Social Justice

Historically marginalized and disadvantaged populations face a higher burden of illness, injury, disability, and mortality, and their access to and use of care is limited. Nursing, and specifically Penn Nursing, has long focused on social justice and improving the outcomes for the most vulnerable.

An ongoing mission

Antonia Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing “Our mission has always been to make a significant impact on improving the health of all people, to be the preeminent intellectual and transformative force in improving health through nursing.” says Antonia Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing. “Social justice and inclusion are vital to achieving that mission and the need to dismantle structural racism is even more important today.”

“Nurses, through their research, practice, education, and advocacy are an important component in leading the elimination of health disparities and in achieving health equity. ” says Dr. Villarruel. “Our commitment to social justice and our work challenges dominant truths and disrupts structural inequities in health care to enhance health and quality of life for all.”

“I chose Penn Nursing due to the value this institution places on community engagement and social justice. It has challenged me to think critically and outside the box, and I’ve had the pleasure of learning not only from my instructors, but also from my cohort—everyone brings a multitude of experiences, ideas, and backgrounds.”

Faculty Spotlight on Social Justice

  • <div class="row"><div class="col-sm-4 mb-sm-5"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/44-terri-lipman"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14734_653192915c855_3049.rev.1697747601.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14734_653192915c855_3049.rev.1697747601.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14734_653192915c855_3049.rev.1697747601.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14734_653192915c855_3049.rev.1697747601.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14734_653192915c855_3049.rev.1697747601.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14734_653192915c855_3049.rev.1697747601.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14734_653192915c855_3049.rev.1697747601.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="200" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14734_653192915c855_3049.rev.1697747601.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14734_653192915c855_3049.rev.1697747601.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="col-sm-8 ps-sm-0 mb-5"><h3> Terri Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN </h3><p> Throughout Dr. Lipman’s career, her practice, teaching and research have been committed to health equity and community engagement and are grounded in social justice. Her research is focused on the identification of racial disparities in the treatment and outcomes of children with diabetes, and developing innovative strategies- through addressing social determinants of health- to reduce disparities in marginalized, vulnerable children who are at the highest risk for morbidity and mortality. She is also studying provider bias and the impact of structural racism in the provision of diabetes care. Her data have demonstrated that diabetes outcomes cannot be improved if there are significant unaddressed social barriers impeding the delivery of complex and demanding care in the home.</p></div></div>
  • <div class="row"><div class="col-sm-4 mb-sm-5"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/17703-jackelyn-boyden"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14946_65319394d82d0_13851.rev.1697747861.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14946_65319394d82d0_13851.rev.1697747861.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14946_65319394d82d0_13851.rev.1697747861.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14946_65319394d82d0_13851.rev.1697747861.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14946_65319394d82d0_13851.rev.1697747861.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14946_65319394d82d0_13851.rev.1697747861.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14946_65319394d82d0_13851.rev.1697747861.jpg" alt="Jackelyn Y. Boyden, PhD, MPH, RN" width="200" height="200" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14946_65319394d82d0_13851.rev.1697747861.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14946_65319394d82d0_13851.rev.1697747861.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1360" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="col-sm-8 ps-sm-0 mb-5"><h3> Jackelyn Boyden, PhD, MPH, RN </h3><p style="font-weight: 400;"> Significant gaps in home-based care exist for children living with serious illness and their families, particularly for children and families living in underserved and historically marginalized and excluded communities. Through clinical education and research, Dr. Boyden will continue to work toward helping to advance care in homes and communities for every child living with serious illness and their family.</p></div></div>
  • <div class="row"><div class="col-sm-4 mb-sm-5"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/59-salimah-meghani"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/448,0,2246,1800/11131_Untitled_design_3.rev.1600287206.png 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/448,0,2246,1800/11131_Untitled_design_3.rev.1600287206.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/448,0,2246,1800/11131_Untitled_design_3.rev.1600287206.png 3x"/> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/448,0,2246,1800/11131_Untitled_design_3.rev.1600287206.png 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/448,0,2246,1800/11131_Untitled_design_3.rev.1600287206.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/448,0,2246,1800/11131_Untitled_design_3.rev.1600287206.png 3x"/> <source type="image/png" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/448,0,2246,1800/11131_Untitled_design_3.rev.1600287206.png 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/448,0,2246,1800/11131_Untitled_design_3.rev.1600287206.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/448,0,2246,1800/11131_Untitled_design_3.rev.1600287206.png 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/448,0,2246,1800/11131_Untitled_design_3.rev.1600287206.png" alt="Salimah Meghani, PhD, MBE, FAAN" width="200" height="200" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/448,0,2246,1800/11131_Untitled_design_3.rev.1600287206.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/448,0,2246,1800/11131_Untitled_design_3.rev.1600287206.png 3x" data-max-w="1798" data-max-h="1800" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="col-sm-8 ps-sm-0 mb-5"><h3> Salimah H. Meghani, PhD, MBE, RN, FAAN </h3><p> Dr. Meghani’s research focuses on investigating disparities in pain and symptom management in seriously ill individuals as a complex clinical and social phenomenon. She incorporates a discourse on disparities in the courses she teaches at undergraduate and graduate levels where the topics of social justice and implicit bias in health and healthcare access are brought to light and interrogated in an open and safe manner.  </p><p> Her research and insights on social justice and the role of implicit bias in lack of access to equitable pain care is featured in major media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, sparking public awareness and discourse. </p></div></div>
  • <div class="row"><div class="col-sm-4 mb-sm-5"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/7125-janet-deatrick"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/14802_653192c0a7be8_3101.rev.1697747648.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/14802_653192c0a7be8_3101.rev.1697747648.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/14802_653192c0a7be8_3101.rev.1697747648.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/14802_653192c0a7be8_3101.rev.1697747648.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/14802_653192c0a7be8_3101.rev.1697747648.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/14802_653192c0a7be8_3101.rev.1697747648.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/14802_653192c0a7be8_3101.rev.1697747648.jpg" alt="Pasquaney 2011" width="200" height="200" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/14802_653192c0a7be8_3101.rev.1697747648.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/14802_653192c0a7be8_3101.rev.1697747648.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="col-sm-8 ps-sm-0 mb-5"><h3> Janet A. Deatrick, PhD, RN, FAAN </h3><p> Throughout Dr. Deatrick’s career, her research, research training, teaching, and practice have been committed health equity and participatory strategies to understand the lived experiences of individuals, families, and communities who have been under resourced, underserved, and inappropriately served by our society and health care system. She continues to develop methods to foster the inclusion of youth, young adults, their families, and communities in research; to pioneer novel qualitative and quantitative research methods; to create mixed methods designs for potentially vulnerable populations; and to co-create and implement interventions for at risk populations. She is an advocate for and expert in culturally sensitive care, training, and research. She served as Associate and Co-Director and then Director of the Center for Health Equity Research (formerly Center for Women, Children, and Families and the Center for Health Disparities Research) and of the Center’s T32 Training Grant regarding vulnerable populations from 1998-2016 and the Shearer Endowed Term Chair in Healthy Community Practices from 2013-2016.</p></div></div>
  • <div class="row"><div class="col-sm-4 mb-sm-5"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/16468-laura-starbird"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/14917_65319383bdb44_10964.rev.1697747843.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/14917_65319383bdb44_10964.rev.1697747843.webp 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/14917_65319383bdb44_10964.rev.1697747843.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/14917_65319383bdb44_10964.rev.1697747843.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/14917_65319383bdb44_10964.rev.1697747843.jpg" alt="Dr. Laura Starbird" width="200" height="200" data-max-w="560" data-max-h="380" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="col-sm-8 ps-sm-0 mb-5"><h3> Laura Starbird, PhD, RN </h3><p> Dr. Starbird’s research seeks to eliminate barriers to engaging in healthcare for women who are marginalized in society, particularly women who use drugs. Women who use drugs face systemic challenges to accessing high-quality healthcare, including stigma from providers, gender-based violence, setting-based safety concerns, childcare responsibilities and legal fears about child custody, lack of gender-focused services, and inflexibility of healthcare settings. Dr. Starbird’s work is rooted in the belief that the best way to minimize these barriers is for the healthcare system to improve the way it delivers care, rather than putting the burden on the individual patient to change her behavior.</p></div></div>
  • <div class="row"><div class="col-sm-4 mb-sm-5"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/31-charlene-compher"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,31,700,730/14721_6531928c76fb9_12136.rev.1697747596.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,31,700,730/14721_6531928c76fb9_12136.rev.1697747596.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,31,700,730/14721_6531928c76fb9_12136.rev.1697747596.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,31,700,730/14721_6531928c76fb9_12136.rev.1697747596.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,31,700,730/14721_6531928c76fb9_12136.rev.1697747596.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,31,700,730/14721_6531928c76fb9_12136.rev.1697747596.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,31,700,730/14721_6531928c76fb9_12136.rev.1697747596.jpg" alt="Charlene W. Compher, PhD, RD, LDN, FADA, FASPEN" width="200" height="200" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,31,700,730/14721_6531928c76fb9_12136.rev.1697747596.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,31,700,730/14721_6531928c76fb9_12136.rev.1697747596.jpg 3x" data-max-w="700" data-max-h="699" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="col-sm-8 ps-sm-0 mb-5"><h3> Charlene W. Compher, PhD, RD, LDN, FASPEN </h3><p><span class="TextRun SCXW250397437 BCX0" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW250397437 BCX0">Dr. Compher’s scholarship is committed to</span> <span class="NormalTextRun SCXW250397437 BCX0">equitable</span> <span class="NormalTextRun SCXW250397437 BCX0">access to a healthy diet and evidence-based, high quality nutrition care. Nutritional vulnerability can result from food insecurity or structural racism with limited employment opportunities as well as from the impacts of unsafe neighborhood environments,</span> <span class="NormalTextRun SCXW250397437 BCX0">all resulting in</span> <span class="NormalTextRun SCXW250397437 BCX0">limited access to healthy food. The strong association between unhealthy diet and increased burden of chronic noncommunicable diseases is recognized in the US and globally. Chronic and acute diseases</span> <span class="NormalTextRun SCXW250397437 BCX0">can</span> <span class="NormalTextRun SCXW250397437 BCX0">lead to</span> <span class="NormalTextRun SCXW250397437 BCX0">malnutrition that requires diagnosis and effective treatment. Dr. Compher’s research, clinical practice, and global collaborations converge to address these key concerns in vulnerable populations.</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW250397437 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{&lw_quot;134233118&lw_quot;:true,&lw_quot;201341983&lw_quot;:0,&lw_quot;335559739&lw_quot;:160,&lw_quot;335559740&lw_quot;:240}"></span></p></div></div>
  • <div class="row"><div class="col-sm-4 mb-sm-5"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/41-barbara-medoff-cooper"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14731_6531929004f46_268.rev.1697747600.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14731_6531929004f46_268.rev.1697747600.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14731_6531929004f46_268.rev.1697747600.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="200" data-max-w="300" data-max-h="375" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="col-sm-8 ps-sm-0 mb-5"><h3> Barbara Medoff-Cooper, PhD, RN, FAAN </h3><p> My research has provided me the opportunity to work with families from all walks of life.  One of the goals of my team has always been to sure that we enrolled   the  most at-risk families into our interventions to support them in care of their high risk infants.  My team has served as advocates for homeless mothers,  mothers living in extreme poverty and dealing with mental illness.   </p></div></div>
  • <div class="row"><div class="col-sm-4 mb-sm-5"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/17643-colleen-tewksbury"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,3072/14944_6531939368d9f_13412.rev.1697747859.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,3072/14944_6531939368d9f_13412.rev.1697747859.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,3072/14944_6531939368d9f_13412.rev.1697747859.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,3072/14944_6531939368d9f_13412.rev.1697747859.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,3072/14944_6531939368d9f_13412.rev.1697747859.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,3072/14944_6531939368d9f_13412.rev.1697747859.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,3072/14944_6531939368d9f_13412.rev.1697747859.jpg" alt="Colleen Tewksbury, PhD, MPH, RD, CSOWM, LDN" width="200" height="200" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,3072/14944_6531939368d9f_13412.rev.1697747859.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,3072/14944_6531939368d9f_13412.rev.1697747859.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="3072" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="col-sm-8 ps-sm-0 mb-5"><h3> Colleen Tewksbury, PhD, MPH, RD, CSOWM, LDN </h3><p> Weight bias is pervasive in clinical care. Dr. Tewksbury’s work aims to identify sources of weight bias, effects of those biases, and opportunities to reduce those biases.</p></div></div>
  • <div class="row"><div class="col-sm-4 mb-sm-5"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/30-barbara-riegel"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14720_6531928be770e_12062.rev.1697747596.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14720_6531928be770e_12062.rev.1697747596.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14720_6531928be770e_12062.rev.1697747596.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14720_6531928be770e_12062.rev.1697747596.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14720_6531928be770e_12062.rev.1697747596.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14720_6531928be770e_12062.rev.1697747596.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14720_6531928be770e_12062.rev.1697747596.jpg" alt="Barbara Riegel" width="200" height="200" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14720_6531928be770e_12062.rev.1697747596.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14720_6531928be770e_12062.rev.1697747596.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2227" data-max-h="3200" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="col-sm-8 ps-sm-0 mb-5"><h3> Barbara Riegel, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA </h3><p> Dr. Riegel continues to work closely with prior doctoral trainees to publish on the impact of social determinants of health on self-care and clinical outcomes. She also conducts research and publishes with global collaborators.</p></div></div>
  • <div class="row"><div class="col-sm-4 mb-sm-5"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/50-therese-richmond"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1389/14740_65319293a0811_11350.rev.1697747603.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1389/14740_65319293a0811_11350.rev.1697747603.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1389/14740_65319293a0811_11350.rev.1697747603.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1389/14740_65319293a0811_11350.rev.1697747603.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1389/14740_65319293a0811_11350.rev.1697747603.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1389/14740_65319293a0811_11350.rev.1697747603.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1389/14740_65319293a0811_11350.rev.1697747603.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="200" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1389/14740_65319293a0811_11350.rev.1697747603.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1389/14740_65319293a0811_11350.rev.1697747603.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2000" data-max-h="1389" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="col-sm-8 ps-sm-0 mb-5"><h3> Therese S. Richmond, PhD, RN, FAAN </h3><p> Dr. Richmond’s research and scholarship are grounded in understanding and overcoming health inequities experienced by individuals and families living in low-resource and marginalized communities. She is committed to identifying and overcoming structural barriers that lead to and reinforce inequities. Her research has a dual approach. She partners with valuable community partners to examine the impact of living in pervasively violent, low-resource communities on families and rigorously producing data that can be used by agencies to inform programmatic initiatives to reduce inequity and improve health, well-being, and safety. She also has a substantive body of research that focuses on disparate outcomes after serious injury including PTSD and depression and to identify modifiable targets that drive disparities seen in transition to chronic pain after serious injury. She served on the Federal Advisory Committee for Healthy People 2030, which in this decade seeks to: eliminate health disparities, achieve health equity, and attain health literacy to improve the health and well-being of all; and create social, physical, and economic environments that promote attaining the full potential for health and well-being for all. Dr. Richmond serves on the Board of Population Health & Public Health Practice of the National Academies of Sciences which has a major focus on health equity.</p></div></div>
  • <div class="row"><div class="col-sm-4 mb-sm-5"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/15620-melanie-kornides"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,1079/14904_6531937bed653_13582.rev.1697747836.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,1079/14904_6531937bed653_13582.rev.1697747836.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,1079/14904_6531937bed653_13582.rev.1697747836.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,1079/14904_6531937bed653_13582.rev.1697747836.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,1079/14904_6531937bed653_13582.rev.1697747836.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,1079/14904_6531937bed653_13582.rev.1697747836.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,1079/14904_6531937bed653_13582.rev.1697747836.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="200" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,1079/14904_6531937bed653_13582.rev.1697747836.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,1079/14904_6531937bed653_13582.rev.1697747836.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="1079" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="col-sm-8 ps-sm-0 mb-5"><h3> Melanie L. Kornides, ScD, RN, FNP-BC </h3><p class="p1"> Through scholarship in research and teaching, Dr. Kornides is committed to promoting health equity and improving the health of vulnerable populations. Dr. Kornides is a member of the teaching team for N103, Psychological and Social Diversity in Health and Wellness. The course prepares future nurses to provide nursing care within the context of equity and diversity across the lifespan. <span class="apple-converted-space"></span>In her program of research, Dr. Kornides seeks to identify health disparities in access to and acceptance of health promotion services, including vaccination, both locally within Philadelphia and nationwide.<span class="apple-converted-space"></span></p></div></div>
  • <div class="row"><div class="col-sm-4 mb-sm-5"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/10-adriana-perez"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,150,2400,2550/14708_6531928580449_13950.rev.1697747590.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,150,2400,2550/14708_6531928580449_13950.rev.1697747590.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,150,2400,2550/14708_6531928580449_13950.rev.1697747590.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,150,2400,2550/14708_6531928580449_13950.rev.1697747590.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,150,2400,2550/14708_6531928580449_13950.rev.1697747590.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,150,2400,2550/14708_6531928580449_13950.rev.1697747590.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,150,2400,2550/14708_6531928580449_13950.rev.1697747590.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="200" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,150,2400,2550/14708_6531928580449_13950.rev.1697747590.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,150,2400,2550/14708_6531928580449_13950.rev.1697747590.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2400" data-max-h="2400" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="col-sm-8 ps-sm-0 mb-5"><h3> Adriana Perez, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN </h3><p> Advancing social justice and health equity has been central to Dr. Perez’s teaching, research, and practice. She served as Principal Investigator for 1 of 13 grants funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health, Partnerships to Increase Coverage in Communities initiative, as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This project used a train-the-trainer model in partnership with the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) and prepared approximately 100 bilingual NAHN members and students to lead community workshops in 15 states with the largest Latino uninsured populations. The project provided a platform for nurses to hone their leadership skills to reach more than 6,000 uninsured individuals and families, including seniors who were interested in learning more about expanded Medicare benefits through the ACA. For the last 7 years, Dr. Perez has served as consultant for <a href="https://campaignforaction.org/about/equity-diversity-inclusion-steering-committee/">The Future of Nursing: <em>Campaign for Action’s</em> Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Steering Committee</a>, who’s mission includes promoting health equity and addressing systemic and institutional racism and other inequities for historically marginalized populations.</p></div></div>
  • <div class="row"><div class="col-sm-4 mb-sm-5"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/42-j-margo-brooks-carthon"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1360,2048/14732_653192905a544_270.rev.1697747600.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1360,2048/14732_653192905a544_270.rev.1697747600.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1360,2048/14732_653192905a544_270.rev.1697747600.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1360,2048/14732_653192905a544_270.rev.1697747600.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1360,2048/14732_653192905a544_270.rev.1697747600.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1360,2048/14732_653192905a544_270.rev.1697747600.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1360,2048/14732_653192905a544_270.rev.1697747600.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="200" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1360,2048/14732_653192905a544_270.rev.1697747600.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1360,2048/14732_653192905a544_270.rev.1697747600.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1360" data-max-h="2048" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="col-sm-8 ps-sm-0 mb-5"><h3> J. Margo Brooks Carthon, PhD, RN, FAAN </h3><p> Dr. Brooks Carthon’s research and teaching have long focused on the issues of marginalization and inequities in healthcare. It is well understood that inequities in health care are avoidable, unnecessary and unjust and are due to policies and practices that create unequal distribution of resources to minority and poor communities. As such, her research examines policies such as nurse practitioner scope of practice barriers and insufficient nurse staffing levels that contribute to system racism and disproportionately impact minority patients and result in poor health outcomes.</p><p> Most recently, research by Dr. Brooks Carthon’s team is addressing the disproportionate risk borne by low income individuals with multiple chronic conditions who are transitioning to home from acute care settings. While social conditions such as inadequate housing and food insecurity, impact post hospitalization recovery, so too does poor care coordination and a lack of communication between inpatient and community based providers. To address these healthcare delivery concerns, she co-led an interdisciplinary workgroup in the development of an intervention called <i><b></b></i><a href="https://vimeo.com/399908516" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><i><b>THRIVE</b></i> </a>to support the clinical and social needs of low-income individuals returning home after a acute care admission. As Executive Director of <i><b><a href="https://vimeo.com/399908516" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">THRIVE</a></b></i>, she continues to advocate targeted resources to improve outcomes for historically marginalized communities. </p></div></div>
  • <div class="row"><div class="col-sm-4 mb-sm-5"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/18-tanja-kral"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/425,94,1495,1164/14713_65319288b8e0b_3089.rev.1697747592.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/425,94,1495,1164/14713_65319288b8e0b_3089.rev.1697747592.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/425,94,1495,1164/14713_65319288b8e0b_3089.rev.1697747592.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/425,94,1495,1164/14713_65319288b8e0b_3089.rev.1697747592.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/425,94,1495,1164/14713_65319288b8e0b_3089.rev.1697747592.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/425,94,1495,1164/14713_65319288b8e0b_3089.rev.1697747592.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/425,94,1495,1164/14713_65319288b8e0b_3089.rev.1697747592.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="200" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/425,94,1495,1164/14713_65319288b8e0b_3089.rev.1697747592.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/425,94,1495,1164/14713_65319288b8e0b_3089.rev.1697747592.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1070" data-max-h="1070" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="col-sm-8 ps-sm-0 mb-5"><h3> Tanja V.E. Kral, PhD </h3><p> Dr. Kral’s research focuses on studying protective factors within families and related to energy balance behaviors for mitigating high genetic and behavioral risk for obesity development in predominantly minority children from low-resource environments. She discusses racial and ethnic disparities in adult and pediatric obesity in the United States in an obesity course (NURS 6760 Obesity and Health) she currently teaches at Penn Nursing. For many years, Dr. Kral also served as the course director for an academically based community service (ABCS) course (NURS 3130/5130 Obesity and Society) at Penn Nursing, which engages undergraduate and graduate students with elementary and high school students in the West Philadelphia community to promote healthy nutrition and physical activity in youth.</p></div></div>
  • <div class="row"><div class="col-sm-4 mb-sm-5"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/17973-michael-stawnychy"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14961_6531939b2ff64_14371.rev.1697747867.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14961_6531939b2ff64_14371.rev.1697747867.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14961_6531939b2ff64_14371.rev.1697747867.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14961_6531939b2ff64_14371.rev.1697747867.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14961_6531939b2ff64_14371.rev.1697747867.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14961_6531939b2ff64_14371.rev.1697747867.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14961_6531939b2ff64_14371.rev.1697747867.jpg" alt="Portrait of Michael Misho Stawnychy, PhD, CRNP" width="200" height="200" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14961_6531939b2ff64_14371.rev.1697747867.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/200/height/200/crop/1/14961_6531939b2ff64_14371.rev.1697747867.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1200" data-max-h="1503" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="col-sm-8 ps-sm-0 mb-5"><h3> Michael A. Stawnychy, PhD, CRNP </h3><p> Dr. Stawnychy has presented on health equity and person-centered care for sepsis survivors.</p></div></div>

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