Jin Jun
May 30, 2024

Dr. Jin Jun accepted into prestigious Betty Irene Moore Fellowship program

Jun becomes College of Nursing’s first-ever participant in fellowship hosted by UC Davis

(Columbus, OH) – Jin Jun, PhD, assistant professor at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, is one of 16 nurse scientists nationwide accepted to the fifth cohort of the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators. This fellowship program, funded by an initial $37.5 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and an additional $7.5 million grant awarded last year to expand the program’s capacity, recognizes early- to mid-career nursing scholars and innovators with a high potential to accelerate leadership in nursing research, practice, education, policy and entrepreneurship.

As part of the three-year fellowship program, fellows receive $450,000 to conduct an innovative project or study with the potential to address a gap in knowledge, meet a vital need, alter care delivery or design a new solution to advance health. Jun’s project, “Reducing Health Disparities in Healthcare Utilization among Healthcare Support Workers,” aims to improve access to healthcare services and foster a culture of wellness and self-care within the healthcare support worker community. Notably, Jun's selection marks a significant milestone as the first participant from the College of Nursing to be chosen for this prestigious fellowship.

"I am so proud of Dr. Jun's acceptance into this prestigious fellowship program. She exemplifies a commitment to excellence in everything she does,” said Susie Breitenstein, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, senior associate dean for research and innovation at the College of Nursing. “Not only do her efforts reveal an unwavering commitment to advancing nursing research, but they also represent and shine a light on how the researchers in our college are dedicated to identifying solutions that lead to better healthcare access and health outcomes for all.”

In addition to the project, the fellowship program features a hybrid online and in-person curriculum designed and taught in partnership with the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and national experts to enhance leadership and innovation capacity, strengthen strategic thinking and collaborative skills, expand professional networks, develop entrepreneurial skills and propel innovative ideas to fruition. A mentor selected by the fellow and an additional mentor provided by the national program office round out the educational experience.

“We are so excited to welcome the newest fellows to our program. Our fellows have the unique opportunity to not just conduct research within their target populations but to enhance their leadership and innovative skills. They learn to translate novel ideas into action and spearhead changes that champion equitable health care practices,” said Heather M. Young, national program director for the fellowship and dean emerita at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. “As the next generation of nurse leaders, they possess considerable influence to transform the nursing profession, fostering inclusivity and enhancing community engagement and the quality of health care delivery for everyone.”

The fellowship program is made possible by Betty Irene Moore’s passion for advancing nursing to improve outcomes for individuals, families and communities. The foundation seeks to prepare nurses as collaborative leaders with the skills and confidence to inspire others, enact change and challenge the status quo. With the creation of the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators, the foundation supports nurse leaders who take ideas to scale that advance high-quality, high-value care and optimal health outcomes.

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