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Ishan C. Williams

Associate Professor
Unit: School of Nursing
Department: School of Nursing
Office location and address
McLeod 5009
202 Jeanette Lancaster Way
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Biography

Ishan Williams – who teaches health policy, evidence-based practice, health promotion and population health, and culture and diversity courses – studies quality of life and healthcare among older adults and their family caregivers, with a particular eye on vulnerable populations. Her current research focuses on quality of life issues among older adults with dementia, chronic disease management for older adults with Type 2 diabetes, and a study on the link between cognition and vascular problems among African-American adults.

She also collaborates with colleagues on work focused on advance directives, end-of-life concerns, patients’ transitions between home, community and hospital settings, and how individuals with chronic conditions share information about their health issues on social media.

Williams earned a degree in psychology at UNC Chapel Hill, a MS and a PhD in human development and family studies at UNC Greensboro before completing a postdoctoral fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill’s Institute on Aging. A member of the National Hartford Centers for Gerontological Excellence, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and one of AARP’s Public Policy Institute Roundtable members, Williams serves on the Lindsay Institute’s Caregiving Advisory Council and is associate editor for Ethnicity & Health.

Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program YR03
Source: Virginia Commonwealth University
July 01, 2021 – December 30, 2021
Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program YR02
Source: Virginia Commonwealth University
July 01, 2020 – June 30, 2021
Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program
Source: Virginia Commonwealth University
July 01, 2019 – June 30, 2020
NR IW - Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program
Source: Virginia Commonwealth University
July 01, 2018 – June 30, 2019
Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program
Source: Virginia Commonwealth University
July 01, 2017 – June 30, 2018
NR-ICW Issues in transitions of care among vulnerable older adult populations (racial/ethnic and sexual/gender minorities)
Source: The John A. Hartford Foundation
July 01, 2015 – September 30, 2016
NR-ICW Issues in transitions of care among vulnerable older adult populations (racial/ethnic and sexual/gender minorities)
Source: The John A. Hartford Foundation
July 01, 2015 – September 30, 2016
NR Building Relationships and Partnerships in the Geriatric Workforce across Virginia: A Proposal to Offer Conference Scholarships
Source: Virginia Commonwealth University
January 28, 2016 – June 30, 2016
GNUR 5250: Health Inequities, Social Determinants, and Intersectionality
Credits: 3
This course critically examines health equity and inequity in the United States with a specific emphasis on the impact on African Americans. We will review the complex relationship between race, gender, social class (socioeconomic status) on health outcomes and access to healthcare, and specific health issues for African Americans in the U.S.
GNUR 5559: New Course in Graduate Nursing
Credits: 1–3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in Graduate Nursing.
GNUR 6056: Health Policy: Local to Global
Credits: 3
This course provides an overview of policy decisions related to the organization, financing, and delivery of health care. Social, ethical, and political issues that affect the delivery of health and nursing services are analyzed. Roles and influences of providers and consumers of health care, as well as government and entrepreneurial interests, are examined. Emphasis on the impact of policy decisions on nursing practice and health services. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor permission.
GNUR 8420: Proposal Writing Seminar II
Credits: 2
Continues to develop and refine the research proposal begun in GNUR 8410. Includes incorporating feedback from peers and a professional editorial consultant. The final product is a submitted grant proposal. Prerequisite: GNUR 8410.
GNUR 8610: Health Promotion and Population Health
Credits: 3
This course focuses on developing theory-based and evidence-based knowledge for health promotion and population health. Through critique of theory and research, applications for health promotion and health behavior interventions that empower populations will be explored. Interprofessional perspectives and issues related to population health and health behavior will be examined for the advancement of health promotion through nursing practice.
GNUR 8630: Culture and Health: Implications for Health Systems and Research
Credits: 2
The course explores common health care problems related to ethinic and minority populations. Issues related to access to care and social justice will be explored. Theories and assessment insturments related to cultural diversity and cultural competency will also be examined. Historical challenges of conducting research in minority populations will be covered. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor permission.
GNUR 9020: Selected Topics
Credits: 1–3
Advanced level individual study of self-selected topics under the guidance and supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
GNUR 9110: Research Practicum I
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the student with opportunity to develop and refine research skills by participating in an ongoing research study. Students should plan on devoting 8 hours a week for each 9110 credit enrolled each semester. Students must register for GNUR 9110 for a total of 4 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and advisor.
GNUR 9600: DNP Practicum
Credits: 1–9
DNP practicum builds upon master's level advanced nursing competencies by supporting the DNP students' transition to expert doctoral nursing practice and students' achievement of AACN DNP Essentials and DNP-APRN Competencies. Students are expected to advance to a higher level of expertise and demonstrate leadership in practice and scholarship.
GNUR 9999: Dissertation Research
Credits: 3–12
A culminating experience that requires the student to plan and implement a research study of significance. Prerequisite: Permission of dissertation chair.

2016 Pacesetter Award, UNC Greensboro

2016 Southern Gerontological Society’s annual Applied Gerontologist Award

2016 UVA Nursing Faculty Leadership Award