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Nov. 9 – Fellow discusses sickle cell disease and vaccine hesitancy during National Black Nurses Association webinar
Dora Clayton-Jones, 2021 cohort Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at the Marquette University College of Nursing, participated in the one-hour discussion "'Calling All Nurses': COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy and Acceptance in Individuals with Sickle Cell Disease" Nov. 9. The discussion with six other sickle cell disease experts was hosted by the National Black Nurses Association and BlackDoctor.org.

Nov. 2 – Inaugural fellow selected for new endowed professorship in nursing position
Melissa O’Connor, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, has been selected as the inaugural M. Louise Fitzpatrick Endowed Professor beginning Jan. 1. The M. Louise Fitzpatrick Endowed Professorship in Nursing is for tenured or tenure-track faculty who specialize in community and home health nursing. The initial term of the appointment is three years.

Oct. 20 – Inaugural fellow presents at annual clinical research nurses conference
Jessica Keim-Malpass, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, presented at the 13th Annual International Association of Clinical Research Nurses Conference Oct. 18-20. She presented "Health literacy and clinical trials: Using universal precautions to promote equity in the informed consent and study participation process." Her session introduced attendees to the concept of health literacy and how to evaluate ways to assess health literacy in real-world clinical environments, as well as understanding the intersection of health literacy and equity in the informed consent and study participation process. She discussed exploring ways to approach health literacy assessment and integration from a universal precautions standpoint.

Oct. 19 – Fellow participates in diabetes panel discussion
Michelle L. Litchman, 2021 cohort Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing, participated in the panel discussion, “Personalizing Your Diabetes Toolkit: New Solutions to Persistent Problems,” led by The diatribe Foundation Oct. 19. The panel of four people discussed insulin delivery, glucose monitoring, predictive models and the use of coaching support to manage diabetes.

Oct. 18 – Fellows publish landmark paper on role of historically black colleges and universities
Four inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellows published a paper Oct. 6 in the online issue of Nursing Outlook, the official journal of the American Academy of Nursing and the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, called "Black nurse scientists and the undeniable role of historically black colleges and universities." The paper discusses the importance of such institutions and how nurses who graduate from these establishments are well positioned to address the health inequities in Black communities. Strategies for advancing doctorally prepared nursing science careers at these institutions are also outlined in the publication. Fellow authors include Dawn M. Aycock, an associate professor and director of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in the School of Nursing at Georgia State University; Kamila A. Alexanderan assistant professor and associate director of the Ph.D. and postdoctoral programs at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing; Fawn A. Cothran, an assistant professor in the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and co-lead of the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Outreach Recruitment and Engagement Core; and Schenita Davis Randolph, an associate professor at Duke University School of Nursing and co-director of the community engagement and dissemination core of the Duke Center for REACH Equity.

Oct. 15 – Podcast: Fellow discusses diabetes and insulin availability concerns
Michelle L. Litchman, 2021 cohort Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing, was interviewed Oct. 15 on the See You Now Podcast, which is a collaboration with Johnson & Johnson and the American Nurses Association. She discussed the need for nurses to understand why people with diabetes are foregoing basic needs and taking part in "life exchanges" of trading insulin and medical supplies just to stay healthy, as well as the passage of legislation offering an important lifeline to those who depend on insulin to survive.

Oct. 12 – Fellow discusses HIV disparities at White House webinar
Schenita Davis Randolph, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at Duke University School of Nursing, spoke about HIV disparities among Black Americans in the southern United States alongside a representative from the White House during the Oct. 12 "The Role of Nursing in Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Call to Action" webinar hosted by the Duke University School of Nursing. She presented “The urgent need to address HIV disparities among Black Americans in the United States South.” See the article about her presentation »

Oct. 8 – Fellow named fellow in American Academy of Nursing
Michelle L. Litchman, 2021 cohort Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing, has been inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) during the academy's annual conference held Oct. 7-9 in Washington, D.C. in a hybrid format. Litchman is one of 225 distinguished leaders recognized for her significant contributions to health and health care. Being inducted as an AAN fellow is a significant milestone in a nurse leader’s career, as their accomplishments are honored by colleagues within the profession.

Sept. 29 – Inaugural fellow trains sexual assault nurse examiners at new facility
Sheridan Miyamoto, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and director of the Penn State Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth Center (SAFE-T Center), helped train Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner staff on the latest telehealth technology to assist with sensitive examinations. The new facility is slated to open Oct. 1.

Sept. 28 – Nurse leader fellows program welcomes new advisory council member
The Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators National Program Office welcomed new Fellowship National Advisory (FNAC) council member Alice Bonner in July and congratulated emeritus member Sarah Szanton on her prestigious new nursing leadership position that began in August. Bonner is an adjunct faculty member and director of strategic partnerships for the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Community Aging in Place — Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) Program. Szanton is a health policy and equity advocate who was appointed as the dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing after serving two years on the FNAC.

Sept. 26 – Podcast: Fellow shares latest research on overcoming cost barriers in diabetes care
Michelle L. Litchman, 2021 cohort Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing, was interviewed on the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (ADCES) podcast The Huddle, where she discussed her latest research on overcoming cost barriers in diabetes care and how education specialists can support their clients.

Sept. 25 – Inaugural fellow discusses caregiver interventions at cancer quality care symposium
J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Quality Care Symposium on Sept. 24-25 in Boston. His "Cancer Family Caregivers: Where are we? How do we go forward?" presentation focused on interventions for caregivers taking care of patients with cancer.

Aug. 26 – Inaugural fellow gives diversity lecture at Vanderbilt University
Dawn M. Aycock, an associate professor and director of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in the School of Nursing at Georgia State University, gave the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Dean's Diversity Lecture. Her lecture, "It's About Time: Addressing Primary Stroke Prevention in African Americans," provided an update on stroke and its role in death and disability in the nation, as well as the impact on African Americans who have the nation's highest rate of death due to stroke.

Aug. 24 – Fellow named first affiliate faculty member of Granger Cobb Institute for Senior Living
Roschelle "Shelly" Fritz, 2021 cohort Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and professor at Washington State University College of Nursing, was appointed the first-ever affiliate faculty by the Granger Cobb Institute for Senior Living. The institute was established in 2018 by the Washington State University School of Hospitality Business Management to educate the next generation of senior living specialists and leaders, as well as conduct research that impacts older adults.

Aug. 7 – Fellow selected for city of Mebane's Racial Equity Advisor Committee
Schenita Davis Randolph, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at Duke University School of Nursing, has been selected to serve on the city of Mebane's Racial Equity Advisory Committee. She is one of seven members tasked with providing input on new projects, ordinances or general policies.

Aug. 6 – Four fellows present at National Black Nurses Association conference
Inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellows Kamila A. Alexander, Dawn M. Aycock, Fawn A. Cothran and Schenita Davis Randolph presented at the virtual National Black Nurses Association 49th Annual Conference on Aug. 4-8. They presented “Developing Black Nurse Scientists: The Undeniable Role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).” As graduates of HBCUs, they discussed the importance of HBCUs to the health of the nation because they provide foundational baccalaureate education, which is essential to the development of strong leaders in the field. The four discussed their research and implications for the roles of Black nurses in promoting optimal health in Black communities.

Aug. 3 – Fellow honored by National Black Nurses Association
Dora Clayton-Jones, 2021 cohort Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at the Marquette University College of Nursing, was honored at a special celebration held by the Milwaukee Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association on Aug. 3 for her selection as a fellow in the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators program. Clayton-Jones' fellowship project focuses on helping youth living with sickle cell disease.

Aug. 1 – Fellow promoted to professor at Villanova University's M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing
Melissa O’Connor, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow, has been promoted to professor at Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing.

July 27 – Fellow receives grant funding from National Institute of Mental Health
Kamila A. Alexander, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, has received about $245,000 in grant funding from the National Institute of Mental Health for a study titled “Pilot trial of an intervention to increase HIV engagement and reduce intimate partner violence among Black women living with HIV." The study evaluates the acceptability, feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a seven-session small group-based cognitive behavioral approaches intervention to reduce HIV and intimate partner violence stigma, and subsequently increase safety strategies and HIV care engagement. 

July 26 – Inaugural fellow named National Academy of Medicine Scholar in Diagnostic Excellence
Jessica Keim-Malpass, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, is among 10 professionals selected for the inaugural class of the National Academy of Medicine’s Scholars in Diagnostic Excellence program. Her project for the program focuses on developing a framework for excellence in sepsis diagnosis and treatment without medical overuse and waste. Funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, this collaborative program with the Council of Medical Specialty Societies supports scholars in a one-year, part-time experience to advance the scholars’ diagnostic skills, reduce diagnostic errors that lead to patient harm, and accelerate their career development as national leaders in this field. See the press release »

July 23 – Fellow receives $3.6 million grant to study decision-making education for caregivers
J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, has been awarded a five-year, $3.6 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to build on previous research and test components of CASCADE (Care Supporters Coaches to be Adept Decision partners), a lay navigator-led, telehealth early palliative care intervention to train advanced cancer caregivers how to provide decision support to patients.

July 19 – Podcast: Fellow discusses indoor air quality and environmental health in Kentucky
Luz G. Huntington-Moskos, 2021 cohort Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at the University of Louisville School of Nursing, was interviewed on the Sustainability Now! podcast about environmental health issues and indoor air quality in Kentucky. Her research focuses on the prevention of lung cancer by addressing secondhand smoke and radon exposure in the homes of low-income families with children.

July 15 – Fellow appointed as associate director of PhD and postdoctoral programs
Kamila A. Alexander, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, has been appointed as the associate director of PhD and postdoctoral programs at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She also holds a joint appointment in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

July 14 – Video: Fellow outlines benefits of online diabetes peer support groups
Michelle L. Litchman, 2021 cohort Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing, talks with the American Journal of Managed Care about the results of a study that looked at diabetes technology use and online peer support systems among Spanish-speaking patients. Findings showed that when these interventions are used toegther, a positive feedback loop forms.

July 1 – Inaugural fellow promoted to associate professor at Penn State’s College of Nursing
Sheridan Miyamoto, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow, has been promoted to associate professor at Penn State’s College of Nursing. She is also director of the Penn State Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth Center (SAFE-T Center).

July 1 – Video: Fellow discusses self-care for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease caregivers (Part 2)
Fawn A. Cothran, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, participated in a discussion held by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Alzheimer’s Disease Center focused on self-care and the importance of Black women and women of color caregivers advocating for their physical and mental health in order to promote well-being for themselves and their loved ones.

June 30 – Fellow receives $1.5 million grant on behalf of Penn State’s SAFE-T Center
Sheridan Miyamoto, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at Penn State, is director of the Penn State Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth Center (SAFE-T Center), which has received a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant will allow the center to partner with six new rural or underserved community hospital sites in Pennsylvania using innovative telehealth technology to deliver accessible, evidence-based clinical training to local nurse teams in SAFE-T partner communities.

June 24 – Video: Fellow discusses self-care for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease caregivers (Part 1)
Fawn A. Cothran, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, participated in a conversation facilitated by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Alzheimer’s Disease Center focused on the importance of caregiver self-care and self-advocacy. She spoke about the importance of caregivers leaning on their social networks, seeking social support and normalizing self-care in a world that glorifies hustle culture and glamourizes burn out.

June 14 – Fellow's project focuses on diabetes program accessibility for people who are deaf
Michelle L. Litchman, assistant professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing, has been chosen for the 2021 cohort of the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators program. Her fellowship project focuses on diabetes program accessibility for people who are deaf. Litchman said this is an important project to her because she has six family members who are deaf, including her mom.

June 11 – Fellow receives Excellence in Promoting Diversity Through Teaching Award
M. Rebecca O’Connor, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at the University of Washington School of Nursing, received the Excellence in Promoting Diversity Through Teaching Award from the University of Washington School of Nursing for her subject matter knowledge, commitment to diversity, respect for all, valuing of students and developing a flexible and inclusive teaching style. O'Connor previously received the award in 2019, 2018 and 2016.

June 9 – Inaugural fellow interviewed about telehealth care
Melissa O’Connor, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, was interviewed by the Washington Times Herald about telehealth services, including what the often used term actually means as well as the history, prevalence and use of telehealth in medical settings. See the same article republished in the Chicago Tribune »

June 2 – Fellow promoted to associate professor at Duke University School of Nursing  
Schenita Davis Randolph, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow, has been promoted to associate professor at Duke University School of Nursing.

May 27 – Fellow presents at international seminar on adult health in Brazil
Stephanie Gilbertson-White, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing, presented at the virtual I Seminário Internacional de Saúde do Adulto, the International Seminar on Adult Health hosted by the University of São Paulo Nursing School, May 27-28 in São Paulo, Brazil. She presented "Symptom clusters: Management and advanced practices in oncological nursing."

May 17 – Fellowship project focuses on eliminating sickle cell disease disparities among youth
Dora Clayton-Jones, 2021 cohort Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at the Marquette University College of Nursing, discusses being chosen for the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators program. Her fellowship project will focus on eliminating sickle cell disease disparities among youth.

May 11 – Fellow presents at Harvard Macy Institute Program for Health Professions Educators 
M. Rebecca O’Connor, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at the University of Washington School of Nursing, presented at the virtual Harvard Macy Institute Program for Health Professions Educators May 11-15. She presented "iBias: Centering implicit bias in clinical nursing education."

May 5 – Fellow interviewed for article about nurse researchers leading the way in HIV prevention
Schenita Davis Randolph, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at Duke University School of Nursing, was interviewed for a special edition of The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care focused on how nurses play a unique role in the HIV epidemic. Randolph discussed how prevention efforts must address the special needs of women at risk for HIV and how nurses can involve women in HIV interventions.

May 4 – Video: Fellow conducts implicit bias training for faculty and researchers
M. Rebecca O’Connor, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at the University of Washington School of Nursing, conducted an implicit bias in health care and research training for faculty and researchers associated with the Institute of Translational Health Sciences. Watch the training session »

April 28 – Fellow funded as co-investigator on National Institute of Health grant
Melissa O’Connor, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, has been funded as a co-investigator on a grant from the National Institute of Health’s National Institute for Nursing Research for a five-year implementation science study on improving transitions and outcomes of sepsis survivors.

April 26 – Fellow interviewed about coronavirus risk for nursing home residents
Melissa O’Connor, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, was interviewed for an article on NorthJersey.com, part of the USA TODAY Network, about the risk nursing home residents face in New Jersey due to low vaccination rates among nursing home workers.

April 23 – Fellow interviewed for first-person article on sexual assault survivors
Kamila A. Alexander, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, was quoted in a piece in The Lily, a product of The Washington Post, about how it’s common for survivors of sexual assault to take hours, days, weeks or even years to understand and fully comprehend the trauma they’ve experienced.

April 16 – Video: Fellow delivers keynote at University of Minnesota’s Nursing Research Day
J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, delivered the keynote presentation during the University of Minnesota’s Nursing Research Day 2021. Dionne-Odom discussed his research and his work developing palliative care support for family caregivers of those with serious illnesses. Watch the keynote presentation »

April 9 – Fellow helps create FamilyStrong telehealth support service for caregivers
J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, has partnered with other researchers to create FamilyStrong, a telehealth support service for caregivers of patients who were recently diagnosed with grade IV brain tumors. An abstract about the program was published in February 2021 in the “Journal of Palliative Medicine.”

April 1 – Fellow studies rural availability of sexual assault nurse examiners
Sheridan Miyamoto, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at Penn State, co-lead a study funded by the National Institutes of Health to explore whether rural areas have disparate access to sexual assault nurse examiners. The study found that these types of certified nurses are rare in rural counties and that many hospitals are unable to provide continuous sexual assault care coverage.

March 25 – Video: Fellow serves on panel to discuss telehealth post pandemic
Lisa V. Duffy, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at the Bouvé College of Health Sciences and School of Nursing at Northeastern University, served on a panel with others at Northeastern University to discuss the impact of telehealth in a post-COVID-19 world and how the field of nursing is adapting to the times. Watch the recorded panel discussion »

March 25 – Fellow shares perspective and advice on pandemic
Sheridan Miyamoto, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at Penn State, shared in an article by Penn State that what keeps her hopeful during the pandemic is how resilient people are and how everyone has supported each other during a difficult and unprecedented time.

March 23 – Inaugural fellow named one of 70 Visionary Leaders
Dawn M. Aycock, an associate professor and director of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in the School of Nursing at Georgia State University, was selected as one of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing's 70 Visionary Leaders. In celebration of its 70th anniversary, the school honored 70 alumni who are leaders in the field of nursing, nurse anesthesia and health care with the Visionary Leader distinction. The distinction recognizes outstanding graduates for exemplary service in education and research, exemplary leadership, innovation and far-reaching impact on nursing and health care on state, national and international levels. Recipients were nominated by fellow graduates, colleagues and peers in their respective fields for their outstanding achievements and leadership.

March 18 – Fellow gives talks about her research at Morgan State University in Baltimore
Kamila A. Alexander, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, gave a talk at Morgan State University on March 18 as part of the university’s interdisciplinary seminar series. Her presentation, “Promoting Health Sexual Behaviors and Positive Relationship among Youth Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence and Trauma,” focused on her research into the socio-structural effects of intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion on the lives of Black young people.

Feb. 24 – Fellow publishes article on overcoming mistrust of research in the Black community
Kamila A. Alexander, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, published an article in John Hopkins Nursing magazine with her TANGLED Research Study for Young Women team colleagues. The article, "'Tangled' Study is Overcoming Mistrusts of Research Among Black Women to Reform Our Approach to Systemic Intimate Partner Violence," discusses connecting with women experiencing intimate partner violence and exploring how their social networks influence their health behaviors.

Feb. 20 – Video: Fellow participates in panel discussion held by Alzheimer’s Association
Fawn A. Cothran, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, participated in a panel discussion on February 20 focused on the impacts of dementia on Black women. Cothran discussed the impact of caregiver stress on mental and physical wellness for Black women serving as dementia caregivers. Watch the panel discussion »

Feb. 1 – Inaugural fellow featured by American Academy of Nursing
Dawn M. Aycock, an associate professor and director of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in the School of Nursing at Georgia State University, was selected as the featured fellow for the month of February by the American Academy of Nursing.

Jan. 27 – Fellow partners with cardiologist to study COVID-19 patients
Jessica Keim-Malpass, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, has partnered with Randall Moorman, cardiologist at University of Virginia Health, to study the impact of an artificial intelligence software called CoMET – short for Continuous Monitoring of Event Trajectories – which uses continuous monitoring to assess COVID-19 patients’ trajectories and create an image of risk and future decompensation. Listen to an interview about the study on Virginia's public radio station WVTF »

Jan. 14 – Inaugural fellow selected for Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program
J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, is among 12 emerging palliative care leaders and scholars selected for the Cambia Health Foundation’s Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program. The program provides $180,000 in funding over two years for scholars to conduct an innovative and impactful clinical, policy, educational, health equity or systems change project in the field of palliative care.

Dec. 24 – Fellow interviewed on National Public Radio about the tragedy of St. Joe’s
Melissa O’Connor, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, was interviewed by National Public Radio (NPR) about an evacuation of residents at St. Joseph’s Senior Home in New Jersey in response to the pandemic. She provided expert commentary on nursing care for older adults and discusses how some of the residents likely contracted the virus during the transfer process to a new facility.

Dec. 14 – Fellow interviewed about HIV prevention intervention project utilizing salons
Schenita Davis Randolph, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at Duke University School of Nursing, was interviewed by Nurse.com about her effort to utilize salon-based intervention to promote HIV prevention and awareness to Black women in the southern United States.

Dec. 1 – Fellow receives Dean’s Award for Outstanding Nurse Researcher
Kamila A. Alexander, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, has received the 2020 Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Dean’s Award for Outstanding Nurse Researcher. The award honors and alumnus whose research, professional achievements and cumulative contributions have brought personal distinction, enhanced the profession, improved the welfare of the general public and brought honor and prestige to their field.

Nov. 30 – Fellow quoted in news article about PrEP accessibility for women
Kamila A. Alexander, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, was interviewed by Reuters Health Information for "Many Title X Clinics in Southern U.S. Refer Young Women Elsewhere for PrEP" in which she discussed the need for creating assessment protocols and staff training to make PrEP treatment more easily accessible for adolescent and young women.

Nov. 22 – Fellow interviewed about HIV prevention intervention project 
Schenita Davis Randolph, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at Duke University School of Nursing, was interviewed by TrialSite News about her effort to utilize salon-based intervention to promote HIV prevention and awareness to Black women in the southern United States.

Nov. 19 – Opinion piece published by fellow about democracy and being Black in America
Kamila A. Alexander, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, published an opinion piece for The Democracy Project at Johns Hopkins University, which asked scholars to share their thoughts on American democracy. Alexander’s piece focuses on strengthening the American democracy by dismantling legacies of physical and psychological violence against Black Americans.

Nov. 6 – Nurse leader fellow named Gerontological Society of America fellow
Fawn A. Cothran, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, is among the 33 new fellows of the Gerontological Society of America. The organization is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education and practice in the field of aging. The status of fellow — the highest class of membership within the society — is an acknowledgment of outstanding and continuing work in gerontology. Cothran will be honored and recognized as a fellow at the GSA’s Annual Scientific Meeting held virtually Nov. 4-8.

Nov. 3 – Fellow receives $500K grant on behalf of Penn State’s SAFE-T Center
Sheridan Miyamoto, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at Penn State, is director of the Penn State Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth Center (SAFE-T Center), which received a $500K grant from the Office of Justice Programs’ Office for Victims of Crime to support their plan to strengthen the relationship between local sexual assault nurse examiners nurses in the SAFE-T Center service areas and college campuses in those areas. 

Nov. 2 – Fellow discusses research in 'Georgia State University Research Magazine'
Dawn M. Aycock, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor in the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions at Georgia State University, discusses her research in a Georgia State University Research Magazine article focused on illuminating the ways systemic racism drives health disparities, harming and even killing African Americans. Her work draws from strong evidence showing racism has a negative effect on physical and mental health and that perceived racism leads to stress, which in turn increases risk for stroke. 

Oct. 29 – Four Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellows named fellows in American Academy of Nursing
Four Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellows have been inducted as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) for their contributions to nursing leadership. Fellows include Dawn M. Aycock, J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, Sheridan Miyamoto and Melissa O’Connor. Being inducted as an AAN fellow is a significant milestone in a nurse leader’s career, as their accomplishments are honored by colleagues within the profession.

Oct. 29 – Fellow receives Protégé Award from the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research
J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, has received the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research 2020 Protégé Award, recognizing his excellence in early career nursing research. This annual award is presented to an evolving nurse scientist who shows promise in advancing science, and who is within the first six years of completing their PhD or post-doctoral study. Watch his acceptance speech »

Oct. 28 – Fellow’s research featured in article about racism as a barrier to HIV prevention
Schenita Davis Randolph, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at Duke University School of Nursing, was interviewed for an article in The Body Pro about racism as a barrier to HIV prevention and care for Black women. Randolph’s research found a key factor preventing Black women from seeking out HIV prevention and treatment services is a mistrust of the U.S. health care system due to structural racism.

Sept. 30 – Fellow’s research highlighted in article about medical mistrust
Schenita Davis Randolph, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at Duke University School of Nursing, was interviewed for an article in POZ about her research and how perceived structural racism, discrimination and medical mistrust in the U.S. health system influences Black women’s participation in HIV health services.

Sept. 30 – Video: Fellow discusses grant writing during special lecture series
J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, discusses his research and how to write grants and obtain grant funding during the recorded Specific Aims Intensive Lecture Series held by the University of Alabama at Birmingham. See Session Three: Grants Proposal Development posted on October 22 »

Sept. 18 – Fellow publishes article about resources for Latinas experiencing intimate partner violence
Kamila A. Alexander, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, published an article in John Hopkins Nursing magazine discussing the lack of resources for Latinas experiencing intimate partner violence. "We Need Culturally Appropriate Resources When Latinas Experience Intimate Partner Violence — The 'Invisible' Crisis'" discusses the sexual and reproductive health inequities that Latinas in the United States experience.

Sept. 15 – Video: Fellow interviewed on news segment about new nurse sexual assault program
Sheridan Miyamoto, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at Penn State’s College of Nursing, was interviewed on a WENY News segment about a new partnership between Guthrie Health and Penn State University that allows for certified sexual assault nurse examiners to participate in exams in partnership with local hospital nurses using telehealth technology. Miyamoto is the director of the Penn State Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth Center (SAFE-T Center).

Sept. 11 – Fellow outlines post-pandemic telehealth strategy
Melissa O’Connor, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, discusses how the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia will continue to use telehealth beyond the pandemic in an article by Becker's Hospital Review.

Aug. 27 – Podcast: Fellow interviewed about barriers to HIV prevention for Black women
Schenita Davis Randolph, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at Duke University School of Nursing, was interviewed on a podcast by the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care about her research into how perceived structural racism, discrimination and medical mistrust in the U.S. health system influences Black women’s participation in HIV health services. See another similar interview about this research »

Aug. 24 – Fellow provides ideas for connecting and monitoring older adults’ health
Melissa O’Connor, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, was interviewed for an article in The Dallas Morning News focused on how adult children in the United States are caring for their parents half a world away. She suggests using telehealth options such as health tracking apps to assist in such endeavors.

Aug. 13 – Fellow interviewed by ProPublica about nursing care for the elderly 
Melissa O’Connor, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, was interviewed by ProPublica about the possible transmission progression of COVID-19 among nursing home residents in New Jersey. The article details the evacuation of a nursing home and the subsequent COVID-19 deaths that were likely the result of the evacuation and relocation of the residents to a new facility. 

Aug. 6 – Fellow interviewed about dementia resident interactions during pandemic
Melissa O’Connor, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, was interviewed by NorthJersey.com, part of the USA Today network, about the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home in Paramus and its outbreak of COVID-19. She provided expertise on interactions among dementia residents. The article also appeared in the New Jersey Herald.

Aug. 4 – Fellowship project aims to promote sexual health among young Black men
Schenita Davis Randolph, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at Duke University School of Nursing, has been chosen for the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators program. Her fellowship project focuses on an app marketed in Black barbershops and beauty salons that will help parents promote sexual health among Black male adolescents.

Aug. 3 – Video: Fellow receives Nightingale Award from Northeastern University
Lisa V. Duffy, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at the Bouvé College of Health Sciences and School of Nursing at Northeastern University, has received the prestigious Nightingale Award from Northeastern University for her innovative work assisting adolescents with multiple sclerosis in making informed treatment choices with their families.

July 17 – Fellow receives Collegiate Teaching Award
Stephanie Gilbertson-White, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and associate professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing, has been selected to receive the 2019-2020 Collegiate Teaching Award from the University of Iowa College of Nursing. This prestigious award recognizes teaching excellence that inspires students and goes above and beyond expected teaching responsibilities.

July 16 – Video: Fellow discusses palliative care health coaching on Doc Talk LIVE
J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, was a guest on Doc Talk LIVE hosted by physiatrist Brad Goodman. Dionne-Odom discussed the palliative care health coaching program that he has developed for family caregivers.

July 16 – Inaugural fellow’s research mentioned in article about kids’ sexual health
Youth sexual health research conducted by Schenita Davis Randolph, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at Duke University School of Nursing, was mentioned in an article by The New York Times focused on keeping kids curious about their bodies while also setting boundaries as parents.

July 14 – Fellow receives $3.2 million grant to study underserved palliative care access
J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow and assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, has received a $3.2 million, five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the effectiveness of Project ENABLE Cornerstone, a lay navigator-led, community-based palliative care intervention for rural and African American family caregivers in the southeast United States.

July 7 – Fellow's project aims to test stroke interventions for African American men
Dawn M. Aycock, associate professor in the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions at Georgia State University, has been chosen for the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators program. Her fellowship project will focus on a stroke counseling intervention for young African American men.

July 6 – Fellowship project seeks to develop and test home health interventions
Melissa O’Connor, associate professor at Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, has been selected for the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators. Her project focuses on developing and testing evidence-based interventions in home health to ensure vulnerable older adults receive the care they need to improve outcomes. 

July 6 – Creation of mobile app is the focus of inaugural fellow's project
Stephanie Gilbertson-White, associate professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing, has been selected for the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators. Her project focuses on building a working prototype of a web and mobile app that incorporates multimorbidity phenotypic data collected from electronic health records to drive tailored symptom management support using personal informatics and behavior change principles.

July 6 – Inaugural fellow's project focuses on caregiver support tools
As an inaugural Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellow, J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, will develop and pilot a health system-based caregiver support incubator to improve adoption, implementation, sustainment and scale-up of caregiver stress assessment and support. 

July 6 – Inaugural fellow discusses predicting the path of pediatric sepsis
Jessica Keim-Malpass, associate professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, discusses her project for the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators program and how she aims to develop novel computational approaches to understand how and why certain hospitalized children with sepsis recover, while others grow worse.