Nursing Faculty and Staff to Present on Health Disparities at Three National Events

Published November 8, 2021

School of Nursing faculty and staff will share their knowledge related to addressing health disparities at three national events to be held in November and December of this year. 

AACN Diversity Symposium


School of Nursing faculty will give two presentations at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Virtual Diversity Symposium on Nov. 9 and 10, 2021. 

Author Catherine Mann, assistant dean for undergraduate studies, along with co-authors Amy Hequembourg, assistant dean for diversity and inclusion; Pamela Paplham, assistant dean for MS/DNP programs; and Rebecca Lorenz, assistant dean for PhD program, will offer a podium presentation. The presentation, titled “Promoting Inclusivity and Equity: Utilizing Program Outcomes and the Revised ACCN Essentials to Assess and Revise Nursing Curricula,” will address how the School of Nursing continues to explore ways to assess, evaluate and implement innovative nursing education programs that prepare graduates to collaboratively lead global health initiatives in diverse and underserved populations.

Additionally, author Hequembourg, along with co-authors Mann, Paplham, Lorenz and Yu-Ping Chang, senior associate dean, will provide a poster presentation titled “Strategies to Promote a Culture of Inclusivity in Graduate and Undergraduate Nursing Programs.” The poster presentation will describe the multi-faceted approach the School of Nursing took to modify its strategic goals, culture and curriculum to foster an environment of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. 

AACN Transform 2021

Nursing faculty will also present at AACN’s Transform 2021, a conference for faculty teaching in baccalaureate or master’s nursing programs, which will be held from Dec. 2-6, 2021.  

Author Mann, along with co-authors Jennifer Guay, RN to BS program coordinator; Margaret Doerzbacher, clinical instructor; Joann Sands, clinical assistant professor; and Hequembourg, will provide the presentation. The poster presentation, titled “Strategies to Promote Student Success and Increase Nursing Workforce Diversity in Undergraduate Nursing at an Academic Health Center,” will explore how the School of Nursing developed and sustained strategies to increase diversity of students admitted to undergraduate nursing programs and created an environment of equity and inclusivity. 

PCORI Annual Meeting

Center for Nursing Research community engagement coordinators Danielle Balling and Kelly Wofford will highlight their team’s research at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Virtual Annual Meeting held Nov. 17-19, 2021.

Their poster presentation, titled “Emphasizing Context and Culture: Valuing Community Stakeholder Voices to Create Actionable Objectives in Research Development for Underserved Community Members During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” will outline the framework for authentic community engagement that was followed for the Mellowing Mind Study. The School of Nursing received a PCORI award for $2.5 million for the study, which compares two ways to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health among adults from underserved communities.

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