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Penn Nursing Post-Doc Named a 2021-2022 Jonas Policy Scholar

Rachel French, PhD, RN, a soon-to-be postdoctoral fellow through the National Clinician Scholars Program at Penn Nursing and Penn Medicine, has been named a 2021-22 American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Jonas Policy Scholar.

French will participate in a two-year experience, focused on mentoring, policy, and engagement. Through professional development with the National Policy Mentoring Council (NPMC), in-depth policy discussions, and an immersion session with prominent stakeholders, French and her cohort will hone their skills to impact change. The cohort members will work closely with the AAN’s policy staff and NPMC to promote the policy priorities and strategic plan of the Academy. This AAN program is funded by a generous grant from the Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, one of four impact areas within Jonas Philanthropies.

French’s research seeks to identify ways to equitably improve the care and outcomes of people who use drugs by determining the best strategies to successfully implement evidence-based practices in hospital and community settings. As a Jonas Scholar, she is focused on eliminating regulatory barriers to care for people who use drugs while mitigating the racial, ethnic, and geographic disparities that currently exist.