About Us

What is CONAA?

The Council on Nursing and Anthropology (CONAA) is an organization for those interested in both nursing and anthropology. We meet each year at the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) meetings in the spring. For the past three decades, the Council on Nursing and Anthropology (CONAA) has gathered nurse-anthropologists, nurses and other health care professionals, anthropologists and other health social scientists and friends for scholarly and evidence-based practice initiatives.

Our Goals

  1. To increase our visibility globally through social media and to use the knowledge CONAA has gained from our 35 years of existence to expand our international and local member base. Our redesigned logo, website and Facebook  page is intended to help in these efforts.  
  2. To enhance collaboration with partner organizations such as the Society for Applied Anthropology and the Transcultural Nursing Society and to create new partnerships with international organizations.

Our Mission

The Council on Nursing and Anthropology is an organization that brings together nurses, anthropologists and others interested in understanding and promoting the health of peoples and cultures around the world through research and practice innovations. 

Common interests of CONAA members are basic and applied health research, improved health care for vulnerable populations, and encouraging cultural and social justice content in nursing education.

Of the current membership, about half are nurse-anthropologists. Others include those with graduate degrees in nursing with a specialty of trans-cultural or cross-cultural nursing or with a minor in anthropology, as well as anthropologists who teach in schools of nursing or other clinical fields. CONAA holds yearly business meetings at SfAA followed by informal receptions for networking and mutual support.

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