Dr. Veronica Vital has 22 years of nursing experience in research, Pediatrics, Women’s Health, and Community Health. She completed her PhD in Nursing from the University of Arizona (UA) and received her BSN in 1998 and MSN in 2005 from Arizona State University (ASU). Dr. Vital is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at UA College of Nursing and she was an instrumental member in the strategic development of a Hispanic Concentration at Chamberlain University.
Dr. Vital has been a member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) since 1997. She served on the National Board of Directors of NAHN as the Chair of the National Bylaws Committee and the Chair of the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) committee. Dr. Vital is the Immediate Past President of the NAHN, Phoenix Chapter. She has successfully led NAHN national initiatives for the Phoenix Chapter (MueveteUSA project-addressing childhood obesity; SEPA-educating Youth about Nursing as a career choice; Mentorship Academy- establishing and maintaining a formal mentoring process that advances the Hispanic nurses’ education and career; All of Us Research Program in Latino Communities; and Pfizer Vaccine Partnership-increasing awareness and improving adult vaccination practices among Latinxs ≥65 years of age). She also dedicates time to serve on important community leadership boards addressing health disparities. Dr. Vital has accepted an invitation from the Secretary of the U.S. Office of Health and Human Services to serve a four-year term on the Advisory Committee on Minority Health for the Office of Minority Health and is currently a member of the Steering Committee of National Minority Cardiovascular Alliance.
Dr. Vital was the coordinator of an ASU grant which recruited 667 Latinos for a research registry and biorepository to examine cardiometabolic disease risk. She is a graduate of Valle del Sol’s Hispanic Leadership Institute, recognized as an Achieving My Purpose: Celebration of Women 2018 Honoree, the recipient of the Profiles of Success 2014 Latino Excellence in Health & Sciences Award, 2016 Ansel H.E.R.O. Award, the R.A.I.N. Beatrice Castigalia Catullo Founders Award Honoring Women of Influence and the 2020 March of Dimes Arizona Nurse of the Year Award:Outpatient/Community and Public Health. Dr. Vital was nominated as March of Dimes 2017 Nurse of the Year and a candidate for the 2016 Man & Woman of the Year for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.