Kathleen Maureen Clark

Instructor & Director Augsburg Health Commons

Science 116
CB 118
612-330-1203
clarkk@augsburg.edu

Dr. Clark teaches across programs in the department of nursing at Augsburg College. Currently, she is teaching courses in the graduate program that focus on issues of social justice, health disparities, civic engagement and structural inequities.  Katie’s scholarship focuses on creating unique models of teaching and learning in local context.  For example, Katie has created and led courses that are designed in an immersion format that allow student’s to gain insight first-hand from people living in the margins.  She also directs the Health Commons for the department, which is a nursing-led drop in center that focuses on radical hospitality and nurse presence.  Dr. Clark began teaching at Augsburg College in 2009.  She first began directing the Augsburg Central Health Commons and teaching Community Health courses in the BSN.  In 2011, in partnership with two other local non-profits, Katie launched the Health Commons in Cedar-Riverside.

Katie previously worked for eight years as a nurse at University of Minnesota Medical Center – University Campus in both oncology and the medical ICU.  She has traveled to 20 different countries and participated in many local volunteer programs, such as the Bridge for Youth and Higher Ground.

Education

  • B.S.N: University of Wisconsin – Eau Clare
  • M.A.N. with a Transcultural Nursing Emphasis: Augsburg College
  • D.N.P. in Transcultural Leadership: Augsburg College

areas of teaching responsibility

  • Transcultural nursing skills in practice through means of experiential learning
  • Social justice praxis as reducing health inequity
  • Care of marginalized populations
  • Role and development of the citizen nurse
  • Exploring collective healing through the ways of knowing
  • Community engagement and immersion experiences as pedagogy of teaching and curriculum development
  • Creating collaborative networks and community partnerships

presentations/publications

  • Minnesota Public Radio Interview with Dan Olson “For nurses serving homeless, hospitality comes first.” (2015)
  • Developing a Health Commons: A Drop-in Focused on Health and Healing Through the Development of Relationships Based on Transcultural Practices. 40th Annual Conference of The Transcultural Nursing Society 2014. Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Clark, K. (2014) The Health Commons: A Handbook of Nursing Practice.  Raleigh, North Carolina: Lulu Press, Inc.
  • From Research to Action: Creating a Drop-in Health Center that Addresses the Needs of Somali Refugees in Minnesota. 4th Annual North American Refugee Health Conference 2014. Rochester, New York.
  • Health Commons: Partners Improving Health Outcomes for East African Community.  Community Health Conference 2012.  Brainerd, Minnesota.
  • Panel Presenter. Creating an Inclusive Campus Conference 2012.  Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • The Development of the Health Commons Model. 2nd Annual International Public Health Nursing Conference 2011.  Saint Paul, Minnesota.
  • DemocracyU Blog (2011). Citizen Nurses: A Unique Perspective on Health.