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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Rosanna DeMarco Chosen as AAN Fellow

Rosanna DeMarco, Associate Professor of Community Health, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN).

Rosanna DeMarco, Associate Professor of Community Health, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). Fellows are selected by their peers for outstanding contributions and achievements in nursing. The AAN has approximately 1500 Fellows, leaders in nursing education, management, practice and research. AAN Fellows pledge to work toward a better health care system by enhancing quality of care, reducing health inequalities, promoting healthy behaviors, and integrating mental and physical care.

DeMarco's work focuses on women, marginalization, and health behaviors. She is the co-producer of an HIV prevention education film entitled Women’s Voices Women’s Lives©, which is used by AIDS service organizations across the country and has been translated into Spanish and Vietnamese. The film is part of an interdisciplinary community-based HIV-AIDS prevention program she developed, which has been highly successful in translating real experiences of women suffering from chronic illness into preventive messages for others. DeMarco was honored by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses in 2004 with its prestigious Research Award, and in 2007 received the Boston College Alumni Award for Excellence in Health. In addition, she was one of a nurse-led team that developed Healing Our Community Collaborative, a prevention education program for inner-city Boston women that is in its 10th year, and currently the co-founder of Sistah's Powah, a peer-led neighborhood-based prevention program for seropositive women of color.

As an AAN Fellow, DeMarco will continue to advance health policy using her model of collaborative community-based knowledge. She states that she plans to "work with great effort to increase the expertise of nurses and develop nursing leaders who can serve the public and nursing profession by generating creative solutions to complex health problems such as HIV/AIDS." CSON colleague June Andrews Horowitz emphasizes that the honor is well-earned, remarking that "her career is characterized by outstanding and sustained productivity…certainly, the quality and outcomes of Dr. DeMarco’s contributions to nursing are highly significant, sustained, and ongoing." DeMarco will be inducted on November 8, 2008 at the AAN annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.