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Jennifer E. Dohrn DNP, CNM, FAAN

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing at CUMC
  • Director, Office of Global Initiatives and its WHO Collaborating Center for Advanced Practice Nursing
Jennifer E. Dohrn, DNP, CNM, FAAN

Established first freestanding birthing center in innercity community in Southwest Bronx under leadership of Dr. Ruth Lubic; works in ten sub-Saharan African countries since 1993 building capacity of nurses and midwives in HIV care, including first Project Director for PEPFAR/ICAP Global Nurse Capacity Building Program at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Currently building nursing and midwifery research leadership network in Sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East. Teaches new course Addressing Population-Health Needs on a Global Scale.

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    Education & Training

  • BS, CUNY Hunter College
  • DrNP, Columbia University School of Nursing
  • MS, Columbia University School of Nursing

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Contact Info


  • 2007  Executive Committee, CUSON

Professional Memberships

  • 2003-present  Society of Midwives of South Africa
  • 1988-present  National Association of Childbearing Centers
  • 1985-present  American College of Nurse Midwives

Global Health Countries

  • Congo, The Democratic Republic
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ethiopia
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Nicaragua
  • South Africa
  • Swaziland
  • Zambia

Honors & Awards

  • 2012  Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. ANAC Frank Lamendola Achievement for Nursing Leadership in HIV Care. 2012
  • 2008  Outstanding Achievement Award, Morris Heights Health Center, Bronx, NY, August 2008
  • 2006  Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy, Fellowship for Founders' Group
  • 2000  University of Chicago Alumni Public Service Citation

Research Interests

  • Nurse-Midwifery, Women's Health
  • Increasing capacity of nurses and midwives in Sub Saharan Africa at policy, regulatory, educational and clinical levels for enhancement of nursing profession

NIH Grants


    Apr 1 2009 - Mar 31 2017


    Feb 23 2004 - Feb 22 2009


  • JAIDS Supplement (52(1), 2009. “The Impact of HIV Scale-Up on the Role of Nurses in South Africa: Time for a New Approach.” First Author.
  • Online Journal of Health Ethics, Vol. 1, No.1 (2006). Breastfeeding in the HIV epidemic: A midwife's dilemma in international work. Access at
  • Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (2006). South African Nurse-Midwives in the midst of the HIVAIDS epidemic: An assessment of knowledge base regarding antiretroviral treatment.
  • ACNM Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, (50(4), 2005). Witnessing a difficult birth: The challenges South African nurse-midwives face in the midst of the HIV epidemic.
  • Columbia University School of Nursing (2005). The doctorate of nursing practice DrNP: Setting a new standard in health care. Contributor.

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