GGHSON Assistant Professor to Represent Texas Nurse Practitioners

Assistant Professor Christina Blanco, D.N.P., has been elected as the North Texas state representative for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). In this role, Blanco will represent the Panhandle, West Texas and Dallas-Fort Worth regions.

“The AANP is the largest national organization for nurse practitioners, so it’s important to play an active role with them,” Blanco said. “Assisting regional directors with state events and initiatives is part of my role, but as a state rep, it is also crucial for me to help in developing legislative priorities.”

Since 2010, Blanco has provided testimony to various Texas State Senate committees, advocating for such issues as women’s health and indigent health care. In addition to advocating for important issues in health care, one of the AANP’s goals is improving access to NPs while improving NPs’ presence in health care.

Blanco’s one-year term begins at the close of the AANP 2017 National Conference in Philadelphia, which takes place June 25.

She is one of two Texas representatives. The Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON) assistant professor joined TTUHSC El Paso in 2016.