Dr. Marla Salmon, director of the Division of Nursing for the Department of Health and Human Services for the past six years, has joined the University as Associate Dean of the School of Nursing, where she will lead the School's master's and doctoral programs.
The appointment brings "truly an enormous asset to students and faculty at the School and throughout the University," said Dean Norma Lang.
Since 1991, when she took the highest nursing position in the federal government, Dean Lang said, "Dr. Salmon has been influential in facilitating nurses' involvement in health policy decision-making and has worked to ensure an adequate supply and distribution of qualified nursing personnel to meet the nation's health needs." She is a specialist in the areas of nursing workforce policy, public health nursing, and the development of public policies to guide nursing education and practice. At Penn she will guide the work of doctoral students and faculty interested in this area, and will participate in the School's Center for Health Services and Policy Research.
An alumna of the University of Portland who took her Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Salmon is recognized nationally and internationally for work such as the "Salmon White model" published in 1982, a conceptual model that delineates the scope and substance of public health nursing practice. Before joining DHHS she was chair of the curriculum in public health nursing at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and director of the public health nursing program at the University of Minnesota. Currently she chairs the Global Advisory Group on Nursing and Midwifery for the World Health Organization (WHO) and provides international consultation also to the Pan American Health Organization and the Kellogg Foundation.
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