Dean's Message

Dean Linda McCauley

When I became dean of the nursing school, I was struck by the Lillian Carter Center’s many programs that allowed faculty and students to go beyond traditional clinical settings to provide care to the poorest of the poor.

Emory nurses provide care everywhere—health clinics, homeless shelters, farms in Georgia, and developing countries across the globe—all because of the values instilled in them through the Lillian Carter Center.

The Center’s namesake—Miss Lillian  Carter (1898-1983)—was known for her work as a public health nurse and change agent for social justice and health care. The Lillian Carter Center has stayed true to Miss Lillian’s vision for care and her legacy continues to inspire scores of Emory nurses to care for those who need it most.

The need for nursing care for vulnerable populations has never been greater. The last decade has been plagued by a perfect storm of a weak economy, increased levels of poverty, environmental disasters that have devastated communities, emerging epidemics such as HIV, and decreased access to health care for millions of people around the world. As the world has changed, the Lillian Carter Center has adapted its programs to meet the health care needs of the community—both locally and globally.

This report highlights the breadth of the Center’s efforts to transform health and healing through nursing education, service, research, and policy. It has been a remarkable decade, but I still believe that with your support, even greater achievements are still to come.


Linda A. McCauley PhD RN FAAN FAAOHN
Dean and Professor
Emory University
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

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Decade Report