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Portrait of Health Care

Samira Jones Ph.D.’09 is using an interdisciplinary approach to improve health care.

Jones’ face lights up when she describes the synergy between nutrition and nursing at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and at the UC Davis Health System.

Jones, who earned her Ph.D. in nutritional biology, joined the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis in fall 2009 as a postdoctoral scholar and says the position fulfills her long-time career goal of connecting nutrition with health care.

“My definition of transformative health care is to integrate learning, research and the work of all health professionals for those in need,” Jones said.

Under the direction of Heather M. Young, associate vice chancellor for nursing and founding dean for the school of nursing, Jones is working on a research team that is collaborating with six rural clinical sites to coach individuals with diabetes and help them manage their health through daily diet and exercise management.

Jones’ research is made possible because of the $100 million commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to establish the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. The foundation’s pledge is the nation’s largest philanthropic grant for nursing education and the largest private contribution ever made to UC Davis.

“The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is helping UC Davis transform health care through an interdisciplinary approach to nursing education and research,” Jones said, “and I am happy to be a part of it.”