Executive Director, Leonard A. Lauder Community Care Nurse Practitioner Program

Dr. Strauch has been a primary care nurse practitioner for over 10 years with specific expertise in the care of underserved and vulnerable populations. It was during her time providing integrated primary care services at an urban Federally Qualified Health Center that she identified gaps in her own education and training while trying to navigate the impact that social and policy determinants of health had on the health and health outcomes of patients under her care. In July 2022, she was appointed as the inaugural Executive Director of the Leonard A. Lauder Community Care Nurse Practitioner Program at Penn Nursing. This first-of-its-kind, tuition-free program is dedicated to building a nurse practitioner workforce committed to working in and with underserved communities. As Executive Director, Dr. Strauch will be responsible for community practice partner engagement and coordination, including preceptors; the development of targeted recruitment plans; the coordination of the fellowship’s evaluation and tracking; and serve as a liaison for student and alumni fellows; and ensure cohesiveness and coordination of students, clinical experiences, and curriculum across primary care programs.

“Having the opportunity to develop a primary care workforce that can equitably address the needs of vulnerable populations and underserved communities will be transformative.”


  • Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2021
  • MSN, University of Pennsylvania, 2011
  • BSN, Michigan State University, 2005