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ACAP Recognizes Professor’s Work with Vulnerable Populations

Sister Rosemary Donley, S.C., professor of nursing and the Jacques Laval Chair for Justice for Vulnerable Populations at Duquesne University, was honored on May 7 with a Leadership in Advocacy Honorable Mention Award from the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP).

The award recognizes individuals who advocate for Medicaid or other low-income health programs and the vulnerable populations these programs serve.

In addition to receiving the award, Sister Donley has been invited to attend ACAP's CEO Summit in Washington, D.C., in June. An invitation-only event, the summit brings together chief executive officers of Medicaid-focused health plans and senior staff to discuss current issues facing Medicaid managed care in the post-Affordable Care Act environment.

"I am so excited to attend the conference because I will get to learn firsthand how we can help our vulnerable populations get access to healthcare through the Affordable Care Act," explained Sister Donley. "It's an issue that no one has really discussed, and I will be there in person to hear these conversations and be able to then bring this insight back to our students at Duquesne."

Through her her work as the Laval Chair, Sister Donley focuses her energies on spearheading the School of Nursing's community service efforts to provide healthcare services to vulnerable populations. "My job is to call attention to the vulnerable populations in Allegheny County who are seldom seen," said Sister Donley. "I try to give them a face, because you cannot understand a person or his or her situation until you see his or her face."
Sister Donley has coordinated the Rita M. McGinley Symposium at Duquesne University, which has focused on issues including the needs of the elderly, immigrants, veterans and children. The fifth annual symposium, Faces of Mental Illness, is slated for Thursday, Oct. 23, and Friday, Oct. 24.

A resident of West Mifflin, Sister Donley is a past president of both the National League for Nursing and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and has served as a senior editor at Image: The Journal of Nursing Scholarship. She is a member of the Department of Veterans Affairs' Special Medical Advisory Group, the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Nursing.

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