Hae-Ra Han and Nancy R. Reynolds to be inducted into International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

Hae-Ra Han, a professor in the Department of Community-Public Health, and Nancy R. Reynolds, associate dean of global affairs, have been selected for induction into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing's International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. They were chosen for their significant international achievement and research that has improved communities and the profession, and they will be recognized in July at the STTI 29th International Nursing Research Congress to be held in July in Melbourne, Australia.

Hae-Ra Han and Nancy R. Reynolds

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As an advocate for underserved populations, Han researches health literacy interventions to reduce disparities in chronic care, particularly among ethnic minority and immigrant populations. She has studied breast and cervical cancer among Korean-Americans and women living with HIV, and cardiovascular health promotion among Korean and Latino immigrants and low-income African-Americans. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Technology, Sydney; co-director of the JHSON's Center for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care; and associate director for implementation of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging.

Reynolds focuses on the complexities of self-care behavior, treatment engagement, and medication adherence among people living with chronic illnesses. Through numerous interdisciplinary trials, she has tested interventions that use low-cost cellphone technology to bring health care services to vulnerable populations affected by HIV, and she has led NIH-sponsored studies in India, Ghana, and the United States to enhance treatment adherence and health outcomes of vulnerable HIV-positive women and children.

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