Population Health


The focus of the Population Health RIG is to advance nursing knowledge related to public health nursing, community health nursing and nurse managed centers. The membership consists of researchers and clinicians who share a common interest in expanding the research evidence base for community and population based health interventions in order to improve practice and policy.

Who Should Join

We invite members from across the research spectrum. Novice level students, entry level PhD and DNP professionals are as welcome as seasoned, experienced, funded and published researchers. We are an open-minded group without bias for a specific philosophical orientation. We aspire to quality research to build knowledge and science.

RIG Communication

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Meet the RIG Leadership for 2019 – 2020


Karen Monsen, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAMIA
Associate Professor educator, University of Minnesota


Norma Hennen, DNP, MSN, APHN, RN
RN Case Manager, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Past Chair 

Jamie Leslie, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati

Grants Representative


2018-2019 RIG Awards

Population Health:
Research Excellence Award
Krista Jones, DNP, MSN, RN
University of Illinois Chicago

Population Health:
Research Excellence Award
Karen Monsen, PhD, RN, FAMIA, FAAN
University of Minnesota

Overall/Long Term Goals

Our goal is not only to increase membership, but to mentor one another so as to promote a research agenda consistent with Quad Council (ACHNE, ANA, APHA, & ASTDN) recommendations in an ever changing health care system so as to fill knowledge gaps and develop strong evidence that cultivates healthy communities among diverse populations.

The members of this section meet yearly at the annual MNRS conference. An e-mail database supports communication among section members. Members are at various stages in their research programs and include undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and other nurse researchers.

Recent Activities/Highlights 

Section activities include developing or presenting research symposia at the annual conference, submitting and/or reviewing research briefs from the Population Health/Community Health/ Nurse Managed Centers Section members for MNRS publications, reviewing abstracts for the conference related to population health/community health nursing or nurse managed centers, and networking with like minded colleagues at the annual conference.

We also give awards at the section level for outstanding contributions in service and research.

RIG Minutes/Meeting Summary

If you are interested in learning more about the Population Health RIG, please explore the minutes from the past meetings:
Population Health RIG Annual Report from the 2019 Annual Research Conference
Population Health RIG minutes from the 2018 Annual Research Conference
Population Health RIG Minutes from the 2017 Annual Research Conference

RIG Member Research Updates

Polivka B., Anderson, S., Lavender, S., Sommerich, C., Stredney, D., Wills, C. &, Darragh, A. (2018) Efficacy and usability of a virtual simulation training system for health and safety hazards encountered by healthcare workers.Games for Health Journal, 8(2). DOI: 10.1089/g4h.2018.0068. Published online: 9/19/2018

Polivka, B., Folz, R., Myers, J., Barnett, R., Antimisiaris, D., Jorayeva, A., & Beatty, B. (2018). Identifying phenotypes and factors impacting outcomes in older adults with asthma: A research protocol and recruitment results.Research in Nursing and Health, 41(4), 336-345. DOI: 10.1002/nur.21880

Polivka, B. (2018). The Great London Smog of 1952. American Journal of Nursing, 118(4), 57-61. doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000532078.72372.c3

Polivka, B., Chaudry, R. (2018). A scoping review of environmental health nursing research. Public Health Nursing35, 10-17. DOI: 10.1111/phn.12373

Cavallazzi, R. Jorayeva, A., Beatty, B., Antimisiaris, D., Gopalraj, R., Myers, J., Folz, R., Polivka, B. (2018). Predicting asthma in older adults on the basis of clinical history. Respiratory Medicine, 142, 36-40. 10.1016/j.rmed.2018.07.010

Flynn, G.A.H., Polivka B., Behr, J.H. (2018). Smartphone use by nurses in acute-care settings. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 36(3), 120-126. DOI: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000400

Jones, K., Williams, J., Sipsma, H., & Patil, C. (2018). Adolescent and emerging adults’ evaluation of a Facebook site providing sexual health education. Public Health Nursing. doi: 10.1111/phn.12555

Leslie, J. (2018). Normo-carbohydrate nutrition: Results from a pilot study. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 35(2), 73-82 Doi: 10.1080/07370016.2018.1446635

Leslie, J. (2018). Employment of the Nursing Process to Facilitate Recovery from Surgery: A Case Study. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 23(2). Doi: 10.3912/OJIN.Vol23No02PPT07

Monsen, K. A. (2018). Intervention effectiveness research: Quality improvement and program evaluation. Cham: Springer.

Monsen, K. A., Rudenick, J., Kapinos, N., Warmbold, K., McMahon, S., Schorr, E. (2018). Documentation of social determinants in electronic health records with and without standardized terminologies: a comparative study. Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare, p. 1-7

Gao, G., Kerr, M. J., Lindquist, R. A., Chih, C. L., Mathiason, M. A., & Monsen, K. A. (in press). Discovering associations among older adults’ characteristics and planned nursing interventions using electronic health record data. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice.

 Monsen, K. A. (2018). Editorial: The Omaha System as ontology and meta-model for nursing and healthcare in an era of Big Data. Kontakt, 20 (2) e109-e110.

Horning, M. L., Olsen, J. M., Lell, S., Thorson, D. R., Monsen, K. A. (2018). Description of public health nursing nutrition assessment and interventions for homevisited women. Public Health Nursing, 35(4) 317-326.

Gao, G., Kerr, M. J., Lindquist, R. A., Chih, C. L., Mathiason, M. A., Austin, R. R., & Monsen, K. A. (2018). A strengths-based data capture model: mining data-driven and person-centered health assets. JAMIA Open. doi: 10.1093/jamiaopen/ooy015

Bose, E., Maganti, S., Bowles, K. H., Brueshoff, B. L., & Monsen, K. A. (in press). Machine learning methods for identifying critical data elements: Toward reduced nursing documentation burden. Nursing Research.

Yas, M. A., Secginli, S., Mathiason, M. A., & Monsen, K. A. (in press). Measurement of multitasking with the Omaha System: Toward understanding complexity of nurse and midwife interventions in a family health center in Turkey. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice.

Pruinelli, L., Simon, G., Monsen, K. A. Pruitt, T. L., Gross, C., Radosevich, D. M., Westra, B. L. (in press). A holistic clustering methodology for liver transplantation survival. Nursing Research.

 Monsen, K. A., Maganti, S. Giaquinto, R. A., Mathiason, M. A., Bjarnadottir, R. I., & Kreitzer, M. J. (2018). Feasibility of using an ontology-based text mining approach to discover meaning within CaringBridge social media journals. Kontakt. DOI: 10.1016/j. kontakt.201 8.03.002

Olsen, J.A., Horning, M. L., Thorson, D., Monsen, K. A. (2018). Relationships between public health nurse-delivered physical activity interventions and client physical activity behavior. Applied Nursing Research, 40, 13-19.

Schenk, E., Schleyer, R., Jones, C. R., Fincham, S., Daratha, K. B., & Monsen, K. A. (in press). Impact of adoption of a comprehensive EHR on nursing work and caring efficacy. CIN, Computers Informatics, Nursing. doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000441

Monsen, K. A., Kelechi, T. J., McRae, M. E., Mathiason, M. A., & Martin, K. S. (2018). Nursing theory, terminology, and Big Data: Data-driven discovery of novel patterns in archival RCT data. Nursing Research, 67(2), 122-132. doi: 10.1097/N NR.000000 000000026 9