Nilda Paris hails from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Like many young people, she took the challenge of immigrating to the United States in 1985, settling in the city of Bridgeport CT. While in Puerto Rico, she studied at the Interamerican University of Hato Rey in General Science and Biology, earning an associate degree and certification in surgical nursing. Facing a language barrier, in 1985, she decided to resume her studies in the medical field which led to her certification as a CNA, Phlebotomist, EKG Technician and her completing a bachelor's degree in chaplaincy and pastoral care. These accomplishments have allowed her entry to work in various medical institutions for fifteen years.
In 2009 she began to get involved as a volunteer in different humanitarian organizations such as the American Red Cross, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Medical Response Corp. with the local Department of Public Health, Notary Public and so much more. Seeing that there was a need in the Latino and minority communities, she used her passion for charitable work to become a volunteer and be the voice of her community. Since 2016, Nilda works as a CCHW Outreach Coordinator for the Connecticut Center for Patient Safety (CTCPS). She also sits on the Board of Directors for CTCPS, Women in Recovery Education Corp, the Connecticut Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the Community Health Worker Association of CT. She is also a member of the Connecticut Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Committee, the Community Health Worker Advisory Board, and the National Community Health Workers Association.
She received recognition from her community contribution as a “Volunteer of the Year” 2017-2018 granted by the CERT emergency management and the “Unsung Hero” award in 2019 granted by W.I.R.E.
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First, we have chosen to share a video by Consumer Health Choices: Talking With Your Doctor. In it you will see how preparing for you appointment can make a difference.
We have chosen a second video by the National Patient Safety Foundation: AskMe3, to share with you. Here, you learn that there are three important questions to ask your doctor whenever you see him or her.
Finally, we are sharing a series of videos by Dartmouth-Hitchcock:
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You've Suffered Medical Harm - Now What Do You Do?
According to a recent article published by ProPublica titled: So You’ve Become a Patient Safety Statistic – Now What? by Marshall Allen there are six things to do….
- Get a copy of medical records.
- Make sure the incident is reported internally.
- If the patient has died, order a forensic autopsy.
- Consider calling an attorney.
- Meet with the doctor and hospital officials.
- Report the incident to regulators, who can investigate.
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