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Hillman 2013 Innovation Fellowship Awardees

by: Linda Le | Wed, Dec 11, 2013 |

The Hillman Alumni Nursing Network Innovation Fellowship is designed to highlight and incentivize Hillman alumni pursuing professional development and innovation opportunities that demonstrate a commitment to improving health outcomes, lowering costs, and enhancing the experience of care. Proposed projects may promote individual leadership and growth, foster a deeper understanding of health care issues and/or provide seed funding for research.

A maximum of five awards of up to $5,000 are given each year.


Caroline Baptista & Magdalena Del Angel, New York College of Nursing, 2013
According to the CDC, opioid-associated overdose is the leading cause of accidental death among adults between the ages of 35 and 54. Under the leadership of Principal Investigator, Dr. Simmons (NDRI),  Caroline and Magdalena developed an interactive online learning module to address this issue. This module trains first-responders on how best to intervene in opioid-associated 911 calls with rescue breathing and naloxone. In order for this module to be most effective, support is necessary from the nursing community to advocate for state laws that enable first-responders to carry naloxone. The Hillman Fellowship will allow Caroline and Magdalena to present their work to nurse leaders from around the world at the International Nurses’ Society on Addictions.

Andrea Gersh, New York University, 2012
In an effort to advance NYU Langone Medical Center’s status as a leader in providing quality health care for LGBTQ patients, Andrea Gersh and Miles Harris are exploring the impact of using educational intervention to improve completion rates of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity questions in the nursing admission assessment.  Andrea and Miles received Institutional Review Board approval for this study and training is currently underway. Andrea will use the Hillman Fellowship to attend and present results of this research at the 2014 GLMA Conference as well as assist in the production of a curriculum for distribution to acute care facilities nationwide.

Linda Kang, University of Pennsylvania, 2012
Relative to the general student population, East Asian International students suffer from higher rates of clinical depression. Linda hopes to address this issue by using the Hillman Fellowship to design and build a mobile app that promotes mental health by using stress management approaches such as cognitive-behavioral therapy. The app will also serve as a personalized gateway to mental health resources, allowing students to find and connect with appropriate services in a timely manner. Initial funding from the Hillman Fellowship will support international student focus groups to ensure cultural competence in design, with additional funds going towards app programming.

Natalia Ossinova, RN, BSN, MPH, IBCLC, University of Pennsylvania, 1999
In Natalia’s community in rural Virginia, a multi-component breastfeeding promotion intervention (‘Tengo Leche!’) has been undertaken to improve the low breastfeeding rates observed among local Hispanic mothers. As a first step, Natalia and her team established culturally competent prenatal education by training Hispanic medical interpreters to serve as peer supporters for lactation. The Hillman Fellowship will help Natalia use her background in obstetrical nursing, along with her training in public health and lactation consulting, to help Tengo Leche take its next big step: initiation of outpatient lactation consultation services, measuring the impact of interventions on our target population, and helping her local community hospital apply their experiences to the larger population.

Kathleen Magee, University of Pennsylvania, 2002
Kathleen will use her fellowship to attend the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) 25th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care.  As a Nurse Practitioner in Pediatric Oncology Kathleen has led several QI projects including the implementation of a Rapid Hydration Protocol prior to Chemotherapy and an Early Admission Process for Chemotherapy Admissions.  These dual interventions have helped increase the amount of chemotherapy given during the daytime for Chemotherapy Admissions at Sick Kids from 3% to about 80%.   The IHI conference will help introduce Kathleen to leading edge approaches to safety improvement in pediatric oncology. She plans to incorporate many of these best practices into her own work at Sick Kids.


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