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Dr. Bridgette Brawner to Present Sipple Nursing Lecture at Moravian Focusing on Health Equity

Bridgette BrawnerBethlehem, Pa., October 17, 2012 –Bridgette M. Brawner, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., will present “Sustainable Change: Health Equity Promotion through Active Community Engagement” at the annual Janet A. Sipple Lecture on Wednesday, October 24, 5:30 p.m. in Foy Hall of Moravian College’s Hurd Campus. A reception will follow the lecture. Brawner has received numerous awards and honors for her research, teaching, and community service.

Brawner’s program of research focuses on multilevel, multi-method, bio-behavioral approaches to sexual health promotion in disenfranchised populations. She believes that upfront, active community engagement along with innovative research methodologies can facilitate sustainable change in numerous settings.

Brawner earned her baccalaureate degree from Villanova University, and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and a member of the School’s Center for Health Equity Research and the Center for Global Women’s Health. She has been involved, for the past seven years, in several local and international research projects that focused on improving health and reducing risk behaviors.

The Janet A. Sipple Lecture Endowment Fund, which funds the lecture, was created to honor Sipple for her role in establishing The St. Luke’s School of Nursing at Moravian College. The endowment was conceived in consultation with members of the nursing faculty to support programming on international health care, public health leadership, or world community service.

The St. Luke’s School of Nursing at Moravian College offers an innovative curriculum leading to a Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.) with the major in Nursing. The program is designed to address the changing role of the nurse within health care during the 21st century. The R.N.-B.S. program has been developed to deliver the highest quality baccalaureate nursing education to registered nurses in a flexible format. All of the courses provided through Moravian College are designed so that they are relevant to the learning needs of adult students and the nursing courses will complement prior coursework and experience. The Moravian College R.N.-B.S. program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The Sipple Lectures are open to all students and members of the greater Lehigh Valley community. The Hurd Campus is located near Main and Church Streets in historic downtown Bethlehem, Pa.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type of accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Kathi Roman at Katro@moravian.edu or 610-625-7880.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pa. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their futures. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.