Advancing Science on Social Determinants of Health and Health Inequities as a Nurse Researcher

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Join us for a conversation with the Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR): Dr. Shannon Zenk, Ph.D., MPH, RN, FAAN. She will be discussing advancing the science on social determinants of health and health inequities as a nurse researcher and her personal journey from academia to public service.

Prior to her role as Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research, Dr. Zenk was previously a Nursing Collegiate Professor in the Department of Population Health Nursing Science at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) College of Nursing, and a fellow at the UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy. Dr. Zenk’s own research focuses on social inequities and health with a goal of identifying effective, multilevel approaches to improve health and eliminate racial/ethnic and socioeconomic health disparities. Her research portfolio has included NIH-supported work into urban food environments, community health solutions and veterans’ health. Through pioneering research on the built environment and food deserts, Dr. Zenk and her colleagues increased national attention to the problem of inadequate access to healthful foods in low-income and Black neighborhoods.


Sponsored by the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement as part of the Health Policy Leadership Lecture Series