SN Alumna to Share Volunteer Experience in Haiti at Global Health Conference


A 1996 graduate of the School of Nursing's RN-to-BSN program will talk about her volunteer mission to Haiti, the need for international partnerships and the vital roles nurses play, at the Fall 2013 Global Health Conference Tuesday, November 12, at The College of New Rochelle.

Darcel Reyes, RN, MSN, AAHIVS, traveled to Haiti this past February with a nonprofit and Haitian health care professionals. She helped CapraCare, a non-governmental organization, establish health care services in Le Cayes, Haiti.

Reyes is a nurse practitioner who specializes in the care of people living with HIV, and those who are homeless. This year, Reyes received the Rita C. Kopf Grant from the New York Nurses Foundation and a research grant from Alpha Phi of Sigma Theta Tau. She is working on two research projects that aim to understand and address health literacy barriers among people with HIV.

Previously, in her role as educational consultant for the NY/NJ AIDS Education and Training Center, Reyes designed and implemented educational programs for healthcare professionals and developed educational webinars for nurses. She has published on a variety of topics including health literacy, treatment of anxiety in PLWH, and the importance of nursing theory to the provision of patient care.

The Association of Nurses in Aids Care recently appointed her as the national chairperson of its Diversity Committee. In both 2010 and 2012, The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence named Reyes a Jonas Nurse Scholar Leader.

The conference takes place 5 to 8 p.m. in Romita Auditorium in Mooney Center. Reyes' presentation will be followed by an open forum and discussion. For further information, contact Dr. Marie Santiago at or (914) 654-5443.