Carolyn H. Still, PhD, ARNP, MSN, MSM, AGPCNP-BC, CCRP, describes her professional role in nursing and explains what drives her passion for her work.
My name is Carolyn H. Still and I am a Nurse Scientist and an assistant professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
My research interest evolved from where I have lived and worked with people who were underserved, experienced multiple morbidities, and were confronted with premature mortality. After becoming a professional nurse, my understandings of the overwhelming racial and ethnic disparities were amplified and provoked questions to the extent of “what are the causes behind the differences in minorities’ health status?” and “how can I help to improve my patients’ lives?" These questions have driven my passion in research as a clinical nurse scientist.
Nurse researchers are scientists who study various aspects of health, illness, and healthcare through the conduction of systematic inquires using rigorous methodologies to improve health, health care services and outcomes across all populations. Moreover, new methods involve the use of the community participatory research approaches that involve key organizations, stakeholders, community leaders, and the participants as equal partners in the research process.
Not only am I able to lead multidisciplinary research and develop innovative and synergistic combination of research, I love that I am able to build community partnerships to deliver and disseminate health disparity interventions while improving cardiovascular disease health outcomes in underserved populations. My research collaborations have partnered with local organizations in Northeast Ohio, such as the Cleveland Council of Black Nurses, the Cleveland Office of Minority Health, and the American Heart Association to target barriers of chronic disease self-management in traditionally hard-to-reach and marginalized populations. Our common goals bring us together to work collaboratively to ensure that innovative health interventions reach minorities giving them access to treatment options they might not have had otherwise.
Combining my passion for research, with an interest in empowering communities to aid in eliminating health disparities, is one reason why I am passionate about my work as a nurse scientist.