Terri H. Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, has been appointed Interim Assistant Dean for Community Engagement beginning January 1, 2014 for a period of one year. An avid and proactive supporter of community engagement, Dr. Lipman will lead and coordinate Penn Nursing's strategic vision and agenda in this vital area.
The position will leverage Dr. Lipman's talents, passion, and exemplary partnerships with Philadelphia schools and exceptional work with the Netter Center for Community Partnerships. In this role, she will work with the Dean of the School of Nursing, as well as with Associate Deans, Assistant Deans, Department Chairs, and faculty to develop an action plan for community engagement. This new appointment will maintain and build on the momentum of Penn Nursing's many community initiatives, particularly as they relate to Philadelphia schools, the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, the Center for Public Health Initiatives, and evolving School of Medicine community initiatives.
"My most recent area of research is racial disparities in children with endocrine disorders, a crucial aspect in promoting the health of children. Health equity is where we all need to move. If we are ever going to decrease racial disparities, it will not be by clinicians and researchers sitting around a table, trying to 'figure it out.' We have to listen to the voices of our patients and their parents," says Dr. Lipman.
Dr. Lipman is the Miriam Stirl Endowed Term Professor of Nutrition and Professor of Nursing of Children in the Department of Family and Community Health. She is a faculty member in Penn Nursing's Center for Health Equity Research, associated faculty in the Center for Public Health Initiatives, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships. Dr. Lipman is the Associate Program Director of the Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program and a pediatric nurse practitioner at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in the Division of Endocrinology.