Three faculty from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing received Global Engagement Fund awards from the Office of the Provost. This fund supports projects that reach across schools and disciplines; involve multiple faculty members; engage regions in which Penn has active academic partnerships and collaborative ventures; or represent academic priorities. A faculty committee reviewed proposals according to criteria of scholarly merit and significance for global research, teaching, and service.
Global Engagement Fund awards went to the following Penn Nursing projects:
- Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN, is collaborating with Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium on the impact of nursing on patient outcomes in 16 countries. Dr. Aiken is the Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing, professor of sociology, and director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research.
- Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, is researching the use of incentives to increase participation in control programs for Chagas disease, which is spread by insects and, if untreated, can become chronic and potentially fatal. Assistant Professor Buttenheim is a public health researcher and social demographer who focuses on parent behavior and child health.
- Marilyn Sommers, PhD, RN, FAAN, will lead a conference on "Food Security in a Rapidly Urbanizing World" with Penn colleagues Eugenie Birch, David Galligan, Mauro Guillen, Frederick Scatena, Brian Spooner, and Susan Wachter. Dr. Sommers is the Lillian S. Brunner Professor of Medical-Surgical Nursing and directs the Center for Global Women's Health.