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Susan Swider, PhD, APHN-BC

Appointed to the CPSTF: 2016

Susan SwiderSusan Swider, PhD, APHN-BC is a professor in the Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing at Rush University in Chicago. She has practiced nursing in acute care, home health care, and public health settings. Her research has focused on demonstrating community health worker effectiveness; methods for engaging urban communities in health promotion; developing and implementing health policy initiatives to support health promotion and disease prevention efforts; and developing academic-practice partnerships for public health education and practice. Dr. Swider teaches public health nursing at the pre-licensure and graduate level and co-directed 10 years of HRSA-supported work to develop a competency-based online doctoral program in Advanced Public Health Nursing. Dr. Swider served on the Quad Council for Public Health Nursing organizations, and was a member of the task force that revised the Competencies for Public Health Nursing (2012). She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and served on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Task Force on Academic-Practice Partnerships (2010-2015) and on the Advisory Council for the AACN-CDC Collaborative to strengthen education for nurses in population health. From 2011-2016, Dr. Swider served as a presidential appointee to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health, to advise on the development and implementation of the National Prevention Strategy. Through this work, she has been focused on working with communities and policy makers to support community health and development and highlight the nursing contribution to these efforts.

Prior high-level positions/service on national advisory boards

  • Presidentially appointed member, Federal Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, Integrative and Public Health (2011-present)

Service on research review committees

  • HRSA-14-009 MCH Policy Analysis Program (2014)

National research or practice awards

  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing (FAAN)
  • Award of Merit, Association of Public Health Nurses

Service on Evidence Reviews

  • Reviewer for McMaster University Nursing Evidence Based Practice Site