Nancy Cabelus, DNP, MSN, RN, is an international forensic nurse consultant currently working with Physicians for Human Rights on a program addressing sexual violence in conflict zones in central and east Africa. In addition to a blended, nursing career in practice, education and consulting, Cabelus was also a Connecticut State Trooper for 20 years. Cabelus spent nearly 10 years as a major crimes detective investigating crimes of rape, homicide, and other high profile incidents. After retiring from the Connecticut State Police, Cabelus worked as a consultant for the United States Department of Justice. She was assigned as the senior law enforcement advisor to the Women’s Justice & Empowerment Initiative in Nairobi, Kenya, a US President’s Initiative targeted to combat gender based violence in Africa.
Cabelus is a published author of several articles and book chapters, and is an active member of International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN). In 2010 she was the recipient of IAFN’s Virginia A. Lynch Pioneer Award in Forensic Nursing, the highest award bestowed upon a forensic nurse. Cabelus is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
She holds a master’s degree in forensic nursing from Quinnipiac University and a doctor of nursing practice degree from the University of Tennessee, Health Sciences Center, Memphis, TN. Her research project was the development of a model of nursing intervention for victims of sex trafficking.
Joy Jacobson, MFA, is a health care journalist, a medical editor, and a poet. She was an editor at the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) for nearly twelve years, nine of them as managing editor. While there, she supervised production of articles recognized by the Association of Women in Communications, the American Society for Healthcare Publication Editors, Publications Management, and others. In 2008 she won an Award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism from the Association of Health Care Journalists for her report in AJN on workplace violence against nurses. In 2010 she contributed, with Diana Mason, more than twenty case studies and profiles to a groundbreaking report from the Institute of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Her 2003 chapbook, I And, won the Chapbook Series Award for poetry at the New School in New York City, where she earned a master of fine arts degree. She has a particular interest in the intersection of health care and literature. Follow her on Twitter: @joyjaco.
David M. Keepnews, PhD, JD, RN, FAAN is an Associate Professor in the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. Dr. Keepnews, an expert on health care systems and health policy, currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, a quarterly journal. He has previously served in policy-related positions for the New York Academy of Medicine, the American Nurses Association and the California Nurses Association. He also practiced as a staff nurse in psychiatric and substance abuse settings in New York and San Francisco. He has held elected and appointed positions in the American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Nursing, the National League for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International and the Commission in Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools. Dr. Keepnews is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Nursing. He is a recipient of the New York State Nurses Association 2009 Media Award.
May May Leung, PhD, RD is an assistant professor at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. Her research expertise includes the development and evaluation of innovative health communication and community-based interventions to prevent childhood obesity. She also uses community-based participatory research methods, such as Photovoice, to engage and empower communities. In addition, she focuses on the translation and dissemination of evidence-based interventions and policies to promote health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. May May’s work extends internationally as she has worked with the World Health Organization, Shanghai Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. She currently consults with the University of North Carolina’s Center of Excellence for Training and Research Translation, which has a mission of enhancing the public health impact of community practitioners through training and intervention translation initiatives. She completed her doctoral degree in Public Health Nutrition at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. She earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and her MS in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Prior to her time at UNC, May May was an adjunct faculty member and project manager at the University of Pennsylvania-School of Nursing.
Hannah Rosenzweig, MPH, is a documentary filmmaker, producer and public health advocate. Her television work includes films for the History Channel, the Sundance Channel and PBS. She produced PUPPET, an independent feature documentary that premiered at the DOC NYC Festival. Hannah founded Intention Media Inc in 2006, a company that consults on media strategy and produces video for health and human rights organizations. She worked with Hillary Clintonʼs campaign for president in 2007-2008 and continues to produce media for other Democratic races. She is currently directing two independent documentaries – one about innovative approaches to malaria and the other about food policy in New York City. Before film, Hannah worked as a researcher and community health worker. Her focus was HIV/AIDS. She was a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, the California Department of Health Services and Columbia University. Hannah holds a Masters Degree in Public Health (MPH) from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and a BA in History from Oberlin College.
Charmaine Ruddock, MS joined the Institute for Family Health formerly known as The Institute for Urban Family Health in 2000 to direct Bronx Health REACH, a coalition of 50 community and faith-based organizations, funded by the Centers for Disease Control’s REACH 2010 Initiative to address racial and ethnic health disparities. Since 2007 Ms. Ruddock has had oversight of Bronx Health REACH/NY CEED, a CDC designated national Center of Excellence to Eliminate Disparity. Ms. Ruddock also directs the Institute’s NIH funded initiative exploring the efficacy of faith-based organizations to provide diabetes education; the New York State Department of Health funded School Wellness Initiative and; a Johnson and Johnson funded childhood obesity prevention program. Ms. Ruddock sits on the board of a number of local and national organizations dedicated to eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities. Ms. Ruddock holds a BA. in Literature and Social Sciences from the University of the West Indies and a Masters of Science in Management and Policy Analysis from the Graduate School of Management, The New School for Social Research.
Liz Seegert, MA is an independent healthcare journalist, writer, blogger and educator with more than 25 years experience in print, broadcast and digital media. She covers a range of health issues, with an emphasis on aging and related topics such as chronic disease, health policy, and aging-in-place. She was recently named as the core topic leader on aging for the Association of Healthcare Journalists – the point person for studies, data, trends and key concepts for members.
Some of Liz’s many writing credits include Kaiser Health News, New America Media, Women magazine, Home Care Technology Report, The Atlantic online, Discovery Education, Kidshealth.org, and Healthwise Magazine. Liz has also published in professional journals, including the Journal of Healthcare Information Management, Practical Diabetology and Aeging Research Reviews. Liz holds a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University and a Master’s in Social Policy, healthcare concentration, from Empire State College, State University of New York. Liz is also an adjunct in media studies and communication at Empire. You can follow Liz on Twitter @lseegert.
Jim Stubenrauch is a writer and editor with 15 years’ experience in medical publishing, health care, and education. As a senior editor at the American Journal of Nursing (AJN), he edited original research and feature articles and monthly columns on clinical and health policy topics; wrote articles on health care reform, evidence-based care, health information technology, and international disaster relief; and wrote and edited photo essays on humanitarian aid and nursing history. New media experience includes blogging at AJN Off the Charts and The Best American Poetry and producing audio podcasts for AJN Online. Prior to his nine years at AJN, he was publications manager at the Healthcare Chaplaincy, a multi-faith clinical pastoral education center that places chaplains in hospitals and nursing homes throughout the Tristate area. He has also written and produced publications for Oncology Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Believer, Riverdale Country School, the New York State Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and many others. He has taught English literature and composition and English as a Second Language in college, secondary, and adult continuing education settings. He received an MFA from the Writing Division at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.