November 7, 2011

Community Public Health chair named at School of Nursing

The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing has selected Christine Savage as chair of the Department of Community Public Health, beginning Jan. 1.

“The faculty found her to be passionate and enthusiastic about public health nursing with an exciting and clear vision for the department and for advancing the school’s role in community nursing,” said Martha N. Hill, dean of the school. “I wholeheartedly agree with them.”

Savage is currently a professor in the University of Cincinnati’s College of Nursing and College of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Science. She also serves as the associate director of the University Hospital Institute of Nursing Research. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Cincinnati in 1997, Savage was a guest lecturer at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Nursing and at the York College (Pa.) Department of Nursing.

“I look forward to joining a school of nursing that is comamitted to innovation and excellence in nursing education, science and practice,” Savage said. “I’m excited to work with a motivated and talented team of nurse educators in the Department of Community Public Health.”

Savage has worked with vulnerable populations for most of her career, beginning as a maternal/child health nurse in the 1970s and 1980s. Based on these experiences, she became interested in the role that alcohol and drugs play in increasing vulnerability in certain populations. She later became involved in the field of addictions nursing and served as president of the International Nurses Society on Addictions from 2003 to 2006.