Jill Peltzer was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, South Africa from 2002 – 2003. She volunteer at Lowveld Alcohol and Drug Centre where she assisted with grant-writing of educational projects; co-facilitated workshops, primarily focused on women’s health issues in SiSwati townships; provided education to ethnically diverse adolescents about alcohol and drug use and HIV/AIDS; assisted in development of resource library at the Centre; member of a multi-organization consortium that focused on developing standards of care and streamlining educational and prevention programs in HIV/AIDs non-government organizations in Mpumalanga province.
In addition, Ms. Peltzer served as faculty for an international elective class in the spring of 2011 in Lilongwe, Malawi. She co-led seven baccalaureate nursing students, one graduate nursing student, and one liberal arts student on medical mission to Lilongwe where they worked at a local crisis nursery and assisted local organization with providing primary care to approximately 600 individuals in two rural villages near Lilongwe. She co-facilitated daily debriefings with students to address cultural and social influences on health and health care disparities in a developing country.
Ms. Peltzer is currently conducting and analyzing in-depth narratives provided by young HIV-positive women to find out the everyday experiences of living with HIV disease as part of a Heideggerian phenomenological study. The next step in the program of research is to develop and implement a community participatory action research study with young African American HIV-positive women to create holistic population based nursing interventions that support their overall health.
Her other faculty roles include teaching the didactic Population Based Health Care course, with an emphasis on population based nursing care for vulnerable populations. Embedded in the course are concepts of cultural diversity, competency, health disparities, and community, state, and federal health care systems that address health disparities. Ms. Pelzer is the faculty liaison for University of Kansas Medical Center – Dramatic AIDS Education Project. This is a collaborative program between the Coterie Theatre, KUMC, and UMKC to provide education to ethnically diverse adolescents in the Kansas City metropolitan area on HIV/AIDS and STDs.
Membership in health care organizations
Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Physicians for Human Rights
Physicians for a National Healthcare Plan
Transcultural Nursing Society
Career Goals in the area of Culture Diversity and Health Disparities
After completing my doctoral degree, I am planning to apply to the Master’s of Public Health program, concentrating on Social and Behavioral Health.
Areas of interest for research and practice:
African American HIV-positive women’s health
Addressing health disparities at the community level
Nurse’s role in health policy development and implementation to address health disparities