Bonnie Gance-clevelandBonnie Gance-Cleveland, PhD, RNC, PNP, FAAN, began work this fall in the College of Nursing as the Loretta C. Ford Endowed Professor. An alumna of the CU College of Nursing, this new role for Gance-Cleveland marks her return to the College of Nursing as a professor in the Division of Women, Children and Family Health.


Gance-Cleveland served as a professor at the college from 1997-2004, teaching in the BS, MS and ND programs, and conducting research on outcomes of school-based support groups for adolescents with an addicted parent. She is a recognized national leader in the primary care of children and their families, and is active in clinical practice and in community-based and collaborative approaches to public health problems such as obesity and health disparities.

Gance-Cleveland has funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) and is an accomplished clinician with a significant body of scholarly work.

Most recently, Gance-Cleveland was a professor at Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation and director of the Center for Improving Health Outcomes in Children, Teens and Families. While in that role, she received numerous research grants.

The Loretta C. Ford Endowed Professorship is named for Emeritus Professor Loretta Ford who started the first nurse practitioner program in the country. Ford herself has received numerous awards and was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame earlier this year.

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