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Former Dean receives Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for work in global health


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

The Rockefeller Foundation has announced selection of Dr. Marla Salmon, ScD, RN, FAAN, for its 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 experience. Aimed at promoting innovation and identifying impact oriented solutions to critical global problems, the Center offers residencies to mid- and senior level 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 to 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 a professor of nursing and public health at the University of Washington (UW) 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, 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.


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