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Dianne Cooney Miner PhD, RN, FAAN, FFNMRCSI (Hon) is the founding dean of the Wegmans School of Nursing at St John Fisher College. A member of the American Academy of Nursing, her career reflects substantive accomplishments related to influencing and improving patient care through the vehicle of nursing education. She is a member of the New York State Board for Nursing and in this role was one of the original authors of the Initiative to Advance the Profession of Nursing in NY- the BS in 10 bill.
Dr. Cooney Miner is a founding board member of ANA NY, a new state affiliate of the American Nurses Association and the Institute for Nursing – New York State Nursing Workforce Center. Working to overcome barriers to NP practice, she secured funds for a Nurse Managed Integrated Health Center to provide primary care to vulnerable populations in Rochester, NY. In recognition of her work and advocacy in support of vulnerable populations she was inducted as a Faculty Fellow in Nursing and Midwifery by the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland in March 2016.
A former member of the board of trustees of UR Thompson Health, she now serves on the board of directors for Rochester Regional Health System, the Children’s Agenda, The Children’s Institute and St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center. Dr. Cooney Miner was as a member of Finger Lakes Health System Agency Regional Commission on Community Health Improvement and served as co-chair of the Finger Lakes Health Care Systems Agency Community Engagement Project: BP Control in the Inner City. She has been recognized for her leadership as a finalist for the Athena Women’s Leadership award and as a winner of the Rochester Business Alliance health care leadership award and the New York Center for Nursing 2018 Driscoll Award. A member of the Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren’s Health Weight Council, in the summer of 2015 she was appointed to the Rochester Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative Committee on Health and Nutrition. Presently she is working with the Children’s Institute, the Children’s Agenda and Rochester City School District as part of the School Readiness – GROW-Rochester Community Action Team. Her research interests focus on high performance interdisciplinary work teams and has recently completed a study with Brown University and the Veterans Administration on interdisciplinary team performance in VA Community Living Centers.