Global Nursing Caucus
UMass Boston College of Nursing and Health Sciences


Approved for 16 CEU Credits! (8/day)


Event Description:

Nurses around the world (both from the global north and global south) are increasingly invested in global health. Academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, professional societies, students, and individual nurses are creating transnational networks and offering new opportunities to get involved in global health. The models differ, but all aim to improve the health of populations and universal access to high quality, safe nursing/health care.  This two-day conference will bring together nurses to share their experiences, perceptions, lessons learned and cultural sensitivities about the processes involved in respectful networking/collaborations. We will hear from a variety of nurse leaders from the United States of America (USA) as well as the global south. Unique to this conference is that we will use technology to bring in voices of those leaders currently working in the field; those who graciously open their doors to us, adjust their schedules to fit ours and interact with different outside cultures regularly to accommodate others. In addition, we will highlight a wide variety of nursing perspectives through our popular lightening talks and networking sessions.

Conference Objectives:

Examine the impact of North-South nursing collaborations on universal access to high quality, safe health care.

Explore a variety of models for partnerships and networking as a strategy to illuminate and strengthen the voice and profile of nursing globally.

Two Day Program

Panel Descriptions and Speaker Biographies

Day One

Keynote Panel I: Listening to the voices of our global south nursing partners
Miriam Carole Atieno Wagoro

Miriam Carole Atieno Wagoro, director  of  nursing  at  the  University  of  Nairobi,  is  a  clinical  mental  health  nurse  and  research  ethics  specialist  with  a  wide  experience  in  acute  and  community  mental  health  settings  as  well  as  professional  nursing  practice,  clinical  /  research  ethics  and  education.  She  is  currently  the  Director  of  the  school  of  Nursing  at  the  University  of  Nairobi  Kenya.She  holds  PhD  and  MScN  in  mental  health  and  psychiatric  nursing  from  the  universities  of  Cape  Town  (South  Africa)  and  Nairobi  (Kenya)  respectively.  Her  other  qualifications  include  PGDip-International  Research  Ethics,BScN,Diploma  in  Advanced  Nursing,Midwifery,psychiatric  nursing,  community  health  nursing    and  general  nursing.  She  champions  nurse  empowerment  for  quality  nursing  and  the  broader  health  care.  She  believes  in  integrating  research,  innovation,  teaching  and  mentorship  in  the  process  of  empowering  nurses  and  midwives.  She  believes  that  through  the  power  of  collaborations  among  nurses,  other  health  care  professionals  and  communities,  nurses  can  alleviate  suffering  among  populations.

Dr Marie Maud Cesar Duvilaire

Graduated  from  Port  au  Prince,  Haiti  School  of  Nursing  in  1974,  licensed  by  the  Ministry  of  Health  of  Haiti  in  1976.  Graduated  from  Public  Health  School  of  Nursing  of  Haiti  in  1979.  Licensed  by  the  Florida  Board  of  Nursing  in  1983.  Continue  study  to  obtain  a  degree  in  Andragogy  and  Pedagogy,  then  Management  of  health  services  in  1991,  and  breast  feeding  management  and  counselling.      Work  as  floor  nurse  at  Jackson  Memorial  Hospital  of  Miami,  in  High  Risk  Antepartum  from  1983  to  1987  and  as  on  call  nurse  in  different  hospitals  in  Miami,  Florida.      Work  at  the  Ministry  of  Health  for  about  35  years  as  coordinator  of  AIDS  program,  women  and  children  health  services,  Director  of  Croix  des  Bouquets  district,  then  as  chief  nursing  officer  and  Central  Director  of  Nursing.  Coordinator  of  Cholera  program  in  Jeremy,  Haiti  from  2011-  2014.  Actually  teacher  of  nursing  care  for  the  elderly,      surgical  nursing  care,  first  aids  and  Ethics  in  nursing      at  Jeremy  University  Notre  Dame  Du  Perpetual  Secours  (UNDPS).    Member  of  ANILH  (Licensed  Nurses  Association  of  Haiti),  ASPHA  (Public  Health  Association  of  Haiti)  Received  an  Honorary  Doctorate  in  law  from  Regis  College  of  Boston  in  2018.

Sumitra Sharma, RN, MSc

Sumitra  Sharma, RN, MSc  works  as  a  lecturer  in  Department  of  Nursing  at  Kathmandu  Medical  College,  Nepal.  She  has  earned  four  years  of  fellowship  (2018  –  2021)  in  translational  research  capacity  building  initiative  to  address  cardiovascular  diseases  in  Nepal  which  is  supported  by  US  National  Institutes  of  Health  (NIH).  In 2015, she completed M.Sc.  (Community Health  Nursing)  from  B.P.  Koirala Institute  of  Health  Sciences,  Nepal.  She  did  online  course  on  implementation  science  from  University  of  Washington,  US  in  2018.  She  also  did  two  correspondence  courses  on  global  health  from  University  of  Geneva,  Switzerland  and  University  of  Copenhagen,  Denmark.  In  2015,  she  completed  short  course  on  prevention  strategies  of  non-communicable  diseases  from  Oxford  University,  England  and  in  2014,  it  was  on  global  health  from  University  of  San  Francisco,  California.  She  has  five  years  of  proven  track  record  in  teaching  nursing  students  and  carrying  out  university  research  projects.  She  has  her  expertise  in  research  and  community  health  promotion.  In  research,  her  areas  of  interest  are  in  reproductive  health,  non-communicable  disease,  cardiovascular  health,  smoking  cessation,  health  literacy  and  e-health/tele-health.  She  is  more  focused  in  implementing  her  research  findings  into  practice  and  enhancing  abilities  of  nursing  students  in  developing  countries.

Maysa Soufan, RN, BSN, MPH

Maysa  Soufan,  RN,  BSN,  MPH  A  community  health  nurse  educator  at  Al  Quds  University  since  1994.  I  have  two  higher  diplomas  in  Community  health  nursing  and  Clinical  supervision  from  Bethlehem  University  and  a  master’s  degree  in  public  health  from  Al  Quds  University.  I  have  several  trainings  in  education.  I  worked  as  a  registered  nurse  in  the  surgical  unit  and  worked  with  the  Red  Crescent  Society  as  a  supervisor  of  primary  health  care  centers  and  as  a  project  manager  of  home-based  care  program.  I  have  been  heading  the  nursing  department  and  the  midwifery  department  at  Al  Quds  University  prior  to  joining  the  PhD  program.  Currently,  I  am  a  PhD  student  at  Umass-Boston  and  working  on  my  dissertation.  My  main  research  interest  is  “mother-daughter  pubertal  communication”.  I  am  a  member  of  the  Sigma  Theta  Tau  International  Honor  Society  of  Nursing  and  the  Society  for  Menstrual  Cycle  Research  in  addition  to  the  Palestinian  nursing  association.

Panel 2: Academic Institutions and Academic/Teaching Hospitals
Michelle Telfer, DNP, MPH, CNM,
Michelle Telfer, DNP, MPH, CNM, Clinical Faculty & Lecturer Midwifery & Women’s Health NP Programs Yale School of Nursing. Michelle is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley where she received her BA in philosophy, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine where she received her master’s in public health in global reproductive health and Columbia University where she received her bachelor’s in nursing and master’s degree in midwifery. She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Frontier Nursing University focusing on safely reducing primary cesarean birth. She served two years in The Peace Corps in The Gambia working in maternal child health. She has practiced full-scope midwifery for 17 years, working in both midwifery owned and collaborative practice models. Currently, she is clinical faculty and lecturer at Yale University School of Nursing as well as the coordinator for global experiences and the Yale Midwifery/Uganda collaboration. She practices at the Women’s Center and the Vidone Birthing Center of Yale-New Haven Health.
Dr. Joyce Pulcini
Dr. Joyce Pulcini joined George Washington University School of Nursing as a Professor in 2012 and until July of 2018 was the Director of Community and Global Initiatives. With a career of over 30 years as a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP), educator and author, Dr. Pulcini directed three nurse practitioner programs and has consistently been a leader in health care and nursing policy at local, state and national levels. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, serving as Inaugural Chair of the Expert Panel on Primary Care and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She isa senior associate editor for Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice. Dr. Pulcini has authored more than 70 peer reviewed articles chapters, and policy papers. She is an expert on the evolving nursing roles of the nurse practitioners nationally and internationally. She led a team conducting survey research on education, practice and regulation of advanced practice nurses of APNs internationally. Most recently, she has been working with PAHO on the evolving role of APNs in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is also currently working on a revision of her International NP/APN survey with members of the INPAPN Network, which was conducted in Rotterdam at the annual conference.
Robin Toft Klar DNSc, RN
Robin Toft Klar DNSc, RN is a Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU Meyers. Her clinical, teaching, and research career has focused on health promotion from a community/population perspective using an ecologic framework. Dr. Toft Klar’s global work started with research and clinical practice both in Ghana and with Ghanaian immigrants in Worcester, MA. This work has involved relationship and capacity building to improve the health of women both in Ghana and Worcester, MA. She completed a Global Health post-doctoral fellowship where she examined the feasibility of implementing World Health Organization training modules on home-based prevention of disability due to lymphatic filariasis in Papua New Guinea. Robin’s current work focuses on global nursing workforce development in Rwanda, Liberia, Ghana, and Tanzania.
Deogwoon Kim
Deogwoon Kim is a nursing PhD student in Health Policy track at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Ewha Womans University and worked as a nurse in a cardiology intensive care unit in a tertiary hospital in Korea before coming to the U.S. for her PhD degree. Her interest in global health disparities has allowed her to pursue PhD degree in nursing in the U.S. Since she started her program, she has been involved in various cervical cancer prevention research. She currently is a program manager of a cervical cancer prevention project for Malawians who are suffering from the world highest cervical cancer rate. Her current research interest is on systemic approaches of HPV vaccination introduction in Malawi with integration of cost-effectiveness, sustainability, and cultural appropriateness.
James M. Muchira, MSN
James M. Muchira, MSN, PhD Candidate, is currently enrolled in the BS-to-PhD Population Health track at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Boston. He graduated from the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Before he joined Umass Boston, he worked as a nurse in a busy referral hospital in Kenya and also as a nurse tutor in three middle-level nursing schools in Kenya. As a tutor, he coordinated the Kenya Heart and Sole program: Afya Njema Project, a partnership of University of Massachusetts Boston and three other Nursing Colleges in Kenya that aim to improve advocacy, treatment and prevention of Cardiovascular-metabolic diseases in Kenya. James research interests span around intergenerational prevention of cardiovascular disease, with cost effective and locally available solutions among parents and children, and low-income populations.
Day 1 Lightening Talks Moderators
Sang A Lee
Sang A Lee is currently a PhD student at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Nursing from Yonsei University, Korea. She is particularly interested in improving HIV/AIDS-related policies for vulnerable populations. Recently she conducted project entitled “Comparison of funded service sites with morbidities of HIV, HCV, and STIs” in her internship in Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Also, she has been the coordinator of a smoking cessation study for women living with HIV (Grant funded by NIH U54 Comprehensive Partnership to Advance Cancer Health Equity), and the principal investigator of a qualitative study to explore the complex burden of living with HIV infection. With a demonstrated commitment to improving the health of people with HIV/AIDS, she not only has learned the knowledge and skills required to be a nursing scholar but also has dived deep into the health and disparities among HIV populations.
Moderated Networking Session
Nancy Street, ScD, RN, PNP
Nancy White Street is a pediatric nurse practitioner and researcher, with over thirty years of experience in clinical care and higher education. She currently holds the Julia and Harold Plotnick Professorship of Global Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where she leads the development of global initiatives/curriculum for the College of Nursing and teaches nursing within the undergraduate and doctoral programs. Nancy received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston College and a Master of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Nancy earned both a Master of Science and Doctor of Science in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Street has served as the Principal Investigator on numerous grants, including a $750,000 W. K. Kellogg Foundation grant. Dr. Street is a social epidemiologist whose research focuses on the untoward consequences of sleep deprivation among urban youth and global nursing education. Her scholarly work includes the development and implementation of a nurse faculty education program in Haiti, where current faculty from nursing schools throughout the five regions of the country completed their Master of Science in Nursing degree, a first for this developing nation. Collaborating with Partners in Health, the Ministry of Health in Haiti and nursing colleagues, this project is building upon the current infrastructure in Haiti and creating a sustainable model for advancing nursing education and care.
Monica Onyango, PhD, RN, MSN, MPH

Dr. Onyango has over 25 years’ experience in health care delivery and management. At the Department of International Health she teaches courses in managing disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies, sexual and reproductive health in disaster settings. Her experience includes Kenya Ministry of Health for ten years as a nursing officer in management positions at two hospitals and as a lecturer at the Nairobi’s Medical Training College, School of Nursing. Monica is also a registered nurse by Massachusetts Board of Nursing. From 1992 to 1998, Dr. Onyango worked as a health team leader with international non-governmental organizations in relief and development in South Sudan, Angola and a refugee camp in Kenya. In South Sudan and Angola, she facilitated the design and implementation of community based health services where there had been no services for several years. At Kakuma refugee camp in North Western Kenya, she helped design the maternal and child health programs for over 20,000 refugees. Dr, Onyango has also participated in providing training for South Sudanese health workers on emergency obstetrics and neonatal care. In 2011, she co-founded the global nursing caucus (GNC) at BUSPH with a mission to advance the role of nursing in global health practice, education and policy through advocacy, collaboration, engagement and research. Her current research interests focus on reproductive health, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, health care among populations affected by disasters and the role of nurses and midwives in improving health status of populations globally. She holds a PhD in Nursing from Boston College, a Master of Science (nursing) degree from Boston College, a Master in Public Health degree from Boston University School of Public Health, Diploma in Advanced Nursing from Nairobi University, Diploma in general nursing and midwifery from Kenya Medical Training College, Nairobi.

Day Two

Keynote Presentation: Nursing Now Global Campaign
Barbara Stilwell, PhD, MSocSc, RN, FRCN

Barbara Stilwell currently serves as the Executive Director of the Nursing Now Global Campaign based in London, UK. She previously worked at Intrahealth International in Chapel Hill, NC, USA. She was previously Chief of Party for the Palestinian Health Capacity Project, Intrahealth International. Barbara does research in Qualitative Social Research, Behavioural Science and Health Psychology. Currently Barbara is working on longitudinal analysis of HRH interventions. She has over 20 years of experience leading and managing results-oriented development programs and is actively engaged in enabling health workers in isolated, low-income settings to successfully implement health programs and maximize limited resources.  She has substantial global experience in the areas of health systems, improved health service quality, capacity building, maternal and child health, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS. She was a  member of the 8 person-principal author team for the World Health Report, 2006, on the health workforce.

If it weren’t for Barbara Stilwell, there might not be any nurse practitioners serving patients in England today. When Stilwell was working in the inner city in Birmingham, UK, in the 1970s, she found that many local patients—most of them from India, Pakistan, or Bangladesh—had no one to consult about health issues that weren’t essentially medical (where to get their children immunized, for example, or how to stop smoking), except for the too-busy local general practitioners. Stilwell won a scholarship to study in the United States to become a nurse practitioner. When she returned to the UK, she helped establish England’s first training program for nurse practitioners. In 2008, the UK’s Nursing Times named her one of the top 20 most influential nurses of the past 60 years. For the past 25 years, Stilwell has worked overseas, first with the World Health Organization (WHO) and now with IntraHealth International, as senior director of health workforce solutions. At the WHO, Stilwell helped change the organization’s approaches to performance improvement and served as the focal point on the migration of health workers, negotiating with ministers of health on strategies to address health worker migration. Stilwell has helped countries around the world to manage change and development in their own health workforces. She has worked in Eastern Europe with nurses and physicians to introduce modern health care, and in East and Southern Africa to advise on health systems strengthening.

Panel 3: Nursing Now: A Global Campaign to raise the profile and status of nursing worldwide.
Emily Katarikawe, BA SWSA, PGD PPM, PGD SCOM, MMS

Uganda Nursing Now Campaign. Ms. Emily Katarikawe brings over 20 years of vast experience managing complex public health programs and building the capacity of local organizations. As a Uganda Country Director for Jhpiego, she provides oversight and programmatic leadership to 4 programs and 35 staff, fostering innovative approaches to health Systems Strengthening. As Managing Director at Uganda Health Marketing Group, Ms. Katarikawe managed the evolution of Uganda Health Marketing Group an enviable Ugandan organization that combines public health programming and social marketing. She oversaw the introduction of the first health franchise in Uganda and social marketing of a range of Family planning and child health brands. As Capacity building Advisor of World Education Inc on the AIM project Emily spearheaded the birthing of Bantwana Initiative a successful NGO now is about 5 countries. Ms Katarikawe has led projects funded by large donors including USAID, UKAID, Foundations and Charities.

Sylvia Cassiani, Rn, PhD, FAAN

Regional Advisor for Nurisng, Pan American Health Organization/WHO.  Dr Cassiani has been the Regional Advisor for Nursing and Allied Health Technicians at the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization in Washington, DC, since April 2013. Prior to her current position she worked as Faculty, Department Head as well as Dean of the College of Nursing at Ribeirao Preto-University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. She has won a number of awards and published several books and articles about nursing, patient safety and medication errors. She founded the Brazilian Network for Nursing and patient Safety-REBRAENSP in Brazil, with the mission of increasing actions/activities and research regarding patient safety. It was recognized as one of the best initiatives coordinated by nurses to influence health politics in Brazil. Nowadays there are more than 1,000Brazilian nurses as members of the network established in 17 states in Brazil. She hold a PhD in Nursing form the College of Nursing at Ribeiao Preto-University of Sao Paulo. IN PAHO she has been coordinating several activities regarding broadening the scope of nursing practice in Primary health Care in the American Region and how best to integrate the Advanced practice Nursing in Latin America and the Caribbean countries.

Jeanne Leffers, PhD, RN

UMass Dartmouth College of Nursing Professor Emeritus.
Jeanne Leffers was an educator for more than 30 years, teaching nursing, sociology, environmental health and global health courses at UMass Dartmouth and University of Rhode Island. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Simmons College, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Rhode Island and in sociology from Brown University, and a PhD in Sociology from Brown University. As a faculty member she was involved with curriculum development, program evaluation, diversity initiatives, service learning, international programs, sustainability, and the development of graduate programs. Dr. Leffers regularly brought nursing students to the Dominican Republic to offer care to needy persons, and to broaden the students’ knowledge of poverty and diversity. Her courses focused on the disadvantaged populations and topics related to social justice. She is also the co-author with Fall River native Rear Admiral Julia Plotnick (Ret.) of “Volunteering at Home and Abroad: The Essential Guide for Nurses.”

Jennifer L. Breads, MSN, MPH, RN

Ms.  Jennifer  Breads  currently  works  as  a  Technical  Advisor  in  the  Systems  for  Health  division  at  Jhpiego,  a  Johns  Hopkins-affiliated  global  health  NGO  committed  to  preventing  the  needless  deaths  of  women  and  their  families.  Ms.  Breads  holds  dual  master’s  degrees—in  public  health  nursing  and  public  health—from  the  Johns  Hopkins  School  of  Nursing  and  Bloomberg  School  of  Public  Health.  Throughout  her  eleven-year  career  as  a  public  health  professional  and  nurse,  she  has  offered  programmatic  and  clinical  support  to  vulnerable  populations  of  women  and  families  in  US-domestic,  development,  and  humanitarian  settings.    Ms.  Breads  maintains  her  clinical  practice  as  a  Forensic  Nurse  Examiner  in  Baltimore,  Maryland.  In  this  role  she  offers  comprehensive  medicolegal  care  for  survivors  of  human  trafficking,  sexual  assault,  domestic  violence,  and  elder  abuse.  In  2018  the  International  Association  of  Forensic  Nurses  awarded  Ms.  Breads  with  the  2018  IAFN  Frontline  Nursing  Award  for  her  leadership  in  establishing  the  country’s  first  nurse-led  forensic  services  program  for  foreign  born  torture  or  abuse  survivors  seeking  asylum  and  other  forms  of  legal  immigration  relief  in  the  United  States.

Robyn Churchill, CNM, MSN, FACNM.

Robyn Churchill, CNM, MSN, FACNM.  CHAI Seniorr Advisor, SRH & Maternal Newborn Health. ACNM Division of Global Health Chair. Clinton Health Access Initiative. My work lies in supporting governments in the development of healthcare strategic planning, policy and programmatic design, and guiding the translation of that into on-the-ground practice reality in settings in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.  Combining strong leadership, clinical midwifery, capacity-building, and cultural competence, I mentor continuous learning teams from multiple sectors to identify gaps and find evidence-based approaches to strengthen health systems for maternal, newborn and reproductive health care. My work in health workforce includes facilitating the development of nursing and midwifery advisory groups to advise Ministries of health in planning systems of education for, and planning distribution and retention of a robust nursing and midwifery workforce.
All views expressed are my own.

Julie Anathan, RN, MPH.

 Ms. Anathan is a the Director of Medical and Surgical Nursing at Seed Global Health, serving also as our Interim Chief Nursing Officer. She supports volunteers in the field, leading also the development and evaluation of Seed Global Health’s nursing programs and partnerships. She is also the International Nurse Program Manager of the Center for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. Previously, Ms. Anathan worked with Partners in Health and their sister organization, Zamni Lasante in Haiti. She partnered with Haitian clinical nurse educators to create an education strategy to improve patient care and encourage nursing retention at l’Hôpital Saint Nicolas. She also served as a member of the transitional operations team at University Hospital of Mirebalais. Before the hospital opened in March 2013, Ms. Anathan helped to lay the foundation of nursing systems and policies/procedures and was involved in the hiring, orientation and support of the nurses as they came onboard. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Boston College and a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in International Health from Boston University.

Beth MacNairn

Beth  MacNairn  is  deputy  director  of  Health  Volunteers  Overseas  (HVO),  an  organization  focused  on  improving  the  availability  and  quality  of  health  care  through  education,  training  and  professional  development  of  the  health  workforce  in  low  resource  settings.  Ms.  MacNairn  also  serves  on  the  board  of  directors  of  the  Disability  Rights  Fund  and  the  Disability  Rights  Advocacy  Fund.  Previously,  she  held  leadership  positions  with  several  INGOs  both  in  the  US  and  overseas.  She  served  on  InterAction’s  board  of  directors  from  2013  to  2015  when  she  was  executive  director  of  Handicap  International  US  (now  known  as  Humanity  &  Inclusion).    A  graduate  of  Johns  Hopkins  University  School  of  Advanced  International  Studies,  she  has  an  MA  in  international  relations  and  economics  and  received  her  BA  from  the  University  of  Virginia.

Michele J. Upvall PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN

Michele  J.  Upvall  PhD,  RN,  CNE,  FAAN  is  a  Professor  of  Nursing  and  Program  Director  of  the  Nurse  Educator  program  at  the  University  of  Central  Florida.  She  earned  her  bachelor’s  degree  from  the  Indiana  University  of  Pennsylvania,  a  master’s  degree  from  Penn  State  University,  and  a  PhD  in  Transcultural  Nursing  from  the  University  of  Utah.  She  also  completed  certification  as  a  Family  Nurse  Practitioner  from  Arizona  State  University.  Dr.  Upvall  has  extensive  experience  in  the  practice  of  global  health.  She  has  been  a  member  of  HVO  since  2014  volunteering  in  Bhutan,  Cambodia,  and  Vietnam  and  she  is  a  member  of  the  HVO  Nursing  Education  Steering  Committee.  In  addition  to  her  work  with  HVO,  Dr.  Upvall  has  conducted  research  with  various  populations  including  Somali  refugees  and  Navajo  American  Indians.  She  has  also  served  as  a  nurse  educator  for  Project  HOPE  in  Swaziland  and  was  the  Program  Director  at  the  Aga  Khan  University  School  of  Nursing  in  Karachi,  Pakistan.  While  in  Pakistan,  she  facilitated  the  development  of  the  first  Masters  of  Nursing  program  in  the  country.  She  is  co-editor  of  the  book,  Global  Health  Nursing:  Building  and  Sustaining  Partnerships  and she  completed  a  Fulbright  scholarship  at  Khon  Kaen  University  in  Thailand.

Susan Michaels-Strasser, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN,

Susan Michaels-Strasser, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, Senior Implementation Director & Associate Director for Nursing Programs. Dr. Strasser is a public health professional with over 25 years of experience in nursing and public health. She is the senior implementation director, providing leadership and direction for the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of ICAP’s global portfolio of public health programs. In her role as associate director for nursing programs, she serves, also, as Principal Investigator for a HRSA-funded, multicountry initiative to strengthen and sustain nursing’s role in the care of people living with HIV. She has served at senior management and training levels at various locations throughout Southern Africa. Her areas of expertise include pediatric care and support, nurse training, and use of point of care diagnostics. She is a pediatric nurse practitioner, a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society for Nurses, a member of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Strasser holds a MPH and MSc in nursing from Yale University and a PhD in public health from the University of Cape Town.

Day 2 Lightening Talks Moderators
Yurun Cai, BSN

Yurun Cai, BSN, currently a PhD candidate in Population Health track in Nursing Department at University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB). She graduated from Peking University Health Science Center in 2015 for her bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She has been working as a research assistant in MOBILIZE Boston study and HELP study at UMB for three years. The research projects aimed to examine the interrelationships among a variety of risk factors of falls and improve physical function in relation to mobility in community-dwelling older adults. She has also worked on global health particularly in the area of racial disparities in cognitive function decline and dementia in older adults in the world. In the past two years, she worked as a Vice President for the International Nursing Students Association in UMB. The association established a wide network among international nursing students and a connecting event for faculty and students in nursing was held in each semester to discuss a particular topic in global health. Thus, she has been awarded as the outstanding research assistant and outstanding leader in UMB. She is also the recipient of Lynch foundation scholarship each year. For her research analysis skills, she is certified as a SAS programmer and she has analyzed local and national datasets using SAS and STATA.

Simon Manga

Simon Manga is a Cameroonian nurse specialized in Reproductive Health. He holds a state diploma, an M.Sc., and a post graduate certificate in Reproductive Health. He is a winner of the Bill and Melinda Gates 2016 120Under40 Family Planning Leadership Award. His M.Sc. was earned at the Catholic University of Central Africa, Yaoundé, Cameroon. He is currently enrolled as a third year PhD student in nursing in the Population Health track at UMass Boston. His research interest is in cervical cancer prevention in developing countries. He has extensive clinical experience in cervical cancer screening and treatment of precancerous lesions of the cervix, family planning, antenatal care, prevention and treatment of reproductive tract infections, infertility workups, management of sexual dysfunctions, and management of menstrual disorders. He worked for 10 years as manager of a Women’s Health Program in a large faith-based health organization in Cameroon called the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services before moving to the US to commence his PhD.

Panel 5: Professional Societies
Barbara Astle, PhD, RN.

 Barbara Astle is Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Trinity Western University & Director of the Center for Equity & Global Engagement, in Langley, Canada. Her research program focuses in the area of global health; global health competencies; global educational partnerships; health equity; global citizenship, and exploring how global health concepts are implemented within curriculum. She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate nursing program in Nursing Leadership, Nursing Research, Qualitative Research, and Knowledge Translation. Dr. Astle was past Chair of the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH, 2009-2012). Dr. Astle participated in the Global Nursing Leadership Institute, Geneva, Switzerland (2012) sponsored by the International Council of Nurses (ICN); Burdett Trust for Nursing. Dr. Astle is a member of the Consortium Universities in Global Health (CUGH) sub-committee on global health competencies. She publishes in areas related to global

Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, PhD, APRN, AOCNP©, FAAN

Lisa  Kennedy  Sheldon  is  the  Chief  Clinical  Officer  at  the  Oncology  Nursing  Society  (ONS).  She  oversees  the  clinical  strategy  of  the  organization  to  support  oncology  nurses,  advanced  practice  nurses  and  researchers  to  lead  the  transformation  of  cancer  care.As  experienced  faculty  and  former  Associate  Professor  at  the  University  of  Massachusetts-Boston,  she  taught  nursing  for  over  20  years  at  the  undergraduate,  masters  and  doctoral  levels  as  well  as  RN-BS  programs.  Dr.  Sheldon’s  program  of  research  has  focused  on  interdisciplinary  research  studies  focused  on  patient-provider  communication  and  psychosocial  issues  in  cancer  and  palliative  care.  Dr.  Sheldon  has  received  numerous  honors  and  awards  including  induction  as  a  fellow  in  the  American  Academy  of  Nursing  (FAAN).  She  now  serves  on  the  National  Cancer  Policy  Forum  in  Washington  D.C.,  and  previously  served  as  Co-chair  of  the  Global  Nursing  Caucus  and  President  of  the  Theta  Alpha  chapter  of  Sigma  Theta  Tau  International. The  former  editor  of  the  Clinical  Journal  of  Oncology  Nursing,  Dr.  Sheldon  is  the  author  of  numerous  articles  and  book  chapters,  Dr.  Sheldon  has  authored  three  books  including  Communication  for  Nurses:  Talking  with  Patients,  now  in  its  third  edition.Dr.  Sheldon  is  passionate  about  improving  nursing  education  in  settings  around  the  globe.  Her  work  has  included  programs  on  nursing,  health  promotion,  and  cancer  and  palliative  care  in  Honduras,  Turkey,  Oman,  Cameroon,  Ethiopia  and  Bangladesh  with  ONS  and  other  organizations  such  as  the  American  Society  of  Clinical  Oncology,  Oman  Cancer  Association,  Middle  East  Cancer  Consortium  and  Health  Volunteers  Overseas.  She  is  particularly  interested  in  connecting  nurses  to  improve  nursing  care  and  patient  outcomes.  Dr.  Sheldon  continues  to  practice  as  an  oncology  nurse  practitioner  at  St.  Joseph  Hospital  in  Nashua,  NH.

Laura L. Hayman, PhD, MSN, FAAN, FAHA, FPCNA

Laura  L.  Hayman,  PhD,  MSN,  FAAN,  FAHA,  FPCNA  is  Professor  in  the  Department  of  Nursing,  College  of  Nursing  and  Health  Sciences,  UMass  Boston  and  Adjunct  Professor  of  Medicine,  Division  of  Preventive  and  Behavioral  Medicine,  UMass  Medical  School.      Her  research/scholarship,  practice  and  advocacy  initiatives  focus  on  prevention  of  obesity  and  cardiovascular  disease  with  emphasis  on  children,  adolescents  and  families  from  diverse  populations.  Dr.  Hayman  has  held  leadership  roles  in  nursing  and  interdisciplinary  organizations  including  the  Society  of  Behavioral  Medicine  (SBM)  and  the  American  Heart  Association  (AHA).  Currently  she  serves  on  SBM’s  Health  Policy  Committee  and    the  AHA    Council  on  Cardiovascular  and  Stroke  Nursing    Leadership  Committee  and  the  International  Committee.    As  Chair  of  the  Preventive  Cardiovascular  Nurses  Association  (PCNA)  International  Committee,  she  has  been  instrumental  in  promoting  the  mission  and  goals  of  the  Global  Cardiovascular  Nursing  Leadership  Forum  (GCNLF).      Recipient  of  numerous  honors  and  awards,  Dr.  Hayman  is  a  Fellow,  American  Academy  of  Nursing,  SBM,  AHA,  Academy  of  Behavioral  Medicine  Research,  and  2018  inductee,  Sigma  Theta  Tau  International  Nurse  Researcher  Hall  of  Fame.

Inge B. Corless, PhD, RN, FAAN.

Dr. Inge B. Corless, a Professor in the School of Nursing, is a member of the steering committee for the Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice and Health at the Institute. She served as an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of KwaZulu Natal in 2003-2005, President of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care in 1997, and has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing since 1983. Dr. Corless was inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame by The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), on July 20, 2011, at their 22nd International Nursing Research Congress, in Cancun, Mexico. In April 2013, Dr. Corless was presented the Excellence in Nursing Research Award by the  Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses and in April, 2014, Dr. Corless was inducted as a Fellow in the National Academies of Practice in recognition of her scholarship.

An international expert in palliative/hospice care as well as HIV/AIDS, Dr. Corless has influenced nurses and other health care providers through her teaching, scholarship, and provision of direct care. Earlier in her career, she left the University of Michigan where she had been researching the hospice movement to co-found St Peters Hospice in Albany, NY. She was also a member of the first board of directors of the New York State Hospice Association, and served as Chair of the Research Committee both for the National Hospice Organization and subsequently for the National Hospice and Palliative Care organization. Thereafter, Dr. Corless was appointed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of California- San Francisco. At the MGH Institute, Dr. Corless and her colleague Dr. Patrice Nicholas received grant funding from the Bureau of Health Professions to establish an HIV/AIDS specialization for nurse practitioners. The HIV/AIDS Certificate continues today in a distance-learning format.

Dr. Corless has been a member of the International HIV/AIDS Nursing Research Network since its inception with numerous published articles on the management of symptoms for HIV-infected persons.

Her career includes extensive work in South Africa on adherence in HIV/AIDS treatment and care. Dr. Corless has led a number of groups of students and alumni of the School of Nursing for international health experiences to southern Africa, and each group has blogged about the experience.

Karen Moore, DNP, APRN, ANP, BC, FAANP.

Dr Moore is a tenured Associate Professor in the graduate program at Saint Louis University where she coordinates the Adult-Gero Primary Care NP Program. Her undergraduate nursing degree and her MSN/ANP was received at Jewish Hospital College of Nursing at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, MO.   She received her D.N.P. from the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Utah. Dr. Moore’s practice and research interests include topics focusing primarily on international travelers’ health, global health and infectious disease. Additional areas of interest include nursing education, nurse practitioner knowledge of global health issues, evidence based practice, and health promotion. She serves as the Chair of the Global Health/International Special Interest Group of the  National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculty.  The Global Health / International SIG is a group of national and international faculty involved in APN education, research and practice in the global nursing community. The members of this group focus on collaborating across borders, oceans and continents in an effort to enhance the preparation of APNs globally. The overall goal is to facilitate dialogue about global health issues that affect education, practice and policy of the APN worldwide through the sharing of ideas, resources, materials, methods, outcomes and contextual or collegial exchange. The SIG collaborates closely with the Global Advancement Committee.

Eileen Stuart-Shor, PhD, DHL (Hon), ANP-BC, FAAN

Eileen  Stuart-Shor,  PhD,  DHL  (Hon),  ANP-BC,  FAAN  received  her  BSN  from  St  Anselm  College  in  Manchester  NH,  Masters  degrees  from  Boston  College  as  a  Cardiac  Clinical  Specialist  and  an  Adult  Nurse  Practitioner,  a  PhD  in  Health  Policy  and  Population  Health  from  the  University  of  Massachusetts  and  completed  NIH  funded  post-doctoral  training  in  cardiovascular  epidemiology  at  Harvard  Medical  School/Beth  Israel  Deaconess  Center,  Boston.  Recently  she  was  awarded  a  Doctor  of  Humanities  Honoris  Causa  from  St  Anselm  College.    Currently  she  is  a  Nurse  Practitioner  in  Anesthesia/Critical  Care  at  Beth  Israel  Deaconess  Medical  Center,  Boston,  Ma  and  a  lecturer  at  the  University  of  Massachusetts  Boston,  College  of  Nursing  and  Health  Sciences.  She  is  the  former  Chief  Nursing  Officer  at  Seed  Global  Health  and  the  director  of  the  Kenya  Heart  and  Sole  Program.    She  has  authored  of  over  30  peer  reviewed  publications  and  one  book,  lectures  internationally  and    serves  on  numerous  academic  and  professional  peer  review  boards. She is a long-standing member of STTI and participated in the GAPFON North America panel.

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