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D'Youville Nursing Professor's Paper Accepted for National Research Meeting

Buffalo, New York – May 12, 2016 – Kathleen Curtin, assistant professor in the Health Services Administration Department at D’Youville, had her submission to the Academy Health Annual Research Meeting accepted for presentation at the national event in Boston June 26-28.

Titled “School Health and Wellness Collaborative: Evaluation of a School-Community-Academic Partnership to Improve Engagement in School Wellness Work” its objective is to improve health and wellness for students and their families living in the diverse and economically challenged areas of Buffalo.

“This work represents an important new area of health care; Community Health Workers trained and serving as member of elementary and secondary School Wellness Teams.  It also reflects the work of community, academic and public education partners,” Curtin said.

Her presentation will report on an innovative approach to increasing youth and parent engagement in improving nutrition, increased physical activity and strengthening the sustainability of school and community based wellness activity. 

The partnership between the Buffalo Public School District, the Community Health Worker Network and D’Youville College is supported by a two-year grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

Co-authors of the presentation include Renee Cadzow, assistant professor in Health Services Administration at D’Youville, Jessica Bauer Walker of the Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo and Sue Baldwin from the Buffalo Public Schools.

Academy Health, based in Washington D.C., is a national organization founded in 2000 to serve the fields of health services and policy research and the professionals who produce and use this work.

Curtin is a senior health care executive with both clinical and managerial experience.  Prior to joining D’Youville in 2013 she was an electronic health record consultant to the Stony Brook Hospital clinical informatics team.  She was also the Chief Clinical Informatics Officer for Kaleida Health in Buffalo.

A graduate of D’Youville, she earned her Adult Nurse Practitioner certification at the SUNY Syracuse Upstate Medical Center, and an MBA from the State University at Buffalo.


Kathleen Curtin
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