Sally Reel, PhD, RN, FNP, BC, FAAN, FAANP, associate dean for academic practice, university distinguished outreach professor and clinical professor at the University of Arizona College of Nursing, has been appointed associate vice president for health sciences interprofessional education, collaboration and community engagement.
Dr. Reel began her new position March 17 and reports to Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD, UA senior vice president for health sciences.
“Dr. Reel is a nationally recognized expert in interprofessional education,” said Dr. Garcia. “Under her leadership, the Arizona Health Sciences Center is uniquely positioned to accelerate the development of collaborative-practice programs, which are critical to sustaining the pipeline of academically oriented health professionals at the University of Arizona.”
In her new role, Dr. Reel will provide senior leadership in the development and implementation of interprofessional education and training programs for the UA’s health sciences colleges (the UA College of Medicine – Tucson; the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix; the UA College of Pharmacy; the UA College of Nursing and the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health) and manage the external relationships critical to their success.
Since 2006, Dr. Reel has directed the Arizona Area Health Education Centers (AzAHEC) program, coordinating the activities of five regional centers that serve all 15 Arizona counties. She will continue in that role. AzAHEC is a critical health professions workforce development program for Arizona’s rural and urban underserved communities, and addresses all levels of health-care career development: career pipeline programs, undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate health professions programs and continuing education for practicing professionals.
“AzAHEC fosters extensive community engagement, which is essential to real-world educational training and scholarship,” Dr. Reel pointed out.
Among her many accomplishments as a clinical professor at the UA College of Nursing, Dr. Reel secured outside funding to establish programs for rural health professions, acute care nurse practitioner, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and nursing workforce diversity. She also generated federal funding for the inaugural primary care clinic led by UA nurse practitioner faculty in partnership with other health sciences colleagues, focused on modeling and strengthening comprehensive team-based care. During more than a decade of service at the UA, Dr. Reel has garnered more than $18 million in funding for various projects.
In 2004, Dr. Reel was inducted as a fellow into the prestigious American Academy of Nursing, recognizing her extensive and outstanding contributions to the field. More recently, in 2012, she was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice of the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Reel will serve through Sept. 30, 2016, helping to improve nurse education and practice, thereby strengthening the nursing workforce across the nation.