UC Davis nursing professor named fellow in American Academy of Nursing

October 25, 2019


Piri Ackerman-Barger is a new American Academy of Nursing fellow. Piri Ackerman-Barger is a new American Academy of Nursing fellow.

Piri Ackerman-Barger, associate clinical professor for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, is named a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She is among the 231 highly distinguished nurse leaders inducted during the academy's annual policy conference Oct. 24-26 in Washington, D.C.

“I am proud to welcome this incredible class of leaders to the American Academy of Nursing," said Karen Cox, academy president. "Their amazing accomplishments have changed health and health care across the country and around the globe. I look forward to celebrating the new fellows at our 2019 policy conference and working with them in the future so that our collective knowledge can impact and influence health policy."  

The newest addition of fellows within this class represents 38 states, the District of Columbia, as well as 17 countries.

“I am deeply grateful to my colleagues and mentors at the Betty Irene School of Nursing at UC Davis, UC Davis School of Medicine, Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce and the Campaign for Action, who helped me achieve this honor,” Ackerman-Barger said. “Together, we rise.”

Ackerman-Barger conducts research and serves as a national consultant and speaker on strategies to help underserved and under-represented groups in health professions thrive academically. Her academic interests relate to health equity and social justice. She has a particular interest in preparing nurse leaders and nurse educators to promote diversity and inclusion in academic and health care settings.

Ackerman-Barger also serves as co-director of the Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce at UC Davis Health, where she leads research focused on recruiting, training and retaining a diverse health care workforce to advance health equity. As co-director of the Interprofessional Teaching Scholars Program at UC Davis Health, she provides faculty development on topics related to pedagogy, interprofessional education and education equity.

“The Academy is the most important recognition for practitioners, educators and research in the nursing profession. For Piri, this is a well-deserved recognition for her work to promote diversity and inclusion in schools of nursing and medicine,” said Stephen Cavanagh, School of Nursing dean. “This is a proud moment for her as an individual and for us as a school, as we benefit from her expertise in this field.”

The academy is currently comprised of more than 2,600 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research. They have been recognized for their extraordinary commitment to the promotion of the public’s health through evidence and innovation. With the addition of Ackerman-Barger, there are now seven academy fellows in the School of Nursing.

For more information on the school and its programs, visit nursing.ucdavis.edu.

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