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Aetna Releases 2003 African American History Calendar.

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HARTFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 2, 2003

22ND Annual Calendar Celebrates the Commitment of Nurse Leaders; Proceeds from Sale to Benefit National Black Nurses Association

Today, Aetna will release the 22nd edition of its African American History Calendar, which recognizes the vital contributions of African American nurses in saving lives, establishing critical health care programs and focusing their energies on addressing health care disparities. Aetna also announced that, for the first time, the African American History Calendar will be available in electronic form on Aetna's Diversity Web site, www.aetna.com/diversity/aahcalendar. Printed copies of the calendar are available for $4 each. Proceeds from the sale of the calendar will benefit the Scholarship Program of the National Black Nurses Association, Inc. To order, please send a check payable to Aetna to the following address: Aetna Calendar, Corporate Communications, 151 Farmington Avenue, RC2D, Hartford, CT 06156.

"For more than two decades, Aetna has been recognizing the contributions of outstanding African Americans in all professions and walks of life," said Aetna Chairman and CEO John W. Rowe, M.D. "In highlighting the work of nurses, we have chosen to focus on the struggles, successes and achievements of African American nurse leaders who have made and are making invaluable contributions to our society."

Aetna's African American History Calendar has profiled more than 250 individuals since 1982 - pioneers in fields such as business, government, athletics, science, education, medicine and the arts. From the award-winning playwright Lorraine Hansberry and Olympic Gold Medal winner the late Florence Griffith Joyner, to heart surgeon Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, and CEO and philanthropist Comer J. Cottrell, Jr., all of the individuals featured have demonstrated great strength and perseverance in succeeding in their chosen fields.

The 2003 African American History Calendar recognizes the following individuals:

January Ora L. Strickland, PhD, DSc, RN, FAAN, Professor of

Family and Community Nursing, Nell Hodgson Woodruff

School of Nursing, Emory University. Dr. Strickland is

an internationally known specialist in nursing

research, measurement, evaluation, maternal and child

health, and parenting.

February Ernest J. Grant, RN, MSN, Nursing Education Clinician

II, North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, University of

North Carolina Hospitals. Mr. Grant piloted and widely

promotes "Learn Not to Burn(R)," a National Fire

Protection Association program aimed at preventing or

diminishing burn injuries.

March Betty Smith Williams, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor

Emeritus, Department of Nursing, California State

University; co-founder of the Council of Black Nurses;

a founder and 7th President of the National Black

Nurses Association; and currently President (and

founder) of the Coalition of Ethnic and Minority Nurse

Associations.

April Jacquelin Holland, RCN, CRNP, Director of Screening

Services, Columbus Cancer Clinic. A seasoned nurse

practitioner who is well known in the Columbus, Ohio,

area as well as in nursing circles around the country

for her unwavering efforts to promote health and

prevent cancer or detect it in its earliest stages.

May Marvel King Davis, RN, MSN, Service Manager, Dual

Diagnosis, Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital.

June Sherrie Hinz, RN, EMSRN, Critical Care nurse at Valley

Hospital Medical Center, Las Vegas, and also a

fixed-wing nurse for Med-Flight Air Ambulance.

July Linda Burns Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, VP and Head

Nursing Officer, Cedar Sinai Medical Center, Los

Angeles. Also, currently serving a three-year term

with HHS National Advisory Council on Nurse Education

and Practice.

August Eleanor M. Butler, MS, RN, Dist. Supervising Nurse,

District 1, Lower Manhattan; responsible for the

health care of 13,000 district schoolchildren (public,

Catholic and Yeshiva schools).

September May L. Wykle, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean and Florence Cellar

Professor of Gerontological Nursing at the Frances

Payne Bolton School of Nursing; and Director of the

University Center on Aging and Health, Case Western

Reserve University.

October Frances E. Ashe-Goins, RN, MPH, Deputy Director and

Director - Division of Policy and Program Development,

Department of Health and Human Services - Office on

Women's Health.

November Wanda McGee-Igiozee, RN, Aetna nurse case manager.

December Dorothy L. Powell, EdD, RN, FAAN, Dean of Nursing at

Howard University, and five Howard University nursing

students. The students participated in a research

exchange program this summer with Yale University to

study health disparities.

Aetna is one of the nation's leading providers of health care and related group benefits, serving 13.9 million medical members, 11.9 million dental members and 11.7 million group insurance customers, as of September 30, 2002. The company has expansive nationwide networks of more than 539,000 health care services providers, including over 327,000 primary care and specialist physicians and 3,300 hospitals. For more information about Aetna, please visit the company's Web site at www.aetna.com.
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