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Crawford Lecture 2011

The Spring 2011 Crawford Lecture Series

"Nursing Leadership, Education and Practice to Advance Health in America and Abroad"

nesselar, kerry - Crawford Lecture 2011Rear Admiral Kerry Paige Nesseler, Director, Office of International Health Affairs, and Director, Office of Commissioned Corps Affairs, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services presented.

Kerry Paige Nesseler was appointed director of the Office of International Health Affairs and the Office of Commissioned Corps in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's Health Resources and Services (HRSA) in May 2006. HRSA works to fill in the health care gaps for people who live outside the economic and medical mainstream. As director, Nesseler develops strategies to maximize HRSA's participation in efforts to improve health care for vulnerable populations worldwide. She also coordinates and advances International health policy and resource development with HRSA.

As director of the Office of Commissioned Corps Affairs, Nesseler implements the HHS vision for the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and leads HRSA's 494 Commissioned Corps offices in that effort. Activities include ensuring basic level of readiness for all officers, coordinating deployments, overseeing pandemic influenza planning, and career development.

Nesseler served as associate administrator for HRSA's Bureau of Health Professions from July 2002 until her current appointment. She was deputy associate administrator for program HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau from 2000 to 2002, and was a senior nurse consultant at MCHB from 1993-2000. From 1992-1993 Nesseler was a nurse epidemiologist with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, and first worked with HRSA from 1990-1992 as a senior project officer/nurse consultant in the Bureau of Primary Health Care.

Nesseler received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of San Francisco and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Hawaii. She holds the rank of Rear Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.