FORT WORTH, TX (October 2, 2020) – Dr. Ethlyn McQueen-Gibson, Associate Professor for the Hampton University School of Nursing, Director of the Center for Gerontology Excellence, and co-chair for Hampton’s COVID-19 Task Force, has been named the Hampton Roads American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA) Board chair. The term is for two years.
“Congratulations to Dr. Ethlyn McQueen-Gibson on her appointment with the American Heart Association. We know that she will represent Hampton University with character and uphold THE Standard of Excellence during her two-year term,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
The AHA Board of Directors is made up of community leaders and executives that are committed in the fight against the No. 1 and No. 5 killers in the region – heart disease and stroke. AHA teams up with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases.
Prior to assuming to the role at Hampton University, Dr. McQueen-Gibson spent two years at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in a dual role as part of the Institute of Inclusion, Inquiry and Innovation through the Office of Diversity and the School of Nursing. Her clinical research focuses on the social, ethical, and behavioral Implications (SEBI) research on COVID-19 testing among underserved and/or vulnerable populations addressing residents’ mistrust, from communities of color of public health messaging and impacts of COVID-19 testing outcomes.
"I am truly honored to serve in this role as an advocate for the citizens of Hampton Roads and Hampton University. Here at Hampton University, we are preparing students to be health care providers and to serve their community as volunteers,” said Dr. McQueen-Gibson. “AHA's mission is to address the impact of cardiovascular disease and its impact on communities of color. Our students here at HU are aligned with this same mission through their liberal arts and health related education majors. This will truly be an awesome opportunity for community partnership.”
Dr. McQueen-Gibson holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Ursuline College in Cleveland, OH, a Master of Science degree in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Ursuline College in Cleveland, OH. She has practiced nursing for over 35 years to include clinical and administrative positions and is a veteran having served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps on active and reserve duty.
She was recently appointed as co-chair for the Hampton University’s COVID-19 Research Task Force to serve in a role to help address the impact of this pandemic on vulnerable communities. She serves on the Virginia Governor’s COVID-19 Long Term Care Task Force. This task force is charged to address and develop protocols to improve delivery of care for older adults in our state.
Dr. Gibson is a member of the Virginia Board of Nursing and the Health & Human Services (HHS) “Federal Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren” for a term 2018-2022. She serves as a board member for the Peninsula Agency on Aging, Central Virginia’s American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, Southern Gerontological Society, Doctor of Nursing Practice of Color, Inc. and volunteers at the Community Free Clinic of Newport News. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Hampton, VA) and the Links Incorporated (Newport News, VA). She serves on the health care ministry for her church, New Hope Baptist in Hampton, VA.
“The Board of Directors strategically leads the American Heart Association towards achieving local, regional and national impact goals,” says Dr. Thomas Lundquist of Optima Health, Hampton Roads American Heart Association Board President. “We are working to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20%.”
For more information about the American Heart Association, visit heart.org.