Nurse scientist Nilda (Nena) Peragallo, one of the nation’s foremost researchers in HIV/AIDS risk reduction and prevention in Latinos, will discuss health disparities and the recruitment and retention of minority scientists as the featured speaker at the 2013 Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Lecture Series: Leading Change, Advancing Health from 4 to 5 p.m. March 6 at the UC Davis Sacramento campus.
Peragallo will present “Advancing the Health of Latino Communities: A Program of Health Disparities Research.” A minority scientist herself, Peragallo has dedicated her 35-plus-year career to identify ways to reduce the gap between minority and majority populations’ health outcomes. She is recognized internationally for her leadership in nursing, research, public health and minority research. With an extensive research portfolio in the prevention of disease among underserved ethnic minorities, her current work involves disparity-population-focused interventions in Mexico, Chile and Haiti. Peragallo is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, current co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Health Project Workforce Committee, past president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, and founding editor of Hispanic Health Care International.
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Lecture Series brings nationally recognized leaders to the UC Davis, Sacramento campus, to illuminate academic, research and clinical topics that advance health, ignite leadership and promote bold system change. The 4 p.m. lecture will take place in Room 1222 of the Education Building, located at 4610 X St. in Sacramento. A reception will follow. A live video stream of the lecture will be available at: http://ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/nursing/Leadership/Lecture_series/streaming.html.
The lectures provide professional enrichment opportunities for faculty, students, and members of the community and reinforce the school’s visionary commitment to lifelong learning for graduates and area nurses. The lecture is free and open to the public. Register online at sonrsvp.com or call 916-734-2145 for more information. Space is limited.
In addition to her lecture presentation, Peragallo will meet with Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars to provide further insight into her career choices and research trajectory. Throughout the course of her two-day visit to UC Davis, Peragallo will meet with a variety of School of Nursing faculty, as well as other UC Davis faculty and researchers, scholars from the Latino Aging Research Resource Center and UC Davis medical students with a special interest in Latino health to share her expertise and experiences.
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis was established in March 2009 through a $100 million commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the nation's largest grant for nursing education. The vision of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is to transform health care through nursing education and research. Through nursing leadership, the school discovers knowledge to advance health, improve quality of care and health outcomes, and inform health policy. The school's first programs, a doctoral and a master's degree program, opened in fall 2010. Additional students and programs will be phased in over the next decade. For more information, visit nursing.ucdavis.edu.