URI College of Nursing to host NYU professor, public health expert for virtual lecture on nurses’ COVID experience

Oct. 21 presentation is the latest in the College’s Distinguished Lecture Series

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KINGSTON, R.I. — Oct. 19, 2020 — The latest installment of the URI College of Nursing Distinguished Lecture Series will feature Dr. Nancy L. Van Devanter, a professor with New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing and deputy director of the NYU Meyers WHO (World Health Organization) Collaborating Center. She is a public health expert who has worked with state and local health departments to develop programs to improve community-level health and public health practice.

Dr. Van Devanter’s presentation Oct. 21 at 5 p.m. — “COVID-19: Nurses’ Experience in 4 New York City Hospitals, In their Own Words” — would ordinarily be held at the Nursing Education Center in Providence, however, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it will be delivered remotely. Register here to receive a Zoom link to the lecture: https://cutt.ly/0gfFobC.

Since the 1990s, Dr. Van Devanter has conducted behavioral intervention research — integrating a community-based participatory research approach — into the development and testing of theory-driven interventions to promote health and reduce disease in populations with significant health disparities in HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and tobacco-related disease. She has been involved in numerous interdisciplinary collaborative studies with the NYU School of Medicine, Dentistry and Public Health Program.

Dr. Van Devanter received a Ph.D. from Columbia University School of Public Health, a Master’s of Public Health degree from the Harvard University School of Public Health, and a Master’s in Education degree from Boston University.

This continuing education activity has been submitted to the Northeast Multistate Division (NEMSD) for 1.0 Contact Hour. NEMSD is an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC COA).