Black History Month
The Academy spotlighted the following individuals during Black History Month, centered on Black Resistance, in February 2023:
Orlando Harris, PhD, RN, FNP, MPH, FAAN
Dr. Harris's research has focused mainly around understanding the social and cultural determinants of health for Caribbean men who have sex with men and transgender women with an emphasis on structural inequalities; social and societal context; psychosocial; and social networks. He works to create novel HIV prevention interventions that are culturally inclusive and appropriate for sexual minority populations in the Anglo-Caribbean.
Estelle Massey Osbourne, RN, FAAN
Throughout her 43 years long nursing career, Estelle Massey Osbourne worked to ensure access to education and training for black nursing students. Notably, in 1943 she was appointed to the National Nursing Council for War Service at a time when black nurses were prohibited from military service. By the end of World War II, in part due to her influence, the Cadet Nurse Corps inducted 2,000 black nurses.
Gloria McNeal, PhD, MSN, ACNS-BC, FAAN
Dr. McNeal studies and utilizes emerging technologies in critical care settings to expand accessible care beyond the walls of the ICU. She received a $1.5 million federal grant in 2016 to launch the National University Nurse-Managed Clinic (NUNMC), an innovative model for telehealth services that has since been named an Academy Edge Runner. The NUNMC received a 4-year, $4 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration in July 2022.
Carolyn Curtis, MSN, RN, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
Carolyn Curtis is the Founder/CEO of The CARAB Company, PLLC which provides consultation and education services in the areas of maternal, neonatal, and child health, women's health, and global health. She served as a senior health advisor and nurse midwife at the United States Agency for International Development, yet she also made an incredible impact on maternal care for pregnant adolescents in Washington, DC. Her work is used by the International Federation of Gynecologists and Obstetricians in 42 countries and by the International Confederation of Midwives in 124 countries.
Patricia E. Sloan, EdD, RN, FAAN
Noted for her expertise in the areas of public health nursing and education, Dr. Sloan held many positions throughout her distinguished career in Illinois and Virginia. While a faculty member at Hampton University, she served in the US Army Reserves for over 20 years. She was part of a talented team that started graduate nursing education programs at Hampton. Dr. Sloan was instrumental in establishing the M. Elizabeth Carnegie Nursing Archives at Hampton, the first archives in the US designed as a repository for oral histories and memorabilia on minority nurses, especially African-Americans.