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Submitted by Nina M. Riccio on June 15, 2012

Members of The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Board of Advisors and the School of Nursing (SON) Advisory Board discussed healthcare at its joint Board meeting last February. Members from the Charles F. Dolan School of Business, the School of Engineering, and the Center for Faith and Public Life were also present to brainstorm how the different areas of the University could work together to develop and support new, integrated initiatives that would place Fairfield at the forefront of educating others on global and national healthcare.

“The meeting resulted in concrete strategic plans to move interdisciplinary education with a health/science /health professional global focus forward,” noted Dean Suzanne Campbell.

Patrick W. Kelley ’76, P’12, M.D., P.H., the Director on the Boards on Global Health and African Science Academy Development through the Institute of Medicine, gave the keynote address. Dr. Kelley is also a member of the School of Nursing Advisory Board.


Speaker Patrick Kelley (right) speaks with Barbara Puffer (CAS Board) and Richard Metz (SON Board).

“The exploration of the topic of health professional education for the 21st Century provided a unique opportunity to bring the Nursing and College Boards together,” said Nöel Appel, assistant vice president for development and the CAS and SON liaison. “Both schools are working together envisioning a new building that will celebrate health science and nursing education.“

Dr. Kelley’s presentation, “Healthcare in the 21st Century: Educating all Students to Succeed within the Changing Technical, Ethical and Global Healthcare Landscape,” discussed how health enterprises changed over the years and how Jesuit universities like Fairfield could transform health professional education to strengthen current systems in an interdependent world and reduce healthcare inequities.

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