This 4-part learning collaborative series aims to provide nurses with information and resources they need to support their public health policy and advocacy efforts. This series also aims to provide attendees the opportunity to connect with their colleagues and grow their networks to amplify nurses’ voices and that of the nursing profession. Each session will take place bi-weekly every other Thursday 1-2:30PM ET.
Lacey Eden MS, FNP-C: Lacey grew up in San Antonio, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Brigham Young University. She worked in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit for seven years then returned to Brigham Young University for her Family Nurse Practitioner degree. She has worked in pediatric clinics for the past 11 years. Lacey was an Associate Teaching Professor at BYU until 2020, when she decided to return to patient care full time. She missed interactions with her patients. While at BYU, Lacey collaborated with immunization specialists across the country on projects to improve vaccine uptake. In 2020, Lacey was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and honored with the Daisy Nurse Leader Award in Policy. She was also recognized as a CDC Immunization Champion in 2017 and received the NAPNAP Shuren Grassroots Award for her work on immunization policy in Utah. Lacey has always loved working with the pediatric population and has a passion to improve the health of little humans! She loves to hike and spend time with her kids and recently discovered a new passion for quilting.
Erin Blair, RN, BSN graduated from LaSalle University in 2008. As a new Nurse Erin was lucky enough to land her dream job as a Nurse-Home Visitor with the Philadelphia Nurse-Family Partnership. When Philadelphia NFP received a grant to incorporate civil legal aid attorneys into their practice Erin jumped right on board. She is a founding member of the Nursing-Legal Partnership’s Policy Team and assisted creation of their policy agenda. Now as the Director of Nurse Advocacy and Resources, Erin is instrumental to ongoing systemic policy activities. She works as an advocate to ensure that client voices are heard by policymakers and project leadership and that client views and perspectives are incorporated into program development and implementation. Beginning in the Spring of 2020 Erin also became the manager/administrator of the NNCC Family Emergency Fund to directly support families experiencing instability related to financial need.
Dr. Debra A. Toney is the Vice President of Quality Management, at Nevada Health Centers in Las Vegas, Nevada, the State’s largest federally qualified health center with 18 locations in urban, rural and frontier Nevada. Dr. Toney is responsible for ensuring high quality and cost effective care throughout Nevada Health Center medical, dental, behavioral health and pharmacy service lines. Dr. Toney has a long history of public and community service. She was appointed by the Governor of Nevada to serve as a member of the Office of Minority Health and served as its first chair, where she provided leadership and direction for the statewide office. Her advocacy effects have advanced the national health policy agenda through various experiences including testifying before the Committee on Appropriations on the need for adequate funding for nursing education. Dr. Toney is the founder of the Southern Nevada Black Nurses Association and a Past President of the National Black Nurses Association. Currently she is the President of the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations. She is the co-lead for The National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing.
Dr. McDermott-Levy, is an Associate Professor and Co-Director, Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Environmental Health (PEHSU) at the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, at Villanova University. Dr. McDermott-Levy conducts research focusing on global, immigrant, & environmental health, particularly environmental health in nursing. She has been honored for her work as a leader in environmental nursing. She has co-edited the textbook Environmental Health in Nursing with the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, researches climate change and health and teaches the subject at Villanova and abroad - including while as a Fulbright scholar in Finland - She has given testimony about health and the environment, educated the public through media interviews, mentored nurses, and has been recognized for her work as a nurse with global impact at the United Nations.