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What is FAHWA?

FAHWA was founded in Long Beach California by an organizing committee composed of healthcare workers and union organizers in the healthcare field. FAHWA conducted its first medical mission in September 2010 in Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac, Philippines in coordination with the Alliance of Health Workers (AHW). It’s original name is Filipino-American Health Workers Association (FAHWA).

Right after the super typhoon Haiyan on November 2013, FAHWA in coordination with New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) sent a delegation of RNs and joined the BALSA disaster relief in Western Samar. The New York Chapter was officially established on December 2017 after the September 2017 medical mission in the Philippines and FAHWA Inc was formally registered as a non-profit 501(c)3 public charity. All FAHWA’s officers and board of directors are volunteers.

FAHWA Officers

Nella Pineda-Marcon, RN


Marylene Tejones, RN

1st Vice-President

Marion Parkins, RN

2nd Vice-President

Dora Acevedo, RN


Maria Katherine Fernandez, RN


Alpha Acapulco


Volunteer Organizers

Dean Soto

Respiratory Therapist

Erin Hogan, RN
Linice Zambrano, RN
Heather McCartney, RN
Lorraine Quijano, Pharmacy Assistant

Volunteer Doctors

Dr. Michael Touger, MD
Dr. Edward Colt, MD
What are the New York Recovery Network
projects in which NYSNA members and other
unions have participated?

NYSNA and other healthcare unions have been a part of these medical missions:

Philippines (September 2010, 2011 & 2017, November 2013)
Puerto Rico (November 1-7 & 11-19, 2017, and January 2018)
U.S. Virgin Islands (January 2018)
Guatemala (March 2017, March & October 2018)
Mexico (May 2018)
Dominican Republic (August 2018)
Brazil (June 2018)

The Volunteers

What do our volunteers say about our medical missions?

Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN, NYSNA President, Emergency Department, Montefiore Medical Center says, “Our goals in this project are multifaceted, and include:
  • “To provide desperately needed care to marginalized communities, either due to extreme weather-related disasters or to government-corporate neglect.
  • “To work directly with—and under the guidance of—community and labor structures indigenous to the areas where we volunteer. These are the people who know what is needed and how we can assist them in their work.
  • “To offer an opportunity for our nurses and other healthcare workers to practice from the heart, unrestrained by profit-making and bureaucracy, in a caring environment, simultaneously providing critical services while learning about and respecting other social realities.”

Mt. Sinai-St. Luke’s

“Going on medical missions is for me the best way to give myself to others. Offering my medical expertise and rendering free services to the community makes me feel whole and complete. Improving health practices in the community and saving patients’ lives in alliance with local health workers is what our health profession is all about.”
Linice Zambrano, RN

Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center

“I don’t see my profession as a job but as a calling to help others. This calling goes beyond the borders of our employment and extends globally to parts in need and unknown. Being part of a medical mission embodies what the definition of public health nursing means and challenges what we so sadly take for granted. I look forward to many more missions.”
Blanca Agosto, RN

Bellevue Hospital

“Together we provided disaster relief to victims affected by this natural disaster and helped to make a difference for so many in need. The resilience of the Puerto Rican people was inordinate! The experience of this mission has taught me to embrace even the smallest things in life. Most importantly, I went, I saw, I made a difference and left my footprints.”
Heather May McCartney

RN, Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s

“I am fortunate to be in a position where I can give back to the community. The medical missions with NYSNA and FAHWA in the Philippines and Puerto
Rico are the best and most fulfilling experiences I’ve had as a nurse.”
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