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Sigma/National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) Announces First Collaborative Research Grant Recipient

Grant will be presented at NAHN’s 44th annual conference, 16-19 July 2019, in Reno-Tahoe, Nevada, USA

INDIANAPOLIS — Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is proud to announce Linda Maldonado, PhD, MN, BSN, as the 2019 recipient of the Sigma/National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) Collaborative Research Grant. Maldonado is an Assistant Professor at the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA.

This new collaborative research grant, made possible by the Sigma Foundation for Nursing and NAHN, provides funding for qualified nurses who contribute to the advancement of Latino health through nursing research. Maldonado’s project, Use of Narrative Analysis to Understand the Stories of Resilience in Urban, Childbearing Puerto Rican Women, addresses the knowledge gap regarding Puerto Rican women who provide intergenerational care and reside in low-income areas. These women can give an increased understanding of their life experiences, specifically concerning the role of resiliency of those in this Latina subgroup.

“This research is critical to more fully understanding resilience within the context of intergenerational caregiving experiences of urban, childbearing Puerto Rican women,” said Maldonado. “This study is an essential first step in guiding the development of timely and appropriate interventions to improve maternal-infant outcomes in the urban, child-bearing Puerto Rican community.” Of all the Latina subgroups, Puerto Rican women have higher infant mortality rates when compared to Cuban or Mexican Americans and are twice as likely to not receive proper prenatal care when compared to non-Hispanic white mothers.

“I offer my sincerest congratulations to Dr. Maldonado as the inaugural recipient of our newest collaborative grant opportunity,” said Sigma President Beth Baldwin Tigges, PhD, RN, PNP, BC. “As one of our tenets, Sigma is dedicated to the advancement of global health, and providing innovative funding opportunities is one way we accomplish this advancement.”

“The National Association of Hispanic Nurses is proud to partner with Sigma to celebrate the advancement of Latino health,” said NAHN President Norma Cuellar, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We congratulate and thank Dr. Maldonado for her significant contribution to this knowledge area through her research and look forward to honoring her at our 44th annual conference in Reno-Tahoe, Nevada.”

The 2020 Sigma/NAHN Collaborative Research Grant will open for applications in January 2020. Visit for more information or to apply for current research grant opportunities.  

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About the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)

National Association of Hispanic Nurses® (NAHN) is a nonprofit professional association committed to the promotion of the professionalism and dedication of Hispanic nurses by providing equal access to educational, professional, and economic opportunities for Hispanic nurses. NAHN is also dedicated to the improvement of the quality of health and nursing care of Hispanic consumers. To learn more about NAHN and the annual conference visit