Jessica Alicea-Planas PhD, MS/MPH, RN, CHES
Jessica Alicea-Planas is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. She received her BSN and MSN degree from the University of Connecticut and her MPH from Southern Connecticut State University. She completed her PhD at the University Of Connecticut- School Of Nursing. In 2012 she became an Assistant Professor at Fairfield University School of Nursing. She has worked as a community health nurse in underserved areas for the last 15 years and is a certified health education specialist (CHES). Her primary area of interest encompasses Latino health disparities and the care of vulnerable populations with a focus on chronic disease management, health literacy and health education. She also is interested in global nursing and has participated in various service learning trips to the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Nicaragua. She has various publications related to her research interests.
She has conducted research on goal setting during primary care visits among Spanish speaking patients to assist with chronic disease management. She hopes to expand her research to incorporate different ways to deliver effective health education during the primary care visit, in particular the utilization of wait time in the exam room. She also aspires to establish collaborations and partnerships that facilitate the promotion of higher education among minority students. She is also an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, CT chapter and serves as the chair of their scholarship committee.