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Kiley Petersmith

Director of Diversity and Community Engagement

BSN, Nebraska Methodist College
MSN-Nursing Education, Nebraska Methodist College
DNP-Doctorate of Nursing Practice- Public Health Policy, Nebraska Methodist College

General Background
Dr. Kiley Petersmith is the Director of Community Engagement from Nebraska Methodist College. Kiley is adept at relationship building and directing the strategic vision of community partnerships and engagement activities college-wide. She provides oversight for academic, financial, and regulatory operations within the Center for Community Engagement; leads efforts to develop new programs, partnerships, and educational opportunities to enhance the offerings within the Center addressing health equity and community engagement. Kiley began her nursing career in pediatrics serving as nurse in Critical Care and Emergency Medicine before transitioning to academia at her alma mater Nebraska Methodist College. Now, as NMC’s Director of Community Engagement, she advances the mission of the college and the Center for Community Engagement through relationships with signature partners, community organizations, area businesses, and government agencies. Kiley also serves on many boards/coalitions in the community, including Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, Omaha Public Schools Health Advisory Committee, and various committees within Nebraska Methodist College. She was the co-lead for Nebraskas Nursing Action Coalition and was 1 of 30 individuals in the nation to complete a fellowship program with the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (2019-2021), engaging in policy and leadership initiatives that work to improve social and environmental conditions impacting health

Notable Publications/Presentations
Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments Fellowship-ANHE 2019

DNP Evidence-Based Project: Determinant of Health and Developmental Milestone Screening among Children in Homeless Shelter-Nebraska Methodist College Fall 2020-Spring 2021

Graduate Researcher and Presenter- Nebraska Methodist College 2016
Performed literature review utilizing research databases to examine the impact of nurse staffing based on patient acuity compared to unit census and its effect on patient outcomes 
Presented summary of evidence and results at the Methodist Research Conference

Diversity and Inclusion: How to Relate & Communicate 
Promoting Health Equity Through Education and Community Engagement. (2022). Nebraska Methodist College
Service and Community Engagement. (2022). Nebraska Methodist College
Poverty Simulation Presentation (2021). Nebraska Methodist College
Omaha Lead Superfund Environmental Injustice. (2021). Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. 
Midwest Misfits Podcast. (2021). Omaha, NE
Homelessness and Incarceration: A Healthcare Problem presenter. (2021). Open Door Mission-Omaha, NE 
Childhood Lead Exposure Prevention Webinar presenter (2020)-Nebraska Methodist College-Omaha, NE

Professional Service/Recognition/Charitable Boards
Charitable Boards/Professional Service
Executive Board Member of Healthy Housing Omaha
Board member of Nebraska Childhood Lead Prevention Advisory Group
Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments Fellow
Omaha Public Schools Service Advisory Board Member
Millard Public Schools Service Advisory Board Member 

2022 NMC Alumni Horizon Award Recipient
March of Dimes Public Health Nursing Hero Award
40 Under 40 Recipient
Champions of Change Community Partnership Award
Making a Difference Award-Omaha Housing Authority
Caroline Scott Spirit of Excellence Award