415 Victoria Building
3500 Victoria Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
I am an Assistant Professor in the Health & Community Systems Department and an advisor to the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). At the University, I serve as the lead faculty for several public and community health courses for nursing and allied health professionals. As a PAHO/WHO advisor, my work revolves around building capacity in the Nicaraguan health workforce through education, training, and research.
I deeply believe all people deserve the opportunity to be healthy and support partnering with individuals, communities, and institutions to improve health and lives. I have worked professionally in the United States, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Honduras, and Colombia, applying expertise in community/public health, health system capacity building, and vulnerable and underserved populations. I am academically prepared as a Doctor of Nursing Practice (Administration and Health System Management focus), Master of Public Health (Behavioral and Community Health Sciences focus), and hold a Graduate Certificate in Latin American Social and Public Policy. My recent research has focused on building and evaluating novel, student-led health promotion community centers, and evaluating the needs of rural health workers in Latin America.
I have been teaching at the University since 2012 and currently serve as the lead instructor for the courses “Community Health Nursing,” “Risk Factors and Health,” and “Contemporary Issues in Cross Cultural Health Care.” In addition, I designed and lead the summer study abroad program, “Nursing in Nicaragua: Public and Community Health.”
Within the School of Nursing, I serve on the BSN Council and co-lead the Refreshing the Curriculum Taskforce. At the University level, I work with the Center for Global Health to build interinstitutional agreements with universities and organizations in Latin America, and facilitate U.S.-Nicaraguan collaboration between educators, researchers, and practitioners. In addition, I guest lecture on community and global health, and mentor and coach those interested in community, global, and public health.
Outside the University, I serve or served as a consultant to several international non-governmental organizations, and am actively involved in supporting the community health efforts of local non-profits.