Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing faculty, students and scholars continually participate in lectures, speaker series, symposiums and other special events that reflect the school's vision and mission to transform health care through nursing education and research. This frequently updated list is a sample of the breadth of such activities.

2021 Happenings

April 16 — Doctoral student to serve on American Delirium Society Board of Directors
Kerri Maya, a Class of 2018 alumna of the master’s-degree leadership program and a first-year Doctor of Philosophy student at the School of Nursing, was recently invited to serve as a member of the 2021 American Delirium Society Board of Directors. The American Delirium Society (ADS) fosters research, education, quality improvement, advocacy and implementation science to minimize the impact of delirium on short- and long-term health and well-being of patients. Kerri, a UC Davis Health clinical nurse educator, previously served as a co-chair for the organization’s education committee. The ADS invited Kerri to serve based on her significant contributions to the group, including the coordination of workshops and webinars. Her area of research interest focuses on care for individuals with acute cognitive impairment, or delirium.

April 15 — Family Caregiving Institute director provides keynote address at national conference
Terri Harvath, the director of the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was a keynote speaker for the 2021 Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders (NICHE) annual conference Driving Geriatric Nursing Excellence, which was offered online. Terri discussed how to assess family caregiver preparedness at discharge planning and also about how to alleviate the different sources of stress. She was one of four keynote speakers for the event. NICHE, a nursing organization, seeks to impart principles and tools to stimulate changes in clinical practice to achieve patient-centered nursing care for older adults in health care facilities. The vision of NICHE is that all older adults, ages 65 and over, receive age-friendly, exemplary nursing care.

April 9 — Family Caregiving Institute director pens column on safety and quality of life
Terri Harvath, the director for the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and president for the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), published the column, “Safety vs. Autonomy and Quality of Life,” in the April issue of Gerontology News. In her column, Terri discusses the importance of both protecting older adults from health risks while also ensuring that quality of life and autonomy are also protected. She suggests including input of older adults while developing plans to ensure their safety and well-being. As president of GSA, Terri writes a column regularly for the monthly publication.

March 26 — School of Nursing staff, faculty volunteer at vaccine clinic
While most of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing staff and faculty had the day off from work March 26, some team members used that time to volunteer at area vaccine clinics. UC Davis Health partnered with a number of area health providers, the county and community groups to provide pop-up clinics in underserved areas throughout Sacramento and Yolo counties. Maricel Lumaquin, a data analyst at the school, and Brent Luu, a pharmacist and assistant professor, teamed up to support a vaccination clinic at Samuel and Bonnie Pannell Community Center in South Sacramento. More than 700 individuals were vaccinated at the clinic that day.

March 25 — Family Caregiving Institute director speaks at Commonwealth Club online forum
Terri Harvath, director of the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was a guest speaker for the Commonwealth Club’s online event, “Healthy Society Series: 10,000 a Day Turn 65 in America. The Rise of Family Caregivers of the Elderly.” During the event, Terri discussed how optimizing home-based care requires a systematic approach. Terri was joined by Susan Reinhard, AARP Public Policy Institute Director, and Jonathan Davis, founder and CEO for Trualta, a personalized, skills-based training platform for family members caring for older adults at home. The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum. The group presents more than 450 events annually that focus on a broad range of topics.

March 25 — Nursing professor discusses COVID-19 vaccinations in underserved communities
Piri Ackerman-Barger, associate dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, served as one of three UC Davis Health panelists at a CalEndow Live webinar exploring the race to vaccinate the state’s hardest hit communities. Piri joined UC Davis School of Medicine Associate Professor David Tom Cooke and third-year resident physician Zola Afua Mansa Chihomboria Quao to discuss inequities in health systems, the science behind the COVID-19 vaccines and the health care community’s role in building trust with communities of color. “The Race to Vaccinate: Protecting the Most Vulnerable Californians from COVID-19” was provided by CalEndow Live, the public programs arm of The California Endowment. Piri is nationally recognized for pioneering teaching techniques that transcend cultural boundaries to cross the urban-rural divide.

March 23 — School of Nursing associate dean serves as guest editor for journal supplement
Journal of Health care for the poor and underservedPiri Ackerman-Barger, the associate dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, served as guest editor for a supplement recently published by the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. The supplement, first published online in November and now released in print, was developed to disseminate efforts to address health disparities and health equity through the transformation of health care education and primary care. The articles are the result of a collaboration between the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and six national projects to improve clinical teaching and research in primary care training through systems-level research, the distribution of best practices and resources and community of practice activities. Paul D. Juarez, a professor at Meharry Medical College, was also a guest editor with Piri. The issue includes a feature on the work of the UC Davis Health Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce. Piri is a researcher with the center.

March 18 — School of Nursing professor discusses eliminating racial discrimination in podcast
Jann Murray-García, an associate professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, discusses the elimination of racial discrimination in a special podcast for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2021. The podcast, produced by RELX Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Resource Centre, features both Jann and Jerome Nriagu, a professor emeritus for the Center for Human Growth and Development at the University of Michigan. Both experts discussed their work to end racism. Jann leads a number of initiatives at UC Davis Health, including an anti-racism training, to educate health professionals and students about health disparities, especially in underserved communities. RELX, which develops information-based analytics and decision tools, provides the SDG Resource Centre to aid researchers and the public with information on the global issues set out by the United Nations goals established in 2015. The 17 goals aim to stimulate action in areas of critical importance to humanity and the environment.

March 9 — Nursing professor serves as panelist for briefing on telehealth accessibility
Katherine Kim, an associate professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was one of three panelists who discussed the policy implications of their research to improve digital health equity, workforce development, and digital health interventions for Black and Latinx Californians who suffered disproportionately from the coronavirus pandemic. The California Initiative for Health Equity and Action (Cal-IHEA) convened the expert panel to share research evidence relevant to expanding digital health solutions. Katherine currently leads the Accountability, Coordination and Telehealth in the Valley to Achieve Transformation and Equity (ACTIVATE) initiative to bring telehealth services to underserved rural residents in California’s Central Valley. She discussed findings from this project and the unique needs of Central Valley residents accessing digital health platforms, including telehealth platforms.

March 4 — School of Nursing postdoctoral scholar co-leads effort to enhance specialty crops
Ronit Ridberg, a postdoctoral scholar at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and manager of the UC Davis Health Precision Nutrition Program, leads a new initiative to enhance competitiveness of California specialty crops, such as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts and dried fruits. She leads the project along with Frederick Meyers, director of the UC Davis Center for Precision Medicine and Data Sciences. The two-and-a-half year project is expected to expand opportunities to partner UC Davis Health with small and mid-scale growers who focus on these crops, which is part of an effort to build a farm-to-hospital model that provides clean, seasonal and sustainable foods to patients, visitors and staff. Ronit is a 2018 alumna of the school’s Doctor of Philosophy program whose research focuses on the intersection of nutrition, food policy and health care. Her dissertation focused on the effectiveness of produce prescription programs.  

March 1 — Nursing faculty, postdoctoral scholar awarded ‘Paper of the Year’
A paper written by Katherine Kim, an associate professor with the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, and Victoria Ngo, a Class of 2019 alumna of the school’s doctoral program and now a postdoctoral scholar at the school, was named the Sarah Mazelis 2020 Paper of the Year by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). The article, “Native American Youth Citizen Scientists Uncovering Community Health and Food Security Priorities,” was published in the January 2020 issue of Health Promotion Practice. The article showcased a project led by Katherine with youth from the Karuk Tribe in rural Northern California. Katherine trained the Karuk youth to serve as researchers in their community. Together, they developed a survey and used mobile devices to interview community members about access to fruits and vegetables in their isolated community. Through their research, the youth discovered the need to develop community gardens. As a result, gardens were developed at two elementary schools, a senior center and a community center. Additionally, the tribe convened workshops to help youth and their families improve food production and processing. The award will be presented at the SOPHE 2021 digital awards ceremony April 8.

Feb. 25 — School of Nursing postdoctoral fellow selected for global leadership group
Schola MatovuSchola Matovu, a Heather M. Young Postdoctoral Fellow at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was admitted to the WomenLiftHealth second cohort of Woman Leaders in Global Health (WLGH). The initiative seeks to promote gender equality within global health leadership. The program is hosted by Stanford University Center for Innovation in Global Health and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The leadership journey is a fully funded year-long experience for mid-career women leaders. The program is designed to provide women leaders the tools — confidence, networks, understanding of barriers — along with peer, mentor and coach support, to use their leadership skills for health impact. Schola’s foundational research explored the experiences and psychosocial well-being of Ugandan grandparent-caregivers for grandchildren affected by HIV/AIDS in Uganda. Her current research goals include designing and testing person-centered, community and family-based, culturally appropriate psychosocial interventions tailored to the well-being of grandparent-caregivers. She also co-founded and is the executive director of Nurse-to-Nurse Global Initiative, a nonprofit whose mission is to promote health and dignity of marginalized patient populations by empowering and advancing the leadership and professional development of the nurses that serve them.

Feb. 20 — Nursing professor serves as panelist for Alzheimer’s Association event
Fawn Cothran, an assistant professor for the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was a panelist for “Black Women and Dementia: Two Sides of the Story,” a virtual discussion led by the Alzheimer’s Association. The one-hour moderated panel discussion focused on the dementia realms that frequently impact Black women. Black women are diagnosed with dementia at disproportionately higher rates than white women. They also frequently take on the role as lead caregiver in many Black families, carrying the responsibility for all aspects of care for a family member diagnosed with dementia. Fawn addressed the impact of caregiver stress on mental and physical wellness for Black women serving as dementia caregivers. Another panelist, physician Anafidelia Tavares, shared the impact of health disparities and other factors resulting in higher rates of dementia in Black women. The online event was sponsored by the Capitol City Black Nurses Association, the Bay Area Black Nurses Association, Inc., and the Rho Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Feb. 13 — School faculty, student provide vaccination at drive-through clinic
Gordon Worley and Jeanette OngGordon Worley, a family nurse practitioner and assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, and Jeanette Ong, a first-year physician assistant student at the school, volunteered to provide COVID-19 vaccinations at a Sacramento County Public Health drive-through clinic at La Familia Maple Community Center in South Sacramento Saturday. The goal of this particular clinic was to provide vaccinations in communities and neighborhoods hit hard by the coronavirus. Gordon and Jeanette helped provide 150 vaccinations to seniors, health care workers and farmworkers that day. They return in four weeks to provide the second doses. Volunteers from UC Davis Health, Dignity Health and other community partners provided more than 1,500 vaccinations at similar drive-through clinics throughout Sacramento County Feb. 13 in an attempt to reach the region’s most vulnerable populations. The weekend clinics are expected to continue in the months ahead.

Feb. 8 — Family Caregiving Institute releases study of state caregiver center expansion
A team of researchers from the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis is providing research support for a $30 million project to expand and improve California’s 11 Caregiver Resource Centers. Heather M. Young, associate director for strategic partnerships at the institute; Janice Bell, institute faculty; and Jennifer Mongoven, administrative director; recently completed their first-year study exploring how technology can help the centers provide caregivers with better, more targeted services. The team reported that the first year of the project was successfully implemented, even with the pandemic, which forced the implementation to go remote immediately. In assessing the data already gathered, the team discovered that caregivers are younger with many in the sandwich generation of caring for parents and children. Heather recently provided an interview with the Family Caregiver Alliance to share the results of the report and discuss future implications.

Feb. 5 — Master’s Entry Program in Nursing alumna recognized with DAISY Award
Kiana-HoodKiana Hood, a Class of 2019 graduate of the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was recognized recently with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Kiana is neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurse at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. She was honored for her partnership with colleagues to ensure that her patient’s special needs were met. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses recognizes the super-human work nurses do every day. The award was established by the DAISY Foundation, a foundation for the elimination of Diseases Attacking the Immune System in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Mr. Barnes' parents established the foundation in Patrick's memory because they had experienced first-hand the skills as well as the caring and compassion of many nurses. The award is given monthly to outstanding nurses in hospitals across America.

Feb. 5 — School of Nursing alumnus featured in Black Futures series
UC carter todd quoteIn celebration of Black History Month, the University of California is featuring the voices of Black students, alumni, staff and faculty from across the UC system, including an alumnus of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. Master’s-degree leadership alumnus, and UC Davis Medical Center nurse, Carter Todd was featured on UC social media channels for his leadership of the Capitol City Black Nurses Association. The series kicked off this week with a video message, shared on social media, from UC President Michael V. Drake. He reflected on the Black workers, scholars, artists and activists who have propelled the University of California – and the world – ever forward toward the ideals of equality, inclusion and justice.

Annie Tat Daisy with UC Davis nurses

Feb. 1 — Master’s-degree leadership alumna recognized for her work supporting transplant patients
Annie Tat, a Class of 2016 graduate of the Master of Science Leadership program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was recognized recently with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Annie is nurse in the transplant and metabolic department in Tower 8 at UC Davis Medical Center. She was recognized for her work in Tower 8 along with her advocacy of relationship-based care and volunteer work to promote social justice and racial equity in Sacramento County. Her nomination includes a story from a transplant recipient whom Annie cared for before and after a kidney transplant. The award was established by the DAISY Foundation, a foundation for the elimination of Diseases Attacking the Immune System in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Mr. Barnes' parents established the foundation in Patrick's memory because they had experienced first-hand the skills as well as the caring and compassion of many nurses. The award is given monthly to outstanding nurses in hospitals across America.

Jan. 22 — Family Caregiving Institute associate director pens editorials on care of older adults
Heather M. Young, the associate director for strategic partnerships at the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, recently published two editorials in gerontological journals. She collaborated with two nurse scientists to publish an editorial in the January issue of the Journal of Gerontological Nursing. In “The Time is Always Right to Do What is Right: Revisiting Our Societal Values and Strategies in the Care of Older Adults in 2021,” the three authors challenge the gerontological community to take three key actions address inequalities in the care of older adults. Heather teamed up with Donna Fick, the journal’s editor, and Ann Kolanowski, a professor emerita from The Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing. The three authors suggest experts reflect on their own biases, communicate and advocate for older adults and renew their commitment to prepare professionals to care for older adults. In addition to her role with the Family Caregiving Institute, Heather also lead’s the national program office for the Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators and is the editor of the journal Research in Gerontological Nursing. Her first editorial in that magazine, also in January, stressed the increasing importance of gerontological research. “The Infection Point: Increased Urgency for High Impact Gerontological Nursing Research” calls for researchers to “cast the collaborative widely” to publish work that take innovations to the next level.

Jan. 22 — Nursing faculty, staff showcase School of Nursing virtual patient project in conference publication
A team of researchers from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis published the article, “Learning Analytics with Virtual Patient Data Reveals Subgroup of Students who Miss Pertinent Findings,” in the Innovative Learning Summit 2020 publication. Andrew Corbett, who provides instructional design for the School of Nursing, partnered with Assistant Professor Cara Sandholdt and Professor Deb Bakerjian, to write the article for the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) annual summit. The article outlines the school’s use of virtual patients, where students use computer-based simulations of clinical experiences, to assess their critical decision-making during patient interactions. Andrew and team used learning analytics to understand the overall progress of School of Nursing physician assistant and family nurse practitioner students using the simulations and also allowed educators to further delineate student performance into groups and sub-groups and assess students’ diagnostic reasoning.

Jan. 5 — School of Nursing faculty publish reference guide for clinical students
Advanced PharmacologyBrent Luu, a pharmacist and an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, collaborated with two former School of Nursing faculty to write the reference guide, “Advanced Pharmacology for Prescribers.” Gerald Kayingo, a physician assistant and former associate professor, along with Virginia Hass, a nurse practitioner and retired associate professor, worked with Brent to publish the unique resource, which serves as a reference guide for advanced-practice students and clinicians. The three faculty members taught together in the school’s family nurse practitioner and physician assistant programs. They developed the guide to serve as “a bridge between standard, lengthy pharmacology texts and quick pocket references that lack information regarding key pharmacotherapy principles.” The print version of the book is set to publish Feb. 15 and the digital version is online now.

Jan. 5 — Nursing doctoral student leads UC Davis Health NICHE membership
Anna Satake, a third-year Doctor of Philosophy student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, recently led a team of UC Davis Health nurses toward membership in the NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) program of The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing. The team identified an interdisciplinary team, completed an analysis of current strengths and weaknesses, identified the top two priorities for improvement at UC Davis Health and conducted a return on investment (ROI) analysis. As a NICHE member, UC Davis Health now gains access to resources and tools to implement the NICHE program and achieve — and sustain — better care and outcomes for older adults. Anna is a geriatric clinical nurse specialist whose research focus is improving care for geriatric patients.

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