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The PNAM is a professional nursing organization and the official Michigan chapter member of the
Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA).
OUR MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS THROUGH THE YEARS
Founding chapter member of the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) in 1979.
Hosted the PNAA National Convention in 1985 and 1991; co-hosted with PNA Ohio and PNA Indiana in 2000.
A member of the Coalition of Michigan Organizations of Nursing (COMON) since 1989 to actively engage on legislative issues affecting nursing and healthcare.
Remedios Solarte inducted as PNAA President for 1990-1992 in Boston, MA.
PNAM publishes its newsletter biannually – recipient of multiple PNAA PRIDE Award (Professional Presentation, Relevance, Inspiring, Diverse, and Educational) in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2012, and 2019.
Published two books:
The Filipino Nurse: The Dream and the Promise (2000)
Living the Promise (2007). A compilation of emotionally touching short stories written by PNAM members.
Host of the PNAA North Central Regional Conventions in 2002, 2007 and 2016.
First website development in 2002 and offered computer training classes for members.
Regular and active participant in Annual Fil-Am Community Health Fair events.
First PNAM Debutante Ball in May 2003.
Pioneered the PNAA Implementation of ELNEC Curriculum on End of Life Care in 2003.
Offers Annual Educational Conferences with contact hours for continuing education and professional development.
Coordinated an Educational Cruise to Alaska in 2006 for its members and their families; 78 participants joined.
Spearheaded the removal of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) Qualifying Examination requirement in Michigan. MI Governor Jennifer Granholm signed into law House Bill 4207/Senate Bill 197 in June 14, 2007 which effectively removed the examination as a requirement for licensure of foreign-educated nurses in the state.
Participated in the survey on Healthcare Disparities Reduction among Asian-Americans from May-September 2010 under the auspices of the Asian Center of Southeast Michigan.
Granted by the Internal Revenue Service the 501(c)(3) status and designated with a "public charity status" in Sept. 17, 2015.
Received the Filipino American Community Council of Michigan (Filamcco) Grant for Writing and Computer Workshops among the Filipino-American community in 2016.
Hosted the first PNAA Presidential Candidates' Debate in 2016.
Implemented a successful year-long Diabetes Prevention Program (2017-2018), a community outreach project in partnership with the Asian Center of Southeast Michigan (grant from BCBS and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan).
Implemented various medical missions in the Philippines focusing on Woman's Health/Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention in Leyte (2017), Nueva Ecija (2018), Bicol University (2019), and Boracay (2020). Medical mission partners include Philippine American Medical Mission Foundation of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Filipino American Community Council (Filamcco), Kahirup and Bongabong Dioso Foundation.
Recipient of the 2018 Community Service Award from the Filipino American Community Council (Filamcco).
Donated over $10,000 to the PNAA/PNAAF Legacy Building Fund (Headquarters in New Jersey). A long time dream for all PNAA members, now a reality!
Participated in the Asian Center of Southeast Michigan Project on "Healthy Eating."
Regularly provides donation to the Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM)'s Annual Valentine's Day Fundraising event.
During the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, members coordinated sewing face masks and cooking meals that were donated to nursing units in various area hospitals.
Conducted the first PNAM Strategic Planning with educational speakers in 2020.
Awarded a grant by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation (CDCF) to conduct education, promote and coordinate COVID-19 and flu vaccinations.
Year 1 Campaign (2021-2022): Increasing Vaccination Coverage Among Asian American Youth
Year 2 Campaign (2022-2023): Increase Vaccination Confidence and Coverage among Filipinos and other Asians, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders
Received a TB Elimination Alliance mini-grant (2021) funded by the Asian Pacific Community Health Organization (AAPCHO) to implement a year-long project focused on "Raising Awareness about Tuberculosis and Latent Tuberculosis Infection (TB/LTBI) among Asian-Americans living in Michigan."
Coordinates welcoming and providing assistance to numerous Filipino nurses and their families who were arriving from the Philippines, Qatar, Germany, and other countries to supplement ongoing nursing shortage in Michigan.
Created a task force which successfully led to the Michigan Board of Nursing amendment provision in May 2022 on the RN licensure requirements for nurses who completed nursing education outside of the US and allowing other alternatives to the CGFNS Certification Program. This endeavor was supported by eight Michigan legislators, COMON, PNAA, and various Michigan healthcare organizations and nursing leaders.
Cooperation with Filamcco on Community Outreach in response to natural calamities affecting the Philippines.
Participated in nationwide CDC Initiative on "Active People, Healthy Nation" and partnered with EMU-CHDIS, NaFFAA, and the City of Warren for the 5K Run/Walk held in June 2022.
PNAM members Corazon Gabarda and Ellen Laboga recognized as the First Filipino CMS Medical Service Navigators in Michigan (2022).
Received a 2022 grant award for the Urban Institute Partnering for Vaccine Equity (P4VE) promoting immunization project.
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