Thank you for joining us for the 44th Annual Research Conference. The theme for the 2020 conference is “Advancing Nursing Research with Diverse Populations”.  The learner outcomes for the conference are:

  • Exchange novel scientific ideas to support the generation of nursing research and implementation of evidence-based practice with diverse populations
  • Describe how nursing research can influence the overall health of diverse populations
  • Discuss innovative strategies for nursing research and evidence-based practice regarding global issues, immigration, intersections of care, disparity of care, equity and inclusion for care and research, and diverse and vulnerable populations.

Keynote Speakers

MNRS was pleased to host the following Keynote Speakers for the 44th Annual Research Conference:

Shannon N. Zenk, PhD, MPH, FAAN
Nursing Collegiate Professor, University of Illinois Chicago

Neighborhood research to advance health equity: Up, out, and onward

Shannon N. Zenk, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN is Nursing Collegiate Professor in the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing. Dr. Zenk’s research focuses on understanding and addressing socio-environmental determinants of health to improve population health and eliminate inequities. Through pioneering research on food deserts, Dr. Zenk helped bring national attention to the problem of inadequate access to healthful foods in low-income and segregated neighborhoods.

The research of Dr. Zenk and her teams is widely recognized with broad impact. She and her colleagues have published some 110 journal articles and book chapters with more than 5500 citations, and have received $50 million in extramural funding. Their research has informed eminent scientific reports and statements and advocacy efforts, and ultimately has helped spark policy changes to improve access to healthy food. Dr. Zenk chairs the NIH Community Influences on Health Behavior study section and is Associate Editor for Health & Place and Health Education & Behavior. Her recent honors include the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, Sigma Theta Tau and the President’s Award, Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research. Dr. Zenk earned a BSN from Illinois Wesleyan University, joint MS-MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and PhD from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Kathleen R. Delaney, PhD, PMH-NP, FAAN
Faculty, Rush University

Nursing Science as a Foundational Driver of Population Health: Get Noticed, Disrupt, and Stay Connected

As a teacher/practitioner at Rush College of Nursing (CON), Dr. Delaney has blended her academic, clinical and research roles. Her research has focused on creating safe and healing psychiatric environments for individuals with serious emotional disorders (SED) and on increasing access to child mental health services. Dr. Delaney recently designed and tested a measure of the degree a treatment environment is patient-centered/recovery oriented. Dr.  Delaney has authored policy statements focused on reducing stigma, prevention and bringing mental health services to the community settings where individuals live and work. She is currently a professor at the CON, director of the HRSA funded, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Residency  program and a member of state and national committees studying workforce and quality of mental health care.


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