Activities Across NHS

Across Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies, students, faculty, and staff conduct activities that speak to the university's and the school's values.

Example Activities

  • A standing committee of the NHS Executive Faculty is the Committee on Mission and Values, which supports and showcases the school's values: Contemplation in Action, Cura Personalis, Diversity, Excellence, Respect, Social Justice, and Value of the Common Good.
     
  • To assist the D.C. Commission on African American Affairs, faculty and students developed the report The Health of the African American Community in the District of Columbia: Disparities and Recommendations. Christopher King, PhD, FACHE, and Brian Floyd, MS, led this effort with support of the Office of the Dean and at the request of Maurice Jackson, PhD, Georgetown history professor and former commission chair, and the Office of the President. Working together with the Office of Community Engagement, the school hosted a panel discussion about the report and its recommendations at the John A. Wilson Building. Among the distinguished speakers were D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D), D.C. Council members Yvette Alexander (D) and Anita Bonds (D-At Large), and Brenda Donald, deputy mayor for health and human services.  
     
  • The School of Nursing & Health Studies and Catholic Health Initiatives – the nation’s second largest Catholic health care system – have formed an affiliation to support nursing leadership development and quality of care.
     
  • Each year, the school hosts the Values Based Lecture featuring a distinguished speaker.  Recent speakers are Maria Gomez (NHS’77), MPH, RN, president and CEO of Mary’s Center; Rochelle Rollins, PhD, MPH, director of the Division of Policy and Data in the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and Christine Grady (NHS'74, G'93), PhD, RN, FAAN, chief of the NIH Clinical Center's bioethics department, Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, executive director of NETWORK, and Desiree Hellegers (C'83), PhD, associate professor of English at Washington State University Vancouver and author of No Room of Her Own: Women's Stories of Homelessness, Life, Death, and Resistance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), and Sister Carol Keehan, DC, RN, MS, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association of the United States. Gomez earned the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal, the second highest civilian honor in the United States.
     
  • The Committee on Mission and Values, as a part of a multi-office fundraising effort at Georgetown, helped raise about $4,400 to support Holy Family Parish in Liberia, an effort prompted by the Ebola outbreak.
     
  • BSN alumnae and nursing instructors Margaret (Harvey) Granitto (NHS'82), MSN, RN, CRNP, and Teresa (McEnroe) Clare (NHS'87, MS'94), MS, RN, represented the School of Nursing & Health Studies at the 2015 Go4Life Walk, which is "the national exercise and physical activity campaign for people 50+ from the National Institute on Aging."
     
  • The Office of the Dean and the Committee on Mission and Values at the School of Nursing & Health Studies sponsored the 2016 NHS Day of Service in support of Mary's Center and its beautification project. Founded in 1988 by Georgetown BSN alumna Maria S. Gomez (NHS'77), MPH, RN, president and CEO, Mary's Center is a federally qualified health center that serves more than 36,000 individuals annually. The center works to build better futures through the delivery of health care, education, and social services.
     
  • The Center for Health Equity – Research, Implementation, and Teaching (CHERITH), approved by Georgetown University’s Board of Directors in 2001, was designed to support, facilitate, and coordinate interdisciplinary research, practice, and teaching to discover, evaluate, and eliminate health disparities.  CHERITH, along with the Committee on Mission and Values, administers an annual Health Equity Scholars Program.
     
  • BSN alumna Jen Tran (NHS’11) and international health alumnus Alex Tran (NHS’08) worked with the International Medical Corps in Sierra Leone to help fight the Ebola outbreak. Jen and Alex are siblings.
     
  • Human science majors Brandon Ferrell (NHS’17) and Nirmal Maitra (NHS’17) co-founded Heroes for Hearts, a non-profit that aims to increase CPR readiness among the general public.
     
  • Debbie Barrington, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of human science, is an NIH-funded epidemiologist who focuses on health disparities. She is principal investigator of a three-year $625,000 K22 award from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The award (1K22MD006133-01) is entitled, “Dynamic Interplay of Socioeconomic Position, Perinatal Outcomes, and Cardiovascular Health Across the Life Course.”
     
  • Susan Coleman, MPH, RN, instructor of nursing, and Diane Downing, PhD, RN, assistant professor of nursing, have fostered a partnership with Arlington Street People’s Assistance Program (A-SPAN) and the Healthier Arlington Partnership.  Nursing students participate in several community-based activities with these organizations, and NHS has donated an examination table and a hospital bed.
     
  • Diane Davis (NHS’78), MSN, RN, an instructor of nursing, has helped form a collaboration between Georgetown and Mary’s Center to support the education of medical assistants. Georgetown’s nursing students are participating in the effort.
     
  • The student-led Academic Council of the School of Nursing & Health Studies hosted a formal gala in Copley Formal Lounge and other fundraisers to support St. Aloysius Gonzaga, a Jesuit secondary school in Nairobi, Kenya that educates students who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS.  The students began this fundraiser in 2011.
     
  • Kate Dieringer (NHS'05), MPH, RN, MPH, RN, nursing alumna, served in the Peace Corps in Malawi, and Caitlin Givens, (NHS'11, G'13) RN, BSN and NM/WHNP alumna, served as a health education officer with the Peace Corps in northeast Senegal.  Von'Travis Crawford (NHS'12) and LaMar Holmes (NHS'14), human science alumni, have served Teach for America.
     
  • Kelly Kimball (NHS’16), a human science major, is an active member of the Catholic Daughters of Georgetown University and lives in a house on Magis Row that is focusing on Catholic women and spirituality. “I love how the NHS incorporates the Jesuit values into its teaching, especially in its emphasis on caring for the whole person,” she says. 
     
  • Nursing alumna Mellissa L.K. Coly (NHS’09), RN, completed a seven-day mission trip to Tacloban City in the Philippines, where she helped provide health care to individuals affected by Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan.  She is also working to help build an orphanage there for children who lost their parents during the typhoon.
     
  • Jaren Davis-Nkop (NHS'13), a health care management & policy alumnus, mentored students through the university’s Meyers Institute for College Preparation (MICP) – a pre-college academic enrichment program for local students who attend public school.  He also was a resident in the Black House, a residence on 36th Street that is supported by the university’s Center for Multicultural Equity & Access.
     
  • Juan Dent (NHS'14), an international health major, worked on health disparities at the local and policy levels through experiences at the Pan American Health Organization and Mary's Center. 
     
  • Zhihuan Jennifer Huang, PhD, associate professor of international health, Jesse Bump, PhD, assistant professor of international health, and Helena Manguerra (NHS’15) planned "The Frontier of HIV/AIDS Research in China" conference that featured a keynote address by Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD, who oversees implementation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
     
  • Edilma Yearwood, PhD, RN, PMHCNS, BC, FAAN, associate professor of nursing, specializes in the mental health of children and adolescents in immigrant communities.  Yearwood co-edited a textbook, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health: A Resource for Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Primary Care Practitioners in Nursing (Wiley-Blackwell, March 2012).
     
  • Yearwood, Dent, Rosemary Sokas, MD, MOH, chair of the Department of Human Science, and Elzbieta M. Gozdziak, PhD, research director at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, haved worked on a project, "Health Disparities and Children in Immigrant Families: Developing a Research Agenda Through Participatory Action Research with Immigrant Youth in Washington, DC."
     
  • Sokas also planned an event, through Georgetown University's Reflective Engagement Initiative, that examined the relationship between frontline hospital worker safety and patient safety.
     
  • Laura Anderko, PhD, RN, the Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Chair in Values Based Health Care, and her epidemiological principles course partnered with the District of Columbia’s Department of Health to create its first Health Disparities Report Card.
     
  • Anderko and John Kraemer, JD, MPH, assistant professor of health systems administration, developed and co-taught an undergraduate course on health disparities.
     
  • Students at NHS founded the Minority Health Initiative Council in 2010 to support minority students in their academic pursuits, as well as raise important awareness about minority health issues. 
     
  • Ryung Suh, MD, associate professor of health systems administration, and colleagues lead projects aimed at improving health care for veterans in the United States.
     
  • Joan Burggraf Riley, MS, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, FAAN, associate professor of human science and nursing, is a campus leader in the Bringing Theory to Practice Project, which incorporates health and wellness topics into coursework across the campus as a means of promoting students' holistic development.
     
  • Carol Taylor, PhD, RN, professor of nursing, served as principal investigator for a university-funded project on complex moral problems. Along with colleagues, she will address, "End-of-Life Decisions for People with Significant Intellectual Disabilities."
     
  • Each year, faculty and students at NHS provide service in local, national, and global communities.  Examples include service projects over spring break, primary health care, and community outreach in the District of Columbia.