Healthcare in the Shadows

About Me

Bonnie Pilon, PhD, NEA-BC, FAAN
I’m a nurse and the Alexander Heard Distinguished Service Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.  For the past 15+ years I’ve opened, operated and evaluated more than 10 community clinic sites in Middle Tennessee focused on giving access to primary care and women’s health services for underserved populations.  I have been awarded a sabbatical year in 2015 from the Vanderbilt School of Nursing during which time I will be visiting a number of nurse managed or nurse led health centers and clinics from Alaska to Florida to interview their leaders as well as staff and patients.  I hope to discover the reason(s) why each center was developed, its history, a description of patients and communities served, the impact on patients’ lives, and stories that help define their culture.  I want to “give voice” to these unique care sites that often serve as critical safety net providers.


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