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Penn Nursing Dean Receives Leadership Award

As part of its commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Al Dia News Media is recognizing four Philadelphia leaders – including Penn Nursing Dean Antonia Villarruel – for their contributions to the local Hispanic community in health, education, business and civic works.

Villarruel was recognized during The Philadelphia Hispanic Heritage Annual Luncheon and Awards Program, on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at the Philadelphia Union League.

About Dean Villarruel

As a bilingual and bicultural nurse researcher, Dr. Villarruel has extensive research and practice experience with diverse Latino and Mexican populations and communities, and health promotion and health disparities research and practice both here and abroad. She incorporates a community-based participatory approach to her research. Specifically, her research focuses on the development and testing of interventions to reduce sexual risk behaviors among Mexican and Latino youth. As part of this program of research, she developed an efficacious program to reduce sexual risk behavior among Latino youth, entitled Cuídate!, which was disseminated nationally.

Villarruel serves in such national leadership roles as chair of the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity, and co-chair of the Strategic Advisory Council of the AARP/RWJ Center for Health Policy Future of Nursing Campaign for Action. She is an invited member of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Aspen Health Strategy Group, as well as an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the National Academy of Medicine. She is the recipient of the President’s Award for Health Behavior Intervention Research from the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research; an inducted member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame; and was named one of NBC’s Latino20.