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Press Release: Pace Student Wins Jefferson Award

09/25/2020

Press Release: Pace Student Wins Jefferson Award

National Award Honors Ordinary Citizens Doing Extraordinary Acts of Public Service

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – September 25, 2020 -- A Pace University nursing student who founded an international first responder organization in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes in Haiti has won a 2020 Jefferson Award, a prestigious national honor that recognizes America’s top change makers and ordinary citizens who are doing extraordinary acts of public service.

In selecting Jacqueline Cassagnol for a National Award for Outstanding Public Service, Multiplying Good, the nonprofit organization that administers the Awards, cited the Rockland County resident’s on-the-ground life-saving volunteer work in Haiti and her subsequent creation of Worldwide Community First Responder, Inc., which provides health education, first-aid and disaster preparedness training to people in the United States and Haiti. Since the organization was established in 2012, it has educated and trained more than 350,000 community members in critical life-saving skills.

Cassagnol, a doctoral candidate in nursing at Pace’s College of Health Professions, is the first student from Pace to earn the national honor, and the third member of the Pace community. She joins an impressive list of people who have earned an award that is often considered the “Nobel Prize for Public Service.” This year’s other national winners include actress and activist Kristen Bell, Youth Villages CEO Patrick Lawler, and TOMS clothing brand.

A virtual ceremony was held Thursday evening and can be viewed here.

“I couldn't be prouder of Jacqueline Cassagnol’s many accomplishments, now including becoming Pace University's first-ever student national Jefferson Award winner,” said Pace President Marvin Krislov. “Pace students are committed to serving our community, and Jacqueline embodies that. I'm impressed and inspired by her leadership, hard work, and dedication. She is truly deserving of this great honor.”

Over the past four decades, the list of Jefferson Award recipients has included hundreds of national figures — both public and private —more than 63,000 unsung heroes, and tens of thousands of employees and young people that represent the good that is happening in communities across the country. The list of winners includes an impressive who’s who of cultural icons, political dignitaries and everyday community members and volunteers.

“For nearly 50 years, we’ve used recognition to inspire everyone to find a way to serve others,” explained Hillary Schafer, CEO of Multiplying Good. “By celebrating service on a national stage, we elevate the spirit of America, the resiliency of its people, and the good that is all around us.”

“Jefferson Award recipients represent the highest level of service to others,” Schafer continued. “By telling their stories, we encourage them to do even more and inspire others to make a difference through service.”

The Jefferson Awards is the nation’s largest and longest-running awards ceremony honoring public service. The Awards, which are traditionally held twice a year at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., were entirely online this year. It was presented as a one-hour streaming video and aired a collection of inspiring stories that celebrate unparalleled service to others. It also included special recognition of One in a Million awards campaign winners who've had a positive impact through service in the face of crises. 

Pace University, a champion of the Jefferson Awards since 2008, also held a virtual viewing party that included staff, students and faculty. Cassagnol was among 12 local bronze award winners and was chosen to represent Pace at the virtual awards ceremony.

In addition to winning a national Jefferson Award, Cassagnol has earned many other honors for her work. She was named “Nurse of the Year” by the March of Dimes at its Fifth Annual gala in New York; designated a “Rising Star” by the Rockland Economic Development Corporation at its Annual Forty Under 40 Reception in 2014; presented with the Safe Community Award by Volunteer New York; and inducted into the New York Academy of Medicine in November 2018. In 2019, the New York Yankees named Jacqueline a “Nurse Hero,” and she won the Haitian American Young Citizen of the Year Award from the U.S. Haitian Chamber of Commerce.

In her acceptance remarks, Cassagnol congratulated her peers and noted that it was a great honor to represent Pace University at the Awards.

“I am so grateful to Pace University and Multiplying Good for recognizing extraordinary public service,” Cassagnol said. “Congratulations to all of the recipients of this prestigious award tonight. Your contributions, your sacrifices, your collective enthusiasm clearly are making a significant difference. You are all leaders, highly deserving of the recognition you have received.”

Dr. Harriet R. Feldman, dean of the College of Health Professions and the Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University, and past Jefferson Award recipient, said Cassagnol was an inspiration and example for others.

“I applaud our student Jacqueline Cassagnol on this extraordinary honor,” Dean Feldman said. “Her dedication to the well-being of local, regional and global communities will surely inspire others in the Pace Community and beyond about the importance of service. We are very proud of her!”

About Multiplying Good

Multiplying Good is a national nonprofit that uses service to others and recognition as tools to unleash potential, inspire individuals, and transform lives. It has offices in 11 communities across the country, delivering on-the-ground impact where it is needed most. Founded in 1972 by Sam Beard, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Senator Robert Taft, Jr., the organization has recognized the extraordinary public service of thousands with its Jefferson Award. Additionally, Multiplying Good fuels personal growth and leadership development through a continuum that starts with engagement and culminates in recognition. To learn more, visit MultiplyingGood.org or follow Multiplying Good on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

About Pace University
Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides. From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and a Law School in White Plains. Follow us on Twitter or on our news website.

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Today’s Dietician featured CHP Professor Christen Cupples Cooper's piece: "Food Insecurity During COVID-19"

09/23/2020

Today’s Dietician featured CHP Professor Christen Cupples Cooper's piece: "Food Insecurity During COVID-19"

An Overview of Nutrition’s Importance, the Impact on the US Food Supply, and the Role RDs May Play in the Future

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of this writing, the COVID-19 global pandemic has resulted in nearly 5 million confirmed cases and 160,000 deaths in the United States alone. The health threat of the pandemic and the directives put in place to control it—social distancing, sheltering at home, and limiting business and school activities—have altered food accessibility, safety, and prices worldwide.1

The United States’ complex food system, in which many products are grown or manufactured far from its end consumers, struggled to adopt new ways of doing business with reduced staffing, new safety procedures, and a declining global economy.2

Good nutrition is a pillar of resilience in times of crisis.2 A lack of nutritious food puts individuals at a disadvantage for preventing and fighting the coronavirus. Adequate macronutrient and micronutrient intake, particularly of iron, zinc, and vitamins B6, B12, A, and E, can help prevent and fight infection by boosting immune function.3 These are important for triggering, interaction, differentiation, and functional expression of immune cells.2 In an article published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in April 2020, Muscogiuri and colleagues recommended a Mediterranean-style diet featuring important immune-boosting foods, especially antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, to boost immunity against COVID-19.4

Optimal nutrition also supports good mental health and can help individuals cope with the anxiety, uncertainty, and psychological stress posed by COVID-19.5 Nicole Eichinger, RD, LD, owner of Nutrition’s My Life, LLC, in San Diego, reports that the vast majority of her clients have sought help for stress reduction, better sleep, and better gut health during the crisis. She says stress likely led to cases and relapses of numerous conditions among clients. “I’ve had someone who had her [thyroid-stimulating hormone] double since COVID-19. I saw autoimmune disorders and someone who might have had a Lyme disease relapse,” Eichinger says.

Such stories are a reminder that helping clients focus on nutrient-dense foods amid their immensely altered daily routines is crucial.

Since the stresses of the pandemic may lead individuals to revert to less healthful coping behaviors, good nutrition is particularly important for those with alcohol misuse and eating disorders.6 Food quality and quantity also play important roles in overall health during COVID-19. In a time of crisis, a craving for comfort foods, especially high-calorie, nutrient-poor varieties, can lead to health issues that last well beyond the pandemic.4

Read the full Today’s Dietician article.

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Westchester & Fairfield County Business Journal featured College of Health Professions graduate nursing professor Joanne Singleton in "PACE PROFESSOR NAMED AMERICAN ACADEMY OF NURSING FELLOW"

09/16/2020

Westchester & Fairfield County Business Journal featured College of Health Professions graduate nursing professor Joanne Singleton in "PACE PROFESSOR NAMED AMERICAN ACADEMY OF NURSING FELLOW"

Pace University College of Health Professions graduate nursing professor Joanne Singleton, has been named a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing for her contributions to health and health equity. She will be recognized at the academy’s annual Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference induction ceremony, which will take place virtually Oct. 29-31. 

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Patch featured College of Health Professions graduate nursing professor Joanne Singleton in "Pace Professor Named American Academy of Nursing Fellow"

09/02/2020

Patch featured College of Health Professions graduate nursing professor Joanne Singleton in "Pace Professor Named American Academy of Nursing Fellow"

Pace University College of Health Professions graduate nursing professor Joanne Singleton, PhD, RN, has been named a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing for her significant contributions to health and health equity. Singleton will be recognized this fall at the academy's annual Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference induction ceremony, which will take place virtually Oct. 29-31. 

Singleton joins 230 new fellows representing 39 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territory of Guam and 13 countries. She is one of just 15 fellows chosen from New York State. The Academy currently comprises more than 2,700 nursing leaders who are experts in policy, research, administration, practice and academia that champion health and wellness, locally and globally.

An accomplished clinician, educator, researcher, author, editor, documentary and simulation filmmaker, Singleton is deeply engaged in studying the human-animal connection. Since 2016, her work has focused on assistance dogs and stress reduction as non-pharmacologic approaches to care, for patients and caregivers. She created and leads Canines Assisting in Health (CAsH), the only program of this nature in the United States. CAsH supports individuals with disabilities teamed with a service dog by educating interprofessional healthcare students and providers to be knowledgeable about and culturally competent in providing care to this cultural community, as well as educating students and providers on the role of assistance animals in supporting human health.

Singleton has a special partner in Professor Spirit, a service dog she is teamed with, who is her teaching, practice, and research partner. Spirit is the first canine faculty at Pace University, with his own position description and faculty ID. Singleton and Professor Spirit have educated thousands of healthcare professionals on how to work with a service dog. They have helped hundreds of students, faculty, individuals with disabilities teamed with a service dog, and community members to reduce stress through their evidence-based stress reduction practice, Paws & Breathe®. CAsH's range of dissemination, peer reviewed and invited, includes national workshops, classes, presentations, publications, internet and television coverage, and public service announcements.

"I look forward to the opportunitiesthe Academy offers and engaging with health leaders in transforming America's healthcare system," said Singleton. "Nurses have tremendous influence in interprofessional education and practice within the Academy, and this is an enormous opportunity to advance this work in assisting those with disabilities and healthcare providers." 

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Press Release: Pace Professor named American Academy of Nursing Fellow

09/01/2020

Press Release: Pace Professor named American Academy of Nursing Fellow

Dr. Joanne Singleton a leader in human-animal connection research

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. September 1, 2020 – Pace University College of Health Professions graduate nursing professor Joanne Singleton, PhD, RN, has been named a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing for her significant contributions to health and health equity. Singleton will be recognized this fall at the academy’s annual Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference induction ceremony, which will take place virtually Oct. 29-31.

Singleton joins 230 new fellows representing 39 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territory of Guam and 13 countries. She is one of just 15 fellows chosen from New York State. The Academy currently comprises more than 2,700 nursing leaders who are experts in policy, research, administration, practice and academia that champion health and wellness, locally and globally.

An accomplished clinician, educator, researcher, author, editor, documentary and simulation filmmaker, Singleton is deeply engaged in studying the human-animal connection. Since 2016, her work has focused on assistance dogs and stress reduction as non-pharmacologic approaches to care, for patients and caregivers. She created and leads Canines Assisting in Health (CAsH), the only program of this nature in the United States. CAsH supports individuals with disabilities teamed with a service dog by educating interprofessional healthcare students and providers to be knowledgeable about and culturally competent in providing care to this cultural community, as well as educating students and providers on the role of assistance animals in supporting human health.

Singleton has a special partner in Professor Spirit, a service dog she is teamed with, who is her teaching, practice, and research partner. Spirit is the first canine faculty at Pace University, with his own position description and faculty ID. Singleton and Professor Spirit have educated thousands of healthcare professionals on how to work with a service dog. They have helped hundreds of students, faculty, individuals with disabilities teamed with a service dog, and community members to reduce stress through their evidence-based stress reduction practice, Paws & Breathe®. CAsH’s range of dissemination, peer reviewed and invited, includes national workshops, classes, presentations, publications, internet and television coverage, and public service announcements.

“I look forward to the opportunities the Academy offers and engaging with health leaders in transforming America’s healthcare system,” said Singleton. “Nurses have tremendous influence in interprofessional education and practice within the Academy, and this is an enormous opportunity to advance this work in assisting those with disabilities and healthcare providers.” 

An AAN Fellow herself, Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the College of Health Professions and Lienhard School of Nursing, said: “Dr. Singleton has been building her body of work over many years and is wholly deserving of this honor. We are very proud of her accomplishments and look forward to her future contributions to healthcare, nursing, Pace, and the College of Health Professions.”

The American Academy of Nursing works to serve the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy, practice and science through organizational excellence and effective nursing leadership. The academy and its members, known as fellows, create and execute knowledge-driven and policy-related initiatives to drive reform of America's health system.

Other faculty of the College of Health Professions who are fellows of the academy include Dr. Feldman, Keville Frederickson, EdD, RN, FAAN, and Sandra Lewenson, EdD, RN, FAAN. The College also boasts many Lienhard graduates who are members or will be this year.

Dr. Singleton holds a PhD in nursing and post-master’s FNP (family nurse practitioner) from Adelphi University.

About the College of Health Professions:

Established in 2010, the College of Health Professions at Pace University offers a broad range of programs at the bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. It is the College’s goal to create innovative and complex programs that reflect the changing landscape of the health care system. These programs are designed to prepare graduates for impactful careers in health care practice, health-related research, or as educators, and equip graduates to work in health policy and global health fields. Students in clinical programs receive hands-on training in the College’s Interprofessional Center for Health Care Simulation and have the opportunity to apply their developing skills in real-world settings at many of the regions' leading clinical facilities. The College is currently comprised of several growing and important areas of study, which include Nursing, Physician Assistant, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Health Science.

About Pace University

 

Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides. From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and a Law School in White Plains. www.pace.edu.

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Bustle featured Professor Christen Cupples Cooper of the College of Health Professions in "Why you feel hungover even if you didn't drink"

08/27/2020

Bustle featured Professor Christen Cupples Cooper of the College of Health Professions in "Why you feel hungover even if you didn't drink"

According to Christen Cupples Cooper, Ed.D., R.D., a professor at the College of Health Professions at Pace University, hot weather, sports, illnesses that cause diarrhea and vomiting, and simply not taking in enough liquids can lead to varying degrees of dehydration, which can make you feel hungover. "Mild dehydration can lead to brain confusion, fatigue, dizziness and irritability," Cooper tells Bustle, also likely describing many of your mornings.

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