Nancy has Masters’ degrees in Public Health (University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill) and Nursing (Columbia University). She earned a PhD in Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco. For her dissertation, she conducted a discrete choice experiment in rural Ethiopia to determine childbirth service preferences of couples. In between studying, Nancy has worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon, trained refugee community health workers in East and Central Africa, created a pharmacy system for nurses to distribute HIV medications in Rwanda, and worked as a nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner, specializing in HIV and reproductive health care.
At the recent American Public Health Association (APHA) conference in San Diego, California, more than 12,000 public health professionals gathered to present their research, discuss policy, and prepare to eliminate health disparities in their communities.