Dr. Paula Alexander-Delpech, Ph.D., PMHNP-BC, APRN, has been named the Interim Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO). Dr. Alexander-Delpech currently serves at FNU as an Associate Professor, Chair of the Health Equity subcommittee, Chair of the President’s Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), and Chair of the Faculty, Staff, and Preceptor Development and Retention committee.
“Dr. Alexander-Delpech has extensive experience in planning, implementing, and evaluating DEI programs in private and public universities located in urban and rural communities, which reflect her ability to lead DEI initiatives at Frontier Nursing University,” said FNU President Dr. Susan Stone, CNM, DNSc, FAAN, FACNM. “She also brings experience in recruitment and retention of underrepresented students and will carry on the essential work of FNU’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.”
Previously, under her leadership as Director of Student Services, Dr. Alexander-Delpech created the first nursing summer program to increase the number of underrepresented high school students interested in becoming a nurse. She brings experience in initiating new programs with community partners to meet the growing workforce needs. She was instrumental in developing the first Foreign-Educated Physician Nursing Program (FEPNP) in the U.S. Further, Dr. Alexander-Delpech has developed workshops for community-based clinics and training on social justice utilizing a community-based participatory approach, which provided extensive experience working with marginalized communities.
Dr. Alexander-Delpech has implemented several projects focused on connecting the social environment and healthy lifestyles to wellness outcomes. Some workshops were developed with local organizations to address health and wellness in the Black community. She was also instrumental in initiating a grassroots campaign to bring mental health awareness to African American women living in a rural community.
Board-certified as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Alexander-Delpech maintains her clinical practice in a community-based facility. She is an appointed member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) diversity committee; an inaugural member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF) diversity committee; a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA); an executive board member of the Florida chapter of the APNA; a member of the South Florida Council of Advanced Practice Nurses; and a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
To learn more about FNU’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, please visit our website.