Orange County NAPNAP Chapter

Winter Updates from Judi Leonard - OC-NAPNAP President

Posted about 1 month ago by Linda Scott-Katz

Dear OC NAPNAP Members,

 Exciting opportunities are "raining" down on us at this time.  Hope you all are weathering the storms well.

 I wanted to update everyone on a few important items.

  1. NAPNAP’s National Conference is a few weeks away in New Orleans.  Margaret Brady and I will be there.  Anyone else attending?  I greatly appreciate the Chapter's support in being able to attend and network with other Chapter leaders throughout the nation.  There are so many worthwhile endeavors that our PNP colleagues are doing.

 2. If you are unable to attend this year, please plan ahead to attend next year in nearby Long Beach, March 25-28, 2020.  I am on the planning committee.  If you have any suggestions for speakers, topics and especially if you may be interested in speaking, I would love to hear from you and pass on suggestions.  If you have any fun suggestions for those visiting from afar, I will take those tips as well.  My email is: 

  1. As you are likely aware, NAPNAP's Alliance for Children in Trafficking fundraising campaign has kicked off.  Through early identification and awareness, we hope to end child trafficking.  Please consider a donation and/or promoting fundraising activities by visiting this link: 
  1. NAPNAP has created a 3 part learning module for providers to assess and respond to child trafficking.  Become further educated and be ready in the event you may encounter a potential victim.   Please see link: 
  1. To provide better access to primary health care statewide, please see the information below from Erin Baker, Orange County CANP:

“As most of you probably have read, a ground breaking new report was just released by the California Future Health Workforce Commission which endorses the removal of practice barriers imposed on Nurse Practitioners in California!  The report cited the need to maximize the role of nurse practitioners to help fill the gaps in Primary Care.  Now would be a great time to introduce yourself to your legislative representatives as both one of their constituents and a Nurse Practitioner.  Tell them about the career you love and communities and populations you serve!” 

Read the full report here<>. 

Read the recommendations regarding nurse practitioners here<>.


Here is a partial list of California state representatives:

Bill Brough 73rd Assembly District

Pat Bates 36th Senate District

Phillip Chen 55th Assembly District

Steven Choi 68th Assembly District

Tom Daly 69th Assembly District

Sharon Quirk Silva 65th Assembly District

Cotis Petril Norris 74th Assembly District

Tyler Diep 72nd District Assembly District

John Moorlach 37th Senate District

Thomas Umberg 34th Senate District

Ling Ling Chang 29th Senate District

 As mentioned in a prior alert, CANP Lobby Day will take place on May 13, 2019 in Sacramento.  This is a wonderful way to experience a legislative visit with the support of other NPs.  Here is a link: 

  1. We are planning on 2 more chapter meetings prior to summer, and our final meeting of the year will likely be in June.  We are going to try something new: a book-club based meeting.  If you have a suggestion for a book that may appeal to our population which may have a health care message, insight, role model, motivation or other pertinent information, please email me at  I will comply a list of book suggestions.  We are open to suggestions on how to get this started. 
  1. We also would like to feature interesting case studies.  We all see a wide variety of interesting clinical cases.  Do you have one we could learn from?  If so, please get in touch with me or any other Board member. 
  1. Watch for a new feature: Member Spotlight.  It will be fun to get to know our fellow members. 

Please stay tuned for details about our next educational meeting which is in the planning stages for April.

Thank you for your valuable membership and involvement in our NP community,

Judi Leonard

OC NAPNAP President