Sally J. Reel, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, Associate Dean, Academic Practice and Clinical Professor, University of Arizona College of Nursing, is recipient of the University Distinguished Outreach Faculty Award. It is awarded to outstanding faculty who demonstrate scholarship-based outreach to the state, nation and the world and sustained excellence in the UA outreach mission. At the 2013 Winter Commencement, Dr. Reel will be awarded the title of University Distinguished Outreach Professor.
Dr. Reel has devoted her career to building initiatives to make the academic, professional and neighborhood (local to global) communities synergistic. Among her accomplishments, she secured outside funding to found the College of Nursing rural health professions, acute care nurse practitioner, doctor of nursing practice (DNP) and nursing workforce diversity programs. She generated federal funding for the new and inaugural primary care clinic, led by UA nurse practitioner faculty in partnership with the other health sciences colleagues and focused on modeling comprehensive and strengthening team-based care.
Through numerous initiatives, Dr. Reel is enhancing the reputation of the University, facilitating its health-related engagement outreach across Arizona and creating access to contemporary and innovative education for pre- and post-graduate health sciences students. As the director of the Arizona Area Health Education Centers program, Dr. Reel coordinates the activities of five regional centers that serve all 15 Arizona counties. Constituents include tribal and border communities; rural and frontier communities; urban medically underserved communities; and diverse populations (many representing major health disparities). Through academic-community partnerships, the mission is to improve access to health care for rural and underserved communities through developing a high-quality health professions workforce.
“Dr. Reel is a transformational leader who has shaped and supports a plethora of activities with both discipline-specific and inter-professional outcomes. She focuses on catalyzing the building of novel health education, research and practice/service enterprises through collaboration. Dr. Reel is providing exceptional leadership to extend the University’s ‘outreach’ into Arizona communities and we congratulate her on this honor” says UA College of Nursing Dean Joan Shaver, PhD, RN, FAAN.
Faculty at the University of Arizona College of Nursing envision, engage and innovate in education, research and practice to help people of all ages optimize health in the context of major life transitions, illnesses, injuries, symptoms and disabilities. Established in 1957, the college ranks among the top nursing programs in the United States. For more information about the college, please visit its website, www.nursing.arizona.edu