Kenya V. Beard, EdD, AGACNP, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, is a 2012 Macy Faculty Scholar and Associate Provost at Chamberlain University. Dr. Beard is also a Faculty Scholar for the Harvard Macy Institute, Program for Educators in Health Professions and shares her expertise on creating environments that propel discourse on race, bias, and healthcare disparities. As a past-Senior Fellow at the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, she co-produced health care disparity segments for HealthCetera, on WBAI and Little Water Radio.
Dr. Beard is a national speaker who is driven by a scientific passion for providing meaningful ways to eliminate health care disparities through a diverse, well-prepared workforce. Many have benefitted from her webinars, blogs, workshops, research, and publications that speak to the complexities of diversity and emphasize critical ways to advance health equity. Her national workshop “Diversity & Inclusion: Facilitating Race-Related Discourse that Matters” mitigates bias in health care and is supported by the National League for Nursing. As a proponent for eliminating disparities in academia, she led the New York State Action Coalition in constructing the 2014 Workforce Diversity Toolkit for New York. In 2016 she was called upon by the National League for Nursing to assist with the development of their 2016 Diversity Vision Statement and recently helped co-create the Josiah Macy Foundation’s 2018 groundbreaking document Improving the Environment for Learning in the Health Professions. Her work has earned her numerous awards and honors.
Dr. Beard is currently a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, Academy of Nursing Education and American Academy of Nursing and serves on the editorial board for the American Journal of Nursing.