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National Black Nurses Association Partners With Red Cross, CARES

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The National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) announced memoranda of understanding with the American Red Cross and National CARES Mentoring Movement.

The 5-year partnership with the American Red Cross is to render services and assistance to communities before, during or after disaster events in the U.S. 

"NBNA members provide countless hours of voluntary, community based services, including volunteering during natural and man-made disasters.  This MOU . will expand our reach to help all U.S. citizens in times of national emergencies," said NBNA President, Debra A. Toney, PhD, RN.

Elements of the partnership include:

  • preparation and readiness for disasters;
  • joint- and cross-training;
  • participation in community blood drives;
  • participation in Red Cross health and safety training programs;
  • participation in the Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces program; and
  • collaboration with community-based agencies.

The 3-year partnership with the National CARES Mentoring Movement is to recruit and train NBNA members to serve as community based mentors in helping to close the education gap with our nation's black children. 

"Partnering with the [CARES] is a natural extension of the mentoring programs that the 83 NBNA chapters already offer at the local level," NBNA's Toney says.  "Mentoring young people relative to their educational needs will only help all of us as we too try to diversify and increase the number of people in the health professions pipeline."

With CARES Mentor-Recruitment Circles in 57 U.S. cities, the nonprofit's mission is to close the huge gap between what it says are relatively few black mentors and the millions of vulnerable black children in need of mentoring.

CARES recruits and trains caring adults and deploys them to schools, literacy and other academic-support programs, mentoring organizations and juvenile reentry programs, where they serve as mentors, tutors and role models.  It is headed by Susan L. Taylor,  editor-in-chief emeritus of Essence Magazine.

"NBNA believes in mentoring at all levels; from the elementary school level to the post doctoral level," Toney adds. "NBNA is encouraging all members to become mentors so that young people will have a better chance to advance to their educational and career goals."


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