Black History Month Event

February 23, 2016 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm


Join Pitt Nursing for our annual Black History Month celebration.  For 2016, we’ve invited Jacqueline Blake to join us: she will discuss how the National Black Nurses Association and the Pittsburgh Black Nurses in Action group were founded. Ms. Blake, president of the Pittsburgh group from 2007 to 2013, will outline the impact that such organizations are having on the profession today.  A reception will follow the presentation.

Jacqueline Blake, RN, MS, BSN has been employed at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare Systems for 26 years. She has held the position as Community Health Nurse Coordinator for the last sixteen years.  Her nursing experience spans across many areas such as hospital, home health and primary care. Mrs. Blake worked as home health nurse for both medical and psychiatric patients which led her to community health.

Mrs. Blake obtained her Bachelor’s in Nursing Science at Carlow University and began serving as a Preceptor for nurses interested in community health. She also served as adjunct faculty member at Duquesne University as a Community Health lecturer. Mrs. Blake works in the community to promote health awareness. She participates with other community health organizations to assist in health and wellness activities and to advocate for health disparities. She has garnered many community service hours working with the homeless and underserved through health programs and community events.

Mrs. Blake received her Master of Science in Professional Leadership with a concentration in Health Science Education at Carlow. Mrs. Blake developed an interest in Palliative/Hospice Care while doing her thesis for her Master’s degree and developed a volunteer booklet for hospice patients.

Mrs. Blake joined the Pittsburgh Black Nurses in Action chapter in 2005 to ensure that the community could visualize Black nurses in the community giving back. Pittsburgh Black Nurses in Action is the local chapter of the National Black Nurses Association, which provides preventive health screening and health educational activities for the community. In 2007, Mrs. Blake became President of this organization and held this position until 2013. As President, she sought out other nurses who also shared her desire to reach the community that needed assistance with access, education and resources to healthcare.

Location and Address

School of Nursing
3500 Victoria Street
Victoria Building - Room 123
Pittsburgh, PA 15261