BNA's mission is to decrease health disparities through advocacy, education and health promotion. We conduct ongoing community-based programs that include: homeless vaccination project to men, women, and families; anti-gun violence and human trafficking awareness programs annually in partnership with local officials; provide hands-only CPR training to community members to reduce the incidence of preventable deaths from sudden cardiac arrest; education on disease management and screenings to minority populations to decrease morbidity and mortality through community-wide health fairs; monthly lecture series on common diseases to adults in the Miami Garden community; fund raising activities to support student scholarships for persons pursuing a career in nursing; establish partnerships with local community groups, colleges and universities to provide for improved access to healthcare in our community; and participates in international medical missions to Jamaica, Haiti and Ecuador to help reduce global morbidity and mortality among the nations. BNA members also participate in national healthcare initiatives through educating nurses, nursing, students, and community members regarding participation in research through our information sessions on the "All of Us" Research Program and our National BNA Youth Institute that has provided reading materials (books) to school-age children, dental health supplies and many other projects across the nation.
Miami BNA President Patrise Tyson accompanied by membership speaking to community members regarding the dangers of cigarette smoke exposure during a health fair in October 2018
Miami BNA Immediate Past President Dr. Linda Washington-Brown providing hands-only CPR instruction to Miami Gardens Residents for Heart Month in February 2018
Miami-BNA "Healthy Me Healthy Community Homeless Vaccination Program" making a difference in the community by vaccinating the homeless to prevent pneumonia.
Miami-BNA Participates in the 2018 El Dorado Employee Health Fair providing hands-only CPR instruction to attendees in collaboration with the American Heart Association with the goal of reducing the mortality rate from sudden cardiac arrest
Miami-BNA participated in Safe Summer Back to School Health Fair in collaboration with City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon providing blood pressure and blood glucose screenings, and health education on antiviolence as well as chronic medical conditions
Miami Chapter - Black Nurses Association is committed to educating our community on Breast Cancer Awareness.
Miami-BNA presented an Education Session to nursing students at Miami Dade College Medical Campus in 2018 on the "All of Us" Research Program increasing awareness regarding the importance of a diverse representation of participants in research
Healthy Me- Healthy Community Vaccination Project for the Homeless
The Healthy Me-Healthy Community Vaccine Project focus is to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with streptococcus pneumonia bacteria among homeless groups in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. We have contracted with Merck Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer Patient Assistance Programs to replenish used vaccines on a quarterly basis to support our sustainability efforts. However, initial start-up monies to purchase vaccines are needed.
The goals of this project are to (1) improve nurse’s ability to administer timely and appropriate vaccinations to adult homeless persons; (2) effectively and respectfully educate recipients about the benefits and risks associated with vaccines, and (3) respond to missed opportunities by providers and patients. Homeless populations are served by Outreach Centers located in medically underserved areas of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Volunteer nurses are in key positions to reduce missed opportunities and to provide immunizations for vaccine preventable illnesses to this vulnerable population. The challenges are many and will require an interdisciplinary team approach to increase health promotion and /or disease prevention in underserved populations, as outlined in Healthy People 2020. Currently, there is no active immunization program in place for the residents at any of the outreach centers
Hands-only CPR Training
Miami BNA members received training as Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instructors for both the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Red Cross (ARC) to provide CPR training to parents of children enrolled in the learn to swim program and coaches of little league players to reduce the incidence of preventable childhood deaths from drownings or sudden cardiac arrest. Over the past 2 years we provided hands-only CPR to parents of children enrolled in the learn to swim program and training to little league coaches. In the past three years, we have provided free hands-only CPR training to over three-hundred residences in the north and south Dade county areas in partnership with the AHA. In 2017 we worked with the ARC and provided training to over 65 parents and coaches in the Opa Locka area. Our goal is to expand our free training to the Liberty City and Brownsville areas of Miami-Dade County. Funds are needed to assist with the purchase and maintenance of CPR supplies and automatic external defibrillator (AEDs) purchases.
Disease Management Education Series
Miami BNA provides year-round education on disease management and screenings to minority populations to decrease morbidity and mortality through community-wide health fairs. The members participate in faith-based, back-to-school, local community organization health fairs throughout the year, averaging about two events per month. We participate in breast Cancer Awareness, biking safety, hypertension and diabetes screenings and awareness along with screenings for heart disease and high cholesterol level. We focus on healthy eating and lifestyle changes that lead to reducing obesity among community residents. We have a community liaison chair who oversees the scheduling of these events annually.
Monthly Health Lecture Series
Miami BNA conducts monthly lecture series on common metabolic diseases to seniors in the Miami Garden community. In 2016 , we conducted 12 heart health lectures to over 800 Miami Garden residents and in 2017- 2018 we have provided monthly health topics that range from sickle cell anemia to prostate cancers and mental health. Thus far in 2018 we have provided nine lecture topics to over 650 residents. We have partnered with the Miami Gardens city council to provide health topics at their regularly scheduled “Meet Me Mondays” each month. Funding is needed to assist in providing health literature and teaching aides.
For over ten years, the Miami Black Nurses Association (BNA) hosts an annual Scholarship and Awards ceremony to present nursing scholarships to individuals pursuing a nursing career at the licensed practical nursing (LPN) level, associate degree (ASN), bachelor’s degree (BSN), master’s degree (MSN) or doctoral degree (DNP, PhD or EdD). In the past 5 years we have awarded over $20,000 in student scholarships and recognized community partners and individuals who have made a positive impact on healthcare and healthcare issues in our community. This is an ongoing project to help meet the demand for nurses in our community.