Dr. Lisa Fiorentino,
associate professor of nursing, has been named the director for the Center forRural Health Practice at Pitt-Bradford, which will
enable the center and the nursing program to collaborate on projects.
She succeeds Dr. Youmasa Siewe, who left
the position for health reasons.
Fiorentino, who also serves as
director of the nursing and radiological sciences programs at Pitt-Bradford,
will continue in those roles and to teach nursing. Her dual roles in the
nursing programs on campus and with the center will allow both programs to work
more closely with each other. For example, this spring a nursing student will
be assisting with research for the Northwest Pennsylvania Adolescent Alcohol
Research Cooperative, which is conducting research into rural adolescent
“There are so many opportunities
here for collaboration,” Fiorentino said. “I really enjoy the challenge. This
is a great model of interdisciplinary cooperation.”
Fiorentino has served on the
Pitt-Bradford faculty since 1985. She most recently completed a Master of Arts
degree in anthropology from the University at Buffalo, State University of New
York, where she also earned her doctorate and a Master of Science in Nursing.
In addition to her teaching duties,
Fiorentino stays fit by ice skating and teaching ice skating as a physical
education class at Pitt-Bradford.
The Center for Rural Health Practice
is a collaboration of Pitt-Bradford and the University of Pittsburgh. Its
current programs are the adolescent alcohol study and a program to bring Pitt
medical students to Bradford for a family medicine rotation in a rural health
Past projects for the center have
included providing training for emergency responders throughout the state,
performing community health assessments and coordinating a research site for
the Center for Oral Health Research in Appalachia.
Fiorentino said she and the staff
are currently brainstorming ways to provide rural health education and
identifying potential partners for those projects.