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Carli Zegers, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-BC

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Assistant Professor, School Of Nursing

Professional Background

Dr. Zegers is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Kansas and an Emergency Department Nurse Practitioner at University Health - Truman Medical Center.
Dr. Zegers graduated with her BS in Exercise Science in 2012 and BS in Nursing in 2013 from Creighton University. She earned her PhD in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2019. Dr. Zegers’ research interests include health literacy and policy in underserved populations, specifically advancing health literacy through improved communication and application strategies.
Previously, Dr. Zegers was the principal investigator of KC HealthTracks a grant through the Office of Minority Health that developed a pipeline program for high school students from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds into healthcare professions. Her current research includes the Spanish translation and acculturation of a comprehensive health literacy tool. She is also working to increase health literacy in her community through a research project that integrates health into Citizen Journalism as a partner in health and humanities research. Additionally, she is working with an interdisciplinary team exploring perceptions, barriers, and facilitators of OpenNotes with cancer patients and providers in efforts to further understand the impact of OpenNotes in the Hispanic/Latino and rural populations.
In efforts to increase diversity in nursing, she founded the Nebraska Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) in 2015 and served on the National Board of Directors for NAHN from 2018-2020, and now serves as the Treasurer. Additionally, she serves as a board member for LatinaStrongÔ. Zegers is the Treasurer for the Academy of Communication in Healthcare as she is committed to improving health communication and health equity.
During her doctoral studies, Dr. Zegers was named an American Academy of Colleges of Nursing and Johnson andamp; Johnson Minority Faculty Training Scholar. For her policy work, she was named an American Academy of Nursing and Jonas Foundation Policy Scholar from 2019-2021. In 2020, she received the prestigious American Nurses Foundation and UnitedHealth Group Jeannine Rivet National Leadership Award. Most recently, she was selected for the competitive opportunity as a NIMHD Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar.

Education and Training
  • PhD, Family Nurse Practitioner , University of Nebraska Medical Center , Omaha , NE
  • MBA, Business Administration , University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City , MO
  • BSN, Nursing , Creighton University , Omaha, NE
  • BS, Exercise Science , Creighton University , Omaha , NE

Current Research and Grants
  • Citizen Health Journalism , KU Commons HHARC, Co-PI
  • Cross-Cultural Adaptation and Translation of the Functional, Communicative, and Critical Health Literacy Tool , Sigma, PI
  • Optimizing Patient-Clinician Communication in Cancer Treatment and Palliative Care: An Exploration of the Use of OpenNotes, University of Kansas, Co-I
  • Zegers, C., Smith, L. ., M. , Gonzales , K. , Pullen , C. ., H. , De Alba , A. , Fiandt , K. . 2020. Psychometric Testing of the Modified Functional, Communicative, and Critical Health Literacy Tool in an Underrepresented Population. . Patient Education and Counseling , 103 (11), 2347-2352
  • White-Lewis , S. , Beach , E. , Zegers, Carli . 2020. Impact of a Disaster Preparedness Education Intervention on Underrepresented High School Students Interested in Health Professions. . Journal of School Health
  • Zegers, C., A, Carpenter, J., S. 2021. Leadership corner: Living legends Drs. Berkowitz and Malone.. Nursing outlook
  • Gonzales, K. , Hanish , A. , Klein , A. , Stappert, D. , Zegers , C. , Holmes , L. , Fiandt , K. . 2019. Perceived Impact of Faculty Practice on Nurse Practitioner Education.. Journal of Professional Nursing , 36 (4), 181-188
  • Hassmiller , S. , Eilers , K. , McCarthy , A. , Zegers , C. . 2020. Chapter 4: Developing Tomorrow’s Nursing Leaders: How the Future of Nursing—Campaign for Action Promotes Leadership., 37-47