About Us

Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated is a professional organization for registered professional nurses and student nurses (male and female) representing many cultures and diverse ethnic backgrounds. More than 8,000 Registered Nurses and Student Nurses hold membership in Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated.

There are over 83 graduate chapters and 39 undergraduate chapters located in 26 states, the District of Columbia, and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Membership is by invitation and is both active and honorary.

In March of 2015, 15 ambitious nurses in Flint, MI had a vision to charter a chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated. The nurses worked diligently to cultivate the bonds of sisterhood and fulfill the mission of Iota Chi Chi Sorority, Incorporated. In the establishment of this Midwest chapter, they envisioned the possibility of aiding in the betterment of the Greater Flint area with a direct focus on health education, leadership development, and service to the community. The Iota Chi Chi Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated was chartered on June 27, 2015 at the University of Michigan-Flint. Under the leadership of their president, Sherry Stewart, the nurses remain dedicated to community service and campus involvement.

History

Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated is a national sorority of registered professional nurses and nursing students. Ms. Aliene C. Ewell organized the sorority on October 16, 1932 with the assistance of 11 other courageous registered nurses. The charter chapter, Alpha, was organized at Freedman's Hospital in Washington D.C. for two specific purposes: elevating the plane of nursing and increasing interest in the field of nursing.

There are over 8,000 registered nurses and nursing students in graduate and undergraduate (Beta) chapters grouped into five regions according to geographic areas. The chapters are located throughout the United States; District of Columbia; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Liberia, West Africa.

Guided by the motto "Service for Humanity," the sorority has programs focusing on health promotion/diseases prevention, leadership development, mentoring, recruitment and retention and scholarships. These programs fulfill the mission of the sorority.

Vision

Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated is an internationally recognized leader in the provision of health education, leadership development, and service to the community.

Mission

The mission of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated is to provide service for humanity, elevate the plane of nursing and to increase the interest in the nursing profession. The mission is accomplished through:

  • Encouragement of the pursuit of continuing education
  • Recruitment programs for health careers
  • Stimulation of a close and friendly relationship among members
  • Development of working relationships with other professional groups
  • Identification of core nursing leader who affect social changes at the national, regional, and local levels

Values

Diversity in membership and in our programs supporting excellence in members' work for the organization through integrity, accountability, and honesty in all levels of leadership

Programs

"Committed and Empowered to Provide Community Service in a Global Society" is the Sorority theme. The theme recognizes the strength and vision of our founders. We continue in their tradition of visionary leadership by providing meaningful service initiatives and moving beyond the traditional approaches to improve our communities.

Since its establishment, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated has clearly established itself as a service organization that strives to confront the problems of African Americans. In realizing its motto of "Service for Humanity," a wide range of programs addressing education, health promotion and disease prevention, and international development have emerged and evolved over the years.

The national programs of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated are established ongoing programs approved by the Board of Directors. The office of the vice president is responsible for programs and projects. Programs are established based on the VISION and MISSION of the sorority. The development and execution of national programs is a process of perpetual motion. At present the sorority, vice president and the programs and projects Committee are in the process of continuing the development of a base for moving service and leadership development to a higher level, through program development and enhancement.

Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Within the framework of disease prevention and health promotion are health screenings and health education. Health screenings are methods developed to identify potential and actual health problems in targeted populations.

An appropriate list of healthcare referrals for use in follow-up of identified problems is provided during screenings. Health education is conducted in the community for professionals and lay individuals to address potential and actual health problems.

Screening and education programs may be offered solely by Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated, or offered in collaboration with professional organizations, community organizations, regional associations, and national partnerships. Emphasis is placed on high risk groups, vulnerable and underserved populations.

  1. Hypertension education and screening
  2. Cancer education and screening
  3. Sickle Cell Disease
Programs for Seniors

Programs for seniors provide various services such as travel assistance, health education, assistance with navigating the health care system, a system for checking on the well being of the elderly who live alone, as well as other programs as assessed by chapter members, that fit the mission of “service for humanity."

Programs for Youth and Young Adults

These programs may be varied and include a variety of experiences that are offered for youth and young adults. Programs may include health education sessions, peer forums, mentoring, and health care experiences.

Love & Caring

This program is designed to serve our own (the membership). Programs are designed to assist members who are ill, experiencing difficulty, or limited in some way. Activities include but are not limited to, phone calls, visitation, transportation, and special assistance as needed.

Leadership Development

Leadership development programs are designed to assist the membership in the development of effective leadership skills. These programs include member development, officer development, the Leadership Fellows Program and the professional development program.

Research Development

The research development program is designed to provide assistance to novice and seasoned researchers with scholarly activity that addresses research investigating health promotion, disease preventions, and health maintenance projects in vulnerable and underserved populations.

Activity within the research development program provides mentoring for novice researchers to write grants that will assist in data acquisition related to Chi Eta Phi’s “service for humanity”.

Additionally the program awards small grants to novice and seasoned researchers. The members of this committee will collaborate with the Grant Writing Committee and other experts in Chi Eta Phi as necessary.

Scholarships

The sorority provides financial assistance to nursing students who meet established criteria as identified by the National Office. Awards are also made on local and regional levels.

Recruitment and Retention

Programs are provided to promote interest in nursing careers. Financial, tutorial assistance and mentoring are provided to matriculating undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in accredited nursing programs