AANA Diversity and Inclusion

The AANA Board of Directors is proud of the implementation of the AANA Diversity & Inclusion Task Force to engage with nurse anesthetists and external experts by developing the strategic framework to integrate cultural sensitivity, diversity, inclusion, and equity within our profession. This represents AANA's core values of quality, professionalism, service, collaboration, and diversity and inclusion.

I AM ME Campaign

Jorge Valdes, DNP, CRNA

April is Celebrate Diversity Month, and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is observing this month with the “I AM ME” campaign. AANA Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair Jorge Valdes, pictured at left, has graciously agreed to be our first example.

More about the campaign.



Cultural Competency ​Training Resources

Cultural Competency Supporting Resources





Value of Healthcare Diversity

Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

  • Jorge Valdes, DNP, CRNA, ARNP - Chair 
  • John Bing, BSN, CRNA
  • Jose Castillo III, PhD, MS, CRNA, ARNP
  • Virginia Ferrara, BSN, RN, CCRN - Student Representative
  • Jessica Jacobson, MSN, CRNA, APRN
  • Tito Tubog, DNAP, CRNA
  • Jerrol Wallace, DNP, CRNA, APRN

AANA Staff

  • Marlene R. McDowell, MA Assistant Director, Public Relations

    Email:  diversity@aana.com