Potthoff Named Sojourns Scholar

Potthoff Named Sojourns Scholar

Meghan Walker Potthoff, PhD, BSN’01, associate professor of nursing, was selected as one of 10 palliative care leaders nationally accepted into the Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program, sponsored by the Cambia Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Cambia Health Solutions based in Portland, Oregon.

The corporate foundation said Potthoff was selected after “a rigorous selection process from a highly competitive pool” drawn from candidates across the United States from all health sciences disciplines.

The program provides each recipient with funding over a two-year period, aimed at developing significant change in the field of palliative care. Typically, palliative care seeks to improve the quality of life for patients and their families while managing serious and chronic illnesses.

Potthoff was selected on the strength of her desire to develop a “Pediatric Palliative Care Conversation Toolkit for the Chronic Critically Ill,” which she says can be used to guide conversations between health sciences professionals and the families of chronically ill children within the setting of an intensive care unit.

Once developed, the “toolkit” will be made available as an open-access service to health sciences professionals nationwide.

In addition to the grant funding, the leadership program provides participants with individual mentorship as they move toward fulfilling their goals, as well as collaboration with other scholars.

“My goal is to become a leading doctorally prepared nurse scientist who is integrated into an interdisciplinary clinical team,” Potthoff says. “I look forward to learning from my Sojourns colleagues across disciplines on how best to lead within and across our fields.”