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Faculty and Staff

DeAnne K. Hilfinger Messias, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor and Director, PhD Program
Emily Myrtle Smith Professor of Community Nursing
College of Nursing

E-mail: deanne.messias@sc.edu
Phone: 803-777-8423; 803-777-4009
Fax: 803-777-9114
Office:

College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
1601 Greene Street, Room 304 
Columbia, SC 29208-4001
United States

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Messias CV

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Background

Dr. Messias received a BA in Latin American Studies, with High Honors and Distinction from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, IL in 1969.  She completed her BS in Nursing with Highest Distinction in 1980 at the University of Arizona in Tucson.  In 1988 Dr. Messias received an MS in Community Health Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN.  Her PhD in Nursing was completed in 1997 at the University of California in San Francisco.

Dr. Messias holds a joint appointment with the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, College of Arts and Sciences (http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/wgst/) and is an Affiliate Faculty with the Latin American Studies Program, College of Arts and Sciences (http://www.walkerinstitute.sc.edu/lasp/).

Teaching

Dr. Messias has taught the following courses during her time at the University of South Carolina:

Research and Methods

NURS 800                              Philosophy of Nursing Science 
NURS 802                              Theory Analysis and Development
NURS 803                              Scientific Knowledge in Nursing
NURS 804                              The Role of the Nurse Scientist
NURS 813                              Qualitative Methods in Nursing Research 
NURS 898                              Research Internship 
WGST 702                              Feminist Epistemologies and Methodologies 

Community Health/Women’s Health
NURS 720                              Public Health Residency   
NURS/WGST 736                  Women, Work, & Health: Global Perspectives      
WGST 796                              Women’s Health Seminar

Community Engagement/Community Activism
WGST 404                              Community Activism 
WGST 716                              Women’s Studies Workshop

Vulnerable Populations
NURS 505/LASP 399              Caring for Limited English Proficient Patients  

Research (Concept Areas)

Language access
Limited-English-Proficiency (LEP)
Language isolation
Cultural and linguistic competency
Poverty
Community Health Workers
Community-Based Participatory Research

Immigrant health, language access issues, women’s health, and community-based research are areas of expertise and interest. Completed research includes studies of  Brazilian immigrant women’s transnational health practices; Latinas’ experiences of accessing cancer prevention services; the health implications of Latinos’ responses to and experiences during Hurricane Katrina; and the development, testing, and dissemination of the Language for Healthcare Access initiative, an  innovative, community-based English language curriculum designed to improve healthcare access knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy among limited English proficient, recently immigrated Spanish speakers. Dr. Messias has designed and tested several Community Health Worker (CHW) interventions with Hispanic/Latino populations in South Carolina and Texas.

Research Activities

Current Research Support - Currently Funded Research (2015)

ENLACE: A Promotora-Led Physical Activity Intervention Trial for Latinas in Texas
National Institutes for Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 1R01HL111718-01A1
Messias, D. K. H., PI 20% effort; Sub-Contract for Parra-Medina, PI
$3,782,702; Sub-Contract Budget: $602,000
08/15/2012 – 5/31/2017

Experiences of Rural Southeastern Latino Parents of Children with Asthma
University of South Carolina Office of Research Aspire I Grant
Estrada, R. D. (PI); Messias, D.K.H. (Co-I), Heiney, S. P. (Co-I)
$15,000

Storytelling, Social Disconnection and Treatment Adherence in African American Women with Breast Cancer
Oncology Nursing Foundation
Heiney, S.P. (PI); Messias, D. K. H. (Co-I) 5% effort contributed time
$19,109
1/15/2013 – 1/15/2015

Women's Well-Being Initiative's Arts-Based Community Interventions for At-risk Youth
University of South Carolina Office of Research ASPIRE II Grant
Weber, L (PI); Messias, D.K.H. (Co-I)
$83,828
5/16/14 – 8/15/15

Dissemination - Presentations at Professional Meetings (since 2014)

Bergeron, C. D., Friedman, D. B., Spencer, S. M., Hilfinger Messias, D. K. & Miller, S. C. (2015). Making decisions after experiencing a fall: Preliminary survey results with older women in South Carolina. 143rd American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, October 31 – November 4, 2015. (Podium presentation)

Cayir, E., Kelley, S., Soltani, S. N., Hilfinger Messias, D. K., Weber, L. & Ivashkevich, O. (2015). Issues-based Art Workshop with Girls in the Juvenile Arbitration System: A Community-University Partnership. 143rd American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, October 31 – November 4, 2015. (Round-table presentation)

Hilfinger Messias, D. K. & Fore, M. E. The Navegantes para Salud Intervention: Enhancing Access to Care through Culturally and Linguistically Tailored Support and Interprofessional Collaboration. 41st Annual Conference of the Transcultural Nursing Society, Portland, OR, October 28-31, 2015. (Podium presentation)

Rodriguez-Cook, C. Hilfinger Messias, D. K., Meetze, E. G., &  Fore, M. E. The Impact of Navegantes para Salud on Access to Primary Care among Hispanic Women and Children. National Association of Community Health Centers Community Health Institute, Orlando, FL, August 21 – 25, 2015. (Poster)

Hilfinger Messias, D. K., Fore, M. E., Hardin, J. The Navegantes para la Salud Primary Care Access and Navigation Intervention:  Role Conceptualization, Implementation, and Assessment. Sigma Theta Tau International 26th International Nursing Research Conference, San Juan Puerto Rico, July 23 – 27, 2015. (Podium presentation)

Rodriguez, C., Hilfinger Messias, D. K., Meetze, E. G., Fore, M. E. (2015). The Impact of Navegantes para Salud on Access to Primary Care among Hispanic Women and Children. National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Community Health Institute, Orlando, FL, August 23-25, 2015. (Poster)

Estrada, R. D. & Messias, D. K. H. Access to Services and Accessibility of Mobile Technology Among Parents of Rural Latino Children with Asthma. 2015 Association of Community Health Nursing Educators Annual Institute, Denver, CO, June 4 – 6, 2015. (Podium presentation)

Ivashkevich, O., Messias, D., Wolfgang, C. & Weber, L. An Analysis of Art and New Media Productions from a Community Initiative for Girls in Juvenile Arbitration. Eleventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign-Urbana, IL, May 20-23, 2015. (Podium presentation)

Ivashkevich, O., Messias, D., & Weber, L. Issues-based Art Workshop with Girls in the Juvenile Arbitration System: A Restorative Youth Justice Approach. Eleventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign-Urbana, IL, May 20-23, 2015. (Podium presentation)

Weber, L., Hilfinger Messias, D. K., Kelly, S., Soltani, N., & Cayir, E. Women’s Well-Being Initiative and Art and New media Interventions for Girls in Juvenile Arbitration. 2015 Women’s and Genders Studies Conference, University of South Carolina, April 23, 2015.  (Panel presentation) 

Davidson, C., Turner-McGrievy, B., Hilfinger Messias, D. K., Friedman, D. B. & Robillard, A. G. Sex, Dating and Faith at the University of South Carolina: Campus Ministry Sexual Health Communication. Women’s and Gender Studies Conference, April 23-24, 2015. (Podium presentation) 

Messias, D. K. H. Roles, Responsibilities, Challenges, and Successful Strategies of Hispanic Community Liaisons. 2015 South Carolina Hispanic/Latino Health Coalition Community Liaison Summit. Charleston, SC, April 18, 2015. (Panel presentation) 

Messias, D. K. H. & Fore, M. E. Navegantes para Salud: Evaluation of a Culturally and Linguistically Tailored Intervention to Improve Access to Primary Health Care among Latinas in South Carolina. Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference, Tampa, FL, February 25-28, 2015. (Poster) 

Estrada, R. D. & Messias, D. K. H. Combining Conversation Analysis and Situational Analysis in a Multi-Method Qualitative Study. Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference, Tampa, FL, February 24-28, 2015. (Podium presentation) 

Messias, D., Stevens, K. & Barton, K. (2015). Keeping Kids out of the Pipeline: The Second Chance Program. Panel Presentation for the Keep Out! South Carolina and the School to Prison Pipeline Continuing Education Course, 2015 South Carolina Bar Convention, Columbia, SC, January 24, 2015. (Podium presentation) 

Hilfinger Messias, D. K., Mulhern Halasz, H., & Andrews, J. O. Revitalizing the PhD in Nursing Science: Program and Curriculum Review Processes and Outcomes. American Association of Colleges of Nursing Doctoral Education Conference. January 29 – 31, 2015. San Diego, CA. (Podium presentation) 

Bergeron, C., Friedman, D., Spencer, M., Hilfinger Messias, D., & Miller, S.  142nd American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, November 15- 19, 2014, New Orleans, LA (poster) 

Parra-Medina, D., Hilfinger Messias, D. K., Del Castillo-Gonzalez, L., Sharpe, P. A., Morales-Campos, D., & Villarreal, E. (2014). Community Asset Mapping to Inform Physical Activity and health and Safety Promotion Interventions in Lower Rio Grande Colonias. 142nd American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, November 15- 19, 2014, New Orleans, LA (Round-table presentation) 

Messias, D. K. H., & Fore, M. E. (2014).The Navegantes para Salud Model: Improving Access to Maternal Child Health Care for Hispanic Women and their Children in South Carolina USA. International Council of Women’s Health Issues Conference, November 11-13, 2014. Cape Town, South Africa. (Podium presentation) 

Estrada, R. D. & Messias, D. K. H. (2014). An Analysis Interpreter-Mediated Primary Care Encounters: Implications for Improving Transcultural Nursing Practice. Transcultural Nursing Society 40th Annual Conference, October 22-25, 2014. Charleston, SC. (Podium presentation) 

Bergeron, C. ET AL. Decision Making After a Fall: Preliminary Findings Examining the Experiences of Older Women and their Sources of Information. 142nd American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, November 15- 19, 2014, New Orleans, LA  (Poster) 

Hilfinger Messias, D. K., Parra-Medina, D., del Castillo-Gonzalez, L., Sharpe, P. A.(2014). Engagement of Latinas in community assessment mapping: A precursor to a physical activity intervention trial in Rio Grande Colonias. National Conference on Engaging Patients, Families and Communities in all Phases of Translation Research to Improve Health, August 21 - 22, 2014, Bethesda, MD.

Smith, A., Cayir, E., Hilfinger Messias, D. K., & Weber, L. (2014). Gender-specific Arts-Based Intervention with Female Juvenile Offenders: Program Effectiveness and Reflections. Intersectionality Research, Policy, and Practice: Influences, Interrogations, and Innovations. International Conference on Intersectionality - Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, April 24-26, 2014. 

Messias, D. K. H. (2014). Community-Engaged Research with Latinas in South Carolina: 2002 – 2014. Cancer Prevention and Control Program Colloquium Series, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, June 13, 2014. 

Messias, D. K. H., Weber, L., Wolfgang, C., Ivashkevich, O., Smith, A. & Cayir, E. (2014). Intersectionality and Arts Initiatives with Female Juvenile Offenders. International Intersectionality Conference. Simon Frazier University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, April 24 – 26, 2014. (Colloquium presentation) 

Heiney et al. Exploring Social Disconnection and Treatment Adherence in African American Women with Breast Cancer: Design and Implementation of a Qualitative Study. Oncology Nursing Society 39th Annual Congress, Anaheim, CA May 1-4, 2014  (Poster) 

Van De Griend, K. & Messias, D. K. H. (2014). Expanding the conceptualization of workplace violence: Implications for research, policy, and practice. 2014 Women’s and Gender Studies Conference, February 20-21, 2014. Columbia, SC (Podium presentation) 

Estrada, R. D. & Hilfinger Messias, D. K. (2014). Analysis of Interpreter-Mediated Healthcare Interactions: Preliminary Findings. Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, February 12-15, 2014. (Poster) 

Bergeron, C., Friedman, D., Spencer, M., Hilfinger Messias, D., & Miller, S. (2014). Perceptions of assistive technology in independent older women’s post fall decisions. 10th Annual Aging Research Day. January 24, 2014. Columbia, SC. (Poster) 

Messias, D. K. H. Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Dialogue Panel, January 23, 2014. University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.  (Invited panelist). 

Professional, University, and Community Service 

Dr. Messias is a Member of the Editorial Boards of Aquichán, Family and Community Health, the Journal of Transcultural Nursing, and the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice and is an editorial consultant for the Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem.  She regularly reviews for Advances in Nursing Science, Family and Community Health, Health Care for Women International, the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, Journal of Poverty, Journal of Transcultural Nursing, Sex Roles, and Public Health Nursing.

2012 – present Member, SC Department of Health and Human Services Community Health Worker Task Force, Health Access at the Right Time (HeART) initiative.

2012-present Member, South Carolina Coalition for Healthy Families

2012 English language abstract editor, International Council on Women's Health Issues Biennial Congress, Bangkok, Thailand

2011-present Chair, Expert Panel Task Force on Undocumentedness and Health. American Academy of Nursing

2011 –present Chair, South Carolina Hispanic/Latino Health Coalition Elected

2011-present Member, Cultural Competency Community Advisory Committee, Select Health of South Carolina

2011-present Member, Hispanic/Latino Volunteer Leadership Advisory Group. American Cancer Society South Atlantic Division

2011- 2012 Member, Prevention and Disparities Workgroup, South Carolina Healthcare Voices, South Carolina Public Health Institute

Grant Reviewer, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, P01 Clinical Prevention Research Center Proposals, July 20-21, 2011

External Reviewer, Tenure File, Full Professor, University of Rochester School of Nursing, Rochester, NY, August 2011

External Reviewer, Tenure File, Full Professor, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, March 2011

Grant Reviewer, National Institutes of Health, Special Emphasis Panel/Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy, June 24, 2011

Invited Abstract Reviewer, Women’s Caucus, American Public Health Association, 2011

2010-2011 Workgroup Member, Global Health Core Competency Development Project, Domain 2: Collaboration and Partnering, Association of Schools of Public Health

2010-present Board Member, International Council of Women's Health International (Elected)

Consultant, Expert Content Review,  “Provider Perceptions of Latino Patients in Cancer Care Settings”  NIH Grant number  1R15CA135349-01A2,Co-PIs R Mayo and W. Sherrill, Clemson University, 2010

Grant Review, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Health Care Quality Effectiveness Research (HCQER) Study Section, June 22-24, 2010

Grant Reviewer, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Clinical and Health Outcomes Initiative in Comparative Effectiveness (CHOICE – R01 proposals) April 28-31, 2010

External International Reviewer, Universidade de São Paulo Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Preto (University of São Paulo, School of Nursing at Ribeirão Preto, SP, June 2010

American Academy of Nursing Expert Panel Global Diplomacy Project, 2010

Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Nurse Scientist Special Interest Group, 2010

Faculty Advisor, Student Action with Farmworkers; Latin American Studies Program, Appointed, 2010-present    

Chair, USC Community-Engagement Advisory Committee, Appointed, 2009-present    

Member, USC Community Engaged Research Workgroup, Appointed, 2009-present    

Faculty Advisor, Amigos del Buen Samaritano Student Group, 20008 – present.

Community Forum Participant, National Partnership for Action, US Department of Health and Human  Services Office of Minority Health, Region IV Meeting, Atlanta, GA February, 2008

Special Issue Editor, Family and Community Health, Issue 30:03, Immigrant and Migrant Health, 2007

Conference Planning Committee Member, Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, 2007

Chair, Executive Board, South Carolina Hispanic/Latino Health Coalition, 2007-2009; 2011 - present

Advisory Board Member, South Carolina Cross Cultural Healthcare Project (Nurse Education and Retention Grant), Upstate AHEC, Greenville, SC 2006 – 2008

Board Member, Ten Thousand Villages of Columbia, SC, 2006-2008

Planning Committee Member, South Carolina Dialogue for Action, Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, 2006-2007

Professional Practice

1990 - 1993     Centro de Assistência Integral à Mulher/CAISM [Integrated Women’s Health Center, Campinas, São Paulo,
                          Brazil. Director, Continuing Education in Nursing

1987                 UNICAMP University Hospital, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil Staff nurse

1980 – 1984     Fundação Esperança, Santarém, Pará, Brazil Director, Community Health Programs; Coordinator, Nursing
                          Services; Surgical Nurse and Nurse Supervisor

1969 – 1972     Instituto Santa Lydia Children’s Hospital, Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil Peace Corps Volunteer, Director of
                          Ambulatory Clinic and Social Services

Scholarly and Professional Publications (Since 2012)

Books/Book Chapters

Messias, D. K. H. & Estrada, R. D. An Introduction to Community Activism. (2016) In D. J. Mason, J. K. Leavitt & M. W. Chaffee (Eds.) Policy and Politics in Nursing and Healthcare (7th Ed.). Philadelphia: Saunders/Elsevier, pp.651-659.  (Invited, peer-reviewed). 

Messias, D. K. H., McKeown, R., & Adams, S. A. (2013). Epidemiological Applications. In M. Stanhope & J. Lancaster, Eds., Foundations of Nursing in the Community (4th Ed.), 150-174. (Peer-reviewed).  

Messias, D. K. H., McKeown, R., & Adams, S. A. (2012). Epidemiology. In M. Stanhope & J. Lancaster, Eds., Public Health Nursing: Population-Centered Health Care in the Community (8th Ed.), 253-283. (Peer-reviewed).  

Messias, D. K. H. (2012).Brazil. Brazil. In S. Loue & M. Sajatovic, (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health, Springer Publishing. 

Meleis, A. I., Messias, D. K. H. & Aroian, K. Immigrant Women. (2012). In J.J. Fitzpatrick. & M. W. Kazer (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Nursing Research (3rd Ed.), Springer Publishing. 

Referred Journal Articles 

Estrada, R. D. & Hilfinger Messias, D. K. (in press). A Scoping Review of the Literature: Content, Focus, Conceptualization and Application of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 

Prudêncio, P. S., Hilfinger Messias, D. K., Mamede, F. V., Dantas, R. A. S., de Souza, L., & Mamede, M. V. (2015) The Cultural and Linguistic Adaptation to Brazilian Portuguese and Content Validity of the Patient Expectations and Satisfaction with Prenatal Care Instrument. Journal of Transcultural Nursing.

Estrada, R. D., Reynold, J. & Hilfinger Messias, D. K. (2015). A Conversation Analysis of Verbal Interactions and Social Processes in Interpreter-Mediated Primary Care Encounters. Research in Nursing & Health.

Hilfinger Messias, D. K., McEwen, M.M. & Boyle, J. S. (2015). Undocumented Migration in the United States: An Overview of Historical and Current Policy Contexts. Nursing Outlook, 63(1), 60-67. 

McEwen, M. M., Boyle, J. S. & Hilfinger Messias, D. K. (2015). Undocumentedness and Public Policy: The Impact on Communities, Individuals and Families along the Arizona/Sonora Border. Nursing Outlook, 63(1), 77-85. 

Hilfinger Messias, D. K., McEwen, M. M. & Clark, L. (2015). The Impact and Implications of Undocumented Immigration on Individual and Collective Health in the United States. Nursing Outlook, 63(1), 86-94.  

Van De Griend, K. & Messias, D. K. H. (2014). Expanding the Conceptualization of Workplace Violence: Implications for Research, Policy, and Practice. Sex Roles, 72(1). 33-42. DOI 10.1007?s11199-014-0353-0. 

Salinas, J., Hilfinger Messias, D. K., Morales-Campos, D. & Parra-Medina, D. (2014). English language proficiency and physical activity in Mexican origin immigrants living in South Texas and South Carolina. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 25(1), 357-375. 

Hunter, A., Wilson, L., Stanhope, M., Hatcher, B., Hattar, M., Hilfinger Messias, D. K., Powell, D. (2013). Global Health Diplomacy: An Integrative Review of the Literature and Implications for Nursing. Nursing Outlook 61(2), 85-92. 

Hilfinger Messias, D. K., Parra-Medina, D., Sharpe, P. A., Treviño, L., Koskan, A. M. & Morales-Campos, D. (2013). Promotoras de Salud: Roles, Responsibilities, and contributions in a community-Based Participatory Research, Multi-Site, Randomized Controlled Trial. Hispanic Health Care International 11(2), 62-71. 

Koskan, A., Friedman, D. B., Hilfinger Messias, D. K., Brandt, H. M., & Walsemann, K. (2013). Sustainability of promotora initiatives: Program planners’ perspectives. Journal of Public Health Management & Practice. DOI: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e318280012a.  

Koskan, A., Friedman, D. B., Brandt, H. M., Walsemann, K. M., & Hilfinger Messias, D. K. (2013). Preparing Promotoras to Deliver Health Programs for Hispanic Communities: Training Processes and Curricula. Health Promotion Practice, 14(3), 390-399. First published online September 14, 2012. DOI: 10.1177/1524839912457176.  

Koskan, A., Friedman, D. B., Brandt, H. M., Walsemann, K. M., & Hilfinger Messias, D. K. (2012). Preparing Promotoras to Deliver Health Programs for Hispanic Communities: Training Processes and Curricula. Health Promotion Practice, published online September 14, 2012. DOI: 10.1177/1524839912457176.  

Koskan, A. Hilfinger Messias, D. K. H., Friedman, D. B., Brandt, H. M., & Walsemann, K. (2012). Program planners’ perspectives of promotora roles, recruitment, and selection. Ethnicity and Health, DOI:10.1080/13557858.2012.730605.  

Barrington, C., Hilfinger Messias, D.K.  & Weber, L. (2012). Implications of racial and ethnic relations for health and well-being in new Latino communities: A case study of West Columbia, South Carolina. Latino Studies, 10(1-2), 155-178.

Messias, D. K. H., Barrington, C. & Lacy, E. (2012) Latino Social Network Dynamics in the Context of the Hurricane Katrina Disaster. The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management, 36(1)101-121.

Weber, L. & Hilfinger Messias, D. K. (2012). Mississippi front-line recovery workers after Hurricane Katrina: An intersectional analysis of advocacy work, power relations and health. Social Science and Medicine, 74(11):1833-41.