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Advocacy Institute Fellowship 2024 Highlights Ceremony

(1.0 CE) - Acknowledging the dedication and achievements of our Fellows in driving healthcare policy change.

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Advocacy Institute Fellowship 2024 Highlights Ceremony
Advocacy Institute Fellowship 2024 Highlights Ceremony

Time & Location

Jun 18, 2024, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM PDT

Virtual Event

About the Event

What does a year in the life of a nurse advocate look like?

This virtual event will recap 12 months of ANA\California's Advocacy Institute Fellowship 2024 policy goals, deliverables, and progress, discussing both the foreseen and unforeseen barriers, challenges, and obstacles faced along the way. Fellows will highlight their learnings, share feedback about their Fellowship experience and advocacy journey, and discuss what lies ahead for their continued advocacy efforts. 

Nurse advocates from California, the U.S., and the world are invited to tune in and be inspired by the stories of our Fellows:

Dr. Loleater Gibson EdD, MSN, BSN on Racism in Nursing Education

Dr. Briony DuBose PhD, MHI, RN on LGBTQIA+ Equity in Nursing

Tracy Holder, BSN, RN, NBC-HWC, CCFP, RYT-200 on Mental Health in Nursing

Kristy Fillmore MScN, RN, NPD-BC, CPHQ on Nurses in Media

Dahlia Maldonado BSN, RN-BC on Nursing Advocacy


  1. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the scope, impact, key responsibilities, policy goals, and initiatives of nurse advocates.
  2. Identify common barriers and challenges faced by nurse advocates and learn effective strategies and approaches to navigate and overcome these obstacles.
  3. Develop strategies and plans for future advocacy efforts based on the experiences and lessons learned from the Advocacy Institute Fellows 2024.


Fellow: Dr. Loleater Gibson EdD, MSN, BSN

Bio: Dr. Gibson started her nursing career in Chicago, IL, at Prairie State College, receiving an Associate degree in Nursing, continuing her education, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing at Olivet Nazarene University, and eventually receiving a doctorate in Leadership in Higher Education from Northcentral University.

Dr. Gibson has served in many roles throughout her career and is an Education Specialist with the Veterans Health Administration Central Office (VHACO) in the Office of Health Outcomes Military Exposures (HOME).

Dr. Gibson has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to creating equitable access to opportunities for healthcare professionals and nursing students throughout her career and personal life. Dr. Gibson contributes her success to untiring faith in the belief that all things are possible to him that believes.

Fellow: Tracy Holder, RYT-200, RN, BSN, NBC-HWC, CCFP

Bio: Tracy, a 17-year bedside nurse and a board-certified Health and Wellness Coach, frequently integrates her training from Dr. Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine.

Tracy led several mindfulness practices during Nurse's Week to Stanford nurses, including at the start of the pandemic, incorporating her practices for "Compassion Fatigue for Professionals" certification.

Tracy also loves being a yoga instructor specializing in restorative yoga and meditation. Tracy’s mission is to guide fellow nurses to find relief from burnout and to design strategies that allow life to unfold without sacrificing health, mental wellness and vitality.

Fellow: Kristy Fillmore MScN, RN, NPD-BC, CPHQ

Bio: Kristy is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years of experience in the healthcare field. Kristy holds a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Leadership in Health Services Delivery and Health Promotion from The University of Western Ontario and is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from Queen’s University.

Kristy’s research and advocacy interests revolve around nursing assistive personnel in hospitals and the implications for patient safety. Kristy is a certified professional in healthcare quality and currently works as a nursing professional development specialist at a large hospital in Southern California.

She is dedicated to continuous improvement and innovation to enhance patient safety and improve the healthcare work environment through ongoing professional development, critical analysis, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Fellow: Dahlia Maldonado BSN, RN-BC

Bio: Dahlia is currently the Nursing Practice Outcomes and Magnet® Program Coordinator for UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. She is recognized throughout the UCLA Health System as an influential leader and passionate supporter of the voice of nursing.

Since becoming a nurse in 2017, she has been extensively involved in Professional Governance, held various leadership roles, and participated in advocacy at a local and national level.

Dahlia graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Healthcare Policy and is pursuing an MSN in Nursing Leadership and Management from Western Governors University.

Fellow: Dr. Briony DuBose PhD, MHI, RN

Bio: Bri DuBose is a Lean Six Sigma Black at Sharp HealthCare and a lecturer in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of San Diego for Health Policy Analysis and Reflective Practice. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Arizona State University.

Driven by the desire to drive efficiency and safety, she returned to Arizona State University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master in Healthcare Innovation degree. Bri earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of San Diego and received a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification from the University of California San Diego.

Her dissertation, Suicide Mortality of Emergency Department Patients, reflects her passion for mental health parity and suicide prevention. She is also an advocate for equity and addressing health disparities through root cause analysis and health policy reform.

Join us as we acknowledge the dedication and achievements of our Fellows in driving healthcare policy change.

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