Lauren Longacre

Lauren Longacre is an incoming BSN to PhD student at UNMC’s College of Nursing. She is currently working at UNMC in the College of Public Health Department of Epidemiology.

Current credentials and degrees: RN-BSN, BS Psychology, BA French
Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
Program Start Date: August 2022
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2027
Research interest: I am interested in health equity as it pertains to infectious diseases and the opportunities for nursing leadership in mitigating health disparities.

Why I chose a PhD in nursing:

I want to contribute to research aimed at understanding public health access and needs in situations in which disease transmission can be affected by a variety of demographics. I believe that nursing is a profession in which we have the capacity to expand equitable access to a variety of groups through both treatment and teaching. I want to learn how to best ask the questions that will develop the evidence needed to understand and support health equity and how nurses can enhance it.

Research/professional interests:

Infectious disease, Public Health, Vulnerable populations, Accessibility, Nursing leadership, Health disparity, Health Equity

What I like about UNMC:

UNMC has been the source of my nursing education and development. I have spent a majority of my nursing career working with both Nebraska Medicine and UNMC. I also was born and raised in Omaha and have always seen UNMC as one of the forefront medical centers in the region as well as in the world for infectious diseases.

Professional memberships:

  • The Emerging Threats Epidemiology Group (ETEG)

Three things people may not know about me:

  • I have a dog whom I love very much
  • I really like to rock climb (although I am not great at it)
  • I love to travel whenever I can