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Johns Hopkins University Nurse Researcher Selected for Prestigious National Fellowship


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Posted: 9/23/2005

A national Fellowship program focused on leading the country’s health care system into the 21st century has been awarded to Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (SON) Associate Professor Miyong Kim, RN, PhD, FAAN.  Kim is one of twenty nurses in executive leadership roles nationwide selected as a 2005 Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow. 

Now in its 7th year, the three-year Fellowship program is designed to strategically position the voice of nursing across many sectors of the economy in a health care system undergoing unprecedented change and challenges.

“Nurses must play a pivotal role in leading the redesign and success of health care now and into the future,” said Kim. “The Executive Nurse Fellowship is an intensive opportunity for me to develop critical leadership skills, work with a nationally recognized team of coaches and instructors from within the health care industry as well as from other sectors of the economy, and benefit from collaboration with nursing and health care leaders throughout the country. I am honored and excited to be selected as a participant.”

SON Dean Martha N. Hill, noted that Kim is “an exceptional individual and nurse scientist who well deserves this honor.  I have no doubt she will make an enormous contribution to addressing health disparities among ethnic minorities not only in our country, but also internationally.”  Hill added, “Dr. Kim has demonstrated expert knowledge, commitment to the value of research in improving care and outcomes in minority populations, and determination to succeed in a rigorous academic environment.  She now stands at a critical crossroad in her career where this fellowship can ensure her emergence as a premier nurse leader.”

As part of the Fellowship, Kim will have an opportunity to undertake a nursing leadership project, with funding support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and matching funds from the SON. Kim has chosen to develop a replicable program to enhance research, teaching, and patient care and service in the delivery of culturally sensitive and effective health to underserved populations.  Although she will focus on Korean Americans, she predicts the program will be transferable to other ethic minority populations.

Kim is recognized as an accomplished community health nurse and researcher, with special expertise in cardiovascular health and in the prevention of depression among minority populations.  She is also well known for her expertise in community-based participatory research, having served as the principal investigator on an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality project to improve the care and control of high blood pressure among middle-aged Korean Americans, and co-investigator on several federally funded research projects in which she has contributed expertise in content and methodology.  Kim has been appointed to and serves on a number of national bodies to improve minority populations’ access to quality care, including the American Heart Association, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and the Health Research Service Agency, and as a study section member at the National Institutes of Health.


The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing is a global leader in nursing research, education and scholarship and is ranked among the top 10 nursing higher education institutions in the country.  The School’s community health program is second in the nation and the nursing research program now holds eighth position among the top nursing schools for securing federal research grants.  The School continues to maintain its reputation for excellence and educates nurses who set the highest standards for patient care, exemplify scholarship, and become innovative national and international leaders in the evolution of the nursing profession and the health care system.  For more information, visit http://www.son.jhmi.edu/.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For more than 30 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. Helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need—the Foundation expects to make a difference in our lifetime. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org.  For more information about the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program, visit http://futurehealth.ucsf.edu.


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