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Virtual Voices: Shaping the Future of Nursing

Virtual Voices is the College of Nursing’s virtual event series that highlights how we are working to solve relevant challenges and share the latest research in nursing.

Episode 1: COVID-19’s Impact on Higher Education

 The outbreak of the Coronavirus has been a major disruption to colleges and universities across the country. Sudden mid-semester lock-downs aimed at combating the pandemic forced Penn State to switch to distance learning almost overnight last Spring. Making difficult decisions and developing and executing on flexible re-opening plans and contingencies has been a constant ever since. In an environment of rapidly changing conditions, and with campuses and programs across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, both Penn State and the College of Nursing have had to cultivate a readiness to pivot quickly in order to meet the needs of our students and the clinical partners with whom we work. Please join us to learn more about how we are managing for excellence in an environment of uncertainty. 

Episode 2: Best Practices in Healthcare for Sexual and Gender Minorities

Oluwamuyiwa “Winnie” Adebayo, Cara Exten, and Britney Wardecker, are presenting the Best Practices in Healthcare for Sexual and Gender Minorities webinar. All three researchers are currently working to better understand the needs and challenges of gender and sexual minorities facing healthcare disparities and to further advance their health outcomes and overcome barriers to care.

Episode 3: A Model for Justice, A Model for Care: Breaking Down the Barriers to Healthcare for Rural Sexual Assault Victims

Sheridan Miyamoto discusses the SAFE-T Center and it’s role in providing solutions for access to care by rural sexual assualt victims.

Episode 4: COVID-19 Vaccination is a Social Health Justice Issue

Recorded on March 29, 2021, featuring Dr. Sheldon Fields, Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion and Research Professor at the Penn State College of Nursing. During this talk we will discuss the ever-evolving COVID-19 vaccination roll-out in our country. We will tackle some myths and facts about who has access to the vaccine and who does not. We will also talk about the social health justice ramifications as well as hesitancy issues surrounding the vaccination rollout in high-risk communities of color.