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Dr. Kathleen Falk, is an assistant professor who holds a Doctorate in Nursing Science from the Graduate Center, CUNY, a Masters of Science certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Wagner College, and a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing from Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus. Dr. Falk brings expertise to the Baccalaureate program in the fields of mental health, public health and community-based family health care. In 2004, she was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Epsilon Mu. Dr. Falk was awarded the prestigious Jonas Scholar for Nursing Leadership Fellowship for development of the Nurse-Mentor Model. This novel model was used in her doctoral research, which created knowledge on best practice for nurses who work with children of incarcerated parents. This study has been published in nursing's premier scholarly journal, Nursing Science Quarterly. With a passion for reducing health disparities among our most vulnerable citizens, Dr. Falk teaches nursing students how to reach out and care for communities who are heavily burdened with poverty, poor educational outcomes, chronic illnesses at young ages, and cycles of mass incarceration.
Professor Falk has forged a partnership with the first Educare Model in New York State at FirstStepsNYC in Brownsville Brooklyn. FirstStepsNYC is an early intervention/education center for high-risk infants and preschool age children and their families. It is a state of the art center based on strong research that combines health and education. This center and Pre-K initiatives at PS 184 offer our RN to BS students clinical opportunities in environments that are in concert with healthcare reform delineated in the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Falk is directing a Nursing Inter-professional Pilot Project at FirstStepsNYC with RN to BS students, Human Service Interns and Dental Hygiene students. Dr. Falk received a grant for this project through the State Nurse Appropriations Fund. As the nation shifts its healthcare paradigm from illness treatment to health promotion, Dr. Falk looks forward to nursing research that will support resilience and illness prevention.