Suzanne Salamanca, PhD (c), PMHNP
Clinical Instructor
Rutgers School of Nursing
Suzanne Salamanca, PhD (c), PMHNP, Clinical Instructor, Advanced Practice Division, Rutgers University School of Nursing/ Faculty Practice- Rutgers Community Health Center, Rutgers Health, Newark, New Jersey is a psychiatric nurse practitioner integrating behavioral health services in an inner-city, nurse-led community primary health care setting. She began this work in 2015 under the direction of Dr. Barbara Caldwell and her co-collaborator when the integration efforts began in four of Newark, NJ's most isolated public housing developments. She teaches post-baccaleaureate Psychiatric & Mental Health DNP interns didactic courses, and performs individual and group/interprofessional clinical supervision for social work, vocational rehabilitation counseling, psychiatric & mental health student, family nurse practitioner, pharmacy student cohorts and simulated patient experiences. She implemented telepsychiatry in integrated primary care in response to COVID19 and created protocols for telesupervision, group/interprofessional supervision and warm hand-offs. As a clinical faculty member, Ms. Salamanca has taught nurses, nursing, physician assistants, and medical students for 13 years and over the past 3 years of hosting the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training fellowship, she has gained a greater appreciation and understanding for cross-curricular and interprofessional practice challenges and benefits. Ms. Salamanca recently had to recalibarate and revise objectives of her research, mentorships, and presentations to ensure equity, gender equality, advocacy, and preservation of human dignity are embedded into all health programming since patients and students report inequities are pervasive. Additionallly, she is completing her dissertation work looking at the perceived helpfulness of sexual violence disclosures to formal sources and differences across groups of genders, races, sexual minorities, and intersections of those.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

The sudden, unexpected, and idiosyncratic nature of crises, including pandemics or mass violence events (MVE), require coordinated and expedient responses from a nexus of professionals with expertise across sectors and oftentimes at community, regional, and state levels (Amfar, 2020). The concept of leaving no one behind, or “reaching the last ones first,” draws from the World Health Organization’s 1984 overarching goal of equitable health coverage for all. The proposed victim-centered response programming aims to establish a knotworking collaboration between the interprofessional academic…