National Advisory Council for Nursing Research Meeting

The next open session of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research (NACNR) will take place on September 15, 2020 from 11.30am to 1:30pm ET via Videocast.

The NACNR meets three times a year to provide recommendations on the direction and support of the nursing, biomedical, social, and behavioral research that forms the evidence base for nursing practice:

Click here for the agenda and here for the Videocast link.

Sleep Well! How Dysfunctional Sleep Can Impact Your Health

Presented by the Berkshire Area Health Education Center, healthcare professionals and others will be able to incorporate the tools and practices in this program to understand sleep’s important role in good physical and mental health and to identify ways to improve and sleep quality and quantity. Click here to register.

Presenter: Frederic P. Hyman D.D.S., The Berkshire Center for Craniofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine, Great Barrington, MA.


  • Define normal sleep in adults and children
  • Discuss sleep in the United States
  • Define pathological sleep and its impact
  • Discuss adults obstructive sleep apnea: screening, diagnosis, and treatment options
  • Discuss pediatric obstructive sleep apnea: screening, diagnosis and treatment options
  • Describe obstructive sleep apnea and the dental office: evaluation, testing, and care

Affirmative and Knowledgeable Healthcare for LGBTQ+ People

The Berkshire Area Health Education Center presents this program, designed to lead participants through an understanding of the LGBTQ+ community and its unique culture, language, and health disparities. The goal is to improve communication and knowledge in healthcare delivery in an affirming environment. Click here to register.

COVID-19 Research Community Forum: Non-contact (and Socially Distanced) Vital Signs and Medical Measurement

Date: Tuesday, August 25 at 12:00pm

Meet online via Zoom with researchers from the four federally-funded Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) hubs in Massachusetts to hear about how they’re working together to protect us from COVID-19.

After the researchers’ presentations, there will be an open discussion about health equity. Community members are especially encouraged to attend.

Presenters: Brian Anthony, PhD. Director of MIT’s Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Program, Co-Director of the Medical Electronic Device Realization Center, and Deputy Director for the MIT Skoltech Initiative. Catherine Ricciardi, DNP, ANP-BC. Nurse Director, Director of Clinical Operations, and Nurse Practitioner; MIT Institute for Medical Engineering and Science Clinical Research Center

To sign up, please fill out this form:

NINR Director’s Lecture: Symptom Science Across the Lifespan: Metabolites, Microbes, and Maternal Health

September 15, 2020. 10:00am – 11:00am ET via Videocast. Click here to register

In this NINR Director’s Lecture, Dr. Elizabeth J. Corwin will discuss symptom science and the biological mechanisms contributing to symptom development and health outcomes among pregnant and postpartum women.

Webinar: Healthcare Reform Efforts: Applying a Health Equity and Social Justice Lens

This webinar is presented by the American Nurses Association Massachusetts and the College of Nursing at UMass Amherst. It will take place on Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 9:30am – 11:30am. Click here to register

Featured Speakers
Raeann LeBlanc, PhD, DNP, is the Seedworks Endowed Clinical Assistant Professor for Social Justice in the College of Nursing, UMass/Amherst. In this role, Raeann works with nursing students and community members to advance the nursing value and impact of social justice and health equity in the Commonwealth and beyond.

Christine Schrauf, PhD, RN, MBA is an active member of the American Nurses Association-Massachusetts Health Policy Committee and actively participates in state legislative advocacy.   Christine is also an adjunct faculty member at Elms College in Chicopee, MA where she teaches health policy and ethics to graduate nursing students.