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William F. Connell School of Nursing

From the Dean

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Photo of Dean Susan Gennaro

Dear Friends,

Health care questions are on everyone’s minds in the fall of 2012, raised against a backdrop of historical events that include the U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and a presidential election that, regardless of its outcome, will significantly shape health care in the United States.

What interventions bring the best outcomes? How do we ensure a system that is affordable, efficient, and universal? How do we pay for it? What can we do to diminish health disparities?

As these issues are debated, faculty of the William F. Connell School of Nursing are educating future nurse leaders who will be prepared to help answer critical questions about our health care system.

I hope you enjoy reading this issue of Voice, which features a story on a cross-cultural, interdisciplinary global health course the Connell School hosted last summer. I am sure you will find reports on this year’s reunion honoring CSON alumni who are health care leaders inspiring, and I am quite sure you will enjoy getting to meet our new associate dean for graduate studies and new faculty.

This is an exciting time to be a nurse, and to recognize the many ways in which our faculty, alumni, and students are really making a difference.


Susan Gennaro