Springfield, MA, April 24, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Sheila Davis, the chief nursing officer at Partners In Health (PIH) will be the keynote speaker at the 5th annual Desmond Tutu Public Health Lecture Series at American International College (AIC) in Springfield, Mass. The event will be held Wednesday, April 30 at 10:00 a.m. in the Griswold Theatre.
Since 2010, AIC has hosted distinguished speakers in its annual Desmond Tutu Public Health Lecture Series. Archbishop Desmond Tutu served as the series’ inaugural speaker and its namesake. The program is open to the public free of charge.
Cesarina Thompson, Ph.D., dean of the AIC School of Health Sciences, said, "We are delighted to have Dr. Sheila Davis as the keynote speaker for this year's Desmond Tutu public health lecture. As a nationally known speaker on global health and human rights issues and chief nursing officer for Partners in Health, Dr. Davis' work reflects the goals of our public health lecture series to raise awareness of local, as well as global health concerns."
Todd G. Fritch, Ph.D., AIC provost, said, "Since 2010, the Desmond Tutu Public Health Lecture Series has helped shine a light on important issues in the field of public health. We are honored that Dr. Davis, a renowned expert on global health and human rights, is joining us this year and helping extend AIC's commitment to fostering healthier, safer, and stronger communities."
Davis, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN, has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS and global health delivery for the past three decades. In addition to her role with PIH, an international non-governmental organization working in 12 countries globally, she is an adult nurse practitioner, specializing in HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases, and has had an active clinical practice at Massachusetts General Hospital's Division of Infectious Diseases Outpatient Clinic since 1997.
She received her master’s in nursing and doctorate in nursing practice with a concentration in global health from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.
In 2004, Davis co-founded Sibusiso, a Boston-based NGO (non-government organization) with her nursing colleagues in South Africa and Boston, devoted to developing rural nursing clinics and malnutrition programs.
Inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2008, Davis is a frequent national speaker on global health, clinical topics including HIV/AIDS, and role of nursing in human rights. In 2009, she 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.
Davis has published in a number of domestic and global journals and is on the editorial board of the Health and Human Rights: An International Journal. She is currently a RWJ Executive Nurse Fellow as part of the 2012 cohort. The fellowship is a three-year leadership fellowship that prepares 20 national nursing leaders to contribute to the national health care strategy.