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Professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing Receives Nursing Honor

Posted: June 4, 2013

Dr. Jane Dimmitt Champion

Dr. Jane Dimmitt Champion

Austin, Texas — Jane Dimmitt Champion, PhD, DNP, FAAN, and a faculty member at the School of Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin, will be inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) during the FAANP induction ceremony June 20, 2013, at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) 28th National Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dr. Champion is a professor of nursing and has made outstanding contributions to nursing practice by improving the health of ethnic minority women. She was one of the first nurses to study the relationship of sexually transmitted infections, unintended pregnancy, substance use and interpersonal violence. Through her clinical research, she has contributed significantly to improving the standard of care and reducing health disparities for rural and urban African-American and Mexican-American women and adolescents.

Dr. Champion has received continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health for health disparities-focused research since 1994. Her findings have been incorporated into clinical practice within community health programs nationally and internationally.

“Dr. Champion’s contribution to nursing, particularly involving the reduction of health disparities among rural and ethnic minority women, sets her apart from many of her peers,” said Dr. Alexa Stuifbergen, dean of the School of Nursing. “It takes extraordinary dedication, intellect and perseverance to become a successful researcher-educator, and we are proud that her accomplishments have been recognized with this award.”

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of the nation’s 155,000 NPs, providing a unified networking platform, and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized health care. The organization provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence n practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health-care consumers.