Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) dean Martha N. Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN, was recognized as a Pillar of Cardiovascular Nursing Science at the 2009 American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Cardiovascular Nursing Dinner on November 17 in Orlando, FL.
“Martha Hill has made sustained contributions to cardiovascular nursing science for over 25 years,” said fellow JHUSON colleague and associate professor Cheryl Dennison, PhD, RN, ANP. “Her research, advocacy, and leadership have led to changes in policy and clinical practice and improvements in cardiovascular patient outcomes.”
Another colleague, professor Miyong Kim, PhD, RN, FAAN, also spoke of Hill’s contributions. “Dr. Hill is the one of the first generation researchers who implemented the principles of community based participatory research (CBPR) even before the term has coined,” Kim said. “She was instrumental in pushing the idea of community partnered intervention for promoting cardiovascular health in the national forum such as American Heart association, Institute of Medicine, and National institute of Health.”
Selection criteria for this honor were based on scientific or clinical advancement in cardiovascular nursing, and the impact of that advancement on clinical practice, patient outcomes and/or costs of care.
Over the years, Hill’s research has focused on minority populations, particularly black South Africans and African Americans, who were at high-risk for developing cardiovascular problems. She partnered with other health care professionals to develop risk factor prevention and management for hypertension. Today, Hill’s community-based intervention and prevention treatment of hypertension is recognized around the world.
“Significant strides in cardiovascular research have helped millions of people around the globe to better manage their health,” Hill said. “It is an honor to be recognized with my colleagues for the accomplishments of cardiovascular nurses everywhere.”
The Cardiovascular Nursing Council was formed in 1969 to provide continuing education and now supports the American Heart Association through research activities, advocacy at national and local levels, early career support, and international collaborations.