Values Based Chair

A Letter From the Chair

Welcome!  I am the Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Chair in Values Based Health Care. This position was generously created by Brian Hehir and Janet Hehir (NHS'75) in memory of Mrs. Hehir's parents.

I would like to introduce you to the principles that drive our teaching, research, and practice.

Founded in 1789, Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in the United States.  The university is known globally for its deep commitment to social justice.

Within this rich landscape, NHS translates science - using a values based framework - into health outcomes that benefit the public.  Faculty members achieve this through innovative teaching, research, scholarship, and service  - all in an effort to, as the NHS mission, in part, states, "improve the health and well-being of all people."

Our history is rich in this arena.  One of the first lectures delivered at the school at the time of its founding, according to historical documents, was on "The Ethics of Nursing." 

Since that time - as our academic offerings have broadened to cover Health Systems Administration, Human Science, International Health, and Nursing - our community has remained committed to understanding our fields as they relate to mission and values. 

Feel free to contact me to learn more about our work.  I look forward to meeting you.

Laura Anderko, PhD, RN

Recent Chair News

  • Joined the board of Health Care Without Harm. (February 2017)
  • Spoke at a White House event on climate change and nursing. (May 2016)
  • Spoke with WTOP radio about lead contamination. (April 2016)
  • Invited to speak on a panel about climate change at a meeting of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. (August 2015)
  • Selected to lead, through a more than $700,000 award, a CDC-funded Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit at Georgetown. (February 2015)
  • Organized an event with an executive producer of "Journey of the Universe." (October 2014)
  • Selected for Nursing Excellence GEM Award for advancing and leading the nursing profession. (July 2014)
  • Interviewed with Georgetown Magazine about faculty who are doing research on the environment. (fall 2013)
  • Spoke with for stories on the health effects of air pollution and climate change. (October 2013)
  • Named White House Champion of Change for work on the health-related effects of climate change. (July 2013)
  • Served as lead author of an article in the American Journal of Nursing on sustainable health care environments. (April 2013)
  • Served as lead author of an article in The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing on a Web-based tool to educate nurses about fish consumption. (March 2013)
  • Served as corresponding author of a new article in Preventing Chronic Disease, a peer-reviewed journal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on "Promoting Prevention Through the Affordable Care Act: Workplace Wellness."
  • Appointed to the advisory committee for the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health. (December 2012)
  • Co-hosted an event on communicating the science about chemical exposures that featured, among other speakers, Meg Kissinger, an investigative reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. (November 2012)
  • Earned a faculty achievement award at the fifth annual Convocation of Georgetown University Medical Center. (November 2012)
  • Co-hosted the event, “Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Health: How do Corporate Actions Affect Public Health?” (November 2012)
  • Was quoted in a Georgetown University story about a $20 million gift to support the university's Environment Initiative. (November 2012)
  • Spoke with Associated Press TV for a story about new research on sugary drinks and obesity. (September 2012)
  • Wrote the article, "Particulate Matter (PM) Pollution: Protecting those Most Vulnerable," posted on the Physicians for Social Responsibility Web site.  (August 2012)
  • Co-produced, with The Vitality Group, the publication, Healthier Workforce for a Healthier Economy: A Policy Forum. (June 2012)