Thursday August 27, 2015

President's Message

Welcome to the Northern Connecticut Black Nurses Association's website.  We are glad that you took the opportunity to stop by and learn more about us.

The Chapter works collaboratively with many other health-related organizations and institutions, community partners, colleges and schools, and faith-based organizations. We continue to build these collaborations in order to effectively reach the populations that are most impacted by health disparities.

Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in joining our dynamic organization, co-sponsoring a community event or fundraiser, or making a donation. We embrace and support nursing students financially, by offering scholarships to help defray the costs associated with pursuing higher education. Our scholarships are made possible by our event supporters and donors.

Hope to see you at our next event and remember, achieving your optimal health is our priority!

Muriel Appram, BS, RN
President, NCBNA, Inc.



Petit Family Foundation makes donation to NCBNA's Mentoring Program

NCBNA was presented with a check in the amount of $10,000 from the Petit Family Foundation. The donation will help support NCBNA's Mentoring Program. The check was presented by Dr. William Petit to NCBNA President Muriel Appram, Treasurer Vicie Brooks, and Mentoring Program Director Jessica Arter. Thank you Petit Family Foundation!

Written by Lisa Davis   


2015 New England Minority Nursing Leadership Conference

October 31, 2015

The Northern Connecticut Black Nurses Association Inc. (NCBNA), in collaboration with the Southern CT Black Nurses Association, Inc. (New Haven), Western Massachusetts Black Nurses Association, Inc. (Springfield), and the New England Regional Black Nurses Association, Inc. (Boston), will be hosting its first New England Minority Nursing Leadership Conference Saturday, October 31, 2015 at the Springfield Marriott, Springfield, MA from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Conference speakers include: Linda Burnes-Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, VP, Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, Vernell DeWitty, PhD, MBA, MSN, RN Program Deputy Director, RWJ New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program, and Ena Williams, MBA, BS, RN, CENP,  VP Patient Services and Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Yale- New Haven Hospital.

To register and pay online go to:

Exhibitor and vendor tables are available for a nominal fee. For additional information please contact us at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and remember to continue to check our website for updated information, including registration.

Event sponsors include the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Alumni Association and the Donaghue Foundation.


NCBNA will host its annual scholarship luncheon on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the USS IV Chowder Pot Restaurant, Hartford, CT from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  This year's theme is "Embracing Diversity and Inclusion: Critical to Best Outcomes."  The keynote speaker will be Shandarese Garr, VP Diversity & Inclusion, Garden City Group. Tickets are $60.00 per person, $30 for students, and corporate sponsorship is also available. For information about tickets or vendor tables, please contact Florence Johnson at (860) 214-8144 or Anneka at (914) 513-1555, or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  We will introduce our Mentoring and Meeting Program Teams and Sponsors.


The Mentoring and Meeting Program was launched with our trip to Philadelphia, PA to the National Black Nurses Association's Annual Conference August 7-10, 2014.  Eight Lead Mentors (NCBNA members), 20 college students and 9 high school students (and chaperones) were in attendance as we traveled by coach bus the Philadelphia.  The students attended the conference plenary sessions, as well as daily educational workshops.  Students met many distinguished and accomplished nurses from across the U.S.  The purpose of the Mentoring and Meeting program is to expose high school and college level students, who are or will be pursuing a career in nursing, to an exceptional educational experience and networking opportunity at the National Black Nurses conference. The Mentoring program will include quarterly educational and leadership workshops.


MMP Students at National Conference President's Gala

(Above photo: Mentoring Program students and Mentors at the NBNA Conference Gala)

Program Team sponsors include: University of Connecticut (HRSA fund D19HP22227-03-01 for Nursing Workforce Diversity), Goodwin College, Aetna, Andrea Hawkins, Howard K. Hill Funeral Home, The Petit Family Foundation, The RMB Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, The Anonymous No. 46 fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, The Hartford High School Academy of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the CT Nursing Collaborative- State Action Coalition.

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