care.  Additionally, I am completing my Ph.D at Rutgers, The State University of NJ with an interest in the nursing practice environment and teamwork of emergency settings.

Part of my career has been dedicated to educate and reinforce the value and support nurses provide to healthcare.  As a board member, my commitment focuses on improvement and recognition of the nursing values in healthcare, advocacy, and policies that impact the Latino's healthcare workforce.  I look forward to us working together."

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Jessica Badillo

Marisol Montoya is currently serving the minority community of the South Bronx as an Emergency Room nurse.  She believes the most intimate relationship each individual has is the relationship with their body, and health is the language of this relationship.  Through her work as an ER nurse and NAHN she brings this awareness to the community so each individual may be equipped with the tools of knowledge and thus feel empowered to recognize their responsibility of this relationship. 

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Marisol Montoya
Board Member-RN, BSN