Population Health Nursing Science
Alysha Hart is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Population Health Nursing Science in the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saint Xavier University (Chicago, IL) and a Master of Science in Nursing from DePaul University (Chicago, IL). Her areas of interest include end-of-life (EOL) care of the older adult, health disparities among the aging population, decision science, and community-based participatory research in underserved communities. Alysha has a broad background in nursing practice and research. She has worked in numerous settings alongside experts in behavioral neurology and palliative care to improve clinical dementia knowledge and care of the older adult with serious life-limiting illness. Her doctoral training focused on qualitative case study methodology and integrated theoretical conceptualization of EOL decisional processes for African American dementia caregivers. Alysha has committed herself to empowering underserved communities through culturally appropriate educational enrichment in health and wellness. As a nurse interventionist and research assistant, she has collaborated with church organizations located in underrepresented neighborhoods across Chicago to render dementia education to congregants and surrounding community members. She also served as a stroke educator for a large community-based research study. Her future research will focus on developing and commercializing culturally tailored education interventions for patients and families impacted by all chronic illnesses.