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Karethy Edwards

Karethy Edwards, DrPH, FNP-BC, FAAN, Associate Dean and Professor, Florida Atlantic University, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing

Dr. Karethy Edwards is committed to creating health equity for rural and underserved populations. Key to the achievement of health equity is improving access to high quality primary and mental health care for these populations through strategic academic practice partnerships. Over the past three years, Dr. Edwards and her colleagues have received approximately $6.4 million in funding from Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) for innovative, evidence-informed practice partnerships aimed at creating healthier communities. Currently, Dr. Edwards is the principal investigator of a $2.8 million HRSA award, Caring-Based Academic Partnerships in Excellence RNs in Primary Care. This project will co-create and implement, with clinical practice partners, evidence-based, relevant learning experiences for RN students grounded in a compassionate, caring curriculum to enhance new graduates readiness and willingness to practice in community-based primary care settings working with veterans, rural and underserved populations.