Leadership Cohort: Nursing Champions for Health Equity

Healthy People 2020 defines ‘health equity’ as the “attainment of the highest levels of health for all people.” The LGBT community lacks health equity due in part to numerous barriers to care from the health care systems. Nurses are on the front-line of health care and have a significant role to play in the elimination of health disparities, however LGBT health is not always prioritized in nursing educational environments, and LGBT nurses are not often developed into key community leaders where they can have the ability to impact broader change. Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center wants to change this and is providing training for nursing champions through an 8-month leadership cohort!

This program is funded with a grant from the Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association Promise of Nursing for Pennsylvania

2018 Leadership Cohort of Nursing Champions for Health Equity

Sigfried Aragona, BSN Student, West Chester University

Troy Boulden, BSN, RN, Lehigh Valley Health Network-Cedar Crest

Vickie Cunningham, MSN, Program Director, AIDS Activities Office, Lehigh Valley Health Network

Christine Embon, MSN, Nursing Instructor, Cedar Crest College

John Mikovitz, MSN,  Nursing Instructor, Moravian College

Vickie Neese, BSN, RN, Fogelsville Family Medicine

Emily Sanchez, MS, RN, BSN Student, Recovery Room Nurse, Allentown Women’s Center

Susan Bryant Sutter, MSN, CRNP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Children’s Healthcare

James Thiel, BSN student, St. Luke’s Med-Surg Unit

Maddie Williams, RN, Behavioral Health Nurse, Lehigh Valley Health Network