A faculty member from the Florida State University College of Nursing was invited to speak to officials from the administration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris about health equity and community engagement in Florida.
Eugenia Millender, associate professor at the College of Nursing and co-founder and co-director of the Center of Population Sciences for Health Equity, will promote policies that promote health equity and access at a Wednesday, May 11, meeting in Zoom.
Millender accepted his invitation from the White House Office of Public Engagement, which created and coordinated the dialogue between U.S. citizens and the Biden-Harris administration.
“There is a power of people working together to address historical and contemporary injustices to achieve the importance of health and wellness care,” said Jing Wang, dean of the College of Nursing. “We are honored to have Dr. Millender’s excellent leadership of our faculty and are excited for his years of experience and expertise working with communities in Florida and abroad as a clinician and scientist to bring of the administration’s priorities to eliminate preventable health disparities, and to promote equity and access for all. ”
With decades of experience in nursing, public health research and leadership positions on national boards, Millender has dedicated her career to increasing access to health equity and providing culturally appropriate care. .
“It is exciting to see that our nation’s leaders are placing a priority on engaging community-based clinical scholars to advocate for policies to improve health equity and access,” Millender said. “As a native Afro-Latina nurse scientist, this platform will allow me to inform the White House of actions related to health issues that affect our communities and the importance of community-based research that provides back to our communities today, not 10 years from now. ”
Millender’s research examines how socio-cultural stress and trauma influence transgenerational psychological and co-occurring physical illness through gene-environment interactions among vulnerable, underserved and marginalized populations. .
She works with community-based organizations to promote collaboration, meaningful investigations and interventions for diverse communities.
“We all believe Eugenia will deliver,” said Frankie Wong, McKenzie Assigned Professor of Health Equity Research at the College of Nursing and founding director of the Center of Population Sciences for Health Equity. “He was like the tide that can lift the boat for many people with little or no sound. I am proud of his accomplishments. ”
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the onset of the COVID pandemic, political unrest and other factors exacerbated primary systemic and socioeconomic inequality and policy inequality.
The COVID crisis alone exposes the inequities of the U.S. health care system that continue to unequally affect people of color with no actionable efforts to dismantle racist and discriminatory practices. health care policies and practices and everywhere, according to the CDC.
Florida State University College of Nursing (CON) educates clinicians, leaders, scholars, and advanced practitioners who can improve the quality of life of people in all cultures, economic levels, and geographic locations. The Centers, Institutions and Labs within CON provide a framework for research and scholarly activities. Currently, CON has three nursing research centers, a Digital Health Lab, and is the prime awardee for the 14.5 million Florida First National Institutes of Health U54 Grant to increase diversity in health research. For more information on the Center of Population Sciences for Health Equity, call 850-644-3296 or visit nursing.fsu.edu.