SSON Helps Launch New Online Graduate Certificate in Participatory Health Research

The University of Missouri is working to increase the number of researchers who use a patient-centered and community-engaged approach to their work by launching a new online graduate certificate in participatory health research. 

“When researchers, community members, social welfare experts and health care administrators work as partners to conduct research projects, there is an increase in meaningful change and forward progress,” says Maithe Enriquez, SSON associate professor. “Former U.S. Surgeon General David Stacher has said this type of research methodology holds the key for getting to the root cause of health disparities.”

The program will create more health care professionals who are able to not only improve outcomes in their clinical setting, but also influence health care policy, Enriquez says.

MU is now accepting applications for the 100-percent online certificate program and classes begin August 21. GRE scores are not required for application.

In-Demand Skills

The 15-credit-hour program is designed for professionals in social work, nursing and public health who want to acquire research skills to expand and grow their careers.

Students in the online program will apply research methodologies that health care systems and health research institutions value most:

  • Community-based participatory research (CBPR): a partnership approach to research in which various stakeholders contribute expertise and share decision-making.
  • Patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR): a methodology that involves health care consumers and caregivers, helping them communicate and make informed health care decisions together.
  • Clinical effectiveness research (CER): the direct comparison of health care interventions to determine which work best for which patients.

The graduate certificate can be taken in addition to a student’s current graduate program of study in medicine, public health, nursing, social work or other areas. In-service professionals who seek to enhance their skills also can enroll in the certificate program. A bachelor’s degree is required for admission.

“Students are going to pick up valuable skills and expertise in community-based, patient-centered and clinical effectiveness research,” Enriquez says. “They also can grow their professional networks while continuing their education, which is something all licensed health care professionals are required to do.”

 Four MU departments are working together to offer the course work for this online graduate certificate: the School of Medicine’s Family and Community Medicine, the School of Social Work, the School of Health Professions and the Sinclair School of Nursing.

Students who take two classes each semester can finish the 15-credit hour program in one year. 

For more information about the online graduate certificate in participatory health research, visit online.missouri.edu/participatory-health-research-graduate-certificate.

27th Annual Awards Banquet Celebrates SSON

Nearly 250 guests filled the Country Club of Missouri for the 27th Annual Awards Banquet and Alumni Reunion April 21, 2017. Alumni from all over the country joined Sinclair School of Nursing faculty, staff, students and their family gathered to celebrate the best of the Sinclair School of Nursing.

Students were recognized for excellence in the classroom and clinical settings. Faculty were recognized for excellence in teaching and research. The Nursing Alumni Organization recognized five honorable alumni who have spent their careers in the top of the nursing profession. Award winners are listed below.

Award Winner
Overall Excellence by a 7th Semester Student McKenzie Adam
Overall Excellence by an 8th Semester Student Mary-Margaret Washer
Overall Excellence by an Accelerated Student Rebekah Bade
Overall Excellence by an RN to BSN Student Carla Clapp
Overall Excellence by a Master’s Student Courtney Miller
Overall Excellence by a DNP Student Angela Story
Overall Excellence by a PhD Student Ginny Schulz
School Staff Award Sandra Dearlove
Excellence in Teaching Pam Evans-Smith
Excellence in Research Laurel Despins
Betty Crim Award for Faculty Enhancement Michelle Reams
Alumni Achievement Mindy Stites
Humanitarian Award Candy Neuner
Alumna of the Year Cay Casey
Honorary Alumna  Colleen Galambos
Citation of Merit Mei Fu
Distinguished Friend of the School Sandra Gambaro Shelley

Congratulations to all award winners!

Prior to the banquet, members of the Sinclair School of Nursing’s Nightingale Gift Society were celebrated at the annual induction and reception. New members were inducted into the prestigious society, and others were elevated to new levels of recognition. The society honors major donors for their gifts made to the school.

Following the banquet, Sunday, April 22, members of the class of 1967, ’77, ’87 and 2007 gathered for a reunion. They toured the University of Missouri Hospital and the Sinclair School of Nursing and gathered for lunch to reminisce about their time in nursing school.

Thanks to all who attended and helped put the event together. We are looking forward to next year. Be sure to check out facebook for pictures of all the events!

Students Meet With State Legislators

One hundred sixty-eight senior BSN students from the traditional and accelerated options and ten faculty members attended the MONA Nurse Advocacy Day Tuesday, March 7 at the Capital in Jefferson City.  Students and faculty worked across the curriculum to develop advocacy skills and identify evidence to support or oppose upcoming legislation. 

The BSN faculty curriculum committee made the commitment as a faculty to prepare and support nursing students in a nurse advocacy event during their time at the SSON. The students prepared for Nurse Advocacy Day for weeks prior to the event by identifying evidence to support or oppose the upcoming health care bills.

Some of the bills addressed specifically were the Emergency 911 Bill, a texting and driving bill, the MO Health Net Structure bill and the Narcotics Control Act. Advocacy Days was an opportunity for the students to share their evidence and participate in the process of the “big voice.” The students were asked to identify their senator or state representative. In preparation, they were asked to identify an upcoming bill and oppose or support it, identify two main benefits, provide evidence to support their position, discuss the population and request an action.

While visiting the capital, 35 students were waiting for Sen. Caleb Rowden to finish his appointment with newly-appointed University of Missouri System President Mu Choi. Both President Choi and Sen. Rowden met with students for 20-30 minutes.

One Day to Make a Difference

Mark your calendar! The Mizzou family is coming together to make a difference like never before through the first-ever Mizzou Giving Day. From noon on March 15 to noon on March 16, support what you love about Mizzou and help us make our university a better place to learn and live.

You don’t have to wait to donate, though. You can give now to show your support for the Sinclair School of Nursing!

New Building on the Horizon

In order to live up to the No. 1 ranking from the College Atlas Encyclopedia of Higher Education and to make room for growth, the Sinclair School of Nursing is planning a new building in the near future. Beginning architectural designs are in place, and fundraising has begun, with hopes of a new building in five years. 

SSON Building fund

The Sinclair School of Nursing’s new building is estimated to cost $55 million, and your gift will make a difference. Give now!

Project goals:

The new School of Nursing building will create an environment that will significantly leverage technology to enhance productivity in our core missions of instruction, research, service and economic development and provide space to increase the number of students served.

  1. Accommodate an increase in enrollment of 40 students per class and attract preeminent faculty and the required increase in staff to maintain accreditation.
  2. Provide an experiential and evidence-based learning environment.
  3. Create a synergistic research environment for faculty and research teams.
  4. Expand the Essig Simulation center and establish safe practices facilities with mock hospital and ambulatory settings.
  5. Institute an interdisciplinary center for research and innovation, emphasizing the merging of nursing, science, engineering and other disciplines to generate knowledge for nurses at the frontlines.