Former HFU Board of Trustee Member Carolyn Padovano Ph.D, RN, FAAN Among 253 Nurse Leaders Induced into The American Academy of Nursing’s 2023 Class of Fellows

Former Holy Family University Board of Trustee Member Carolyn Padovano Ph.D., RN, FAAN, was among 253 nursing leaders inducted into The American Academy of Nursing’s 2023 Class of Fellows during the Academy’s annual Health Policy Conference October 5-7, 2023, in Washington, D.C .  The inductees were recognized for their substantial, sustained, and outstanding impact on health and health care. The newest Fellows represent the Academy’s largest induction class and hail from 40 states, the District of Columbia, and 13 countries. With these newest honorees, the Academy is now comprised of more than 3,000 leaders who are experts in policy, research, administration, practice, and academia that champion health and wellness, locally and globally. 

Padovano joins five Holy Family University alumnae who had previously been inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing: Beth Ann Swan '80, Ph.D., CRNP, FAAN, Joanne Reifsnyder '85, Ph.D., FAAN , Rita Jablonski '86, Ph.D., FAAN, Maria van Pelt ‘92, Ph.D., CRNA, FAAN, FAANA, and honorary degree alum, Dorothy Mereness H'85 RN, Ed.D. FAAN.

A former member of the Holy Family University Board of Trustees (2014-2023), Padovano has served as the Senior Program Director at the Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) since June 2020. IPHI is one of over 40-member public health institutes within the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) and works with public and private partners to strengthen public health and make systemic improvements. With a focus on community health, NNPHI serves the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. In her role at IPHI, Padovano is responsible for the managerial oversight and daily direction of the Fairfax (VA) County Health Department’s Contact Tracing Project.  Prior to her arrival IPHI, she held various vice president and director positions in health informatics, research, and clinical area at RTI International, SNOMED Terminology Solutions, MITRE Corporation, Integic Corporation (now Northrop Grumman), and InterQual (now Change Healthcare). Padovano is on the Board of Directors for the Roy Adaptation Association and the Technology Informatics Guiding Educational Reform (TIGER) Initiative. 

A former researcher and visiting scholar at Boston College, Padovano is the author and keynote presenter of case/utilization management certification programs, corporate wellness programs and informatics curricula, and is widely published. 

A complete list of the American Academy of Nursing’s Class of 2023 New Fellows can be found here.



Jan Giel