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Our Virtual Conversations are free and presented simultaneously on Zoom and Facebook Live. Advance registration on Zoom is requested.








Before the online conversation with Nani Cuadrado, you can hear her original talk by clicking here.

Millions of women, children and men are out of work or school and without social support because of the COVID-19 crisis, leaving them at greater risk of homelessness and exploitation. In this Virtual Conversation, Nani Cuadrado, who takes to the streets to help people caught up in unfortunate circumstances, will discuss how she and her team interact with these populations in a trauma-informed manner to help support our local community.

Questions for Nani may be submitted when you register or in real time on chat in Zoom or on Facebook LIVE.



TEDxLehighRive|VIRTUAL Moderator

NANI CUADRADO, MSPAS, PA-C is the program director for Valley Health Partners (VHP) Street Medicine.  She began working as an emergency medicine physician assistant for the network 19 years ago and began to realize the prevalence of homelessness and its close relationship to human trafficking within her own community.   She has been a proud member of VAST (Valley Against Sex Trafficking) for six years, serving on the organization’s Board since 2017. Five years ago she established a physician assistant team at a local refugee resettlement site to provide health care for unaccompanied minors primarily from Central America many of who were victims of human trafficking or exploitation.  As an assistant professor, she taught graduate physician assistant students how to care for the community’s most vulnerable and spearheaded efforts to provide free health care to a local residential home for sex-trafficked women.  She is the first physician assistant to be asked to join a national commission against human trafficking for the Christian Medical Dental Association.   In 2018, Nani gave a TEDxLehighRiver Salon talk entitled "Mister Rogers, Homelessness, and Community Success." She was a moderator for an Emmy-awarded PBS documentary about human trafficking.   Recently she was asked to serve on an expert work group for the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, and the Office of Population Affairs to review the intersection of human trafficking and family planning services.  In the fall of 2020, she was the first physician assistant to be nominated for the Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award as a leader and change agent in Street Medicine and prevention of human trafficking.  Later this month she is being awarded American Academy of Physician Assistants’ Physician Assistant of the Year for demonstrating exemplary service to the community and exemplifying the PA profession’s philosophy of providing accessible, quality healthcare to all; and furthering the image of the profession in a positive, meaningful way.