Podcast: The Pursuit of Health Equity Through Nursing Research and Education
The first installment of this limited podcast series focuses on defining health equity research and how Dr. Ron Hickman, Associate Dean for Research at Case Western Reserve University, is using his platforms as nursing scientist and dean to advance health equity research and education.
Welcome to the first episode of Health Equity in High Definition, a podcast series that showcases established researchers who are engaging in community-driven health equity research. Guests on the program discuss the public health challenges that prompted their research; their processes for creating cutting-edge, evidence-based interventions; and their efforts to translate these evidence-based innovations into real-world practice.
Today, I am excited to share the first part of a conversation I recently had with Dr. Ronald Hickman, Associate Dean for Research at Case Western Reserve University, about the nuanced but important distinctions between “health equity” and “health disparities” and how this understanding informs his approach to his own nursing practice, research, and mentoring the next generation of nursing scholars. Listen to our conversation below, and come back soon for a follow-up podcast with Dr. Hickman on some of challenges of translating research into practice and advice for students interested in pursuing careers in nursing research.
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About Our Guest
Ronald Hickman, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, is the Ruth M. Anderson Endowed Chair and Associate Dean for Research at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Hickman is an administrator, board certified acute care nurse practitioner, and scientist who has received numerous national awards for his research on decision support and self-management technology.
Dr. Hickman is an elected fellow in the National Academies of Practice and the American Academy of Nursing, and is the second nurse to be selected as an Emerging Leader in Health and Medicine by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He is the 2022 Program Chair for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s PhD Pre-Conference. Dr. Hickman also serves on the National Advisory Committee for the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, the board of the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), the NINR Strategic Plan Working Group, and the editorial boards of Nursing Outlook, Research in Nursing and Health, and the American Journal of Critical Care. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Applied Nursing Research.
Dr. Hickman has conducted several clinical studies and administered research training programs that have amassed over $15 million in funding from the American Nurses Foundation (ANF), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the NIH, and other sponsors. In addition to his research program, Dr. Hickman served as the assistant director of a NINR funded T32 grant that provided interdisciplinary nurse scientist training, directs an R25 award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and serves as an associate director for the Cleveland Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC)’s KL2 Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Training Program.
With more than 150 publications and presentations focused on issues related to acute or critical care nursing, Dr. Hickman has coauthored almost half of these publications and scientific presentations with undergraduates, doctoral students, or postdoctoral fellows. The quality of his mentorship and advising has been recognized with the highest university honors for undergraduate and graduate student mentoring. Of all of his professional accomplishments, the most gratifying moments of Dr. Hickman’s career have been providing care to the acutely or critically ill and mentoring students.
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