About the conference

IMPORTANT: To keep everyone as safe as possible, we will be instating mandatory health and safety protocols such as proof of full vaccination (not the booster), use of face masks, and social distancing throughout the conference.

April 5, 2022 $100 Pre-Conference: Addressing Racism & Inequity in Healthcare Professions

Co-sponsored by International Association of Latino Nurse Faculty (IALNF) Join and receive waived pre-conference registration!  Learn more here http://www.intlatinonursefaculty.org/

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: IALNF for the 1st Annual Gala April 5, 2022 from 6:00-10:00 PM $30 and includes Appetizers, Cash Bar, Mariachis and DJ

April 6-7, 2022 $300 Conference: Racial/Social Justice in Caring for the Most Vulnerable with a Focus on Human Trafficking, Child Abuse and Domestic Violence

Sponsored Lunch April 7, 2022 11:30-12:40 PM RSVP REQUIRED & LUNCH PROVIDED AIG Retirement Services presents; Financial Wellness Discover how gaining control of your finances could allow you to focus more on other aspects of your life

Conference Learning Outcomes
  1. Eighty percent of the attendees will identify at least one way they will change their practice in caring for the most vulnerable in relation to Racial and Social Justice issues related to health.
  2. Attendees will discuss the public healthcare response and interprofessional education required to address vulnerable populations.
  3. Attendees will identify barriers to racial/social justice through discussion of national policy or legislative initiatives that affect vulnerable populations.

WHAT CONTINUING EDUCATION IS OFFERED? Continuing Education will be provided for Nurses, Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors and Psychologists

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing is approved by the Texas State Board of Socials Workers Examiners to provide Social Worker CE.

Centralized Training Infrastructure for Evidence Based Practices is an approved provider by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors

Event schedule

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

9:00-11:30 AM

IALNF Board Meeting (Board Members Only) MINUET ROOM


11:30-12:30 PM


1:00-4:00 PM

Addressing Racism and Inequity in Healthcare Professions
Dr. Rumay Alexander, Clinical Professor Adult Health & Social Justice, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


6:00-10:00 PM



Thursday, April 7, 2022 Conference Day 2


Breakfast & Check-in

Location: Pre-Function


Keynote: Addressing Social Determinants of Health and Systemic Oppression in Anti-Trafficking Efforts 

Melissa I. M. Torres, PhD, MSW, Researcher, Division of Global Mental Health, Anti-Human Trafficking Program & Clinic for International Trauma Survivors, Assistant Professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Ben Taub Hospital/Harris Health System, Baylor College of Medicine

Location: Ballroom AB


Human Trafficking for the Health Professionals;

Brandi Farrell, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC, PC, UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing

Location: Ballrooms AB


Outreach and Identification of Human Trafficking in an Urban Free Clinic: A Collaborative Healthcare Model;

Lucresia Montez, MSW, CHW, San Jose Clinic; Melissa Torres, PhD, MSW, CCHW, Baylor College of Medicine

Location: Ballroom AB



Integrating Transitional Care Management Strategies in a Nurse Managed Clinic Serving an Underserved Population: An Innovative Community Health Approach;

Michael J. Leger, PhD, MBA, R.N., NEA-BC, CNL, CNE, UTMB School of Nursing

Location: Ballroom AB



Lunch on Own


Sponsored Lunch by AIG Retirement Services presents; Financial Wellness RSVP REQUIRED lunch served



Sexting Among Teens: Research Sheds New LightChristine Abbyad, PhD, RN, WHNP, CTTS, The University of Texas Austin

Location: Ballroom AB



Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: Implications for Healthcare Professionals; Kimberly Gallegos, PhD, LCSW, Our Lady of the Lake University Worden School of Social Service

Location: Ballroom AB




Removing Barriers: Bringing Excellence to the Children and Families Receiving Foster Care Services; Karen Walker Schwab, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC, PMHS; Brittney Lents, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC; UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing

Location: Ballroom AB


The Lived Experience of Safety: The Outcome of a Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study of LGBTQ YouthKari McDonald, PhD, RN, The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing

Location: Ballroom AB


“Hearing their Voice”: Advance Care Planning for the Homeless; Jeannette Meyer, RN, MSN, CCRN-K, CCNS, PCCN-K, ACHPN, UCLA

Location: Ballroom AB


Ending Debrief & Wrap up Dr. Elaine Hardy & Dr. Norma Martinez Rogers, Founder Cultural Inclusion Institute and Announce the Silent Auction Winners & Poster contest winners

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 Conference Day 1


Breakfast & Check-in

Location: Pre-Function


Welcome: Where we started, where are we now; why is this topic so important; Dr. Elaine Hardy, Chair of Cultural Inclusion Planning Committee

Location: Ballrooms AB


Keynote: Health Equity… from the Walls to the Halls

Dr. Rumay Alexander, Clinical Professor Adult Health & Social Justice, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Location: Ballrooms AB


Disciplines involved in the Social Determinants of Health

Erica T. Sosa. PhD, MCHES, Associate Dean for Research, The University of Texas at San Antonio, College of Health, Community Policy

Location: Ballroom AB


Break & Exhibits


Localized inclusive history tours serve as a racism reduction strategy for students in health and human services disciplines;  Farron Kilburn, MA University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Location: Ballroom AB


Delivering Culturally Congruent Care to Vulnerable Mexican Immigrants: A Qualitative Study; Linda Eanes, EdD, MSN, RN; Carolina Huerta, EdD,RN, FAAN; Lillia Fuentes, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC; Beatriz Bautista, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CDE; The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Nursing

Location: Ballroom AB


Lunch on own & Exhibits


Childhood’s Backstory: Community Domestic Violence Survey during COVID Reveals Extensive Childhood AntecedentsRichard J. Harris, PhD; Lily Casura, MSW; Amy Chanmugam, PhD, LCSW, The University of Texas at San Antonio

Location: Ballroom AB


Hiding in plain sight: Learning to identify victims of human trafficking through interprofessional simulationDonna Paris, DNP, RN, CNE; Heather Guest, MSN, RN, CNE; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing

Location: Ballroom AB


Human Trafficking: An Assessment of Knowledge and Awareness Among Healthcare Professionals and StudentsJanice F. Hernandez, DNP, RN, FNP-C; Li-Chen Lin, RN, PhD; Esther Nwokocha, MSN, RN; The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing

Location: Ballroom AB


Working with Medical Interpreters Utilizing Evidence-based Practice; Virginia Tufano, EdD, MSN, RN; Kimberly Belcik PhD, RN-BC, CNESt. David’s School of Nursing – Texas State University

Location: Ballroom AB


Educating Healthcare Professionals about Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Through Virtual and Face-to-Face Simulation; Amber Roache, DNP, FNP-BC, NP, UT Chattanooga

Location: Ballroom AB


Daily Debrief by Dr. Elaine Hardy

Location: Ballroom ABC


Poster Reception – Authors Present their Work

Location: Ballroom C