VanDevanter is Noted Community Health Leader

New York, N.Y.: The New York University College of Nursing is pleased to announce that Nancy VanDevanter, DrPH, MPH, EdM, RN, has joined the faculty as a tenured associate professor of nursing. Dr. VanDevanter was previously associate professor of clinical sociomedical sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University.

Dr. VanDevanter is known for developing strong ties with communities in Northern Manhattan through her intervention studies on health issues, including HIV, STDs, and tobacco use, that disproportionately affect minority communities. For eight years, she was principal investigator for the Gonorrhea Community Action Project (GCAP), a Centers for Disease Control-funded program to increase diagnosis and treatment of STDs for high-risk adolescents. The study is a model for partnering with communities in the development of interventions for prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.

Most recently, Dr. VanDevanter worked in Louisiana on an oral history study of the public health experience in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. That project was funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

“The NYU College of Nursing is thrilled to welcome Dr. VanDevanter to our faculty,” says Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN. “In the 15 years I have known her, I have always been impressed by her scholarship and capacity to conduct very complex community research programs. Her public health expertise helps us create a critical mass in this arena, which is an important goal not only for the College of Nursing but for NYU, which has recently established a global master’s of public health program.”

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