Nilda (Nena) P. Peragallo Montano, DrPH, RN, FAAN, is Dean and Professor, University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. A nationally and internationally recognized nursing scientist specializing in health disparities and culturally competent interventions with minority populations, Peragallo has devoted her 35+ year research and academic career to improving the health status of minorities and other medically underserved groups. Peragallo has a solid record of successful competitive research funding. She is Principal Investigator and Director of the Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research (El Centro), funded continuously by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities since 2007. She is also director of the school’s World Health Organization designated Collaborating Centre for Nursing Human Resources Development and Patient Safety, an elite designation in place since 2008.
Peragallo’s policy and leadership roles include past service on the NIH/NIMHD Advisory Council and co-Chairmanship of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Health Project Workforce Committee. She is past president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and founding co-editor of Hispanic Healthcare International. In 2012, she was appointed to the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program, and to the Board of Directors of IntraHealth International, a global health nonprofit organization that champions the critical role of health workers. She was chosen by HispanicBusiness as one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders of 2012. She has also been honored with a number of regional awards for her service and contributions to the South Florida community.
Dean Peragallo has authored numerous professional publications and is a sought-after speaker in her field. She has mentored a number of Hispanic scientists who are now published authors and advancing in positions of leadership. She holds joint faculty appointments in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Australian Catholic University Faculty of Health Sciences. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing, and an inductee of the STTI Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.
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