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Dr. Deborah Gray Selected as Recipient of the Provost's Award for Leadership in International Education

As an educator, scholar and clinician Deborah Gray, clinical associate professor of nursing, has focused her efforts on addressing the global healthcare crisis related to access of care issues affecting the most vulnerable populations. Her international work with prestigious organizations such as the Fulbright U.S. Scholars Program, United Nations and the International Council of Nurses has been recognized with the 2021 Provost's Award for Leadership in International Education.

Among Deborah Gray's many accomplishments are the following:

  • Selected as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar (2018-2019) to live Botswana and implement a project titled, Expanding Global Nursing Education, Collaboration, and Access to Care, was a collaborative project between ODU, the U.S. State Department/Fulbright Organization, and the University of Botswana Nursing programs, along with the World Health Organization Center for Nursing and Midwifery for Sub-Saharan Africa, that developed telehealth and web-based distance learning that increased nursing educational outreach, access, and healthcare capacity in Botswana and several countries throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • As part of a Regional Fulbright Grant award, worked in Ghana with University of Ghana faculty on expanding nursing education outreach through mentoring faculty to start implementing distance education courses. She also consulted with nursing regulators and educators in Eswatini, Kenya, and Tanzania in developing educational guidelines for their implementation of the advanced practice nursing role, increasing nursing workforce capacity in the community and access to primary care in those countries.
  • Assisted the United Nations Foundation staff to develop the National Student Global Health Policy Fellowship Program that provides an opportunity for students from all over the United States to learn directly from policy experts and experienced grassroots organizers on the intricacies of the UN's vital work in global health and the key role played by U.S. leadership.
  • Appointed as Deputy Director of the Global Academy of Research and Enterprise for the International Council of Nurses (ICN). In this role, she wrote the education section for the ICN Guidelines on Nurse Prescribing guiding global nursing practice, is contributing to a continent-wide framework for the family nurse practitioner role in Africa and involved in reviewing and planning for future nursing research and educational projects in South America, Asia, and Europe.

The School of Nursing salutes the contributions of Deborah Gray towards our goal and, that of the University, to partner with the global community to impact education and healthcare. We congratulate her on receiving the Provost's Award for Leadership in International Education.