The Research Room

While it’s not uncommon for college students to be unsure of their career path at the outset of their educational journey, Professor Jane Lipscomb, PhD, RN, FAAN, figured hers out early on.  Both of her parents were health care professionals, so it seemed only logical to follow in their footsteps. However, Lipscomb wasn’t just remaining in the “family business,” but instead had developed a true passion for public health while enrolled in a BSN program. The rest is history, as she has spent more than two decades in the classroom and as a researcher examining health and safety hazards facing health care and social service workers. Lipscomb, who began her journey with the School in 1997, is now broadening the scope of her research. Lipscomb is currently investigating social inequalities in health care that go beyond the working poor. She is tying in the role of University and community partnerships in advancing the health of local communities, which enables her to apply what she has learned as a community-based researcher over the years to enhance student learning and service at the University.