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Advancing Health Equity: The College of Nursing's Presenting Sponsorship of the 2024 Western Institute of Nursing Conference

The University of Utah College of Nursing is proud to be a Presenting Sponsor of the 2024 Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) Conference, which will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah from April 17-20. Themed “Health and Equity in Changing Environmental and Social Climates,” the conference objectives closely align with the vision of the college to “unify and inspire scientists, educators, clinicians, staff, and students to design, lead, and achieve equitable improvements for the well-being of all.”

“We are eager to welcome dedicated nursing research community members to Salt Lake City to take part in four days of collaboration, growth, and discovery,” said Dean of the College of Nursing Marla De Jong, PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN. “Our aim at the College of Nursing is to develop nurse scientists, scholars, and clinicians who are proficient and well-qualified to transform the health of individuals and communities. We look forward to joining with WIN members from 51 other institutions in sharing our work and advancing health equity in the Western United States and beyond.” Dean De Jong herself will take part in the conference by presenting “When Water Use and Public Health Collide: The Human Health Implications of the Great Salt Lake’s Collapse,” alongside Ben Abbott, PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental Science & Sustainability at Brigham Young University, on the opening day of the conference. 

More than 100 College of Nursing faculty, staff, students, and pre- and post-doctoral fellows will present podium and poster sessions alongside poster displays of their research and scholarship. Conference sessions will cover topics such as rural nursing workforce development, innovations in technology, integrating sustainability into nursing curricula, and mental health disparities. Poster presentations include titles ranging from “Increasing Referrals to Diabetic Self-Management Education Programs” to “Improvement of Methamphetamine Use Disorder Treatment in Primary Care.” 

At the conference, Lauri Linder, PhD, APRN, CPON, FAAN, FAPHON, and Perry Gee, PhD, RN, FAAN will be inducted into the Western Academy of Nurses, a body established to recognize and honor nurses who have been actively engaged in WIN and who have demonstrated excellence in nursing research, practice, and/or education. Furthermore, Scott S. Christensen, PhD, MBA, APRN, ACNP-BC will receive the Carol A. Lindeman Award for a New Researcher. An informal reception for conference attendees, including faculty, staff, students, pre- and post-doctoral fellows, and College of Nursing alumni, will also be held. 

The College of Nursing recognizes the crucial work of individuals from the college whose expertise and involvement have made this significant gathering of nurse leaders possible, including Board of Governor Representative of Nursing Research Paula M. Meek, PhD, RN, FAAN; Program Committee members, Linda Edelman, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, Perry Gee, PhD, RN, FAAN, Lauri Linder, PhD, APRN, CPON, FAAN, FAPHON, and Paula Meek, PhD, RN, FAAN; and nine abstract reviewers. 

Learn more about the University of Utah College of Nursing and the Western Institute of Nursing