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Yolanda Powell-Young



Kentucky State University

Yolanda Powell-Young is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Iowa College of Nursing

Dr. Powell-Young was among the first African American nurses to engage in disease prevention and management strategies aimed at African Americans through genetic specific education and research. Signatures of her work include the creation of national transformational and sustained education initiatives ProGENE and What’s the Helix, novel systems facilitating the acquisition of essential genetic-genomic knowledge and competencies among African American nurses that value and utilized genetics. She has published over 40 seminal works including a chapter in the 30-year-old Transcultural Assessment Textbook by Giger & Haddad highlighting innovative research characterizing interfaces between genes, disparity dynamics, and human diversity and yielding over 900 citations. Dr. Powell-Young served as Editor and Reviewer for a dozen peer-reviewed nursing and interdisciplinary journals and periodicals with international visibility. She served on national and global committees advancing genetics, diversity and nursing science including the NHGRI Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics and the International Society for Nurses in Genetics membership committee. Honors include the National Black Nurses Association Trailblazer award; best journal reviewer from Research in Nursing and Health; and Kabacoff Endowed Chair in Nursing Research.

Dr. Powell-Young received a BSN from Grambling State University, MSN from Northwestern State University, and PhD from Southern University and A&M College. Postdoctoral accomplishments include completion of the NINR-Georgetown University Summer Genetics Institute and fellowship in clinical genetics at the University of Iowa College of Nursing.

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