Faculty Associate, Biodesign Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics
Associate Dean for Research & Professor, College of Nursing & Health Innovation
My research and clinical practice have always centered on improving the health and growth of children. I have conducted studies on infant and child growth, nutrition, breastfeeding, and the development of community-based interventions that can be made available to low-income children, primarily through the WIC program. I have created and implemented successful breastfeeding promotion and obesity prevention interventions that can be delivered through WIC nutrition education classes or through home visit-based programs to postpartum WIC mothers. My current R01 study with obese low-income children was created through community-based participatory research (CBPR). I am well prepared to lead this project by virtue of my research knowledge and experience in public health, as well as my background as a public health nurse. When I was a District Supervisor for the Oklahoma State Health Department, I implemented coordinated care for high-risk families and children in my district, many of whom were also children with special healthcare needs. I am the Education and Research representative on The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI), which is a statewide organization that organizes immunization campaigns, provides immunizations to isolated or hard-to-reach communities, and oversees a coordinated approach to vaccine delivery in Arizona. I am also the ASU representative on the AzCHOW, the Arizona Coalition for Community Health Workers, which is sponsored by the AZ Department of Health Services. My position on the TAPI Board and AzCHOW will also give me a forum to advocate for community care for children with special healthcare needs.