2021-01-Winter-Newsletter-Banner-600x200.jpgDean's Corner

Spring 2021 

Dean Shari DworkinDespite the fact that the US and the region continue to be impacted by the pandemic, a mental health crisis, and continuing racial inequalities, the School of Nursing and Health Studies remains firmly dedicated to its social justice mission. In fact, our resolve in meeting the challenges that lie at the intersection of social inequality and health outcomes has never been stronger--and we meet these challenges through the power of our community partnerships, compassion and care.

Spring Quarter also coincided with National Nurses Week, and National Public Health Week. This gave us an opportunity to say thank you to nurses, healthcare and community health workers and to broaden the public understanding of these critical roles. In this Spring version of our newsletter, we feature the outstanding work of our students, alumni, faculty and staff who have shown incredible creativity in rising to the challenges that the last year has brought.

We feature Meghan Eagen-Torkko who reflects on her 20 years of assessing and caring for people while also sharing students from Shervin Churchill’s BNURS 460 course where they search for virtual ways to address accidental falls in community-dwelling older adults. We also describe Grace Lasker’s critical work with food truck operators--many who are immigrant entrepreneurs--to meet health & safety guidelines through an EarthLab supported toolkit of resource.

Finally, do take notice of Ko Niitsu encouraging us to reduce stress and anxiety by simply focusing on breathing – one breath at a time—through a public health intervention. All of these examples show us that our faculty and students remain unrelenting in making significant contributions to improving health among diverse communities in the region and beyond.

Our work has not gone unnoticed. The School is incredibly proud to be ranked as the #1 Public Master’s in Nursing program in the United States, and we achieved an overall #6 ranking (private schools taken into account). The US News and World Report rankings consider an assessment of peer institutions, research and academic achievement, and new for this year, the ratings of external healthcare professionals. As a school committed to access in education, our high ranking demonstrates the quality of our relationships with the healthcare community, the excellence of our faculty, and our impact in the community.

Thank you for your continued support of our School and we hope that you continue to stay safe and healthy—most of all—we hope that we are all on track to enjoy some face-to-face time with your friends and loved ones in the “new normal” that arrives after this phase of the pandemic ends.


Shari L. Dworkin, Ph.D., M.S.

Dean and Professor

School of Nursing and Health Studies




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