Usha Menon, PhD, RN, FAAN is Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Global Advances at The University of Arizona (UA) College of Nursing in Tucson, Arizona and a member of the UA Cancer Center. At UA she leads patient engagement for the recently awarded NIH Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Enrollment Center grant.
A major emphasis of her research is on increasing early detection of cancer among aging and vulnerable minority populations and promoting health equity in cancer and diabetes outcomes using rigorous theory-based models of inquiry. Her leadership focus is on diversity of thought and scholarship in nursing. In the global health arena, Dr. Menon focuses on nursing workforce and curriculum development and interprofessional education, specifically in Ethiopia and India as well as cervical cancer screen and treat programs in sub-Saharan Africa and India with a focus on translational and team science.
Dr. Menon is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing; a Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame inductee; and a Top 100 Alumni Legacy Leader by the Indiana University School of Nursing. She is the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient from Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. An engaging and passionate public speaker, she is a frequent consultant and presenter to national and international groups of researchers, clinicians, and community members.
Regular screening continues to lead to early diagnosis of breast cancer, and thus, death rates from breast cancer have decreased. However, the benefits of early and regular screening are not being realized across all segments of the population.
Latinas in two counties in southern Arizona have low rates of breast cancer screening. The focus of Drs. Gomez and Menon’s study will be the US-Mexico Border population, where Hispanics make up a majority of the population.
The Border region residents, who also have higher poverty levels, receive far less preventive care compared to the non-Hispanic white populations. Drs. Gomez and Menon and their Univeristy of Arizona colleagues will address this problem, with a short-term goal of increasing first time mammography screening rates and improving diagnostic resolution rates among Latinas in these areas.
The longer-term plan is to develop a sustainable model for breast cancer screening in Latinas that can be used in other settings throughout Arizona and the United States.
This project will dramatically impact the field by providing critical knowledge about how to interact with these populations through culturally sensitive programming. Results from the study are expected to lead to significant breakthroughs that will reduce the gap between research and the implementation of intervention programs to reach underserved Latinas.
Through this program, the team will address how to implement evidence-based prevention and promotion strategies that are culturally relevant and can be executed through community partnerships.
2014–2015 Director, PhD & MS in Nursing Science, The Ohio State University, College of Nursing
2014–2015 Centennial Professor of Nursing, The Ohio State University, College of Nursing
2013-Present Adjunct Professor, College of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Gondar, Ethiopia
2013–2015 Director of Community Engagement, The Ohio State University, Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences
2012–2015 Member, The Ohio State University, The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
2012–2014 Vice Dean and Professor, The Ohio State University, College of Nursing
2010–2011 Director, Arizona State University, Southwest Consortium for Health Promotion & Behavior Change
2010–2011 Associate Professor (Adjunct), Mayo Clinic, College of Medicine, MN
2009–2011 Visiting Scientist, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, AZ
2009–2011 Pamela Kidd Distinguished Research Professor (Tenured), Arizona State University, College of Nursing & Health Innovation
2008–2009 Co-Director Community Engagement & Research Core, University of Illinois at Chicago, Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences
2007–2009 Associate Professor (Tenured), University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing
2004–2007 Associate Professor (Tenure Track), University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing
2003–2004 Director, Masters in Community Health Nursing, University of Utah, College of Nursing
2001–2004 Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), University of Utah, College of Nursing
2014 President and Provost's Leadership Institute, The Ohio State University
2014 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, Sigma Theta Tau International
2014 Civic Engagement Florence Nightingale Award, The Ohio State University
2014 Ambassador, Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research
2013 President and Provost's Leadership Institute, The Ohio State University
2013 Excellence in Mentoring, Sigma Theta Tau, Epsilon Chapter, OSU
2010 Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
2014-2015 Chair, OSU College of Nursing- PhD Sub-Committee
2014-2015 Chair, OSU College of Nursing- Appointments, Promotion & Tenure Committee
2013-2017 Peer Review Activities (Grant Reviews), Member, Health Disparities and Equity Promotion Study Section
2013-2015 Health Behavior Expert Panel, Co-Chair , American Academy of Nursing
2013-2015 Executive Committee, The Ohio State University CCTS
2012-Present Health Behavior Expert Panel Member, American Academy of Nursing
2011-2012 Peer Review Activities (Grant Reviews), Ad-hoc, NIH Health Disparities and Equity Promotion
2010-Present Peer Review Activities (Panels) & Program Steering Committee, University of Massachusetts-Dana Farber U54 program
2010-2010 Peer Review Activities (Grant Reviews), NIH Special Emphasis Panel Faith-Based Initiatives