Carolyn Burr,R.N.

Deputy Director Francois Xavier Bagnoud Center, School of Nursing, UMDNJ
a pediatric nurse practitioner and adult educator who has been actively educating healthcare providers about HIV for 20 years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Science degree as a family nurse practitioner from the University of Rochester, and a doctorate in adult education from Teachers College, Columbia University. As National Training Program Director of the FXB Center, Dr. Burr develops and implements a range of educational strategies that provide state-of-the art information to professionals caring for children, youth, women, and families affected by HIV infection. As PI of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded grants since 1999, she works with healthcare providers, hospitals, and other national organizations to implement innovative approaches that support the goals of eliminating perinatal HIV infection in the U.S. and supporting routine HIV testing in healthcare settings. In collaboration with CDC, she developed and implemented a strategic planning workshop model that involved 22 workshops with hospital teams from over 30 jurisdictions. Hospital teams were provided with information, tools, and planning time to support implementation of routine HIV testing in labor and delivery units or emergency departments. The follow-up study, which Dr. Burr conducted, demonstrated that 89% of labor and delivery units and 87% of emergency departments had implemented some form of routine HIV testing within a year of their workshop participation. In 2008 she was awarded the “Excellence in HIV Prevention” award by the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC). In 2000 she received the NJ Governors Nursing Merit Award for Education. Her work in promoting wellness in healthcare workers and in the prevention of perinatal HIV transmission has included statewide, national, and global initiatives including collaborations in Guyana, Botswana, Tanzania, and Thailand.