Dr. Veronica Vital completed her PhD in Nursing from the University of Arizona. Her Major field of study was Reducing Risks and Promoting Health in Vulnerable Population and her Minor field of study was Health Care Systems. She is also a graduate from Arizona State University where she received her BSN in 1998 and MSN in 2005. She has 20 years of nursing experience in research, pediatrics, women’s health, and community health. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor for the MEPN program at University of Arizona.
Dr. Vital is an advocate of volunteerism and is engaged in national and local efforts. She is the Immediate Past President of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) Phoenix Chapter and serves on the National Board of Directors of the NAHN as the Chair of the NAHN Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) committee and Chair of the Bylaws committee.
Dr. Vital is an investigator for a NIH funded grant- “Latino Provider Influencer Initiative”. All of Us Research Program: The Precision Medicine Initiative. She has successfully led NAHN national initiatives in 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). She also dedicates time to serve on important community leadership boards addressing health disparities. She was the coordinator of an ASU grant which recruited 667 Latinos for a research registry and biorepository to examine cardiometabolic disease risk.
Dr. Vital is a graduate of Valle del Sol’s Hispanic Leadership Institute-2000 and the recipient of the Profiles of Success 2014 Latino Excellence in Health & Sciences Award, 2016 Ansel H.E.R.O. Award, 2017-R.A.I.N. Beatrice Castigalia Catullo Founders Award Honoring Women of Influence, and 2018- Achieving My Purpose: Celebration of Women Honoree.