Jonas V Veterans Healthcare Scholar

Natalie Jackson, MS

University of Utah
PhD Student

Natalie Jackson is a full-time doctoral student at the University of Utah School of Nursing. Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1984, Natalie joined the United States Army. Natalie served as a Military Police officer in Miesau, West Germany and as a Military Police Canine Patrol Dog Handler at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland. After serving in the Army, she earned a master’s degree and became a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst with an engineering firm during which time she also volunteered in the Pharmacy Department of a Veteran’s Affairs Hospital. This experience led to an interest in the healthcare issues of older adults and the subsequent obtainment of a master’s degree in Gerontology from the University of Utah and her current status as a Nursing PhD student in the College of Nursing. Natalie has taught Stanford University’s “Chronic Disease Self-Management Program” to military veterans at Salt Lake City’s Veteran’s Affairs Hospital and has been privileged to volunteer, learn and grow through this experience. Natalie is particularly interest in Informatics and the use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and the applicability of electronic reminders to improve health care in the following areas of research interest: end of life (EOL) communication, disparities, and gerontology, specifically in vulnerable populations such as Veterans. She is also interested in studying the geography of health using geographic information systems. Natalie is excited and grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Jonas V Veterans Healthcare ScholarScholar Program.