“A year ago, we never thought we would have had this meeting. This is truly an opportunity to learn from each other.” With these words, SeonAe Yeo, PhD, RNC, president of the Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA), officially opened AAPINA’s 2004 Annual Conference–the first such national gathering in the association’s 12-year history.

The inaugural conference, held last August 7 at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero in San Francisco, drew a small but enthusiastic audience of AAPINA members and Asian American/Pacific Islander nursing students from around the country. Together they spent a very full day listening to speakers, viewing poster sessions on Asian American health topics, attending business meetings, networking, and brainstorming ideas in breakout discussion groups.

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