COVID-19 & Societal Impacts

Health Equity in the Time of COVID-19

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The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck Department of Nursing, which educates nurse practitioner students on their role as primary care providers, presents a webinar on health equity in the time of COVID-19. As first responders, nurse practitioners are on the frontline screening, assessing, evaluating and managing COVID-19 patients in primary care. The pandemic has heightened the awareness of the impact of social determinants of health in affecting health equity.

Who Will Benefit

– Nurse practitioners looking to correlate the social determinants of health-to-health inequities amid the COVID-19 pandemic
– Those hoping to identify the ways in which nurse practitioners play a role in ensuring adequate access to health care during COVID-19
– Health care professionals seeking to identify the strategies for alleviating stress/burnout in patients, students, health care providers and communities dealing with the impact of COVID-19

About Our Featured Faculty

Sharon O’Neill serves as Vice Chair of the Department of Nursing, director of the online Family Nurse Practitioner program and associate clinical professor at USC. Her current interest lies in family and children’s health issues across different life stages. She has conducted extensive research on maternal child health programs, hepatitis C in children with hemophilia and cystic fibrosis in children. Prior to joining USC, she served as program coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing for seven years. O’Neill earned a diploma in nursing from the Maryland General Hospital School of Nursing, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Notre Dame of Maryland University, a master’s in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, a juris doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law and a doctorate in nursing practice from The Catholic University of America. She also holds dual post-master certifications as a pediatric primary care nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner from Johns Hopkins.

Janett Hildebrand, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Nursing, has been a family nurse practitioner for more than 18 years. As a clinician, she has been employed at various community health centers that provide comprehensive primary care to patients in the lower socioeconomic level. She also worked in mobile health clinics that provided comprehensive care to migrant farm workers and their families. Prior to working as an FNP, she was a public health nurse in Orange County, CA, and provided community care to the underserved population.

Tracie Kirkland is part of the adjunct faculty in the Department of Nursing as a clinical associate professor. She currently serves as an adult and pediatric nurse practitioner at the Memorial Hermann Medical Group Katy location in Texas. Her clinical interest is in prediabetes screenings and screening for diabetes in the workplace. She has 20 years of experience as an adult and pediatric nurse practitioner and more than 25 years of experience as a registered nurse in a variety of clinical settings. She previously worked as an adult health nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner and research coordinator at Johns Hopkins University. Kirkland earned her doctorate in nursing practice from Texas Christian University, a master’s degree in nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s in nursing from Hampton University. She received postgraduate adult nurse practitioner and pediatric certifications from Johns Hopkins University.