Arcadia resident Catherine Heinlein, Ed.D., RN, PHN, RD, CDE, associate professor in Azusa Pacific University’s School of Nursing and associate director of the Neighborhood Wellness Center in Azusa (NWC), received a prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award for the 2017-18 school year.

Heinlein’s Fulbright Award enables her to bring her expertise as a certified diabetes educator, registered dietitian, and registered nurse to Calcutta Mercy Hospital (CMH) in India. There Heinlein will begin her research project, “Reaching the Unreachable: Establishing a Diabetes Prevention Program at a Volunteer Organization and Community Group Setting in Kolkata, India.”

“As a result of this project, I hope to partner with CMH School of Nursing to design a service learning component for a community nursing course that provides an affordable and sustainable diabetes prevention program,” said Heinlein. “I look forward to living in this country and working directly with future educators and those with diabetes, investing in a community I love.”

Heinlein is 1 of approximately 1,200 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

As associate director of the NWC, Heinlein provides nursing expertise, nutrition care, and education to the Azusa community. The NWC exemplifies the intersection between scholarship and service, offering students hands-on training while allowing APU's School of Nursing to give nursing care to those in need. All of the NWC’s services are free, including seminars, referrals, screenings, and assessments. The center’s “drop-in-ask-a-nurse” philosophy allows community nursing students to assume a professional role in health promotion and disease prevention.

Heinlein holds a doctorate in organizational leadership from the University of La Verne. At APU, Heinlein developed the school’s minor in nutrition, offering a variety of courses including Life Cycle Nutrition, Cultural Aspects of Foods and Nutrition, and Complementary and Alternative Therapies: Herbs, Dietary Supplements, and Nutrition. Heinlein’s research focus is on diabetes prevention and management, nutrition implications in obesity, and lifestyle approaches to disease prevention.

Since its inception in 1946, under legislation by the late Senator J. William Fulbright, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 370,000 people with the opportunity to observe others’ political, economic, educational, and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas, and to embark on international ventures of importance. The program operates in 160 countries worldwide.

Catherine Heinlein, Ed.D., at Victoria Memorial in Kolkata.
Catherine Heinlein, Ed.D., at Victoria Memorial in Kolkata.


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