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Concordia College Nursing Innovator Wins National Award

Lucia Alfano
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BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Lucia Alfano, a member of the faculty in the nursing program at Concordia College in Bronxville, has been named as a Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing Award winner.

The award is a joint initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

It honors nurse leaders who have developed innovative approaches to improve health and health care. 

The award is part of a concerted effort to celebrate nurse leaders and position nurses for leadership and executive roles to help people live healthier lives and create healthier communities.

In her efforts to help promote a more diverse nursing workforce, Alfano, a registered nurse, founded the Westchester County, New York chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. She is also involved in improving nursing workforce diversity through the New York State Action Coalition.

The work of this year’s award recipients represents efforts to give everyone in America their greatest opportunity to live the healthiest lives possible. Their work aims to: prevent and reduce child abuse; develop wellness programs for the uninsured; pioneer the use of avatars to help adolescents cope with mental health issues; improve access to healthy food and healthy living opportunities; prevent suicide and substance abuse among veterans; improve care for older adults; and increase diversity in the nursing workforce and the number of nurses serving on boards.

The Concordia College Nursing Program is considered to be among the best in the state, with an outstanding NCLEX Pass Rate first time pass rate that is in the top ten baccalaureate nursing programs in New York State. Concordia College Nursing students are 100 percent employed within six months of passing the RN licensing exam.

For more information about the Concordia College Nursing Program, call 800-YES-College or email to

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