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White House Recognizes Ph.D. Candidate as Champion of Change

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UM's is recognized by Vice President Joe Biden.

Vice President Joe Biden recognizes UM nursing student Valerie Halstead.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 26, 2016)The White House has honored 10 student leaders, including the School of Nursing and Health Studies’ own Valerie Halstead, for their efforts to change the culture around sexual assault and dating violence on their campuses.

Halstead, a registered nurse who is pursuing her Ph.D. in nursing at UM, was recognized as one of the nation’s “It’s On Us White House Champions of Change” for her work with the University of Miami President’s Campus Coalition on Sexual Violence and Prevention. She was nominated for the award by coalition leaders.

“This honor recognizes not only my work but the work of the campus coalition,” said Halstead, whose dissertation research is exploring how campus health centers can implement best practices when caring for victims of sexual violence. “It empowered me to keep striving to make a difference in students’ lives.”

The April 14 gathering included a roundtable discussion with White House officials and policymakers who wanted to learn about the frontline campus initiatives represented by the students. It was followed by student-led panels on ending the rape culture and on engaging men and communities in this effort. Halstead spoke about the coalition’s efforts to engage students in an ongoing dialogue on sexual assault and about the importance of providing victims with appropriate health care resources.

The event closed with remarks by Vice President Joe Biden, who with President Obama launched the It’s On Us campaign in September 2014 to wake up  colleges and universities—and the nation—to the epidemic of sexual violence on their campuses. Halstead had an opportunity to share her thoughts about her work with the vice president, who, as a U.S. senator, sponsored the landmark 1994 Violence Against Women Act. “He’s very dedicated to this issue and genuinely invested in changing the culture,” Halstead said.

Halstead plans to stay in touch with the other awardees and to collaborate at the national level. “It was inspiring to be a part of the national conversation and to meet others who are passionate about the same challenges,” she said. “The gathering was a huge force for collaboration and change.”


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Health Trust Awards UM $1.7M for Nursing Resource Center

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 18, 2016)—One of the nation’s largest private funders devoted exclusively to nursing students and nursing education has awarded $1.7 million to the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. In November 2015, the school broke ground on the five-story, 41,000 square-foot Simulation Hospital. This transformative facility is expected to provide an enhanced education center for students by replicating the true activity of a clinical practice and hospital. The Helene Fuld Skills Resource Center, supported by the Helene Fuld Health Trust grant, will occupy the entire fifth floor of the hospital and provide a setting for students to master fundamental techniques and procedures.

The award also will fund three years of scholarships for eight full-time students per year enrolled in the school’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) degree program. The ABSN is a rigorous, fast-track, second-degree program which enables individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing to complete the BSN. The financial aid to these students is critical because most have exhausted other scholarship support while earning their first non-nursing degrees.

“We are excited that a national leader of the caliber of the Helene Fuld Health Trust is joining us in our mission to deliver innovative, state-of-the-art education to our nation’s future nursing professionals,” said Nilda Peragallo Montano, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Studies.

The primary mission of the Helene Fuld Health Trust is to support and promote the health, welfare, and education of nursing students.


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Nursing Researcher Headed to Hall of Fame


Nursing Researcher Headed to Hall of Fame

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Anne.NorrisCORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 22, 2016)—Anne E. Norris, a professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies who researches innovative technological approaches for tackling risky adolescent and young adult sexual behavior, will be among 19 nurse researchers inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame at the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing’s 27th International Nursing Research Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, this summer.

Created in 2010, the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame recognizes nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition for research that has improved the nursing profession and the people it serves. Norris’s research and that of the other 18 honorees, who come from six countries around the world, will be shared through STTI’s Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository, enabling nurses everywhere to benefit from their discoveries and insights.

“These cumulative research achievements of these 19 honorees has been nothing short of life-changing,” said STTI President Cathy Catrambone. “We celebrate their achievements in advancing world health, and I offer my personal congratulations. I look forward to learning and sharing more about their contributions.”

Norris, who earned her Ph.D. in nursing and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988, joined UM in 2014, after holding nursing faculty positions at Ohio State University, Boston College, and the University of Central Florida. She has spent much of her career exploring how culture and other social influences affect health behavior and how gaming and simulation can promote health.

She is the principal investigator of a $3.3 million grant to reduce teen pregnancy and the risk of sexually transmitted infections among Latina adolescents in Miami-Dade County using “Mighty Girls,” a program that combines classroom sessions and an interactive video game in which players talk with avatars to practice evidence-based communication skills for resisting peer pressure.

The author or co-author of more than 90 scholarly publications, Norris has presented her work at numerous national and international scientific meetings and served as guest editor for national and international nursing journals. She is also the 2011 recipient of the Mary Cash Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cultural Diversity in Nursing and Health Care and a fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Nursing.

STTI’s annual congress attracts nearly 1,000 nurse researchers, students, clinicians, and leaders, who learn from evidence-based research presentations. The theme for the 27th congress, to be held July 21-25, is Leading Global Research: Advancing Practice, Advocacy and Policy. To view details, visit congress.nursingsociety.org.



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US News Ranks UM Graduate Programs in Top Tier

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US News Ranks UM Graduate Programs in Top Tier

US News RankingsU.S.News & World Report has released the 2017 edition of its annual “Best Graduate Schools” issue, placing several University of Miami programs in its top 50 rankings.

Climbing 12 spots in the past decade, the Miller School of Medicine is now ranked No. 44 among the nation’s best research medical schools. The Miller School’s Department of Physical Therapy received a No. 10 ranking.

The School of Nursing and Health Studies’ Master of Science in Nursing program climbed a dramatic 21 spots since last year to reach the No. 40 ranking this year out of 259 schools. Its Doctor of Nursing Practice program is No. 38 among 149 schools, a new category in 2017.

Other UM graduate programs in the top tier include the School of Law’s Tax Law program (No. 12), the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology’s Clinical Psychology program (No. 25), the School of Business Administration’s Health Care Management program (No. 33), and, in the earth sciences category, the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences’ marine geosciences program (No. 42).



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El Centro Co-Hosts Child Welfare Conference

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El Centro Co-Hosts Child Welfare Conference

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childwelfare2CORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 9, 2015) — Each year domestic violence, mental health disorders, and substance abuse take a significant toll on the welfare of children. Last week, on December 9, the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies’ (SONHS) Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research: El Centro co-hosted the 9th Annual Miami-Dade Community Based Care Alliance Child Welfare Conference to focus on child welfare and related therapeutic approaches in addressing substance abuse, domestic violence, and mental health among children and families interacting with the criminal justice system, many of whom have been affected by intimate partner violence.

The conference theme, “Improving Frontline Practice through Therapeutic Jurisprudence,” aligns with El Centro’s mission to reduce health disparities in the areas of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, substance abuse, family and intimate partner violence, and associated mental and physical health conditions through research, education, and collaboration with community and academic partners.

SONHS/El Centro faculty members Anthony Roberson and Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda served on the planning committee and presented at the event, which was held on the Coral Gables campus. Approximately 280 child welfare professionals, including judges, case managers, attorneys, court staff, administrators, volunteers, advocates, and mental health professionals, participated, receiving training on how to implement a therapeutic approach in the courts system that considers not only the prescribed legal route, but also the science-based impact that these decisions may have on the therapeutic process and, consequently, on the mental and physical well-being of children involved in the system.

“According to Florida Department of Children and Family statistics, the top three maltreatment areas are domestic violence, mental health disorders, and substance abuse,” said Gonzalez-Guarda, co-director of El Centro’s Community Engagement Dissemination and Implementation (CEDI) Core and a nationally recognized expert on the intersection between intimate partner violence, substance abuse, and mental health disorders. “It is only through synergistic efforts with our community partners, such as happened at today’s event with the Miami-Dade Community Based Care Alliance, that we can bring the best scientific knowledge to bear in addressing the needs of underserved and vulnerable populations on the front lines of practice, including the courts systems.”

El Centro’s CEDI Core aims to serve as a bi-directional bridge for the implementation of evidence-based practices in community systems. In this case, agencies which serve abused, abandoned, and neglected children involved in dependency court were the target population of the daylong seminar.

The concept of Therapeutic Jurisprudence (TJ) was developed largely in the 1980s by the late University of Miami School of Law professor Bruce Winick in an effort to improve outcomes for children and families and reduce the high recidivism rate in Miami-Dade County’s dependency system.

Roberson, who has conducted extensive research into the intersection of TJ and mental health, especially among youth, said one of the overriding goals of the conference, which was coordinated by El Centro and other community partners, “was to facilitate a dialogue among the various disciplines about the complexities we all face in treating this vulnerable and oftentimes ignored population.

“Identifying the most therapeutic legal approach in addressing the issues of mental health among our youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system will be critical as we move beyond the conference and return to our work with this population,” he said.


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