Teaching responsibilities include

Undergraduate: pediatric content

Graduate: pediatric content for the family nurse practitioner program, advanced health assessment for nurse practitioners, MSN level research and evidence-based practice courses

Research: Health Promotion through Faith Community Nursing, Faith communities impact on child health, Childhood obesity, Populations experiencing homelessness and health support through faith communities

Recent Publications

Baugh, M.L.A., Opalinski, A., Dyess, S., Gropper, S.S. (2016). Snack Provisions by 21st Century Community Learning Center-Based Afterschool Programs. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. doi: 10.1080/19320248.2016.1146197


Dyess, SM, Opalinski, A., Saiswick, K., & Fox, V. (2016) Caring across the healthcare continuum: A call to nurse leaders to manifest values through action with community outreach. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 40 (2), 137-145.


Opalinski, A., Dyess, S., & Gropper, S.S (2015).  Do faith communities have a role in addressing childhood obesity? Public Health Nursing, 32(6): 721-730. doi: 10.1111/phn.12226


Opalinski, A. (2013). Cultural Perspectives of Childhood Obesity in Haitian and Hispanic Children. Journal for Nurse Practitioners 9(3): 149-154.


Opalinski, A. (2010). Key factors in Haitian and Hispanic children and obesity: Parent answers. Journal for Nurse Practitioners 6(4):281-286.


Opalinski, A. (2007). Cultural factors influencing children’s weight status: Cultural perspectives, social landscape and link to health ministry. Communicating  Nursing Research, 40: 155.


Opalinski, A. (2007). Cultural beliefs and attitudes related to overweight children in Haitian and Hispanic cultures and the role of health ministry. University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, PhD. Dissertation Abstracts.


Opalinski, A. (2006). Pouring rights contracts and childhood overweight: A critical social theory perspective. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing,  11(4): 234-43.