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2021 Columbia Nursing Stories

December 16, 2021

As the end of the year approaches, here are the top stories from our Monthly Pulse newsletter for 2021, which include Black History Month, efforts to fight vaccine hesitancy, two new research centers, major grants, and more.

‘Dream big,’ and Remember to Take Care of Yourself, Too

Published February 2021

Faculty, alumni, and students included in Black History Month article.

In honor of Black History Month, Columbia Nursing alumni, faculty, and students offered advice for future Black nurses, and spoke about the critical role nurses of color play in promoting health equity.  

Columbia, NAACP Williamsbridge Join Forces to Spread Facts on COVID Vaccine

Published March 2021

Lab scene with tech using pipette and test tube

Columbia Nursing's Kellie Bryant, DNP, joined Robert Fullilove of the Mailman School of Public Health for a virtual event organized by the Williamsbridge Branch of the NAACP to address community concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Columbia University School of Nursing Launches Center for Healthcare Delivery Research and Innovations

Published May 2021

Health care staff walking in a hallway

The center supports cutting-edge research on health care systems in the United States and internationally, with the ultimate goal of expanding access to high-quality, safe health care.  

Class of 2021 Ready for Challenges Ahead

Published May 2021

Six members of the class of 2021

Our 2020 and 2021 graduates lived through a year like no other and gained a unique perspective on what it means to be a nurse. We spoke with six from our Class of 2021 about how their Columbia education prepared them for the pandemic and allowed them to follow their passions in nursing.

Columbia Nursing Launches Center for Sexual and Gender Minority Health Research

Published June 2021

Couple with young child


Building on Columbia Nursing's long-standing, pioneering commitment to LGBTQ health, the center will use innovative methods to study health among sexual and gender minority populations across the lifespan, with an emphasis on resilience and the goal of promoting social justice and health equity.

Columbia Nursing Awarded $1.9 Million from HRSA to Expand Mental Health Care for Young People

Published July 2021

Nurse talking with young patient

The grant will support 10 psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program and six students from the master of science program in occupational health at Columbia annually, for four years. Students will learn to provide evidence-based mental health care to young people living in underserved areas. 

NIH Awards Columbia Nursing Over $6 Million for Asthma Trials

Published August 2021

Equipment for treating asthma

Columbia Nursing professors Maureen George, PhD, and Jean-Marie Bruzzese, PhD, received NIH grants to test innovative treatments to reduce asthma disparities in racial-ethnic minority adults and adolescents. 

Dean Frazier, Other Front-Line Leaders Envision Future of Health Care

Published September 2021

Nurse with futuristic health care images

Dean Frazier took part in a discussion of the pandemic’s lasting impact on health care workers and systems at the Future of American Healthcare, a virtual conference organized by the Financial Times Group. 

Five Years of Caring for Washington Heights

Published September 2021

NPG faculty and staff celebrate five years in Washington Heights

Columbia Nursing’s faculty practice, the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Group, celebrated five years of serving the community, with nearly 42,000 patient visits and almost 1,500 house calls to date.  

Columbia Nursing Awarded $7.7 million in NIA, AHRQ Grants

Published November 2021

Faculty receive AHRQ, NIH grants

Columbia Nursing professors Jingjing Shang, PhD, and Patricia W. Stone, PhD, received R01 grants to study disparities in the impact of COVID-19 on nursing home and home health care patients. Professor Rebecca Schnall, PhD '09, received an R18 award to adapt and test a mobile health app for people living with HIV for Latino patients.