NLN Officer Honored by National Academy of Medicine

NLN Officer Honored by National Academy of Medicine

Dr. Cheryl Killion, Expert in Family Health & Cultural Aspects of Health, Named National Academy of Medicine Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence

Washington, DC — Cheryl Killion, PhD, RN, FAAN, Secretary of the National League for Nursing Board of Governors and an associate professor in the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, has been named National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence for 2022-2023. 

The year-long immersion will give Dr. Killion a prominent role in federal health policy, as she brings the crucial perspective of nursing to the table to improve patient care and access to care. The NAM, as well as its sister academies in Science and Engineering, is known for its inter-professional collaborative approach to scholarly engagement.

“I can think of no one better suited for this prestigious position,” said NLN Chair Kathleen Poindexter, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, interim associate dean of academic affairs at Michigan State University in Lansing, referring to Dr. Killion’s impressive resume in public health-related teaching, research, and publication. “Dr. Killion has dedicated the better part of her professional experience as an educator and a scholar to examining culturally based aspects of health, barriers to health equity, and evidence-based best practices for advancing health outcomes in disadvantaged communities.”

NLN President and CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN said, “On behalf of the National League for Nursing, I congratulate Dr. Killion on this appointment. We are delighted she will join the eminent researchers, policy experts, and clinicians who collaborate on the academy’s vital work in public health to provide nonpartisan, scientific, and evidence-based guidance to the public at large, policymakers, and institutions of higher education and health care nationwide and in settings across the globe. As she has in her service to the League, Dr. Killion will prove steadfast in her support to the National Academy of Medicine.”

In a career spanning decades, Dr. Killion has focused extensive attention on such issues as health disparities that plague the African American community; the mental health of vulnerable teens; and the struggles of Haitian refugee women who suffered violence and domestic abuse. She was principal investigator on a National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities funded study, “Social and Environmental Barriers to Health for African American Families Residing in Public Housing,” and served as the lead investigator of a Research Infrastructure Grant titled, “Complementary and Alternative Healing Practices among Elderly, Urban-Dwelling African Americans.” She is an expert in qualitative research methodology, which remains among her primary research interests.

Dr. Killion earned doctoral and master’s degrees in anthropology from the University of California, a Master of Science in maternal-child medicine from the University of Colorado, and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Southern Illinois University.

The NAM Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence has been supported for nearly 30 years by the American Academy of Nursing, the American Nurses Association, and the American Nurses Foundation. 

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August 18, 2022


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