Bio

For the past 30 years, Leann Patel has advanced the role of community health nursing to improve access to quality care for people within the Rochester, NY community. Throughout her career, Patel has worked tirelessly to establish partnerships with local nonprofit organizations, correctional facilities, and city schools to help nursing students develop critical multicultural competence and fulfill a core part of their clinical practice curriculum requirements.

As an assistant professor of clinical nursing at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, Patel teaches community health in the Accelerated Program for Non-Nurses and coordinates clinical experiences. Patel also leads health literacy initiatives for refugee, incarcerated, and city school student populations, including the See What You Can Bee Program. Established in 2012, the program gives students from the Rochester City School District a behind-the-scenes chance to learn about careers in physical therapy, nutrition, nursing, and medicine by pairing them with students from the University Medical Center.

In 2015, Patel was named Nurse of the Year by the March of Dimes. In 2011, she received the Mary Dombeck Diversity Enhancement Award. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Alfred University, and her master’s degree from St. John Fisher College.


Current Focus

I have been fortunate to have had the chance to develop and implement the Community Health clinical experience for APNN program. This has given me the opportunity to explore the resources within the Rochester Community and establish partnerships with many community agencies. With these connections, the APNN students have the chance to work side by side with our community partners to provide Health Literacy Education as well as fill in any gaps related to the participants health care needs.

“My experiences working within the community make me well prepared to share my knowledge of community health nursing as well as introduce students to the many rich resources available to help those with needs within the community setting.”


Professional Experience
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, US. 5/2006 - Current

Adjunct Faculty, Nazareth College (Responsible for education of undergraduate nursing students in the clinical and lab settings.), Rochester, NY, US. 2/2008 - 2011

Nurse educator, Anthony Jordan Health Center (Prenatal Education), Rochester, NY, US. 1/2007 - 4/2009

Adjunct Faculty in Nursing and Health Education Departments., Monroe Community College (Fundamentals of Nursing. Responsible for education of students in the clinical and classroom setting. Death and Dying. Responsible for education of students in the classroom setting.), Rochester, NY, US. 9/2003 - 2006

Adjunct Faculty, St. John Fisher College (Responsible for clinical instruction and supervision to upper level nursing students in area hospitals and community settings. Developed and coordinated community clinical experience working with Rochester City School District @ the Family Learning Center by assessing needs and formulating appropriate health/wellness programs including annual health fairs and presentations on various topics. Created a clinical experience for students in HEALTH PROMOTION COURSE, working with Action for a Better Community Head Start Program where students provided health screening and health education to pre-schoolers. Initiated a volunteer opportunity for nursing students to participate in the care of hospice patients at Mt. Carmel House.), Rochester, NY, US. 9/1993 - 2003

Awards
Nurse of the Year
March of Dimes, 2015

University of Rochester Presidential Diversity Award Nominee
2011

The Mary Dombeck Diversity Enhancement Award
University of Rochester School of Nursing, 2011

Community Outreach Award
Rochester Outreach Workers Association, 2002

Presentations
The Abc's of Health Literacy Education
Annual Oncology Nursing Teaching Day, Genesee Valley Oncology Nursing Society, 2014
Rochester, New York

Community based Interventions to meet the Health Literacy needs of Refugees while Enhancing Culture and Community Awareness for Nursing Students
4th Annual North American Refugee health Conference, Rochester General Hospital Refugee Health Care Program, 2014
Rochester, New York

Health Care Literacy for All : How Culturally Competent Care Fosters Improved Outcomes for Children of Teen Mothers
Cultural Diversity Conference, University of Rochester, 2012
Rochester, New York

Blending Two Systems to Meet the Health Literacy Needs of the Incarcerated Population
Annual Conference, New York State Department of Corrections, 2010
Saratoga Springs, New York

Partnerships In a Multicultural Setting
New York State Nurses Association Conference, New York State Nurses Association, 1997
Rochester, New York