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Dorothy L. Powell, EdD, RN, FAAN

Professor Emerita

Dr. Powell is a seasoned nursing educator and administrator with over 30 years of experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hampton University, a Master of Science in Maternal and Infant Nursing from the Catholic University in America, and a Doctorate of Nursing Education in Higher Education Administration from the College of William and Mary. She furthered her studies at Harvard University in the School of Education. Prior to coming to Duke in January, 2006, Dr. Powell spent the previous 18 years as Chief Academic Officer for Nursing at Howard University, Washington, DC. Other posts include Chairperson, Department of Nursing at Norfolk State University, and Assistant Professor of Nursing at George Mason University, Hampton University, and Thomas Nelson Community College. From 2006 to 2013, she served as Associate Dean of the Office of Global and Community Health Initiatives in the School of Nursing at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

Dr. Powell is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She has served as Secretary and a member of the Board of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. In addition, she has served on several national advisory councils including the National Institute of Nursing Research, the National Center on Research Resources, the National Advisory Council on Nursing Education and Practice, and Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research. Her dominant area of scholarly study and publications is environmental justice.

Beyond academic and administrative roles, much of Dr. Powell’s career has incorporated service to the community, particularly low income and minority communities. A significant facet of her community work has been her involvement with the homeless population in Washington, DC. In that capacity, she provided leadership to the development of a convalescent unit for homeless individuals in a large shelter. She was also responsible for the development of a unique career training program, Nursing Careers for Homeless People, which has won national recognition. Through this program, nearly 90 previously homeless men and women were trained for careers in nursing ranging from nursing assistants to RNs with Bachelor of Science degrees.

Since the late 1980s, Dr. Powell has been engaged in international development work. This work has been primarily focused in southern Africa. She has provided technical assistance and consultation on primary health care development to ministries of health, schools of nursing, hospitals and health care systems in Swaziland, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and South Africa.

Dr. Powell’s founded the School of Nursing's Office of Global and Community Health Initiatives (OGACHI) in 2006, and served as Associate Dean for Global Health and Community Initiatives until July, 2014. Her responsibilities included developing and facilitating educational, research, and community service programs to reduce health disparities in Durham, in North Carolina, and in countries around the world. Her international work targeted the Caribbean, Central America, Africa, and parts of Asia.

Education

  • EdD - College of William and Mary
  • MSN - The Catholic University of America
  • BSN - Hampton University

Research Interests

Research Interests: Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Global Health, Health Disparities, Community-Based Participatory Research, Homelessness, Adolescent Pregnancy

Awards and Honors

  • 2013 || Samuel DuBois Cook Society Award, Samuel DuBois Cook Society, Duke University
  • 2012 || Appointed to the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM)
  • 2009 || Inductee, Institute of Excellence, National Black Nurses Association
  • 2003 || Featured on BET Television Special Presentation, Black Entertainment Televison
  • 2003 || Black Nurse of the Year, Black Nurses Association of the Greater Washington DC-area.
  • 2003 || Featured in the Aetna 2003 African American History Calendar saluting African American Nurses, Aetna
  • 2002 || Participant in press conference on the nursing shortage, with Secretary of Health and Human Services Terry Thompson
  • 2001 || Compassionate Employer Recognition Award, Compassionate Friends
  • 1999 || National Honorary Member, Chi Eta Phi Sorority
  • 1994 || School of Nursing Alumni Hall of Fame, Hampton University, Hampton, Va.
  • 1993 || Association of Academic Health Centers Scholar in Academic Administration and Health Policy, Academic Health Centers
  • 1993 || Certificate of Recognition for Cooperation in the Development of the Northeastern Health Care Center, Prince George's County
  • 1993 || Recognized and honored for Notable and Outstanding Contributions to Nursing as one of the 100 Extraordinary Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Gamma Beta Chapter
  • 1991 || Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, American Academy of Nursing
  • 1991 || Search for Excellence Award, American Nurses Association
  • 1990 || Outstanding Nurse Educator’s Award, District of Columbia Nurses Association
  • 1990 || Presidential Citation, Norfolk State University
  • 1990 || Regents Lecturer, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, CA
  • 1988 || Certificate of Achievement, Department of the Army, Camp All-American, Fort Bragg, NC
  • 1985 || Outstanding Nurse Leader, Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority
  • 1983 || Inducted, Kappa Delta Pi
  • 1969 || Inducted, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society

Areas of Expertise

  • Global and Community Health
  • Nursing and Health Care Leadership
  • Nursing Education

Representative Publications

  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25839948 Carter, B. M. and Powell, D. L. and Derouin, A. L. and Cusatis, J. Beginning with the end in mind: cultivating minority nurse leaders. J Prof Nurs. March-April, 2015 31(2); 95-103
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24487768 Brandon, D. H. and Collins-McNeil, J. and Onsomu, E. O. and Powell, D. L. Winston-Salem State University and Duke University’s Bridge to the Doctorate Program. North Carolina Medical Journal. January/February, 2014 75(1); 68-70
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 22999856 Hunter, A. and Wilson, L. and Stanhope, M. and Hatcher, B. and Hattar, M. and Hilfinger Messias, D. K. and Powell, D. Global health diplomacy: an integrative review of the literature and implications for nursing. Nurs Outlook. March-April, 2013 61(2); 85-92
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 22211755 Powell, D. L. and Price, A. J. and Burns, F. A. and McConnell, E. S. and Hendrix, C. C. and McWhinney-Dehaney, L. and Lombardi, M. M. Pillars for the Care of Older Persons in the Caribbean. Public Health Nurs. January, 2012 29(1); 80-90
  • 2011 -- PubMed # : 20413330 Relf, M. V. and Mekwa, J. and Chasokela, C. and Booth, C. and Deng, L. and Mallinson, R. K. and Ramantele, K. and Letsie, E. and Mtengezo, J. and Nhlengethwa, W. and Powell, D. and Webb, A. and Diesel, T. and Liddle, A. Essential core competencies related to HIV and AIDS are critically needed in nursing. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. January-February, 2011 22(1); S2-8
  • 2011 -- PubMed # : 21211698 Relf, M. V. and Mekwa, J. and Chasokela, C. and Nhlengethwa, W. and Letsie, E. and Mtengezo, J. and Ramantele, K. and Diesel, T. and Booth, C. and Deng, L. and Mallinson, R. K. and Powell, D. and Webb, A. and Liddle, A. and Yu-Shears, J. and Hall, C. and Aranda-Naranjo, B. and Parham Hopson, D. Essential nursing competencies related to HIV and AIDS: Executive summary. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. January-February, 2011 22(1); S9-16
  • 2011 -- PubMed # : 21168066 Relf, M. V. and Mekwa, J. and Chasokela, C. and Nhlengethwa, W. and Letsie, E. and Mtengezo, J. and Ramantele, K. and Diesel, T. and Booth, C. and Deng, L. and Mallinson, R. K. and Powell, D. and Webb, A. and Liddle, A. and Yu-Shears, J. and Hall, C. and Aranda-Naranjo, B. and Hopson, D. P. Essential nursing competencies related to HIV and AIDS. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. January-February, 2011 22(1 Suppl); e5-40
  • 2010 -- PubMed # : 21531964 Gilliss, C. L. and Powell, D. L. and Carter, B. Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce in nursing: from evidence to best practices to policy. Policy Polit Nurs Pract. November, 2010 11(4); 294-301
  • 2010 -- PubMed # : 20055969 Powell, D. L. and Gilliss, C. L. and Hewitt, H. H. and Flint, E. P. Application of a partnership model for transformative and sustainable international development. Public Health Nurs. Jan-Feb, 2010 27(1); 54-70
  • 2009 -- Powell, D. L. When wanting to do good may not be enough. The National Black Nurses Association News. Winter, 2009 39-40

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Grant Funding (Selected)

  • Making a Difference in Nursing II

    Health Resources and Service Administration
    1D19-HP19020-01-00
    07/2010 to 06/2013
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: To increase the number of high achieving/high potential under-represented minorities in nursing for enrollment in the School of Nursing.

  • Human Resources for Health, Rwanda

    Rwanda Ministry of Health
    05/2012 to 07/2013
    Role: PI (with Nathan M. Thielman)
  • Raising Health, Raising Hope

    Emmy Lou Tompkins Foundation
    09/2010 to 09/2011
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: Raising Health, Raising Hope is a student based service-learning experience to provide tailored monthly health promotion classes to homeless families at Genesis Home Family Shelter in Durham. These funds will support instructional supplies and materials necessary to hold the classes and to replicate the program at the Durham Rescue mission, Women’s Shelter.

  • Step 2:5 - Enabling Policy: Building a Preferred Future for Elderly in the Caribbean

    Pfizer, Inc.
    10/2009 to 04/2010
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: To support activities strengthening the capacity of the nursing profession in the Caribbean to improve care of the elderly (includes development of white paper, travel, consultations, etc.)

  • Strengthening and Expanding Raising Health / Raising Hope among the Homeless

    Duke University Chapel
    11/2007 to 12/2011
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: To support the Raising Health / Raising Hope program and Project Homeless Connect. Both programs support the work being done by DUSON students with the homeless population of Durham, NC.

  • The Millennium Development Goals: Will Developing Countries Meet Them by 2015

    Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation
    11/2009 to 10/2010
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: To enhance student and faculty development regarding health disparities in developing nations through the 3rd Annual Global Health Lecture.

  • Caribbean Continuing Education Conference on Managing Cardiovascular Disease in the Elderly

    Pfizer, Inc.
    09/2008 to 09/2009
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: To provide partial support for 2008 continuing education conference (Community-based Prevention and Management of Cardiovascular and Other Chronic Diseases Among Caribbean Elderly: A Focus on Nursing Leadership).

  • Strengthening and Expanding Raising Health / Raising Hope Among the Homeless

    Mary Duke Biddle Foundation
    02/2008 to 06/2008
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: Raising Health, Raising Hope is a student based service-learning experience to provide tailored monthly health promotion classes to homeless families at Genesis Home Family Shelter in Durham. These funds will support instructional supplies and materials necessary to hold the classes and to replicate the program at the Durham Rescue Mission Women’s Shelter.

  • Public Health Conference Support Program (Caribbean Continuing Education Conference on Managing Cardiovascular Disease)

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    1U13-DP000702-01
    09/2007 to 09/2010
    Role: PI

    Purpose: To provide partial support for specific continuing education conferences supporting capacity building in Caribbean nations for health promotion and disease prevention in the elderly. 2007 conference title: Managing Cardiovascular Disease in the Elderly. 2008 conference title: Community-based Prevention and Management of Cardiovascular and Other Chronic Diseases Among Caribbean Elderly: A Focus on Nursing Leadership.

  • Caribbean Continuing Education Conference on Managing Cardiovascular Disease in the Elderly

    Pfizer Medical Education Grants
    08/2007 to 10/2007
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: To provide partial support for continuing education conferences in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention for Caribbean elderly. 2007 conference title: Managing Cardiovascular Disease in the Elderly.

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Friday, October 16, 2015

DUSON and its faculty, students and staff were very visible throughout the National League for Nursing (NLN) annual Education Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada this month. Here are the highlights: 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Clinical Professor Emeritus Dorothy Powell is one of seven distinguished nurse educators selected for the ninth class of fellows for induction into the National League for Nursing (NLN) Academy of Nursing Education. Powell will be named an honorary fellow recognizing retired nurse educators who have made significant contributions to nursing education.

The induction ceremony will take place during the 2015 NLN Education Summit on Friday, Oct. 2 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Duke School of Nursing was well represented at the recent Association of Community Health Nurse Educators annual meeting. The conference theme was social justice.

A group of seven (including three recent ABSN graduates) traveled to San Antonio, Tx., and delivered the following six podium presentations:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Dr. Dorothy Powell was invited to be a guest speaker at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Leadership Meeting, held April 3-4, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. She presented "Enhancing Globalization and Diversity:  Leadership for Environmental Transformation."

Friday, August 9, 2013
On July 23, 2013, Dr. Dorothy Powell attended the Fortieth Annual General Meeting of the Regional Nursing Body (RNB) of the Caribbean Community Secretariat in Port of Spain, Trinidad. At the meeting, Dr. Powell presented on The End of a Chapter: The Development of the Pillars Framework.
Friday, February 22, 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Dorothy Powell, associate dean for global health and community initiatives, who was one of eight awardees, honored during the 16th annual Cook Awards Ceremony and Dinner.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Dr. Dorothy Powell, clinical professor and associate dean for Global and Community Health Initiatives (OGACHI), has been named as one of the 2013 Samuel DuBois Cook Society award recipients. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Duke University Schools of Nursing and Medicine are among 13 U.S. schools partnering with Rwanda’s Ministry of Health to build a high-quality and sustainable health system in Rwanda. The seven-year Rwanda Human Resources for Health (HRH) Program was announced by former U.S. President Bill Clinton in Rwanda in late July.

Friday, June 1, 2012

A delegation of faculty from Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) will travel to China June 5-15 to participate in scholarly and cultural exchanges and to explore opportunities for educational exchange and research collaborations with top-tier Chinese educational and health care institutions.

Dorothy Powell, professor and associate dean for global and community health initiatives, and Eugenia Gil, an ABSN student and MADIN II Scholar, traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, to attend the World Health Organization's Global Forum for Government Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers held May 16-17. Dr.

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