Felesia Bowen, PhD, RN, APN-BC
Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Endowed Chair in Community Pediatric Nursing
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation- Nurse Faculty Scholar
Director, Center for Urban Youth and Families
Assistant Professor Division of Nursing Science
Holder of the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Endowed Chair in Community Pediatric Nursing at the Rutgers School of Nursing, Dr. Felesia Bowen's work is focused on health disparities – particularly early childhood asthma and oral health. She also serves as Director of the school’s Center for Urban Youth and Families (CUYF) and is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Nursing Science
As Endowed Chair, Dr. Bowen obtained a three-year grant to provide free asthma education to parents, teachers and athletic coaches in the Greater Newark Area. The effort will also help adults with asthma and parents of children who have hard-to-control asthma get targeted/individualized care so that their asthma symptoms improve.
Dr. Bowen also mentors Rutgers nursing students who are interested in working with children and families to address a range of health issues. She has advised PhD students who work with school nurses to develop policies that improve school nurse staffing issues and improve health outcomes in children and adolescents. She also has overseen development and testing of a self-esteem program intended to increase weekly physical activity among African American high school girls
The CUYF is an interdisciplinary center staffed by Rutgers researchers from the fields of nursing, medicine, dentistry, social work, sociology, and anthropology. It serves as an incubator for faculty addressing health inequities in the Newark community.
Under Dr. Bowen’s leadership, CUYF supports faculty studying oral health inequities in children. The effort has included educating disadvantaged families about proper oral hygiene and providing toothbrushes for their children, and testing the effectiveness of fluoride varnish in improving preschoolers’ oral health (an effort that included providing care for children with oral disease).
CUYF faculty fellows also work with community partners to deliver free health education and screening services for members of the community, addressing issues such as, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, human papilloma virus (HPV) prevention, asthma, and violence. CUYF also provides development opportunities such as guest lecturers and writing retreats for faculty fellows and research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in learning more about the research process.
Dr. Bowen has been a member of the Institute of Medicine Forum on Children’s Cognitive Affective and Behavioral Health (CCAB) since 2013. She serves on the Leadership Advisory Board of the American Lung Association of New Jersey.
Dr. Bowen earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Tuskegee University, her master’s in nursing at Rutgers, her DNP from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and her PhD in nursing from Columbia University.
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