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Hutson Selected as American Academy of Nursing Fellow

The American Academy of Nursing has named its 2022 Class of Fellows. Sadie Hutson, executive associate dean of academic affairs, was among the 250 distinguished nurse leaders to be selected.

“Dr Hutson will join an elite group of nursing leaders who have made significant contributions to improving health and health care across the globe,” said Victoria Niederhauser, dean of the college. “Her work in improving the health and well-being of underserved communities and people living with challenging genetic conditions has positively impacted hundreds of families throughout Appalachia and the world.”

Hutson earned a PhD in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and an MSN as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, she received a BSN from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a certificate in clinical genetics from Georgetown University.

She also serves as a senior advisor to the psychosocial study portfolio of the Clinical Genetics Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute. Her areas of interest in teaching are research methods, philosophy of science, and grant writing. Hutson’s areas of scientific interest include studying the consequences of living with chronic illness, specifically hereditary cancer, in rural and underserved areas.

Hutson is the director of the Cancer Genetics Program at the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center at Pikeville Medical Center in Kentucky. She is also the project lead for a community project/non-profit organization called Appalachian Angel of Hope, Inc. and on the board of a non-profit organization, Team Lift, Inc., U.S.-based nonprofit whose mission is to eradicate chronic poverty in Malawi by developing village campuses that address the related needs of education, healthcare, and nutrition, with a focus on women and girls.

The Academy is an honorific society that recognizes nursing’s most accomplished leaders in policy, research, practice, administration, and academia. Academy Fellows, from nearly 40 countries, hold a wide variety of influential roles in health care. Induction into the Fellowship represents more than recognition of one’s accomplishments within the nursing profession. Fellows contribute their collective expertise to the Academy, engaging with health leaders nationally and globally to improve health and achieve health equity by impacting policy through nursing leadership, innovation, and science.

“It is a humbling honor to be inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing alongside some of the world’s most accomplished leaders in the nursing profession,” said Hutson. “The Academy is tremendously influential in the advancement of the nursing profession, particularly at a time when nurses’ voices must be elevated as advocates for the health and wellness of all.”

Through a competitive, rigorous application process, the Academy’s Fellow Selection Committee reviewed a record number of applications, representing a 30 percent increase from the previous year, to select the 2022 Fellows. The 2022 Fellows represent 35 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 17 countries.

The 2022 inductees will be recognized for their significant contributions to health and health care at the Academy’s annual Health Policy Conference, taking place on October 27-29 in Washington, DC at the Marriott Marquis during the Induction Ceremony on the evening of October 29.

Once the newest Fellows are inducted, the Academy will be comprised of more than 3,000 leaders who are experts in policy, research, administration, practice, and academia that champion health and wellness, locally and globally.

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