Connie L. Davis is a geriatric nurse practitioner and health care consultant. She devotes her time to efforts that improve the partnership between patients and health care professionals, concentrating on rural, remote, and underserved populations.
In 2005, she was honored by Qualis Health for her achievements in improving care for people with chronic illness in Washington state. She has also received recognition from OMPRO, the Oregon Medical Peer Review Organization, for her work in diabetes improvement. In 1987, Ms. Davis received the Laura C. Dustan Nursing Research Award from the Delta Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing. She has served on expert panels concerning care of the frail elderly for the American Medical Association and the British Columbia Medical Association and an expert panel on quality improvement for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
From 1998 to 2005, Ms. Davis was the Associate Director for Clinical Improvement of a national program, Improving Chronic Illness Care, at the MacColl Institute for Healthcare Innovation at Group Health Cooperative. During this time, her efforts focused on improving self-management support for people with chronic conditions and redesigning outpatient care to improve the quality and experience of care for patients. Since 2005, Ms. Davis has instituted a patient-centered seniors’ outpatient clinic, lead a pilot project to improve health literacy, and served as senior faculty with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in their work with the Indian Health System. She currently is the quality improvement lead for a provincial program to promote partnerships in patient care in British Columbia. She has also held positions in the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Seattle, WA; been the nurse practitioner for a successful disability prevention trial based at a senior’s center; and developed an assisted living program at a continuing care retirement community. Ms. Davis is a Trainer of Master Trainers for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, based at the Stanford University Patient Education Research Center. She also holds an appointment as adjunct clinical faculty for the University of British Columbia School of Nursing, where she teaches nurse practitioner students.
Ms. Davis received her Master of Nursing from the University of Washington in 1987 and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, cum laude, from Washington State University in 1982. She achieved certification as a geriatric nurse practitioner in 1993. Ms. Davis is the author and co-author of many publications on health promotion, chronic illness care, and self-management support.
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