"I enjoy helping students arrive at 'Aha!' moments and find that their enthusiasm and optimism are contagious. I feel confident about the future of nursing knowing that the students I teach are the professional leaders of tomorrow. They are full of passion and tremendous potential."
As a public health nurse, Kelly Bower discovered that she also loves teaching nursing students and has combined her two loves to the benefit of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. In her clinical and lab courses and as coordinator of the school's Public Health Nurse course, she is opening the eyes and minds of nursing students to population-based clinical practice, particularly among at-risk populations. Through clinical work in East Baltimore, Dr. Bower and her students have provided family health assessments and intake, classes to promote healthy lifestyles, programs to enhance health literacy, and home visits to monitor chronic illness management. Her years of practice at community agencies and clinics throughout the city have contributed to her expertise in conducting community health needs assessments, authoring successful grant applications, and designing and implementing program evaluation. Her work in the community also spurred her interest in urban health and addressing health disparities, a passion she shares with her students. She earned her doctoral degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; her dissertation focused on the relationship between residential segregation, food store availability, and racial disparities in obesity.
Substance use; uninsured; health disparities; health literacy; residential segregation; food store availability; obesity; fetal and infant mortality.