Dr. Andréa Sonenberg Named to NYSPHA Board

Dr. Andréa Sonenberg, PhD, WHNP, CNM-BC, FNAP, FNYAM, associate professor of Graduate Nursing, Pace University College of Health Professions, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the New York State Public Health Association (NYSPHA), effective July 1, 2019. In that role, Dr. Sonenberg will continue her commitment to the public’s health, in part by advocating for local, state and national policy reforms that impact population health, promote health equity, and provide access to care. Two areas of reform on NYSPHA’s 2019 legislative agenda address increasing immunization rates and reducing tobacco use and vaping among youth.

The appointment is especially fitting, given Dr. Sonenberg’s work as Co-Lead since 2016 of the New York State Action Coalition’s Nurses-on-Boards Committee (NOBC), an initiative convened as one of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, to work toward building a culture of health in communities by increasing nurses’ presence on boards, panels and commissions. The Campaign was created in response to the 2010 Institute of Medicine’s (IOM, now NAM) report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health that recommended increasing the number of nurse leaders in pivotal decision-making roles on boards and commissions, in all sectors that represent myriad determinants of health.

Prior to her work as an educator and health services researcher, Dr. Sonenberg spent more than 30 years in the clinical arena as a certified nurse-midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner working in public health, experience that will greatly inform her advocacy work with NYSPHA.  “When you are in clinical practice for so many years, you gain a deep insight into the myriad factors that your patients’ health is influenced by,” she said. “It gives you a very personal perspective on what contributes to the inequities that exist in health and the importance of global access to all, particularly for the vulnerable populations I have served.”