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Health Systems, Policy & Informatics

Purpose

The purpose of the Health Systems, Policy and Informatics RIG is to support, encourage, and improve the quality of nursing research in the areas of health systems, information technology, policy, and quality and safety.

Examples of health systems research include administration, management, leadership, implementation and evaluation of best practices. Examples of policy research includes: policy development, implementation and adherence at the local and national levels, as well as effective use of data in the public policy process. Topics related to information and technology include knowledge management, IT application and evaluation, as well as IT utilization for educational and training purposes. Examples of quality and safety topics include performance measures, sustainable interventions and practices, and innovative research methodologies.

*The topics noted above are not all inclusive, rather examples of research areas included in the new research interest group. 

Who Should Join?

Students, practitioners, faculty, and scientists at any level with an interest in Health Systems, Policy, and/or Informatics are encouraged to join.

RIG Communication

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2018-2019

Meet the RIG Leadership

Co-Chair

Lisiane Prunelli, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, University of Minnnesota
pruin001@umn.edu

Click Here to read Dr. Pruinelli's full bio.

Co-Chair 

Amany Farag, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, University of Iowa
amany-farag@uiowa.edu

Click here to read Dr. Farag’s full bio.

Chair-Elect

Sarah Brzozowski, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC
University of Wisconsin
slciganek@wisc.edu

Click here to read Dr. Brzozowski's full bio.

Chair-Elect

Clayton Shuman, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan School of Nursing
clayshu@umich.edu

Click here to read Dr. Shuman's full bio.

Past Chair and Grant Representative

Karen Lopez, PhD, MPH, RN
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago
kdunnl2@uic.edu

Click here to read Dr. Lopez's full bio.

Past Chair and Grant Representative

Said Abusalem, PhD, RN
Associate Professor, University of Louisville
skabus01@louisville.edu 

Student Representative-Elect

Anita Reger, RN, BSN, CPC, CPC-P
College of Nursing, PhD student, University of Missouri St. Louis
anita.reger@umsl.edu 

Click here to read Anita Reger's full bio.

2018-2019 RIG Awards

Health Systems, Policy and Informatics is proud to announce the following award opportunities to the RIG membership:

  • Dissertation Award
  • Senior Investigator Award
  • New Investigator Award

Nominations are now closed.  Winner will be announced at the 43rd Annual Research Conference in Kansas City, MO.  Please plan to join us for the full conference and the HSPI RIG meeting.

 

Goals

  • Networking: Provide a network to exchange novel/emerging methods, approaches to study, and the development of new knowledge to guide nursing research in health systems, information technology, policy, and quality and safety.
  • Knowledge: Explore novel/emerging methods, approaches to study, and the development of new knowledge to guide nursing research in health systems, information technology, policy, and quality and safety.
  • Practice: Draw upon and build stronger evidence to make informed healthcare decisions and highlight the importance of translating and disseminating health systems, policy, and informatics research to impact nursing leadership, clinical nursing, and federal and state policy makers.

Recent Activities/Highlights 

 

RIG Minutes/Meeting Summary 

If you are interested in learning more about the Health Systems, Policy, and Informatics RIG, please explore the minutes from the past meetings:
Health Systems, Policy and Informatics RIG Minutes from the 2017 Annual Conference.
Health Systems, Policy and Informatics RIG Minutes from the 2016 Annual Conference.

 

Member in the Spotlight

Jessica Castner, PhD RN FAEN

Jessica Castner is a Fellow in the Academy of Emergency Nursing, a recognition she received for pioneering the integration of environmental health research with emergency nursing expertise. She earned her PhD in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Master’s in Public Health Nursing from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Bachelor’s in Nursing from Marquette University.

Dr. Castner’s research focuses on reducing the human health risks from environmental and occupational exposures related to asthma and cardiopulmonary outcomes. Her impact and contributions to the science revolve around four interconnected themes of air quality, mhealth tools for respiratory and environmental exposure monitoring, unscheduled healthcare utilization, and healthy work environments. Dr. Castner’s recent accolades include the 2015-2017 Rockefeller University Heilbrunn Family Center for Research Nursing Nurse Scholar, 2017 Marquette University College of Nursing Young Alumni of the Year, and 2017 Nursing Outlook Excellence in Research Award. She is a board-certified emergency nurse (CEN), with additional clinical certifications as an Asthma Educator (AE-C), Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) Provider and Instructor, and Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course (ENPC) Provider. Dr. Castner’s research trajectory began at the University at Buffalo where she has been privileged to serve as lead faculty in the Environmental Health Study of Western New York.

Dr. Castner’s service has included Associate Editor and editorial board for the Journal of Emergency Nursing, and co-chair of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments Research Work Group (2016-present), and co-chair of the Midwest Nursing Research Society’s Health Services, Policy, and Informatics Research Interest Group (2015-2016). Dr. Castner has led initiatives to institute best-practice conflict resolution, overcome barriers for women in science, advance diversity and inclusion, and enhance cultural competence for the combat veteran family. Dr. Castner looks forward to integrating her skills and experience with the priorities and initiatives of the assembly membership and leadership.