Anabell Castro Thompson is President-Elect of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN). Castro Thompson is also Hispanic Program Director and Nurse Practitioner at Hospice of the Valley (HOV), the largest non-profit hospice in the nation. In her quest to decrease Hispanic cultural barriers which result in hospice underutilization, she has developed a culturally competent model of care that is implemented via the HOV Hispanic program. The program guides changes in education, administration, policy and nursing practice regionally.
As previous Director of Education, Promise Committee member, and Hispanic Liaison for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Central and Northern Arizona Affiliate (CANAZ), she ignited advocacy and public policy activism surrounding breast cancer screening and treatment, and engaged health providers, health care systems, and community organizations to guarantee equality in diagnostic and treatment options for the uninsured and underinsured.
For her many efforts, Castro Thompson is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2007 Global Caring Nurses Foundation Leadership Award, the 2008 Univision’s “40 Hispanics under 40”, the 2010 “Horquilla Award” from the Los Diablos Organization- the official Latino Alumni Chapter of Arizona State University, the 2010 “Janie Menchaca Wilson” from the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, the 2011 Phoenix Business Journal “40 under 40”, the 2011 Azteca America most influential Hispanic leaders, the Valle del Sol 2011 “Latino Excellence in Health and Science Award” and the 2015 University of Arizona “Young Professional Achievement Award”.