Penn Nursing Dean Antonia Villarruel is scheduled to receive the 2021 Health Care Leader Award from the American Academy of Nursing (Academy). This award honors her remarkable contribution to shaping the health policy. The award will be presented during the 2021 Health Policy Conference, Healthy Lives for All People Achieving Equity, Science, and Trust, which will be held in a hybrid format October 7-9, 2021.
The award was established in 2008 and the Health Care Leader Award recognizes an influential national leader dedicated to improving the health of the nation through contributions to excellence in the organization.
Dr. Villarruel has a remarkable leadership record and understands the significance of nurses in encouraging health. Her unwavering dedication to community wellness is evident by her career, which includes launching research centers as well as programs, as well as being a leader and advisor to the federal government as well as many other organizations. I am delighted to present her with the Academy’s Health Care Leader Award.
Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD RN, FAAN, Academy President
About Dean Villarruel
Villarruel is the Margaret Bond Simon Dean for Nursing and Director of the School’s WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership. As bicultural and bilingual researcher, Villarruel has extensive research and practice experience working with Latino populations as well as health promotion and disparities. She is currently the co-leader of the NIH funded Philadelphia Community Engagement Alliance to address COVID-19 Inequities (CEAL) an alliance to improve the implementation and evaluation in real-time of interventions focused on COVID-19 disparities between different populations in the Philadelphia region.
Villarruel holds several leadership roles. She is a elected Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia She is Chair of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Culture of Health Program Advisory Committee, Chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows Subcommittee on the Selection Review Process and Co-chair of the Strategic Advisory Council of the Future of Nursing Campaign of the AARP/RWJ Campaign for Action. She is also founder of the CDC-implemented program !Cuidate!, designated as an Academy Edge Runner, which aims to reduce risky sexual behaviors among Latino adolescents
She has been honoured with numerous awards, including the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Researcher Hall of Fame Award, The Globy Award for Educational Leadership by the Global Philadelphia Association and the highly coveted Ohtli Award of the Mexican government.
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