Nurse, Scientist, and Health Policy Staffer
Alison Hernandez was born and raised in Mexico. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Miami in Miami, Florida. In 2014, she graduated with her Master’s in Nursing. Upon graduation, she worked as a Medical-Surgical Nurse at Advocate Health Care in the Greater Chicago area. After spending some time at the bedside, she decided to pursue her PhD in Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
She is a nurse scientist turned health policy staffer on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Her journey to health policy started with her interest in helping older adults achieve their highest quality of life and focused her research on physical activity promotion for older adults with chronic health conditions. That interest is what brought her to Washington, DC, as a Health & Aging Policy Fellow (2019–2020), a program sponsored by Northwestern and Columbia University. As a Health and Aging Fellow, she worked in the U.S. House of Representatives with Congresswoman Donna E. Shalala (former Secretary of Health and Human Services under Clinton) — an experience that changed her life forever. Her experience on “the hill” made her want to channel her nursing expertise to public service and pursue work as a legislative assistant. Alison is committed to helping nurses and other allied health professionals learn how to communicate and inform policymakers.
In her free time, Dr. Hernandez enjoys doing yoga.
View Alison’s Nurses You Should Know Video here.
The information above was sourced from Alison Hernandez and LinkedIn.
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Know Your History
- Nursing CLIO to engage with historians and scholars committed to deep work around historical accuracy in healthcare and nursing.
- American Association for the History of Nursing to attend monthly webinars on topics of nursing history, view the calendar here.
- NurseManifest to attend live zoom sessions with fellow nurses on nursing’s overdue reckoning on racism or to sign their pledge.
- Breaking Bias in Healthcare, an online course created by scientist Anu Gupta, to learn how bias is related to our brain’s neurobiology and can be mitigated with mindfulness.
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