Washington, D.C. (October 29, 2019) — This past weekend in Washington, D.C Jonas Nursing and Veteran  Healthcare (JNVH), the signature program of Jonas Philanthropies, a nonprofit committed to transforming healthcare by investing where it matters most, hosted over 200 doctoral-candidate nursing leaders from across the country for its 2019 Jonas Scholar Leadership Conference. The biennial gathering united Jonas Scholars, clinicians, educators, executives and policy experts in the healthcare field to discuss critical health priorities for the country’s most vulnerable populations and learn how to advance their careers for the greatest impact.

The conference included a robust offering of six panels and talks; luminaries included:

●      The Barbara Jonas Memorial Lecture in Veterans Mental Health

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Matthew Miller PhD, MPH, Director, Veterans Crisis Line, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Dr. Beth Taylor, Chief Nursing Officer for the Veterans Health Administration, tackled the issue of suicide prevention for veterans and America at large, including a discussion on the integration of mental health into primary care, the intersection of opioid use and sucide rates, and suicide risk amongst cancer survivors.

●      Leadership in Nursing

Pamela H. Wall, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP, International Health Coordinator, U.S. Peace Corps and JNVH Alumni Council Member; Tener Veenema, PhD, MPH, MS, RN, FAAN, Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing; Margaret Franckhauser, MSN, MPH, Director of Aging Services at JSI Research & Training; and Alana Cueto, Director of Nursing, Beacon Infusion Healthcare Services discussed the importance of leading as nurses across sectors, from academia to public health and veteran healthcare.

●      Developing Your Personal Brand: 10 Ways to Position Yourself for Success in the New Media Landscape

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Marketing expert, entrepreneur and author Rusty Shelton revealed social media as an integral tool for health professionals and explored how branding can help advance a nurse’s career in just 10 easy steps, including building your personal brand to highlight thought leadership, networking across social media platforms, using hashtags to amplify reach, and understanding the importance of diversifying content.

Since founding the organization in 2006 with his late wife Barbara, Jonas Philanthropies has invested more than

$25 million in over 1,200 doctoral nursing scholars across the country. Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, is dedicated to increasing the number of nurses with doctoral education to fulfill their high-potential leadership roles as faculty, clinical leaders and researchers.

“Listening to the conversations at the Jonas Scholar Leadership Conference, you are truly confronted with the ideas and minds that will shape the next generation of healthcare,” said Wanda Montalvo, PhD, RN, Executive Director of Jonas Nursing and Veteran’s Healthcare at Columbia University School of Nursing. “Jonas Philanthropies is proud of every one of our past and present nursing scholars, and the goals they are striving to reach. These exceptional women and men have answered the call to nursing leadership, and I cannot wait to see what they achieve next.”

The 2019 Jonas Scholar Leadership Conference was made possible by generous donors, including Wells Fargo; Cornell Douglas Foundation; Columbia University School of Nursing; Duke University School of Nursing; and University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, among others.

About Jonas Philanthropies

Jonas Philanthropies is transforming healthcare for the better by investing where it matters most, in solutions that can be scaled for the greatest impact. Its programs address high-need issues and audiences with high-impact solutions: promoting leadership in nursing and veterans healthcare, preventing and treating low vision and blindness, and protecting our children’s environmental health. For more information about Jonas Philanthropies, visit jonasphilanthropies.org, follow us on Twitter, or like us on Facebook.

About Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare

Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare (JNVH) is the signature program of Jonas Philanthropies. In partnership with schools across the country, Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare identifies and invests in high-potential doctoral nursing Scholars who will address our nation’s most pressing healthcare needs. These nurses will go on to fill leadership roles as faculty, clinical leaders and researchers. For more information about JNVH, visit jonasphilanthropies.org, follow us on Twitter, or like us on Facebook.


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