Professor Lauren Clark completed a post-doctoral certificate in Medical Anthropology from the University of Arizona and a fellowship in cultural anthropology methods sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Her research focus on health disparities among diverse and marginalized populations has directed her exploration into child feeding and parenting among Mexican immigrant and Mexican American families, as well as participatory research among disability communities in the areas of nutrition and physical activity. As a qualitative researcher she elicits and analyzes how people come to understand their health and illness situations and act on that understanding. She is a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and a Transcultural Nursing Scholar.
In her clinical specialty, Dr. Clark works with marginalized groups to address health inequities. She established a public health nursing clinical education and practice site affiliated with a refugee torture survivor center. Her service in immigrant and rural communities earned her the Anna M. Fillmore Award from the National League for Nursing in 1999. She was recently funded by the Castle Foundation to offer a health fair to students with disabilities in an educational transition program, offering interactive health education based on their health assessment data.
Dr. Clark’s research career has focused on cultural aspects of health disparities. She is currently exploring healthy lifestyles and disability using community-based participatory research approaches.
On the national level, Dr. Clark has been appointed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to developed curricular cultural competencies in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. She has also served on professional ethics committee of the American Anthropological Association and as a scientific reviewer for the National Institutes of Health. She has a long-term committment to equity and diversity in higher education and has served in academic positions to support inclusion initiatives.
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