Seated from left: Leticia Hermosa(PNAA President); Debra Toney (NCEMNA Secretary); Jose Alejandro ( Vice President); Mila Velasquez (President); Elizabeth Gonzalez (Vice President); Angie Millan(Interim Treasurer); and Victoria Navarro ( Board Member).
2nd row from left: Dino Doliente (Board Member); Christina Esperat (Board Member); Eric Williams (NBNA President); Birthale Archie (Board Member);
Betty Williams( NCEMNA, Co-founder, President Emeritus); Lillian Tom-Orme (Board Member); Patricia Alpert, AAPINA President); Sandra Littlejohn (Board Member); Oisaeng Hong (Board Member); and Lola Jefferson (Board Member)



The National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations (NCEMNA) is a unified force advocating for equity and justice in nursing and health care for ethnic minority populations. Incorporated NCEMNAHeader_200x200in 1998, NCEMNA is a tax exempt (IRS 501 (c) (3)) non-profit professional organization.NCEMNA, Inc. is made up of five national ethnic nurse associations:

  • Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association, Inc. (AAPINA)
  • National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association, Inc. (NANAINA)
  • National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Inc. (NAHN)
  • National Black Nurses Association, Inc. (NBNA)
  • Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc. (PNAA)

This collaboration gives voice to 350,000 minority nurses and to the lived health experience of a constituency marginalized from mainstream health delivery systems. Its goals include support for the development of a cadre of ethnic nurses reflecting the nation’s diversity; advocacy for culturally competent, accessible and affordable health care; promotion of the professional and educational advancement of ethnic nurses; education of consumers, health care professionals and policy makers on health issues of ethnic minority populations; development of ethnic minority nurse leaders in areas of health policy, practice, education and research; endorsement of best practice models of nursing practice, education, and research for minority populations.


  • Publication of five white papers on the status of ethnic minorities health and recommendations for nursing research (Nursing Outlook 2001-2002)
  • Development of a research and training agenda related to eliminating health disparities and increasing the pipeline of minority nurse investigators
  • Collaborative workshops with the National Institute of Nursing Research (2000 and 2002)
  • Presentation of “Eliminating Nursing Shortage: Ethnic Minority Nurses An Untapped Source” at the Biennial American Nurses Association, July 2002