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Our Mission

Our Mission

Be the unified body advocating for equity and justice in healthcare


Our Vision

To be a leading voice and driving force for ethnic minority populations

Core Values: Equity, Advocacy, Relevance, Diversity


Leadership Structure: NCEMNA represents a network of leaders from Member Organizations (AAPINA, NAHN, NANAINA, NBNA and PNAA) united by a shared mission, vision, professional core values, and common goals.

GOALS and Strategies:

  1. Advocate for accessible, equitable and culturally appropriate health care

    • Target minority initiatives that address specific health disparities

  2. Promote ethnic minority nurse leadership in areas of health policy, practice, education and research

    • Implement Leadership Development and Mentorship Programs

  3. Enhance innovation and excellence in healthcare

    • Develop and support research projects and innovative projects

    • Endorse best practice models of nursing practice, education and research for minority populations

  4. Build and strengthen alliances with other professional organizations to expand NCEMNA’s network of influence in the global community

    • Establish and promote partnerships among private and public entities

  5. Adapt a new leadership structure/model that promotes clear communication, connectivity and interrelatedness as a unified system

    • Create Strategic Teams to meet current challenges


The idea for the Coalition was developed during the May 1997, Third Invitational Minority Nursing Congress, “Caring for the Emerging Majority: A Blueprint for Action” sponsored by the Division of Nursing, in Denver. During that conference, the presidents of the Asian American Pacific/ Islanders, National Hispanic, National Alaska Native American Indian and National Black Nurse Associations held their own informal meeting to consider the issues, opportunities and advantages of forming a unified entity. The presidents found that they had mutual concerns and committed to joining forces into a coalition which would enable them to leverage their combined expertise.


In July, that year, regular meetings began to design NCEMNA, its by-laws, structure, mission and goals. Within 18 months (December 16, 1998) a Certificate of Incorporation, (District of Columbia) was attained. The initial Directors were Dr. Betty Smith Williams, Dr. Betty Keltner, Dr. Kem Louie and Dr. Antonia Villarruel. The Philippine Nurses Association of America learned about the Coalition and joined, bringing the NCEMNA membership to five national ethnic minority nurse associations.

Key to progress then, was the support of Pharma through a grant which allowed NCEMNA to hold the first “face to face” Board of Directors meeting and Strategic Planning retreat in June 1998. During that weekend, Black Entertainment Television (BET) hosted a Washington, D. C. reception to introduce NCEMNA to the national health leadership and organization community.

Having attained 501 © 3 status with the Internal Revenue Service in 1999, NCEMNA focused upon implementing its strategic plan. The initial and continued activities of NCEMNA focused on eliminating racial and ethnic disparities and increasing the number of minority nurse researchers . NCEMNA leaders built on existing contacts which they had with both federal and non federal organizations. They identified areas of mutual concern and sought to establish partnerships.

NCEMNA partnered with National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and  the National Institute of Child Health and  Human  Development  (NICHDS)  for  an invitational conference “Minority Health Research Development For Nurse Investigators” in June 2000. An outcome of that conference was the publication of five white papers on the status of ethnic minorities’ health and nursing research in NURSING OUTLOOK 2001-2002.

Two years later, a second invitational meeting was sponsored by NCEMNA, NINR, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHHD) and the National Institutes of General Medical Science (NIGMS). This meeting identified strategies to: increase the cadre of ethnic minority nurse researchers, prepare minority nurses to compete successfully for NIH funding opportunities, and establish a plan to increase health disparity research conducted by nurses.

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