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Northern Metropolitan Region

Northern Metropolitan Region of the New York State Action Coalition


Regional Co-Leads:


Deborah Hunt – [email protected]

Roxanna (Roxy) Raffa – [email protected]

Paula Graham – [email protected]



Sullivan, Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester

Regional Initiatives, Committees and Membership


BSN 80-20 Committee

The focus of this committee is IOM Recommendation #4: to increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree by 2020.  In this effort, this committee has developed the Aspiring Protégé Toolkit to enhance retention of RN to BSN students. This program has gained much momentum with its unique approach to mentoring through its self-learning format and adaptability for use for both protégés and mentors. For more information about the Aspiring Protégé Toolkit or to schedule an information session, please contact Lisa Summers-Gibson ([email protected]) or Mary Milani, Co-Chairs.

Click here to download the Aspiring Protégé Toolkit.


NorMet Ambassador Team

NorMet Ambassadors focus their efforts on outreach through education of the IOM initiatives and NYSAC mission. They participate in networking opportunities and increase membership involvement or participation at regional nursing or community events. The team is in the process of developing a comprehensive NorMet Ambassador Program and Toolkit to enhance education efforts for nurses and regional stakeholders regarding the IOM and regional initiatives. For more information or to become a NorMet Region Ambassador, please contact Deb Hunt ([email protected]) or Roxy Raffa ([email protected]), Co-Chairs.


Leadership Committee

The emphasis of the Leadership Committee is on IOM Recommendation #7: to prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health. The committee is currently focused on the development of an introductory education program to prepare nurses to serve on boards. More information to follow as this program continues to evolve!  For more information or to join in this effort, please contact  Carol Wanyo ([email protected]) and Karin Pantel ([email protected]), Co-Chairs.


Building Bridges and Collaborative Partnerships

The NorMet Region is comprised of a diverse membership of nurses and community members who span regional nursing, education, healthcare and other professional organizations that have joined together in support of the Future of Nursing and its efforts to improve heathcare.  For more information or to join, please contact Deb Hunt ([email protected]), Roxy Raffa ([email protected]) or Paula Graham ([email protected]), Co-Leads of the NorMet Region.