College of Graduate Nursing alumna Lisa Roberts, DrPH, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CHES, FAANP

A textbook by Western University of Health Sciences College of Graduate Nursing alumna Lisa Roberts, DrPH, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CHES, FAANP, earned two Book of the Year Awards from the American Journal of Nursing.

The Maternal Health Crisis in America: Nursing Implications for Advocacy and Practice by Roberts and Barbara A. Anderson, CNM, DrPH, MPH, MS, RN, FACNM, FAAN, was published by Springer Publishing Company in 2019.

The textbook received American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year awards in two categories: second place in the Community/Public Health Category and first place in the Maternal-Child Health Category.

“Dr. Roberts focuses on different aspects of maternal morbidity and mortality, from highlighting ways hospitals can improve their quality of care to promoting innovation in prenatal care to improve birth equity,” said College of Graduate Nursing Dean Mary Lopez, PhD, RN. “Her ability to bring the spotlight to these issues is important for today’s health care providers.”

Roberts, a 2001 graduate of CGN’s Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner program, is research director and a professor at Loma Linda University School of Nursing.

“I am thrilled and was completely surprised by this recognition,” Roberts said. “The crisis state of maternal health in our country, and all the implications of the crisis, is being recognized. That is the purpose of the book, and furthermore we hope that it will spur advocacy in response.

“We have received very positive feedback both formally and informally,” Roberts added. “The book has been adopted across several disciplines for graduate studies, and clinicians have noted important implications for practice.”