Sandra Millon Underwood inducted into the NBNA Institute of Excellence

Sandra Millon Underwood, RN, PhD, FAAN, professor of nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, was recently inducted into the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) Institute of Excellence.Underwood was one of six nurses to receive the honor for 2009.

The Institute of Excellence honors nurses for their work to reduce or eliminate health care disparities, improve the health status of all people and in strengthen the profession of nursing. The NBNA represents approximately 150,000 African American nurses from the United States, the Eastern Caribbean and Africa, with 76 chartered chapters nationwide.

Underwood’s research and teaching focus on cancer prevention and control, cultural diversity in health care, and perspectives of health care systems. She was founding Director of the UWM House of Peace Community Nursing Center, and has done extensive outreach work in bringing information on cancer detection and risk management to underserved populations.

Her research has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure, the Wisconsin Department of Health and family Services, the American Cancer Society, and the UWM Center on Race and Ethnicity.

Among the organizations she has served on are the National Institutes of Health Council of Councils, the National Cancer Advisory Board, the National Institute of Nursing Research Advisory Council, the National Cancer Policy Board, the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Integration Panel, and the Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation Expert Panel.

Underwood is an active member of the American Academy of Nursing, the National Black Nurses' Association, the Association of Black Nursing Faculty, Sigma Theta Tau International, the Oncology Nursing Society, and the National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer.