Ana C. Sanchez-Birkhead, PhD, WHNP-BC, APRN

Ana C. Sanchez-Birkhead, PhD, WHNP-BC, APRN portrait
  • Associate Professor, College Of Nursing



  • Women's Health Nurse Practioner, School of Nursing, San Jose State University
  • MSN, Nursing, University of Phoenix. Project: Perceptions of Cultural Competency among Undergraduate Nurses in Caring for Culturally Diverse Patients
  • PhD, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco. Project: “Factors That Influence Health Promotion Practices Among Reproductive-Age Immigrant Hispanic Women”

Honors & Awards

  • AAMC Minority Faculty Development Program Travel Scholarship. Association of Medical Colleges, 07/2015
  • Moving It Forward Social Justice Award-formerly known as the Pete Suazo Award. University of Utah College of Social Work, 04/2015
  • Vice President Clinical and Translational Research Scholars . University of Utah, Center for Clinical and Translational Health Sciences, 01/2015
  • Selected Scholar for NIMHD Translational Health Disparities Program: Integrating Principles of Science, Practice, and Policy in Health Disparities Research . National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, 08/2014
  • Selected Scholar for NCI Summer Curriculum: Principles and Practices in Cancer Prevention and Control Program. National Cancer Institute, 07/2013
  • Myrtie Fulton Research Award. Brigham Young University, 10/2011
  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Brigham Young University , 03/2011
  • Original Research Mentee Award . National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Association, 03/2007
  • Graduate Dean’s Health Science Scholarship Award. University of California San Francisco , 09/2006
  • National Institute of General Medical Sciences Fellowship. University of California, San Francisco, 01/2006
  • Women Health Research Institute Award. Brigham Young University, 02/2005
  • Faculty Development Grant. Brigham Young University , 09/2001
  • Graduate Opportunity Fellowship Award. University of California,San Francisco, 09/2001


  • Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN), member, 06/2003 - present
  • National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH), member, 02/1998 - present
  • National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN), National Nominating Committee member, 01/1998 - present


  • English, fluent.
  • Spanish, fluent. Spanish is my native language.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Central America. I was born in Costa Rica. I lived there as a child and have returned frequently thoughout the years for personal and professional reasons.
  • South America. I have worked with women from several countries in South America. I have studied their various cultural traditions, beliefs, and health practices.