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  • Kiana Abiva

Healing Hearts and Building Homes: PNAA's Medical Mission in Francoville, Baliuag Bulacan

Founded in 1979, the Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc. (PNAA) is a non-profit nursing organization with 55 chapters and 5,000+ members. Its mission is to enhance the image and well-being of Filipino-American nurses, promote professional excellence, and contribute to healthcare and society through education, research, and clinical practice. PNAA is a member of the National Coalition for Ethnic Minority Nurses Association and an affiliate of the American Nurses Association.

PNAA offers members mentorship, leadership development, and educational programs through regional, national, and international conferences in the U.S. and the Philippines. The Leadership Institute focuses on career development and organizational skills for emerging leaders. PNAA collaborates with organizations to address policy development, legislation, and diversity in the nursing profession.

On January 21st, the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) hosted a medical mission in GK PNAA Francoville, Brgy. Piel, Baliuag Bulacan. The mission is an initiative aimed at uplifting communities through various programs. The event, held in Francoville, saw the convergence of healthcare, community development, and empowerment.

The event commenced with introductions by the GK PNAA Francoville community leaders. Nini Jurado, Chair of the PNAA Community Outreach Committee, set the tone for the day's events. Gloria Beriones, President of PNAA, shared the organization's vision and mission, emphasizing the importance of education and children's well-being. The organization aims to provide funding for scholars taking up nursing all over the Philippines.

With the assistance of Guia Caliwagan, GKUSA Hampton, Virginia Area Director, who is instrumental for the construction of the GKPNAA Village, the nurses and volunteers were able to successfully check the community’s vital signs and blood pressure. PNAA is also committed to supporting the Kusina ng Kalinga (KNK) project by GK, contributing to the construction of a community kitchen for the village in addition to the livelihood center that they have previously donated.

The Sewing Club Livelihood Members of GK PNAA Francoville showcased their skills through a booth, displaying a variety of products such as bags, dresses, shirts, and local delicacies. This not only highlighted the community's talents but also provided a platform for economic sustainability. In addition to the check-ups, the residents of GK PNAA Francoville, both young and old, expressed their gratitude through lively performances and showcasing their hospitality to the PNAA team for their generosity.

As a non-profit organization with a rich history dating back to 1979, PNAA's involvement in Francoville reflects its broader commitment to enhancing the image and well-being of Filipino-American nurses. Through initiatives like medical missions, the organization continues to contribute a positive impact to healthcare and society, aligning with its mission of professional excellence and community service.

Just like these doctors and nurses from abroad, you, too, can help advocate for the well-being of the Filipino people! We call all doctors and medial practitioners to join us in creating a positive change by becoming a member of GK USA or donating! Contact us through to know how!

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