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| LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas College of Medicine for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has invested Tracie C. Harrison, Ph.D., RN, professor in the UAMS College of Nursing, in the chair Alice An-Loh Sun in geriatric nursing during a ceremony on September 29.
“It’s a pleasure for me to be at UAMS, and I’m beyond proud to be in Arkansas,” Harrison said. “One of the reasons I’m here is the encouragement from Dr. Claudia Beverly and the faith in the work I do. I’m sure we’ll fix some issues and we’ll do a great job.
Drawing on more than 25 years of professional nursing experience as a bedside and community clinician, practitioner, educator and researcher, Harrison is an expert in aging with mobility and sensory limitations in diverse and vulnerable populations. Harrison joined UAMS in May.
“On behalf of my colleagues at the College of Nursing, I would like to express how delighted we are that Tracie Harrison has joined our ranks and offer her our congratulations on her appointment as the Alice An-Loh Sun Chair in Geriatric Nursing. said Corey Nagel, Ph.D., MPH, RN, assistant professor in the College of Nursing and co-director of the UAMS Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence. “She is highly accomplished in health science and policy, and her ongoing work on aging and disability will enrich both our college and the university at large.”
Harrison is the first recipient of the endowed chair, which was previously an endowed chair held by Pao-Feng Tsai, Ph.D., RN.
An endowed chair is one of the highest academic honors a university can bestow on a faculty member. An endowed chair is established with donations of at least $1 million, which are invested and the interest proceeds used to support the chairholder’s educational, research, and clinical activities. Chair appointees are among the most reputable scientists, physicians and professors in their field.
“The medallion that Tracie Harrison will receive represents three incredibly important relationships – the relationship between donor and institution, that between insight and recipient, and the scholarship that has been supported by the chair and the scholarship that will be established in the future,” said Cam Patterson, MD, MBA, UAMS Chancellor and CEO of UAMS Health. “Endowed Chairs are the highest honor a faculty member can receive, and I would like to congratulate Dr. Harrison for this well-deserved recognition.
The chair is named in honor of Alice An-Loh Sun, who was born in Nanjing, China, where she graduated from the Chin Lin School of Nursing. Her husband, CN Sun, MD, was a long-time professor of pathology at UAMS and the Central Arkansas Veteran’s Healthcare System. She devoted 53 years to the nursing profession before retiring in 1979. The Alice An-Loh Sun Professorship in Geriatric Nursing was endowed just before her death in 2002.
“This ceremony is in part an opportunity to thank the donors who have made this endowed chair possible,” said Patricia A. Cowan, Ph.D., RN, dean of the UAMS College of Nursing. “It is also an opportunity to honor the legacy of Alice An-Loh Sun who dedicated many years of her life to the nursing profession.”
Harrison received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Master of Science in
Nurse at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi. She has obtained predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships from the John A. Hartford Foundation, a predoctoral fellowship from the Donald D. Harrington Fellowship Program, and a predoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Health (NIH) through a National Research Institutional Award Women’s Health Service. She has also received significant research funding from the NIH, Texas Health and Human Services, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Civil Money Penalties, and the Aetna Foundation.
Harrison has over 70 publications on the impact of severe and permanent limitations on people’s lives. She has had considerable involvement in policy analysis and has made recommendations at the state and federal levels on functional and sensory changes with age. She has completed several studies, including a four-year ethnographic study of Mexican American women, an integrated randomized controlled trial of music versus narratives and stories with people with dementia in 13 nursing homes, and a study of integrated advanced practice nurses in five nursing settings. houses. More recently, she completed a cross-national study on aging and lifelong mobility of older adults in three central Mexican states. She is the founding director of the Center for Excellence in Aging Services and Long-Term Care at the University of Texas at the Austin School of Nursing.
“Looking at all of her accomplishments, it’s easy to see that Dr. Harrison is a giant in her field, but what sets her apart is that she truly cares about the people she treats and studies,” said Jacqueline L. Angel, Ph.D., Wilbur J. Cohen Professor of Health and Social Policy and professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. “Congratulations Tracie. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this recognition.
UAMS is the only health sciences university in the state, with colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, health professions, and public health; a doctoral school; a hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwestern Arkansas Regional Campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute, and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses the entire clinical enterprise of UAMS. UAMS is the only Level 1 adult trauma center in the state. UAMS has 3,047 students, 873 medical residents and fellows, and six resident dentists. It is the largest public employer in the state with more than 11,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide patient care at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children’s, VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu or uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, TwitterYouTube or Instagram.