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NHS Faculty at UNC School of Nursing Selected for National League for Nursing

Portrait Shot Natalie Pool

October 12, 2023

Washington, DC — The National League for Nursing welcomed Natalie Pool, PhD, RN, CNE at the University of Northern Colorado School of Nursing, a distinguished thought leader in nursing and health education, on August 7-8 in Washington, D.C., for an orientation to the Social Determinants of Health & Social Change Leadership Academy. The year-long program is a key element of a groundbreaking collaboration between the League and Walden University College of Nursing, the Institute for Social Determinants of Health and Social Change, which brings about positive social change through focused professional development.  

Dr. Pool was chosen through a competitive application process for their dedicated work in the social determinants of health and social change, which address the impact of structural racism, socioeconomic status, environment, education, adequate housing, and food insecurity on health and wellbeing.  

 “Since joining our school in the fall of 2020, Dr. Pool has demonstrated a deep commitment to diversity/equity/inclusion/belonging (DEIB) within nursing education” shares Dr. Melissa Henry, director of the UNC School of Nursing. “I am confident that Dr. Pool’s thoughtful leadership and participation in this wonderful program will strengthen integration of the SDOH into our curricula, benefiting our programs and community at all levels. We are so excited to support Dr. Pool on this important work for nursing education.”   

“The National League for Nursing is privileged to continue our partnership with Walden University College of Nursing in this vital endeavor,” said NLN President and CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We expect these outstanding educators to enhance their leading role in the preparation of a diverse, culturally humble nursing and health care workforce that advances the health of our nation and global community, guided by the League’s core values of caring, integrity, diversity and inclusion, and excellence.”  

“The caliber of this Leadership Academy cohort is a demonstration of how important the collaboration is between the National League for Nursing and Walden University’s College of Nursing for addressing the social determinants of health and social change,” said Dr. Andrea Lindell, RN, ANEF, vice provost at Walden University. “I am excited and proud that the selection of this distinguished group is another vital step toward making a profound change in health education and outcomes for vulnerable populations.” 

For more information, visit NLNWaldenSDOH.org