TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER’S ESPERAT NAMED ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON EXECUTIVE NURSE FELLOW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 7, 2005
CONTACT: Julie Toland, julie.toland@ttuhsc.edu


LUBBOCK – Christine Esperat, Ph.D., associate dean for research and practice in the School of Nursing at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, has been selected as a 2005 Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow.

The prestigious national fellowship program is designed to strategically position the voice of nursing across many sectors of the economy in a health care system undergoing unprecedented challenges and change. Esperat, who also is The CH Foundation Regent’s Professor in Rural Health Disparities, is one of 20 nurses in executive leadership roles nationwide to receive the three-year fellowship.

“Nurses play a key role in leading the redesign and success of health care now and into the future,” said Alexia Green, Ph.D., dean of the School of Nursing. “Dr. Esperat’s focus, in particular, on addressing health disparities with research and practice programs shows just how dedicated she is to ensuring that quality health care is accessible to everyone.”

Esperat said the fellowship will offer an intensive opportunity to work with a nationally recognized interdisciplinary team of coaches and leaders from within the health care industry, as well as from other sectors of the economy. “I am honored to be selected and have the opportunity to collaborate with nursing and health care leaders throughout the country,” Esperat said. “Dr. Green paved the way by being selected in the 2001 cohort. She was the first fellow ever named from TTUHSC, and I feel privileged to follow in her footsteps.”

With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and matching funds from the Health Sciences Center, Esperat plans to continue developing a framework for practice and research in providing clinical services to medically underserved populations, including residents of rural communities. The project will involve testing the framework in practice and generating hypotheses to be tested through research.

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