HARRIET UDIN ARONOW
Harriet Udin Aronow is a Research Scientist IV in Nursing Research and Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. Dr. Aronow's work advocates, develops, and supports the role of nursing to maximize health and well-being for adults receiving hospital care and for vulnerable populations in the community. She has advanced nurse-led, team-based care for vulnerable populations through her groundbreaking research and policy impact. Her research has resulted in improved health and quality of life for the growing populations of younger adults with disabilities and older adults with complex health and social needs.
In an interprofessional team effort, Dr. Aronow designed "Systems Addressing Frail Elder Care (SAFE Care™)", a protocol to rapidly assess and mediate risks for frailty among older adult inpatients. She rigorously tested this model within her own health system and brought it out to three Magnet hospitals to study SAFE Care implementation. She connected her innovations to better address the needs of frail older adults following hospital discharge, collaborating with the architects of the Transitional Care Model to further extend the positive impact of SAFE Care. Similarly, after developing and testing "Stay Well and Healthy!", a nurse led, in-home preventive care program for adults aging with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, she built on this foundation and is currently Principal Investigator of Elders Preserving Independence in the Community (EPIC), a PCORI-funded study examining the value of in-home nurse visits on promotion of healthy aging and prevention of illness among older adults living in low-income housing.
As a social scientist and health services researcher, Dr. Aronow made a substantial contribution to the development, spread, and use of the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC) multi-health system database of nursing sensitive quality indicators (NSI). She worked closely with the CALNOC nurse leadership on refinement and validation of measures and methods of measuring nursing quality in inpatient nursing units. She led a team that worked with hospital sites to encourage accurate input of data and appropriate use of data to improve quality of nursing processes and patient outcomes. In collaboration with the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses, she was the lead CALNOC research scientist working with nurse leaders from across the nation, to develop, validate and implement ambulatory NSI.
Dr. Aronow's scholarly contributions have led to increased understanding of common ground challenges confronting vulnerable groups across the life cycle, exposed inequities and breakdowns in care systems and, most important, provided pragmatic, systems-oriented, evidence-based solutions. She has achieved these accomplishments through her leadership on numerous interprofessional teams and successful collaborations with leaders and staff across health and community-based systems. Not surprisingly, health system leaders have consistently engaged her in major organizational policy decisions affecting the quality of care and health outcomes. She has served as an exemplary role model for the more than 150 nurse scientists whom she has mentored. Dr. Aronow’s career work has highlighted the enormous contributions of nurses in narrowing the gap between people's needs and available health and social services.