Linda Washington-Brown, PhD, EJD, FNP, ARNP-C, FAANP, will be inducted into American Academy of Nursing at the annual conference in October 2019. Fellow status acknowledges exemplary work and achievements in the neurosciences, the clinical practice of neurology or academic/administrative neurology, in the AAN, and in your community. Additionally, Dr. Brown was tapped with the health care heroes award. A Health Care Hero is an individual institution, professional, student, volunteer or program who through their individual or collective actions have made an extraordinary impact in the Miami health care community. Their acts of heroism represent a display of dedication to excellence in their area of expertise beyond the scope of their jobs. Through their commitment to their professional and South Florida community, they serve as an inspiration to others in an effort to improve the quality of healthcare and discover new ways to assist those in need.
Karethy Edwards, DrPH, FNP-BC, FAAN, is Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Director of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Health Equity Initiative, and Executive Director of the Florida Atlantic University Community Health Center. Dr. Edwards is inspired by her commitment to creating health equity for rural and underserved populations. Key to the achievement of health equity is improving access to high quality primary and mental health care for these populations through strategic academic practice partnerships. Over the past three years, Dr. Edwards and her colleagues have received approximately $6.4 million in funding from Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) for innovative, evidence informed practice partnerships aimed at creating healthier communities. Recently, Dr. Edwards received funding for a $2.8 million HRSA Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR)-Registered Nurses in Primary Care Training Program grant entitled Caring-Based Academic Partnerships in Excellence (CAPE) RNs in Primary Care. This project will co-create and implement, with clinical practice partners, evidence-based, relevant learning experiences for BSN students grounded in a compassionate, caring curriculum to enhance their readiness and willingness to practice in community-based primary care settings working with veterans, rural and underserved populations.
Vanessa Johnson, PhD, RN-BC, was recently tapped for the 2019 recipient of the ABNF Nurse in Washington Internship Award. Dr. Johnson earned a BSN from Oral Roberts University Ann Vaughn School of Nursing, MSN from the University of Oklahoma, and PhD in Human Environmental Sciences from Oklahoma State University. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical genetics research at the University Of Iowa School Of Nursing. She is currently the Director of Research and Associate Professor at Nova Southeastern University. Her passion for involvement in public policy was ignited during her early childhood, having been born and raised in the Mississippi Delta Region during the unrest of the Civil Rights Era. Her parents were both long-term public school educators and community activists, who often hosted political leaders in their home. As a young adult she began her quest to make positive changes in under-served communities, serving as Nurse of the Day for the Oklahoma legislature in 2004 and again in 2012. It was during her participation in the National Fragile X Foundation Advocacy in Washington DC in 2006 and in 2010, where she was introduced to members of Congress and their staff, which prepared her for opportunities to attend healthcare related committee meetings at the Oklahoma State Capital. Dr. Johnson has a distinguished career having served as a member of the CDC and the National Fragile X Foundation Collaborative Clinical Advisory Committee, and has held appointments on several Review Panels for Fragile X Syndrome sponsored by the US Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research, American Institute of Biological Sciences Scientific Peer Advisory and Review Services, and the CDC Scientific and Review Services for Health Equity among Adults with Intellectual Disabilities Panel. She is the Founder of EAGLES View Inc, which is a community environment and engagement organization providing services for high school students and adults with intellectual, developmental, behavioral, or cognitive challenges. She is truly at the forefront of issues and matters related to public policy.