WHERE SHE’S COMING FROM
Foltz begins the Leonard A. Lauder Community Care Nurse Practitioner Program as an RN at Pennsylvania Hospital, working with the spine surgery team—but she originally hails from Lititz, a borough in Lancaster County to the west of Philadelphia.
A COMMITMENT TO DIGNITY
Foltz has devoted a significant part of her life to working with people experiencing homelessness—even before she became a Registered Nurse. She spent a decade witnessing barriers within the health care system for individuals living with serious mental illness and chronic homelessness, including stigma from providers—and that is what sparked her passion for patient advocacy and her interest in nursing. For at least the first three years after she started her nursing career she worked for some of Philadelphia’s most well-respected nonprofit organizations that provide housing and other services to homeless individuals, practicing harm reduction and building respectful relationships with her patients. Foltz says, “It is very humbling to be part of an individual’s journey from the first steps of engagement on street outreach to partnering with a patient on health goals or navigating the health care system.”
While Foltz does not currently work with people experiencing homelessness, but the lessons learned from her previous work stay with her—predominantly because of the inspiring health care providers she encountered in that space. She names Lara Carson Weinstein, MD, MPH, DrPH and Kara Cohen, CRNP, AGPCNP-BC (a Penn Nursing alumna) as incredible role models who taught her the importance of patient advocacy and patient-centered care.