Jonas-Sponsored Lecture Series at The New York Academy of Medicine to Advance Key Healthcare Issues

Supported by the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, talks aim to build healthier communities

NEW YORK, May 20, 2015 – The Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare announced today that it has awarded a $25,000 grant to The New York Academy of Medicine (the Academy) to support a series of three lectures by the Academy’s Section on Nursing aimed to strengthen the Academy’s work towards its mission of improving health in cities. The first lecture, “Future of Nursing and Medical School Education Utilizing Technology,” will be held on October 6, 2015, and will be followed by lectures exploring end-of-life issues (hospice and palliative care) and blindness/low vision.

“The New York Academy of Medicine is committed to a multi-disciplinary approach to advancing solutions that promote the health and well-being of people in cities,” said Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, President of the Academy. “Clearly the nursing profession plays a critical role in the transformation of our health and healthcare system in New York and nationwide. We have been delighted at the increasing number of Fellows and Members from the nursing profession who have joined our community in recent years. We know that the Academy’s newly established Section on Nursing, including the upcoming series of events generously funded by the Jonas Center, will assure strong nursing participation and leadership towards our mission of creating healthy cities.”

The lecture series is a natural extension of the flagship Jonas Scholars Program, which provides scholarships to support nurses pursuing PhDs and DNPs – the highest degrees in the field. Education is central to the Jonas Center’s mission to improve healthcare through nursing. The partnership with the Academy also illustrates how the Jonas Center, the nation’s leading philanthropic initiative for nursing, collaborates on efforts with other leaders in the nursing field with a focus on fostering new partnerships across the philanthropic, business, policy and education sectors.

The Jonas Center-sponsored lectures will shed light on complex issues facing today’s healthcare professionals, building on a substantial Fellows program at the Academy, which offers roughly 50 discipline-specific and interdisciplinary events each year that address the health challenges facing urban populations.

“The Jonas Center’s support for this notable lecture series represents a special partnership between our two organizations and a shared commitment to empowering and advancing nurses as foremost leaders in patient care, health policy, education and research,” said Darlene Curley, MS, RN, FAAN, Executive Director of the Jonas Center. “The Jonas Center is excited about the potential of what we anticipate to be an exceptional series of talks.”


About the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare

The Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, established in 2006 by Barbara and Donald Jonas, is dedicated to improving healthcare by advancing nursing scholarship, leadership and innovation. Its two main programs are the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program, which aims to address the dire shortage of nursing faculty by preparing nurses with doctoral degrees to step into this critical role, and the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program, which seeks to improve the health of veterans by supporting doctoral-level nursing candidates committed to advancing veterans’ healthcare. These programs have supported 600 doctoral scholars nationwide. The Jonas Center’s goal is to support 1,000 Scholars by 2016.


About The New York Academy of Medicine

The New York Academy of Medicine advances the health of people in cities. An independent organization since 1847, NYAM addresses the health challenges facing the world’s urban populations through interdisciplinary approaches to policy leadership, innovative research, evaluation, education, and community engagement. Drawing on the expertise of our professional staff, diverse partners worldwide and more than 2,000 elected Fellows from across the professions, our current priorities are to create environments in cities that support healthy aging; to strengthen systems that prevent disease and promote the public’s health; to eliminate health disparities; and to preserve and promote the heritage of medicine and public health.