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NPHF/Astellas Promoting Heart Health Across the Age Span Award Program
2017-2018 Award Winners
Laura E. Penix, BSN, RN, CCRN and Jessica J. Csik-Bailey, BSN, RN, CCRN
Ms. Penix and Ms. Csik-Bailey are both currently MSN students in the ACGNP tract at Malone University. Laura has been an RN for 7 years with experience ranging from med-tele, heart failure, and inpatient cardiac, with the majority of her experience in cardiothoracic intensive care.
Jessica has been an RN for 14 years with experience in both cardiothoracic surgery and cardiothoracic intensive care. Their passion is the care of post-surgical cardiothoracic patients and promotion of their wellbeing. They both currently serve in leadership roles in the expansion and opening of the surgical intensive care unit at University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center.
Through their experience of recovering acutely ill cardiothoracic surgical patients, they have identified the need to improve the recuperation of these patients. The goal of their project, “Bipap on Open Heart Surgery Patients with a Diagnosis of Heart Failure and Diagnosis or Predisposition for Sleep Apnea,” is to improve oxygenation status, improve mobility, and decrease length of stay. They anticipate that their study will serve as a platform of enhancement for the care delivered to post-operative cardiothoracic surgical patients nationwide.
Their project, “The Social Determinants of a Heart Healthy Community,” is intended to engage high school students from a severely underserved Washington, DC community in a participatory action research project to provide them with an early understanding of the connections between social environment, policy and a heart healthy community.
Sandra Davis, PhD, DPM, ACNP-BC, Adriana Glenn, PhD, FNP-BC, and Karen Dawn, DNP, PHCNS-BC, CDE
Dr. Davis has been in academia for the past eighteen years serving in both faculty and administrative roles. She is currently Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the George Washington University School of Nursing and is board certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Her research interests are health equity, social determinants of health, and healthcare simulation. Recently Dr. Davis co-published an article in the Journal for Nurse Practitioners entitled Social Determinates of Health: Knowledge to Action and has presented her work on Teaching Graduate Nursing Students Social Determinants of Health with Simulation Based Learning at national interprofessional conferences. Dr. Davis is Past President of the Nurse Practitioner Association of the District of Columbia. She is a fellow of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) – Wharton Executive Leadership Program and AACN’s Leadership for Academic Nursing Program.
Dr. Glenn is currently Assistant Professor at the George Washington University School of Nursing. She has almost 30 years of experience as a family nurse practitioner and over 10 years of experience in higher education. Her primary research interest consists of using qualitative methods to study how families of children with rare diseases use the internet for communications, information seeking behaviors, and finding online support. Additionally, she has interests in addressing issues regarding culture and health. Dr. Glenn has extensive experience teaching in a variety of academic environments including: clinical instruction, precepting and lab instructor at community college, undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Glenn lends her expertise as a legal nurse consultant rendering opinions related to the delivery of nursing and other healthcare services.
Dr. Dawn is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at George Washington University, teaching in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science program. She has over 30 years’ experience in diabetes management, chronic disease prevention, health promotion and is the developer of hundreds of creative health education tools to assist people with chronic disease. A Certified Diabetes Educator and Public Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Dr. Dawn has extensive experience working with undergraduate nursing students in community settings, including international trips to Haiti, public health departments, community service boards, free clinics, homeless shelters, summer camps with vulnerable populations, environment protection, and prison nursing.
Mary DiGiulio, DNP, APN, FAANP Dr. DiGiulio has been a primary care provider for 2 decades. Since 2011, she has been practicing at Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (BVMI), providing primary care for working, uninsured patients who often have difficulty accessing affordable medications and equipment necessary for self-monitoring of chronic conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes. She is also a member of BVMI's Medical Services Committee and Strategic Planning Task Force. Dr. DiGiulio is board certified as an adult and gerontological nurse practitioner and is on the faculty at Rutgers School of Nursing. Her project, “Monitor to Control,” focuses on whether or not blood pressure control is improved by providing patients with education and personal blood pressure equipment for at-home monitoring.
Kristin Haglund, PhD, FNP, PPCNP, BC
Dr. Haglund is a certified nurse practitioner with over two decades of experience as a primary care provider. She is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at Marquette University where she is the coordinator for the pediatric primary care nurse practitioner option. She maintains clinical practice in several NP managed workplace clinics and at a pediatric primary care clinic in Milwaukee. Her nursing research generates knowledge and interventions to facilitate optimal health and psychosocial outcomes for children and adolescents at risk due to poverty, discrimination and/ or chronic condition. Specifically, she has conducted research regarding healthy interpersonal relationships and prevention of dating violence, sexual risk reduction, religiosity and spirituality among adolescents, and improving health of children and adolescents with chronic conditions. Her project, "Mindfulness Practices to Promote Heart Health Among Afro-Latino Youth," is intended to improve and promote heart health for children of Afro-Latino heritage by teaching them contemplative, mindful practices to change how their minds & bodies respond to stress.
Diane Y. John PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC Dr. John is an Associate Professor with Frontier Nursing University and is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC). Her clinical practice as an FNP includes working with populations across the lifespan, as well as community work with diverse populations. She was the recipient of Frontier Nursing University’s Faculty Innovation Award in 2015 and has presented at national and international nursing conferences. Her project, “Nurse Practitioners’ Influence on Heart Healthy Behaviors,” will integrate motivational interviewing into a community education initiative to help patients change behaviors associated with heart disease.
2016-2017 Award Winners
Victoria Keeton, MS, CPNP, CNS, is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist with over a decade of experience in pediatric primary care and nursing education. She is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, as well as an NP at Zuckerberg SF General Hospital in the Children's Health Center and Obesity Clinic. She is bilingual and bicultural and has primarily served Latino and under-resourced populations in community health and school-based health settings in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, and Los Angeles County. Victoria has clinical expertise in childhood obesity prevention and management and has published on obesity as it relates to physical activity, special needs populations, and behavioral health concerns in children. Her project, "Impact of a Clinic-Based Pilot Educational Intervention on Health and Lifestyle Indicators of Obese Latino Preschool-aged Children and their Families," will eventuate the impact of a 12-week intervention program to encourage healthy lifestyle behaviors among Latino families and their preschool-aged children, looking at specific parameters including, child BMI, blood pressure, self-reported dietary habits and physical activity, as well as parental satisfaction.
Young Adult Award
Duachy Vang, BSN, RN is currently a DNP student in the FNP track at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She has worked as an RN for over 13 years with experience in inpatient cardiac, phych, home health, and telemedicine. Her passion is promoting health and wellness in low-income racial and ethnic minority populations, and specifically among Asian-American subgroups. Through her active involvement in the Hmong community in southeastern Wisconsin, she has learned that second generation Hmong Americans are at high risk of developing diabetes due to earlier adoption of Western diets, contemporary inactive lifestyles, and psychosocial stress exacerbated by weaker traditional familial and cultural ties. The goal of her DNP project, "Development of Culturally Tailored Diabetes Education for Second Generation Hmong Americans," is to increase diabetes risk awareness, inspire action towards healthier lifestyles, and empower collaboration with healthcare providers about screening, prevention, and early management for Hmong Americans.
Dr. Meredith MacKenzie, PhD, CRNP, CNE is an assistant professor at Villanova University College of Nursing and a nurse practitioner at the Unity Clinic in Philadelphia, PA, a free clinic which serves a large Indonesian population in the local area. Dr. MacKenzie earned dual MSNs in Adult Geriatric Primary Care, a Post-Master's in Nursing Education and her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on health outcomes and self-care for patients with cardiovascular disease and their family caregivers. Dr. MacKenzie's clinical expertise includes prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease in diverse populations. Her project, "A Culturally Tailored Approach to Lifestyle Modification (Indonesian Community)," focuses on reducing the high incidence of hypertension in the community by improving adherence to lifestyle modification. Significant barriers have been identified and specific interventions developed to address these, including translation of HTN educational materials into Indonesian, exercise and nutrition classes, and self-monitoring of BP. Expected outcomes will be improved patient adherence to lifestyle modifications with resulting improvement in blood pressure control.
Young Adult Award
Mary McCormack, MS, APRN, FNP-C, DNP(c) is an adjunct faculty member in the graduate nursing department and Molloy College where she is actively pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree. She earned her Masters of Science Degree (Family Nurse Practitioner) at Molloy in 2009. Mary practices as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Pre-Surgical Testing at Northwell Health in Manhasset, NY. Her nursing career has primarily focused on caring for cardiac patients in both the inpatient and outpatient setting, including post open heart surgery, cardiac transplantation, and cardiac imaging. Mary has dedicated her doctoral studies toward improving patient outcomes from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Her doctoral project, "Creation of a Campus-Wide Sudden Cardiac Arrest Safety Net," aims to empower student athletes witht the life-saving skills necessary to assist victims of SCA occurring in the community. Mary is passionate about improving cardiac screening procedures for students and providing community CPR and AED education.
Kelley M. Anderson, PhD, FNP is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies and serves as faculty member teaching in te DNP, Clinical Nurse Leader, and Undergraduate Honors Programs. Dr. Anderson has held a clinical position as NP at Medstar, Georgetown University Hospital in the division of Cardiology since 2002. In 2013 she began collaborating with the Arlington Street People Assistance Network (A-SPAN) to provide primary care services to the homeless in Arlington, VA. Dr. Anderson has published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Heart & Lung, Journal of Acute and Critical Care, Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing and she is the editor of Advanced Practice Nurse Cardiovascular Clinician. Dr. Anderson's project, "Development of a Heart Failure Action Plan," will inform the development of on action plan for individuals living with heart failure.