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Advancing Health Equity: A Mandate for Nursing
Efforts to achieve health equity has gained urgency in this past year as we have witnessed the consequences of structural racism on persons of color in the United States. As health professionals and advocates nurses are situated to directly advance health equity. This talk will address the personal, interpersonal, and broader systemic issues that impact health equity and propose targeted action for nurses to eliminate health disparities.

May 18, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Antonia M. Villarruel, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Director of the School’s WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership. As a bilingual and bicultural researcher, Dr. Villarruel has extensive research and practice experience with Latino populations, health promotion and disparities. Using a community-based participatory approach, she has been the PI/Co-PI of over eight RCTs on reducing high risk behaviors in teens. One program, to reduce sexual risk behavior among Latino youth – entitled Cuídate! was disseminated nationally. Dr. Villarruel holds many leadership positions. She is a member of the American Academy of Nursing and the National Academy of Medicine; serves as Chair of the NAM Culture of Health Program Advisory Committee and Co-chair of the Strategic Advisory Council of the AARP/RWJ Future of Nursing Campaign for Action.