Cheryl Killion, PhD, MA, MS, RN, FAAN, has been selected as the National Academy of Medicine’s 2022-2023 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence. Supported for nearly 30 years by the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), the American Nurses Association (ANA), and the American Nurses Foundation (ANF), the Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence is a year-long immersion experience for a nurse leader to leverage their expertise and play a prominent role in health policy at the federal level while engaging in interprofessional collaboration with scholars at the NAM.

Dr. Killion is an Associate Professor at Case Western University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Her anthropological background influences her research, which studies the impacts of social determinants of health – in particular the effect of housing, or lack thereof, on health outcomes. She studies the disproportionality of poor individuals, people of color, and marginalized populations who experience chronic conditions such as obesity, hypertension, and poor maternal health outcomes. Dr. Killion seeks to utilize her time at NAM to further consider the intersection between housing instability and maternal morbidity and mortality in order to promote policies that will improve health equity.

“I am honored to be selected as the Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at NAM, as this role will provide an opportunity for me to leverage my research on maternal health outcomes among the housing insecure into evidence-based policy proposals,” said Dr. Killion. During her time as the Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Killion will maximize the opportunity for interprofessional collaboration to continue her work examining the social determinants of health and maternal health outcomes in the United States.

To learn more about the application process and the NAM Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence program, visit

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