The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dr. Raeann LeBlanc Named Seedworks Endowed Clinical Assistant Professor in Nursing

Jan 17, 2020

Raeann LeBlanc, PhD, DNP, AGPCNP-BC, CHPN has been named the Seedworks Endowed Clinical Assistant Professor for Social Justice in the College of Nursing. Dr. LeBlanc has been a member of the College of Nursing faculty, teaching both undergraduates and graduate students, since 2011. Her research addresses health disparities in advanced care planning and the effect of social networks on self-care among older adults.

Dr. LeBlanc earned a doctor of nursing practice degree  and a PhD in nursing from UMass Amherst. Throughout her career she has published or contributed to a number of articles and books and given numerous conference presentations and invited lectures. 

The Seedworks Endowed chair is funded by nursing alumna Susan Hagedorn “for the purpose of promoting social justice.” The endowment is named for Seedworks Films, a documentary production company founded by Hagedorn “to bring the viewers inside the experience of nursing and being nursed, the experience of vulnerability, and the lives of those who step beyond what they ever expected they’d do with their lives.” In establishing the endowed professorship, Hagedorn said that she believes that “nursing is, at its root, about social justice.”




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