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Sandra Millon Underwood, RN, PhD, FAAN

Sandra Millon Underwood, RN, PhD, FAAN

Professor

underwoo@uwm.edu
(414) 229-6076
Cunningham Hall 423

Sandra Millon Underwood R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N. is Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). Dr. Underwood has directed courses that focus on nursing research, foundations of health, cancer prevention and control, cultural diversity in health care, and perspectives of health care systems. In addition, she served as the founding Director of the UWM House of Peace Community Nursing Center.

Dr. Underwood has engaged in a number of funded research projects focused on cancer education, cancer prevention, early detection and cancer risk management. These projects have targeted at-risk and underserved populations of men, women and children from urban communities, rural communities, and island community beyond the contiguous United States. Included among the agencies providing funding to support this body of research has been 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.

Dr. Underwood has assumed a number of statewide and national appointments and positions. She was appointed to serve on 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.

Dr. 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. Dr. Underwood is committed to improving the access of women, minorities, the disadvantaged, and the underserved to state-of-the-art cancer prevention and control programs and behavioral and biomedical research and has dedicated her professional career to accomplishing this goal. For more information, please visit her personal website.

Education

Ph D Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University
MSN Nursing, Loyola University
BSN Nursing, Loyola University

Awards & Honors

Distinguished Alumni Award
Loyola University College of Nursing
February 26, 2011

Exellence in Community Education and Outreach
Pan African Community Association
2009

Institute of Excellence
National Black Nurses Association
2009

Membership Honors
Chi Eta Phi Honorary Nursing Sorority
2009

Excellence in Nursing Research Award
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
2006

Trailblazer Award
National Black Nurses Association
2006

Bright Light Award
International Association of Minister's Wives and Minister's Widows, Inc.
2004

Leadership Award
Winship Cancer Center of Emory Cancer and Grady Hospital Institute for the Reduction of Health Disparities
2003

Nurse Researcher of the Year
National Black Nurses Association
2001

Award for Excellence in Breast Cancer Education
Oncology Nursing Society, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Zeneca
2000

Fellow
American Academy of Nursing
1997

Advance America Honor Roll - Cancer PrevenSAEy Detection Program for Nurses
American Society of Nurse Executives (ASAE)
1996

Advance for Nurses Honor Roll - Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Program for Nurses
American Society Association of Nurse Executives (ASAE)
1996

Blanke Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
1996

Current Research

Wisconsin Genomics Proposal
Collaborators: Kunert, Mary P; Buseh, Aaron G; Lundeen, Sally P; Kako, Peninnah; Millon-Underwood, Sandra; Beth Peterman; Shakoor Lee; Jean Bell Calvin; Suzanne Feetham

Intellectual Contributions

  1. Sandra Millon-Underwood,  Aaron G Buseh,  S T Kelber,  Patricia Stevens,  L Townsend,  Enhancing the participation of African Americans in health-related genetic research: Findings of a collaborative academic and community-based research study., Nursing Research and Practice
  2. Sandra Millon-Underwood,  A G Buseh,  M K Canales,  B Powe,  B Dockery,  T Kather,  N Kent,  Nursing contribution to the elimination of health disparities among African-American: review and critique of a decadeof research, Journal of the National Black Nursing Association, 15(1), 48-62
  3. Aaron G Buseh,  S T Kelber,  Sandra Millon-Underwood,  Patricia Stevens,  L Townsend,  (2014) Knowledge, group-based medical mistrust, future expectations, and perceived disadvantages of medical genetic testing: Perspectives of black African immigrants/refugees., Public Health Genomics, 17(1), 33-42
  4. Aaron G Buseh,  Sandra Millon-Underwood,  Patricia Stevens,  L Townsend,  S T Kelber,  (2013) Black African immigrant community leaders' views on participation in genomics research and DNA biobanking., Nursing Outlook, 61(4), 196-204
  5. Aaron G Buseh,  Patricia Stevens,  Sandra Millon-Underwood,  L. Townsend,  S. T. Kelber,  (2013) Community leaders' perspectives on engaging African Americans in biobanks and other human genetics initiatives, Journal of Community Genetics, 4(4), 483-494
  6. Sandra Millon-Underwood,  S. T. Kelber,  B. Anderson,  K. Mueller,  (2013) Promoting breast health among urban African American women: Evidence supporting the need for a purposeful pursuit of the promise., Journal of the National Black Nurses Association, 24(1), 39-47
  7. Sandra Millon-Underwood,  Aaron G Buseh,  Patricia Stevens,  L. Townsend,  S. T. Kelber,  (2013) Reflections and perspectives of African-American community leaders regarding genetics and genomic research: Sentiment and wisdom of Sankofa., Journal of the Black Nurses Association, 24(1), 16-23
  8. M Rosenzweig,  A Brufsky,  P Rastogi,  S Puhalla,  J Simon,  Sandra Millon-Underwood,  (2011) The attitudes, communication, treatment, and support intervention to reduce breast cancer treatment disparity, OncolOGY Nurs Forum, 38(1), 85-89
  9. Sandra Millon-Underwood,  Ashanti Dean,  Meserat Muluken,  Rebecca Robinson,  Evaluation and follow-up of physiologic indicators or cardiovascular disease among pre-elementary school children, Jounal of the National Black Nurses Association
  10. C J Allegra,  D R Aberle,  P Ganschow,  S M Hahn,  C N Lee,  Sandra Millon-Underwood,  M C Pike,  S D Reed,  A F Saftlas,  S A Scarvalone,  A M Schwartz,  C Slomski,  G Yothers,  R Zon,  (2010) NIH state-of-the-science conference statement: diagnosis and management of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 102(3), 161-169
  11. K M Russell,  V L Champion,  P O Monahan,  Sandra Millon-Underwood,  Q Zhao,  N Spacey,  N L Rush,  E D Paskett,  (2010) Randomized trial of a lay health advisor and computer intervention to increase mammography screening in African American women, Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, 19(1), 201-210
  12. Sandra Millon-Underwood, (2010) What women in the United States Virgin Islands still want and need to know about HPV, cervical cancer and condom use., Journal of the National Black Nurses Association, 21(1), 25-32
  13. S Heiney,  L J Hazlett,  S Weinrich,  L M Wells,  S Adams,  Sandra Millon-Underwood,  R R Parrish,  Community Connection in African American Women with Breast Cancer, Journal of Personal and Social Relationships
  14. Sandra Millon-Underwood,  Edith Ramsay-Johnson,  Asante Dean,  Jori Russ,  Ruth Ivalis,  (2009) Expanding the scope of nursing research in low resource and middle resource countried, regions, and states focused on cervical cancer prevention, early detection, and cotrol, Journal of the National Black Nurses Association, 20(1), 42-54
  15. R Conway-Phillips,  Sandra Millon-Underwood,  (2009) Breast cancer screening behaviors of African American women: a comprehensive review, analysis, and critique of nursing research, Journal of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty, 20(4), 97
  16. Sandra Millon-Underwood, (2009) Enhancing student understanding of challenges faced by African Americans Related to cancer prevention and control, National League for Nursing, 47-67
  17. Sandra Millon-Underwood,  M Canales,  B Powe,  R A Jones,  P Bradley,  (2009) Expanding the scope of nursing research designed to address the elimination of cancer-related disparities in U.S. racial/ethnic population groups: A scientific imperative, Advancing Oncology Nursing Science
  18. A O Berg,  M A Baird,  J R Botkin,  D A Driscoll,  P A Fishman,  P D Guarino,  Sandra Millon-Underwood,  R A Hiatt,  G P Jarvik,  T M Morgan,  J J Mulvihill,  T I Pollin,  S R Schimmel,  M M Stefanek,  W M Vollmer,  J K Williams,  (2009) National Institutes of Health State-of-the-Science Conference Statement: Family History and Improving Health, Annals of Internal Medicine, 151(12), 872-877
  19. C J Allegra,  D R Aberle,  P Ganschow,  S M Hahn,  C N Lee,  Sandra Millon-Underwood,  M C Pike,  S D Reed,  A F Saftlas,  S A Scarvalone,  A m Schwartz,  C Slomski,  G Yothers,  R Zon,  (2009) NIH state-of-the-science conference statement: diagnosis and management of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)., NIH Consens State Sci Statements, 26(2), 1-27
  20. Sandra Millon-Underwood,  M Berry,  S Haley,  (2009) Promoting health and wellness of African American brethren: Because we are our brothers’ keeper, Association of Black Nursing Faculty, 20(1), 53-60
  21. Sandra Millon-Underwood,  J.M. Phillips,  B.D. Powe,  (2008) Eliminating Cancer-relayed Disparities: How Nurses Can Respond to the Challenge, Seminars of Oncology Nursing, 24(4), 279-291
  22. Sandra Millon-Underwood, (2008) Pilot study of the breast cancer experiences of African American women with a family history of breast cancer: Implications for nursing practice, Association of Black Nursing Faculty, 19(3), 107-113
  23. Sandra Millon-Underwood,  K Richards,  P.K Bradley,  E Robertson,  (2008) Pilot study of the breast cancer experiences of African American women with a family history of breast cancer: Implications for nursing practice, Journal of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty, 19(3), 107-113
  24. A Hart,  Sandra Millon-Underwood,  W R Smith,  D J Bowen,  B M Rivers,  R A Jones,  D Parker,  J C Allen,  (2008) Recruiting African-American Barbershops for Prostate Cancer Education, Journal of the National Medical Association, 100(9), 1012-1020
  25. Sandra Millon-Underwood, (2007) Expanding the evaluation of theories, models and frameworks relevant to the detection and control of breast cancer in African American women, Journal of the National Black Nurses Association, 18(1), 51-61
  26. Sandra Millon-Underwood,  E R Johnson,  G Callwood,  E E Evans,  A Matthew,  C Scotland-Brooks,  C Hanley,  D Johnson-Harrigan,  D LeFlore,  D Willliams,  H Samuels,  J Francis,  J Arthur,  J Clinkscales,  M Joseph,  N Henskey,  R D'Abreau,  R Fleming,  S Penn,  T A Browne,  T Donastorg,  Y Scarbriel,  (2007) Promoting breast health among women in the U.S. Virgin Islands: a focused study of the needs of Caribbean women, Journal of the Natlonal Black Nurses Associaton, 18(2), 53-62
  27. Sandra Millon-Underwood,  R. A Jones,  B.M. Rivers,  (2007) Prostate cancer in African American men: Review of the science, Journal of Chi Eta P, hi Sorority, Inc, 52(1), 1-7
  28. R.A. Jones,  Sandra Millon-Underwood,  B.M. Rivers,  (2007) Reducing prostate cancer morbidity and mortality in African American men: Issues and challenges of the millennium, Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 11(6), 865-872
  29. Sandra Millon-Underwood, (2007) Research institute for nurse scientists responds to the challenge to expand and strengthen research focused on breast cancer in African American women, Cancer, 109(2), 396-405
  30. P D Morgan,  K Barnett,  B Perdue,  J Fogel,  Sandra Millon-Underwood,  K Gaskins,  C Brown-Davis,  (2006) African American women with breast cancer and their spouces' perception of care received from physicians., , 17(1), 32-37
  31. Sandra Millon-Underwood, (2006) Breast cancer in African American women: nursing essentials, Journal of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty, 17(1), 3-14
  32. Aaron G Buseh,  P. E. Stevens,  P. McManus,  J. Addison,  Sarah Morgan,  Sandra Millon-Underwood,  (2006) Challenges and opportunities for HIV prevention and care: Insights from focus groups of HIV-infected African American men., Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 17(4), 3-15
  33. Sandra Millon-Underwood, (2006) Culture, diversity, and health: responding to the queries of inquisitive minds, Journal of Nursing Education, 45(7), 281-286
  34. Sandra Millon-Underwood,  R L Powell,  (2006) Religion and spirituality: influence on health/risk behavior and cancer screening behavior of African Americans, Journal of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty, 17(1), 20-31
  35. Sandra Millon-Underwood,  Aaron G Buseh,  M. K. Canales,  B. Powe,  B. Dockery,  T. Kather,  N. Kent,  (2005) Nursing contributions to the elimination of health disparities among African-Americans: Review and critique of a decade of research--Part 2, Journal of National Black Nurses Association, 16(1), 31-47
  36. Sandra Millon-Underwood,  Aaron G Buseh,  M. K. Canales,  B. Powe,  B. Dockery,  T. Kather,  N. Kent,  (2005) Nursing contributions to the elimination of health disparities among African-Americans: Review and critique of a decade of research--Part III., Journal of National Black Nurses Association, 16(2), 35-59
  37. B D Powe,  Sandra Millon-Underwood,  M Canales,  R Finnie,  (2005) Perceptions about breast cncer among college students: implications for nursing education, Journal of Nursing Education, 44(6), 257-265
  38. Sandra Millon-Underwood,  B Powe,  M Canales,  C D Meade,  E O Im,  (2004) Cancer in U.S. ethnic and racial minoirty populations, Annual Reviewof Nursing Research, 22(1), 217-263
  39. Sandra Millon-Underwood, (2004) Committed to Serve, Continuing the Legacy: More Voices of Oncology Nurses, 247-254
  40. Sandra Millon-Underwood,  Aaron G Buseh,  M. K. Canales,  B. Powe,  B. Dockery,  T. Kather,  N. Kent,  (2004) Nursing contributions to the elimination of health disparities among African-Americans: Review and critique of a decade of research. Part 1., Journal of National Black Nurses Association, 15(1), 48-62
  41. Sandra Millon-Underwood, (2004) Teaching nursing students about minority health disparities, Minority Nurse, Spring
  42. Sandra Millon-Underwood, (2003) Improving chances: Nurses celebrating, embracing and promoting breast health among African American women, Advance for Nurses, 1(10), 25-30
  43. Sandra Millon-Underwood, (2003) Reducing the burden of cancer bourne by African Americans: if not now, when?, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention, 12(3), 270s-276s

Presentations

  1. Heath Disparities in the African American Community
    Event: Fight Back with Faith Summit, Healthy Spitit Healthy Soul of Lake County
    Presenter: Sandra Millon-Underwood
  2. Improving breast health among women in the US Virgin Islands, enhancing our lives
    Event: 2nd Annual National Conference on Health Disparities
    Presenter: Sandra Millon-Underwood
    December 2008
  3. Oncology nursing: Creating partnerships, championing progress and celebrating practice
    Event: Eric Williams Medical Center Complex, University of the West Indes
    Presenter: Sandra Millon-Underwood
    September 2008
  4. Promoting health lifestyles: A partnership between you and your community
    Event: National Black Caucus of State Legislators and National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators
    Presenter: Sandra Millon-Underwood
    June 2008
  5. The challenge of outreach to the African American community
    Event: 2nd African American Women's Summit on Breast Cancer
    Presenter: Sandra Millon-Underwood
    November 2007
  6. Using Research as a Means to Improve Nursing Practice, Growing Evidence-based Practice and Nursing Research
    Event: Inaugural Nursing Research Conference
    Presenter: Sandra Millon-Underwood
    April 2007
  7. Reaching Diverse Survivorship Communities
    Event: Survivorship: Education for Quality Cancer Care, City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Presenter: Sandra Millon-Underwood
    July 2006
  8. Eliminating Disparities in Breast Cancer Detection and Control in African American Women
    Event: 2006 Susan G. Komen Mission Conference: Many Faces One Voice
    Presenter: Sandra Millon-Underwood
    June 2006

Contact

underwoo@uwm.edu
(414) 229-6076
Cunningham Hall 423

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