Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility
Who We Are
Named for President Jimmy Carter's Mother, Miss Lillian, the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility (formerly the Lillian Carter Center for International Nursing) was dedicated in 2001 by former Dean Marla Salmon and President Carter. The LCC serves as the focal point for the school's international nursing and midwifery work and coordinates several international programs for students. The Lillian Carter Center also facilitates the school's many domestic service learning programs that focus on vulnerable populations. In addition, the LCC also supports international projects and research for the nursing faculty.
The LCC has as its mission the improvement of the health of vulnerable people worldwide through nursing education, research, practice, and policy.
The guiding philosophy of the Lillian Carter Center is reflective of the work of Mrs. Lillian Carter as both nurse and social activist. The LCC focuses on enabling nurses to address key health problems and issues of underserved peoples. The overall philosophy reflects an understanding of the multiple factors that determine health and the need for a strong public health orientation in all of its work.
Martha Rogers, MD
Dr. Rogers was appointed as the Director of the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility in 2009. A board certified pediatrician, Rogers joined the faculty of Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in November 2002 as a Research Professor after a 20-year career as a research medical epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She is also a program director of the Center for Child Well-Being at the Task Force for Global Health, a non-profit public health organization affiliated with Emory University. At Emory’s School of Nursing, Rogers serves as the Principal Investigator of the Kenya Health Workforce Project. The Project aims to develop an informatics system to provide data for planning, policy development, and evaluation of Kenya’s health workforce. She is also a member of the school of nursing’s doctoral faculty. At the Task Force, Rogers serves as the lead consultant for HIV/AIDS activities. Under her direction, the Task Force has developed a number of training products and policy documents for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s HIV/AIDS national and international programs.
Before coming to Emory, Rogers spent 20 years at CDC, mostly in work related to the control of HIV/AIDS worldwide. Rogers is an expert known nationally and internationally in the field of HIV/AIDS in women and children. Her seminal work in the use of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) led to the routine use of this method for diagnosis of HIV infection in infants. During her tenure at CDC, Rogers took the lead role in development of CDC's policy documents on HIV in children. She has served on numerous task forces and expert panels, including the Surgeon General's Task Force, the UNAIDS Committee for Pediatric AIDS, and the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Pediatric AIDS. Rogers has published over 75 articles and serves as a peer reviewer and guest editor for several journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, AIDS, Pediatrics, and The Lancet.
Kathryn M. Kite
Senior Associate Director, Programs
Kathryn Kite is Senior Associate Director, Programs, and Administrative Director of The Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility at Emory University. She is responsible for the strategic planning, development, and implementation of programs as well as for providing administrative leadership and direction for The Carter Center. Ms. Kite is also responsible for administering the key functions of the Center, including educational programming, hosting major global/international forums and conferences, fostering scholarly exchange, and strategic planning.
From 1983-2001 Kite served as Conference Director and Publications Manager with the Southern Center for International Studies (SCIS). As Conference Director, she handled all administrative details for more than 50 of SCIS’ televised conferences featuring the former U.S. Secretaries of State, Defense, Health and Human Services, and the former U.S. Ambassadors to the UN. These Peabody Award-winning broadcasts were expanded in 1991 to include conferences with the former U.S. Secretaries of the Treasury and Education and world leaders. Kite also held the position of Publications Manager for one of SCIS’ major projects, the development of educational packages aimed at supplementing the international studies curricula of colleges, universities and high schools. At SCIS, Ms. Kite administered programs whose participants included heads of state, foreign ministers and ambassadors from almost every country of the developed world and important dignitaries from many countries in the developing world.
Jennifer W. Foster PhD, MPH, CNM, FACNM
Associate Clinical Professor | Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility
Coordinator, Global and Community Engagement
Jennifer Foster PhD, MPH, CNM, FACNM is a public health nurse-midwife with a PhD in cultural anthropology. Her area of clinical expertise is maternity nursing, global midwifery, and interprofessional practice. Her research program is focused upon the improvement of maternal-newborn health globally, using anthropological and participatory methods. From 2008-2011, she conducted a community- based participatory research study in the Dominican Republic, supported by the National Institute of Nursing, which led to a team- based, interprofessional, and community action project for improved maternal care. Previously a Peace Corps nurse in Guatemala, much of Dr. Foster’s practice and research has been in Latin America or with Latino populations in the US. Also, she collaborates with the Center for Black Women’s Wellness in Atlanta in CBPR projects, and in 2013, along with computer scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology, piloted the use of mobile phones to adhere to reproductive health recommendations among mothers in the Healthy Start program. This work was supported through the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute of the NIH. Since 2004, Dr. Foster has been a central partner in Asociación ADAMES, a non-profit association in the Dominican Republic that works with nurses and community leaders to improve maternal health. She has also led trips of Emory student nurses to the Dominican Republic, as well as advised interdisciplinary global field scholars in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Uruguay. Many of the scholarly papers from the work there are co-authored with her students. She is the co-chair (with Dr. Lorena Binfa of the University of Chile) of the virtual midwifery research subcommittee in Latin America within the Global Alliance of Nurses and Midwives. Dr. Foster is a life member and Fellow of the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM), and serves in their global health division. Also, she serves on the national task force of the ACNM to build diversity and inclusion in the midwifery workforce. Dr. Foster sits on the governance committee of Sigma Theta Tau International, and the Board of the Council of Nurses in Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association. She is certified by the United States Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality as a master trainer in the TeamSTEPPS ® curriculum. In 2013, Dr. Foster received the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award.
Lisa N. Nuñez is responsible for managing the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (LCC) Alternative Winter/Alternative Spring Break trips for undergraduate students; summer immersion programs for graduate students; and Moultrie farmworker projects. This includes logistical arrangements for international and domestic trips (Haiti, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, West Virginia, Georgia, and others.)
For the last several years, Lisa has been also collaborating with local and national organizations aimed to promote and protect the underserved communities.
Katelyn Taylor joined the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (LCC) in April of 2016. She supports LCC staff and faculty, and assists with logistical arrangements for international and domestic trips. These trips include LCC’s Alternative Winter/Alternative Spring break trips, Graduate Summer Immersion programs, and the Farmworker Family Health Program in Moultrie, GA.
Prior to joining LCC, Katelyn graduated from Georgia State University with a major in Political Science. She then worked with the Carter Center’s Human Rights program as an intern supporting the Mobilizing Faith for Women and Girls initiative, and later as an administrative assistant with the center’s Development Office.
Sheila Davis, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN
Marilyn Edmonson, EdD, MSN, BSN, RN
Nancy Glass – PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
Marva Verona Lawson, MSc, Edl, BScN, CCRN, RM, RN
David Smith, AA, BA, MBA
Holly A. Williams, PhD, MN, RN
Lynda Wilson, PhD, RN FAAN
The Lillian Carter Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility ensures that global health, service learning, and social responsibility are infused throughout the curriculum and educational experience for our students. The LCC strives to provide a global health experience for all interested students at least once during their time as an Emory Nursing student.
Health Workforce Information Systems
The global shortage of healthcare workers, particularly nurses, requires that nations efficiently and effectively manage their health workforce. However, one of the major problems that developing countries face in assessing workforce capacity is the lack of electronic database systems that can be analyzed for monitoring and staffing needs. To address this problem, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is partnering with Emory University SON to assist countries in developing human resource information systems (HRIS). Currently, Emory and CDC have projects ongoing in Kenya and Zambia. Click to learn more.
Maternal and Newborn Health in Ethiopia Partnership (MaNHEP)
More than 60 million women give birth at home without skilled care every year, attended by family members, neighbors, traditional birth attendants or no one. More than 500,000 women die from pregnancy-related complications, mostly within the first 24 hours of birth. To address these problems, The Research on Maternal and Newborn Survival was established in 2005 through a grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) of Emory University. The Center's primary goal is to contribute to the global effort to reduce the tragic high levels of maternal and newborn mortality in the developing regions of the world through a focused program of research. Click to learn more.
Midwifery and Maternity Nursing in Latin America and the Caribbean
Clinical Associate Professor
African Regional Collaborative
The African Health Professions Regulatory Collaborative for Nurses and Midwives (ARC) was created to help participating countries implement joint problem-solving approaches that target national issues affecting the health workforce. The School of Nursing works with a partnership comprised of the Commonwealth Secretariat, the East, Central and Southern Africa College of Nursing (ECSACON), the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation, the Task Force for Global Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The collaborative draws from the leadership of nursing in each member country and is focused on a regional approach. The ARC framework is adapted from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) evidence-based clinical collaborative model. The ARC convenes regional meetings, awards short-term grants to improve nursing and midwifery regulation; and provides targeted technical assistance to help ensure successful implementation of these grants. Learn more.
Ken Hepburn, PhD
Muadi Mukenge, MA
Project Director, African Regional Collaborative