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NINR Director's Lecture Series: Prevention and Health Promotion

May 3, 2023 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (ET)

Virtual Event

Join NINR as we bring leading experts in prevention and health promotion to share their knowledge at an upcoming NINR Director’s Lecture. Dr. LaRon E. Nelson, Associate Dean for Global Affairs & Planetary Health, Yale University, and Dr. Debra Furr-Holden, Dean of the School of Global Public Health and Professor of Epidemiology, New York University, will be presenting research priorities and the practice and policy implications of nursing research through the prevention and health promotion lens.

Featured Speakers

Dr. LaRon E. Nelson is the Independence Foundation Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Global Affairs and Planetary Health in the Yale School of Nursing.  He also serves as the director of the Justice, Community Capacity and Equity Core in the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in AIDS at the Yale School of Public Health. He is a family nurse practitioner with over 20 years of clinical public health practice experience and 18 years involved in health disparities research. Dr. Nelson's work in HIV disparities is primarily concerned with developing and testing multi-level integrated interventions that address the social, structural, behavioral, and clinical influences on HIV prevention and treatment. He is an elected fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing and the New York Academy Medicine. Currently, he serves as a protocol co-chair for HPTN 096 a multi-site trial evaluating a multi-level integrated intervention to increase rates of PrEP use and HIV viral suppression among Black men who have sex with men in the southern US region.

Dr. Debra M. Furr-Holden is the Dean of the NYU School of Global Public Health (GPH) and Professor of Epidemiology. A public health professional with broad expertise in health disparities and policy-level interventions to promote health equity. Her scholarship encompasses a range of topics including drug and alcohol dependence epidemiology, psychiatric epidemiology, and prevention science.

Dean Furr-Holden was previously the C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health and Associate Dean for public health integration at Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Furr-Holden has extensive experience working with local and national policymakers, exceptional skill at team-building and success as a mentor, and public health advocacy.

Prior to her appointments at MSU, Dr. Furr-Holden was an assistant (2007) and later associate (2011) professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she retains an appointment as an adjunct professor. Before Johns Hopkins, she was a research scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation and a faculty member at Morgan State University. She received her BA from Johns Hopkins University’s Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, and her PhD from Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health (now the Bloomberg School of Public Health).

The NINR Director's Lecture Series brings together top experts from across the nation to share their insights for advancing nursing science with a transdisciplinary audience at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the broader biomedical research community. For the 2022-2023 NINR Director's Lecture Series, each lecture will focus on a different NINR strategic plan research lens.

This Zoom event will be presented with real-time captioning. If you are an individual with a disability who needs reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Edmond Byrnes (, 301.496.0235). Requests should be made at least five days in advance.