Matthew McHugh, PhD, JD, MPH, RN, FAAN, the Independence Chair for Nursing Education and Professor of Nursing, has been appointed the Director for the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR). The appointment was effective as of January 1, 2021. CHOPR was established in 1989 by Dr. Linda Aiken as one of the first centers to scale up rigorous research on the impact of nursing on patient outcomes. It uses evidence to inform policy and produces the next generation of nurse scientists.
Good-bye to 2020—and welcome to 2021! We are all hopeful that this new year will bring good luck and good health for us all. Certainly, with several COVID-19 vaccines now approved in the United States, we see a path out of the global pandemic that has influenced every aspect of our lives over the last year. It is particularly gratifying to welcome freshman and sophomores back to campus—and, of course, to welcome all of you to spring semester.
Nia Akins, a 2020 Penn Nursing graduate who enjoyed a standout career with the Quakers’ women’s cross country and track & field programs, continues to make history several months after her graduation. On Jan. 6, she was announced as one of 10 recipients for the NCAA’s prestigious Today’s Top 10 Award.
It’s an ethical question that experts like Alison Buttenheim of the School of Nursing, Harald Schmidt of the Perelman School of Medicine, and Kok-Chor Tan of the School of Arts & Sciences are contemplating. One fact is certain, they say: Distribution must not exacerbate persisting disparities.