Nursing Advisory Council
Sheila Davis DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN
Sheila Davis is the Director of Global Nursing at Partners In Health (PIH) an international non-governmental organization currently working in 12 countries globally. Sheila has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS since the mid-1980's and in global health since 2000. She co-founded a small NGO with other nursing colleagues that worked in South Africa and Boston from 2004-2010 on health projects including a rural village nurse clinic and vulnerable feeding program.
Shelia received her BSN from Northeastern University in 1988, her Masters in Nursing as an Adult Nurse Practitioner from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 1997, and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice with a concentration in global health in 2008 also from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Currently in addition to PIH, Sheila is an Adult Nurse Practitioner at MGH Infectious Diseases outpatient practice and is an Assistant Professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions.
Sheila was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2008 and is a frequent national speaker on global health, clinical topics including HIV/AIDS, and role of nursing in human rights. In 2009, Sheila was inducted as one of the inaugural class of 12 Carl Wilken’s Fellows working on anti-genocide global efforts as part of the Genocide Intervention Network, as the only nurse that was part of the first fellowship group. Sheila has published in number of domestic and global journals.
Jennifer Dohrn DNP, CNM
Jennifer Dohrn is the Program Director for Columbia University’s ICAP’s Nurse Capacity/Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (INCI-NEPI) Coordinating Center and Assistant Professor of Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing. As a doctorate in nursing education, specializing in midwifery, women’s health and HIV care, she has over twenty years teaching experience for master’s level nursing students. As a practicing nurse-midwife, she developed and directed the first freestanding birthing center in an urban community (opened in 1988) whose population has historically had minimal access to safe care, and continues her clinical practice when in NY.
Dr. Dohrn has guided the INCI project since 2009, which includes work in five NEPI countries (Lesotho, Zambia, Malawi, Ethiopia, and Democratic Republic of Congo) and nursing capacity building at the in-service and policy level in South Africa, Swaziland, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Kenya. She has worked in the area of capacitating nurses and midwives, with a focus on HIV/AIDS care, in the U.S. since 1994, and in Southern Africa since 2003. As the landscape changes with increased responsibilities for nurses and midwives, she is now witnessing how nurses can play an expanded role in impacting on health outcomes. She has been able to bring her many years of experience in nursing education, clinical nurse midwifery, and program building at the international level all to bear in contributing to INCI-NEPI. In each country, with the Ministry of Health, USG partners, and nursing leaders, initiatives that are critical to that country’s needs get formulated, developed and implemented, with an evaluation to know that more midwives and nurses are prepared for the urgent needs that present at the clinical level. She is witnessing nursing and midwifery voices being finally heard – at the global level and regional levels and can mark that health care systems are truly being strengthened through nursing leadership and increased competencies.
Jason E. Farley, PhD, MPH, CRNP
Dr. Farley is an Assistant Professor of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and a nurse practitioner since 2003 in the Division of Infectious Diseases within The Johns Hopkins AIDS Service. He also holds an adjunct faculty appointment at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa. He is also a Clinical Consultant for the Johns Hopkins local performance site of the Pennsylvania/Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC). Dr. Farley’s current research in HIV assesses epidemiologic and clinical interventions for HIV patients with drug resistant co-infections, such as TB and MRSA. These research projects include an evaluation of treatment outcomes in patients with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) with a high HIV/AIDS prevalence in South Africa. His research team is evaluating nursing models of care that improve treatment outcomes in patients co-infected with TB/HIV in KwaZulu Natal South Africa including being the PI on an operational research project evaluating the safety and efficacy of nurse-initiated MDR-TB treatment in patients co-infected with HIV.
Dr. Farley’s clinical expertise has also been recognized internationally. He has been a key nurse consultant for the International Training and Education Center on HIV (I-TECH) and JHPIEGO in developing curriculum on HIV/AIDS, TB and sexually transmitted infections in Namibia and South Africa. He has conducted in country needs assessment and developed a redesigned and reorganized nursing curriculum to meet the epidemiological and clinical needs of the University of Namibia. He is a co-chair of the Global Health Committee for the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and has served as a member of the Technical Reference Group entitled, “WHO/PEPFAR Collaboration to Scale up Transformative Education for Nurses and Doctors."
Lynda Law Wilson, RN, PhD, FAAN
Dr. Lynda Wilson is a Professor of Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where she also serves as Deputy Director of the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization Collaborating Center on International Nursing and as Assistant Dean for International Affairs. Dr. Wilson has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Master’s Degree in Maternal-Child Nursing from the University of Delaware, and a PhD in Child and Family Studies from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Dr. Wilson has a long-standing interest in global health and international nursing. Since 1995 she has been an active member of Alabama-Guatemala Partners, and served for three years as the president of the Alabama chapter. From 1996-1998 Dr. Wilson was one of 40 participants selected to participate in an International Leadership Development Program sponsored by Partners of the Americas and funded by the W. W. Kellogg Foundation. Dr. Wilson is fluent in Spanish and has led five study-abroad courses to Guatemala. In addition she has been involved with a number of health and development projects in Guatemala and with the Latino community in Alabama. From 2003-2004 Dr. Wilson spent 6 months as a Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Chile School of Nursing, with support from the Fulbright Foundation. In 2010 she served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the University Of Zambia Department Of Nursing Science. Since 2010 she has served as the Coordinator of the Pan American Nursing and Midwifery Collaborating Center Network, and from 2009-2011 she served as Co-Chair of the Expert Panel on Global Nursing and Health for the American Academy of Nursing.
Dr. Wilson’s earlier research focused on promoting positive parent-infant relationships, and on developing and evaluating tactile interventions to reduce stress for hospitalized premature infants. Her recent research has focused on health needs of Latino immigrant families, and the development, implementation and evaluation of the first HIV Nurse Practitioner program in Zambia. In 2009 Dr. Wilson received one of the 229 National Institutes of Health Challenge grants awarded (out of nearly 20,000 proposals submitted) to develop, implement, and evaluate four distance education courses for 166 study coordinators at international sites in 50 different countries. In 2010 she received funding (along with collaborator Dr. Sally Rankin at the University of California-San Francisco, UCSF) for a Global Health Professional Fellows Grant from the U.S. Department of State to promote global educational exchanges between faculty at the University of Zambia, the University of Malawi, UCSF, and UAB. In 2010 Dr. Wilson led a collaborative project with faculty from four World Health Organization Nursing and Midwifery Collaborating Centers to identify perceptions of nursing faculty in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and Caribbean countries about global health competencies for nurses.
Donna J. Perry, PhD, RN
Donna Perry is a nurse scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital where she serves as Associate Director of the Thomas S. Durant Fellowship for Refugee Medicine. She also manages global nursing education. Her program of research focuses on human decision-making around contemporary issues of social transformation that impact health including peace, social justice and human rights. The research is conducted within an emerging theory developed by Dr. Perry called transcendent pluralism, which is grounded in a philosophical understanding of human dignity. She serves as volunteer Co-Chair of ACCESO, a non-profit NGO that organizes humanitarian delegations to Cuba to deliver books and disability equipment and to promote Cuban-American relations. She is appointed as a visiting scholar in the Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing. Dr. Perry has published a number of journal articles and book chapters and recently completed her second book. She has lectured both nationally and internationally on social issues related to global health ranging from environmental justice to transformative peace building. She has done in-country global health work in Abu Dhabi, Cuba, Guatemala, India, Israel and Palestine.
Anne Sliney RN ACRN
Anne Sliney is the Chief Nursing Officer of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). In that role, she has assisted governments in resource-poor countries as they scale-up care and treatment programs for HIV infected individuals. She advises the Clinton Foundation on HIV/AIDS nursing issues, and works with nursing leaders and educators in partner countries to design programs that enhance the role of the nurse in HIV/AIDS care. She leads the CHAI Clinical Support Team, which is made up of clinical experts –doctors and nurses-who provide technical assistance to CHAI country programs and global teams.
As Chief Nursing Officer, Anne works with all CHAI global teams on health system strengthening activities, particularly Human Resources for Health. She focuses most closely on nursing workforce issues and supports government efforts to produce more nurses with the knowledge and skill necessary to provide high quality health care.
Anne has 33 years of nursing experience. She is an AIDS Certified Registered Nurse. Prior to joining the Clinton Foundation, she developed and implemented a community-based adherence program in collaboration with AIDS Project RI and AIDS Care Ocean State. She is adjunct faculty of the Rhode Island College School of Nursing, where she received an honorary Doctor of Science degree in 2006, and is on the Faculty of the Brown University AIDS Program. Anne is the president of the RI Chapter of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and chairs the Public Policy Committee of RI ANAC. She was appointed to the joint House and Senate Commission on HIV Legislation, and represented RI ANAC’s positions on HIV counseling, testing and informed consent.
Suzanne Willard, PhD, CRNP, FAAN
Dr. Willard is a Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at Rutgers. She has been involved in the field of HIV for over 20 years. As direct care provider, she participated in NIH sponsored research studies and explored a variety of avenues to insure that women and their families receive the array of services that are required for healthy outcomes. She initiated a clinical program in an academic OB/GYN practice at Temple University Hospital providing HIV consultative services at the same time that the women received their OB care. This program has been replicated throughout the City of Philadelphia and has resulted in a dramatic decrease in perinatal transmission of HIV disease to children.
At the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the largest international organization providing services to pregnant women with HIV, she designed and established programming in Sub-Saharan Africa to insure the quality of care utilizing a framework of continuous quality improvement. As a consultant, she has worked with a variety of HIV programs including the Pennsylvania Mid=Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center.
In 1994, she initiated and chaired the Perinatal Review Program which utilized data to make recommendations to improve services for pregnant women with HIV in the Philadelphia region. She has provided consultative services has been to many governmental commissions including the Mayor’s Commission on HIV/AIDS and advisory panels to government officials as well as the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Willard was the first nurse to be selected to be a panel member of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adult and Adolescents. In this role she was a key advocate for guidelines that are illustrative of care of women and adherence and inclusive for the variety of care providers, including advance practice nurses, who provide care to individuals living with HIV. These Guidelines are the gold standard for treatment both in the US as well as globally.
Her research has looked at adherence, issues of abuse and exercise and their impact on HIV positive women. She has been a site director of the International HIV/AIDS Nursing Research team. As an educator she designed academic HIV/AIDS courses for graduate and undergraduate students, she has presented nationally and internationally. She has published book chapters and in peer reviewed journals and has served on the editorial board of the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. As an advocate for nurses globally, she is President-elect of the Nurses in AIDS Care. She has received many honors for her work and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.