The School of Nursing (SoN) in the College of Health at Clayton State University will be welcoming its first Faculty Scholars for the 2012/13 academic year on Sept. 20 and Sept. 21 -- clinician, educator, consultant, activist and author Dr. Judith Kline Leavitt.
Leavitt’s initial visit to campus, based on the theme, “Linking Policy, Politics and Practice,” will be on Thursday, Sept. 20 and Friday, Sept. 21. She will also be making a return visit as part of the Faculty Scholars Program in March 2013.
The program on Thursday, Sept. 20, which is free and open to the public, will include a registration period that starts at 6:15 p.m., a dessert reception from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Leavitt’s presentation, which will conclude at 8:30 p.m. Leavitt will be covering three topics; “The Connections Between Practice, Policy and Politics,” “Using Research to Influence Policy,” and “The Political Dimensions of Health.” All three events will be held in the Harry S. Downs Center on the Clayton State campus, with the presentation taking place in room 301.
The Friday, Sept. 21 program is also free and open to the public, and will start at 9 a.m. with registration and coffee in room 201 of the Downs Center. At 9:30 a.m., everyone will adjourn next door to room 203 of the Downs Center, for Leavitt’s hour-and-half presentation on the following subjects; “Influencing Policy in the Workplace, Government. Community and Organizations,” “The Affordable Care Act – Why Should Nurses Care?” and “A Critical Time to Influence the Future of Health Care.”
To register for either event, go to http://fpforms.clayton.edu/nursing/FacultyScholars.asp
Leavitt has had a long and distinguished career as a clinician, educator, consultant, activist and author. She presently works as a consultant in health policy and strategic planning. She retired in 2005 as an associate professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, School of Nursing in Jackson, Miss., having taught and worked in health policy.
She served as chair of the Advisory Committee for the Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce and was formerly executive director of Generations United, a national organization in Washington dedicated to intergenerational policies and programs. Leavitt also served on the National Advisory Council on Education and Practice for the Division of Nursing, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was selected by President Bill Clinton to serve on the Health Professional Advisory Group to the White House Task Force on Health Care Reform.
She is a noted speaker and author of extensive writings on policy and politics, including the award-winning book, “Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care.” The book has won an unprecedented 12 AJN Book of the Year Awards.