From Carolina Nursing Magazine: When Health Disparities Hit Home

Jada L. Brooks, PhD, MPSH, RN, was an undergraduate student at UNC Pembroke when she realized the health of her community was in danger. She was shadowing a local pediatrician in Pembroke, North Carolina, when she recognized an alarming disparity in children’s health from the Lumbee Indian Tribe – her tribe. “So many of the American Indian children in the clinic had ear infections, many more than any other racial group, and there didn’t seem to be a clear explanation for the difference,” says Brooks, an assistant professor at the … Continued

Dr. Zégre-Hemsey Co-authors American Heart Association Guidelines for Heart Attack Care

Dr. Jessica Zègre-Hemsey co-authored national guidelines for heart attack care that were recently published in Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA). She led the emergency medicine section and is the only nurse on this paper. The paper, “PreAct STEMI: A Standardized Approach to Prehospital Activation and Direct to The Catheterization Laboratory for ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction. Recommendations from the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Program”, reports on an implementation project to incorporate best practices for ST-elevation myocardial infarction care from around the country. Dr. Jessica Zègre-Hemsey serves on the American Heart … Continued

Davis Named Reviewer of the Year for Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing

Leslie Davis was selected as “Reviewer of the Year” for 2019 by the editors of The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. As noted in the letter from the editors, Dr. Davis was among several hundred reviewers who perform reviews for the journal each year. The winner of this award is chosen based on the number of reviews done each year, the rapidity with which the reviews are done, and most importantly, the very high quality of their reviews. Dr. Davis’ reviews were noted to be of the highest quality. The journal … Continued

Dr. Xavier Co-authors Article in Schizophrenia Research

Dr. Xavier coauthored a manuscript entitled “Characteristics of youth with reported family history of psychosis spectrum symptoms in the Philadelphia Neurodevelopmental Cohort”. Abstract: Little is known about the impact of family history of psychosis on youth from community samples. To fill this gap, we compared youth with a first-degree relative with psychosis spectrum symptoms (i.e. family history of psycho- sis spectrum symptoms, FHPS) to youth without FHPS in a cross-sectional analysis of the Philadelphia Neurodevelopmental Cohort (PNC). The PNC is a racially diverse community sample of 9498 youth ages 8–21 … Continued

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Alderman and Bryant Selected as Inaugural Anne Belcher Interprofessional Scholars

Congratulations to Associate Professor Ashley Leak Bryant and Assistant Professor Jennifer Alderman, who have been selected as the inaugural Anne Belcher Interprofessional Faculty Scholars. Earlier this year, the Anne Belcher Interprofessional Faculty Scholars Program for Nursing was created with a generous gift from Anne Belcher, MN, PhD, (BSN ’67), ANEF, FAAN, to provide opportunities for selected faculty in the UNC School of Nursing to shape the world of interprofessional education (IPE) and to create the scholarly work others will look to as evidence for the power of IPE in the future. During the two-year program, … Continued

Cortés and Silveyra Receive 2019 Junior Faculty Development Award

Congratulations to Professors Yamnia Cortés and Patricia Silveyra, who have been awarded the 2019 Junior Faculty Development Award by the Committee on Faculty Research and Scholarly Leaves. This honor includes $10,000 toward each awardee’s research in 2020. Well done, Drs. Cortés and Silveyra!    

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Leeman Edits Supplemental Issue of Preventive Medicine for CPCRN

Jennifer Leeman, the principal investigator of the Chapel Hill center of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network(CPCRN), is the guest editor and a contributor to a new supplemental issue of Preventive Medicine. CPCRN is a national network of academic, public health, and community partners who work together to reduce the burden of cancer, especially among those disproportionately affected. This issue highlights the value of a diverse network of institutions and experts focusing on improving cancer care, outcomes, and prevention for rural and under-represented populations. Read more about the CPCRN … Continued

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Four School of Nursing Faculty Attend American Heart Association Meetings

In November (2019) four School of Nursing faculty members (Drs. Cortes, Davis, Wu, and Zegre-Hemsey) attended the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to attending sessions, each shared their expertise with conference goers by presenting science, serving on expert panels, attending leadership events, and meeting with funding officers to discuss future research projects. Dr. Yamnia Ivelisse Cortes served on an Early Career panel for the Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN) Council entitled: “Negotiating Your Career”, presenting on career development tips and resources for PhD students. Dr. … Continued

Leslie Davis Selected as a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology

In November, 2019 Dr. Leslie L. Davis, through competitive selection, was elected to be designated as a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology (FACC). As a newly elected fellow, Davis will attend the convocation ceremony in late March at the ACC.20 World Congress of Cardiology meeting in Chicago, IL. In order to be elected, in addition to providing service to the American College of Cardiology, fellows have made significant contributions to the scientific literature, need to have published at least 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals indexed in PubMed or … Continued

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Xavier Gives Expert Lecture at International Society of Nurses in Genetics Conference

Dr. Xavier recently gave an expert lecture at the International Society of Nurses in Genetics Conference (ISONG) in San Antonio Texas on November 8th, 2019. The conference aims to Understand the transformative nature of genomic nursing science on global health. Explore future applications of genomic nursing to foster healthy populations. Articulate the role of nurses in leading advances in genomic health. Xavier’s lecture focused on state of the science and clinical utility of polygenic risk scores as an analytical tool for symptom science.  

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