Assistant Clinical Professor

Christine de Belen-Wilson is an assistant clinical professor for the Master of Science — Family Nurse Practitioner and Master of Health Services — Physician Assistant Studies degree programs at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. In a unique clinician educator role, de Belen-Wilson divides her time between providing patient care at the Sacramento County Health Center and leading classroom instruction and mentoring for School of Nursing students.

With a career spanning more than 20 years, de Belen-Wilson has served in a variety of nursing roles including clinician, administrator and educator. As a clinician, she focused her work in preventive care and chronic disease management, specifically toward high-risk, underserved and marginalized populations in a variety of settings. Her nurse practitioner practice began at a county clinic and a mobile clinic, where she provided for migrant farm workers, jail inmates and prenatal patients. With guidance from UC Davis Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology through the UC Davis Telehealth Program, she launched one of the first Hepatitis C programs integrated within primary care to serve an area that lacked specialists. She continued managing medically and psychosocially complex patients in a family practice, safety-net clinic, where she cared for multigenerational families. For her pediatric patients, she launched the “Reach out and Read” program to integrate early literacy during well-child exams. As a home visit nurse practitioner, she gained insight to her patients when she cared for them in their homes, often having advance care planning conversations with families. Integrated within her clinical work, de Belen-Wilson precepted aspiring nurse practitioners and taught as an adjunct clinical Instructor for Samuel Merritt University.

Before joining the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and UC Davis Health, she worked as a clinical program manager for a health plan where she managed accountable care organizations. In this role, focusing on population health of high-risk patients, she used clinical data to partner with several health care delivery systems to launch and support programs that provided wrap-around care to vulnerable and high-risk patients.

She is interested in team-based approaches in primary care and the impact that advanced practice providers play in a value-based health care delivery model. It was in Jamaica, as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer and registered nurse, where she first experienced team-based, patient-centered care. In Jamaica, she also worked at the local public health department, working alongside community health workers and public health nurses leading vaccination campaigns. In her role as a Peace Corps Volunteer, she worked with her host-counterpart to launch an HIV/AIDS community center and taught programs to train peer educators.

de Belen-Wilson earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree at the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science — Family Nurse Practitioner Degree from UCSF. In 2022, she earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice, also from UCSF.


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