Two people with connections to UMass Boston's PhD in Nursing Program are among the inductees of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN).
Associate Professor of Nursing Teri Aronowitz and alumna Patricia M. Noga '11, the vice president of clinical affairs of the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association, are two of 173 nursing leaders to be named a fellow this year. AAN serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. The academy has more than 2,500 fellows, recognized for their extraordinary contributions to nursing and health.
Fellows are chosen based upon their significant contributions to nursing and health care. Each candidate must be sponsored by two current academy fellows.
Aronowitz is in her eighth year at UMass Boston. She teaches a variety of graduate courses in the doctor of nursing practice and PhD programs. Her work outside the classroom is extensive, and includes research and service as a nurse practitioner at the Boston University Student Health Services, where she has been working for the past 10 years. She is also editor of the Journal of American College Health, an interdisciplinary journal with contributors from a variety of disciplines and professionals who work with college students. Aronowitz’s research focuses on promoting resilience in urban at-risk minority youth, sexual health issues, mother-daughter sexual communication, sexual assault prevention, college health, and STIs. Read an interview with Aronowitz here.
Noga has a doctorate in health policy from UMass Boston. She provides strategic direction and leadership to MHA, its hospitals and health systems, and key stakeholders for a variety of programs and activities related to clinical issues, quality of health care, patient safety, the healthcare workforce, and healthcare emergency preparedness. She leads the evolution of the acclaimed quality and safety initiative, PatientCareLink (PCL), transforming the site into a dynamic and transparent resource tool for consumers, providers and others. Currently, she leads the state in the continued implementation of the national quality improvement collaborative in Massachusetts hospitals, Hospital Improvement Innovation Network, in conjunction with the American Hospital Association’s Health Research and Educational Trust. She also chairs MHA’s Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Task Force, which issued Guidelines for Opioid Management in the Emergency Department and within the Hospital and Health System Setting. Noga is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and a recipient of the Brenda S. Cherry Doctoral Dissertation Award. She serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors. She also serves on the Board of the Organization of Nurse Leaders of MA, RI, NH & CT, and received ONL’s Elaine K. Sherwood Service Award.