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Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Researcher Nancy Glass Recognized for International Achievement


Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, professor and associate dean for research at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, has received the 2017 International Achievement Award given by the International Council of Nurses’ Florence Nightingale International Foundation (FNIF).

“This is a humbling honor that also sheds light on how much work is still to be done to improve women’s health across the world,” says Glass. “I am thankful for organizations like the International Council of Nurses that help to ensure worldwide policy and care, and I’m fortunate to have global colleagues who have provided support and guidance throughout the years.”

The FNIF Board unanimously selected Glass for her work on ending violence against women and girls globally. Her research has covered intimate partner violence, health disparities, interventions to improve mental health of violence and trauma survivors, and social determinants of health.

As co-founder of two international initiatives—Pigs for Peace and Rabbits for Resilience—Glass has helped women and families in the Democratic Republic of Congo improve health, economic stability, and social outcomes. Through the programs, participants receive a loan in the form of a pig or rabbit, and are taught principles of microfinance that help them pay back the loan and further provide for their family.

Glass is also developer of the myPlan smartphone application, which helps users identify if a relationship is unsafe, while weighing the individual’s unique characteristics and values to create a customized safety plan. The app is being used in the U.S. and Somalia and adapted for use in Australia, New Zealand, and China.  

Within Hopkins, Glass serves as associate director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health and collaborates on two federally-funded grants in support of interdisciplinary research careers in women’s health and clinician response to violence against women. 

“Dr. Glass has unquestioned enthusiasm and passion for global work in helping women and families,” says Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, Dean of the JHSON. “We are proud of this new accolade and Nancy’s continued impact on women’s health worldwide.”


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