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Former Dean receives two fellowships to support work in global health policy


Date: June 14, 2012
Media Contact: Ashley Wiggin,, 206-221-2456

Marla SalmonMarla SalmonMarla E. Salmon, ScD, RN, FAAN, former dean of the UW School of Nursing and professor in nursing and public health, recently received two prestigious fellowships.  

Salmon has been selected as the 2012-2013 Nurse Scholar in Residence at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies.  Sponsored by the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), the American Nurses Association (ANA), and the American Nurses Foundation (ANF), Salmon is the most recent of an exceptional group of distinguished nurse leaders afforded the opportunity to pursue an important policy focus at the Institute of Medicine .  The highly competitive year long program is designed to advance the policy engagement of the nurse scholar in an important area of health policy.  Salmon will pursue three areas of policy and scholarship: (1) global nursing workforce capacity building, (2) women’s development aimed at enhanced educational and economic wellbeing; and, (3) social impact investment and microfinance as mechanisms for reducing barriers to women’s education and subsequent sustained economic engagement.

“Being named the IOM Nurse Scholar is a remarkable honor and opportunity that will be instrumental in advancing my work in nursing workforce policy and capacity building“ Salmon said.  “I am deeply grateful and look forward to the year ahead.” 

Additionally, the Rockefeller Foundation has announced Salmon’s selection for the international Resident Fellows Program at the Bellagio Center in Italy.  Through this award, Salmon receives the opportunity to participate in a month-long on-site residency . Aimed at promoting innovation and identifying impact oriented solutions to critical global problems, the Center offers residencies to leaders who have strong records of impact in their fields.  While at the Center, Residents pursue projects that align with the Rockefeller Foundation’s mission to promote the wellbeing of humanity and its five interconnected issue areas: global health; climate and environment; urbanization; social and economic security; and basic survival safeguards.  Residents also actively engage with one another as members of a vibrant, intellectually challenging global community whose common ground is dedication to addressing humankind’s most challenging issues.

 "Salmon’s record of distinguished leadership and scholarship in global health workforce capacity building, and strong commitment to the wellbeing of poor and vulnerable people were important factors in her selection. The Resident Fellows program will provide Dr. Salmon with a unique opportunity to advance her work in these areas and interact with colleagues and partners worldwide,” stated Robert Garris, Managing Director of Bellagio Programs at the Rockefeller Foundation. 

Salmon is currently a professor of nursing and public health at the University of Washington and a senior visiting fellow at the Evans School of Public Affairs.  She has held a number of national and international leadership positions in nursing and public health, including serving as Director of the Division of Nursing for the US Department of Health and Human Services, Chair of the World Health Organization’s Global Advisory Committee on Nursing and Midwifery, and Founding Director of the Lillian Carter Center at Emory University.  She has consulted extensively with governments and member-state organizations globally, focusing particularly on health workforce policy.  She is Trustee Emeritus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a member of the Institute of Medicine and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and recipient of both national and international recognitions.  Salmon received her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, is a former Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cologne (Germany), and holds additional degrees in political science and nursing from the University of Portland.

Read the full press releases from the American Academy of Nursing and the Rockefeller Foundation here.


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