2018 Activist Conference Recap


Thank you to all of our conference sponsors, attendees, presenters, exhibitors, and volunteers for helping to make our 2018 Conference a success.

This was one of the largest convenings that NSRH has hosted thus far, with a total of 133 participants, not including volunteers, in attendance. We would like to extend a special thanks to the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University and the amazing students and faculty from Emory who served as presenters, volunteers, and donors. This was our first time hosting a conference in Atlanta, GA and our first time co-hosting with one of our nursing student chapters. Because of the success of this conference, we are excited to host in Atlanta for our 2019 Annual Conference. Please stay tuned for more details.

We look forward to seeing you in 2019!

Lina Buffington, PhD
Executive Director



Program Snapshot

In alignment with our expanded mission, we were proud to host a variety of sessions ranging from transgender care, harm reduction and self-managed abortions, to contraception counseling in rural areas, and SRH care for Muslim patients. Please click on the Agenda to view the full program booklet.

 This year we experimented with new formats and expanded the content to include topics relevant to nurses and other professionals working in the sector. Some of these experiments were more successful than others, but overall, 96% of attendees rated their overall conference experience good or excellent. We also tested out different evaluation methods and received a ton of invaluable feedback that we look forward to integrating in 2019.


Attendee Snapshot

We believe that nursing professionals should reflect the communities they serve and so are committed to working towards greater diversity within our community. While a great deal of work remains to be done, we continue to make strides in these efforts.

We hosted nursing students, professionals, and other SRH advocates from around the country, representing 25 states. Thanks to our generous funders, sponsors, and individual donors we were able to provide scholarships to help defray the costs of attendance for 26 participants.



Our nursing student participants represented over 20 nursing programs from around the country. In addition to our student participants we had a number of practicing nurses and midwives, faculty, attorneys, and other SRH advocates in attendance.





We recognize that one of our greatest areas for continued improvement is in ensuring that our community is more racially and ethnically diverse. While we still have much to do to make the Annual Activist Conference more diverse, nearly 1/3 of attendees were People of Color.








Thank you to our amazing volunteers!

This conference is a heavy lift for our small but mighty staff of three. This year we were very fortunate to have the support of 25 wonderful volunteers who are either students or alumni of Emory University and Yale University.



Thank you to our generous sponsors!