Adelita Cantu is an Associate Professor at UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing. She has worked in public health for over 35 years and focuses on strategies to reduce health disparities among vulnerable populations. She has also been involved with ANHE for over 10 years and has used what she has learned from and with the organization to empower vulnerable communities around the connection between health and the environment and how they can mitigate their exposure to multiple environmental health threats.
Antionella “Shelley” Upshaw, PhD, BS, RN is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA. She focuses on teaching undergraduate and graduate students about community populations at risk and major issues affecting community health and community health nursing. Dr. Upshaw is constantly striving to prepare the next generation of nurses to advance the health of the nation’s changing multiethnic, aging population.
Aaron Salinas is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from the Rio Grande Valley. He was born and raised in South Texas, and he is currently working as a nurse practitioner in Edinburg, Texas. Aaron has a special interest in how environmental factors can affect mental health in children and adolescents in the Rio Grande Valley. Aaron is currently pursuing a doctor of nursing practice degree at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
Nancy Moran RN, MS, has worked in public health nursing in Tulsa, Oklahoma for over 22 years. She is an integrative nurse coach, yoga instructor, and collage artist, with a masters degree in integrative health and wellness and a focus on mind-body medicine. Nancy has served as a community volunteer is various capacities including founding the first transition living center for homeless people with chronic mental illness, leading the Tulsa Peace Fellowship, and most recently as the co-coordinator of Tulsa Ready for 100, which seeks to secure a just and equitable resolution from the Tulsa City Council to transition to 100% renewable energy. Nancy is now on focusing her energy on community organizing and engagement.