Jeana Holt

Jeana Holt, PhD, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, APNP

  • Assistant Professor

Dr. Holt’s clinical practice, academic training, leadership opportunities, and research experience focus on improving health equity by uncovering and addressing root causes that contribute to physical and behavioral health disparities. She achieves this through the application of implementation science methods that promote the uptake, integration, and sustainability of proven practices, interventions, and policies into clinical care. Dr. Holt values engagement with individuals, families, and communities as a critical component of the process.

The purpose of Dr. Holt's research is to understand the complex relationships between social and structural determinants of health, from biology to policy, and nursing science.

Description of program of research: Often, populations that experience health disparities face social and structural elements that negatively impact their overall health status. At the community and system level, Dr. Holt co-develops, tests, and evaluates interventions that address health's social and structural determinants using discovery, implementation science, community-based participatory research, and design thinking methods. In addition, she empowers the next generation of advanced practice nurses and nurse scientists to influence system change by incorporating design thinking methodologies into the curriculum.

Dr. Holt operationalizes this by:

  • Analyzing existing datasets using predictive analytics, statistics, and modeling techniques applied to historical data to predict future maternal and infant outcomes.
  • Co-developing and testing interventions with community members to contextualize data and understand people, their health, and priorities.
  • Examining the implementation of technology designed to share patients’ needs, values, and preferences with care teams.
  • Developing care systems responsive to community-level strengths, challenges, and needs using the Omaha System that systematically and comprehensively collects whole-person data and intervention preferences.


PhD      UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing, 2020
DNP     UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing, 2012
MSN     Family Nurse Practitioner, UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing, 2005
BSN      Winona State University, 1997

Medical College of Wisconsin Academic Fellowship in Primary Care Research, Department of Family & Community Medicine, Milwaukee, WI
Health Resources and Services Administration Grant T32HP10030

Research Interest
Evaluate how to best empower patients through digital health tools within the context of existing systems of care.

Selected Intellectual Contributions

Holt, J.M., Cusatis, R., Mortensen, N., Wolfrath, N., Hyun, N., Winn, A. N., Brown, S.-A., Somai, M. M., & Crotty, B. H. (2022). Twenty-first century house calls: a survey of ambulatory care providers to inform organisational telehealth strategy. BMJ Health & Care Informatics, 29(1). Impact Factor = 2.279

Holt, J.M., Spanbauer, C., Cusatis, R., Winn, A.N., Talsma, AN, Asan, O., Somai, M., Hanson, R., Moore, J., Makoul, G, & Crotty, B. H. (2022). Real-World Implementation of an Electronic Health Record-Integrated Consumer Informatics Tool that Collects Patient-Generated Contextual Data. International Journal of Medical Informatics. Impact Factor = 4.730

Holt, J. M., Kibicho, J., & Bell-Calvin, J. (2022). Factors that Sustained the Integration of Behavioral Health into Nurse-led Primary Care. Community Mental Health Journal. 10.1007/s10597-022-00976-0 Impact Factor = 2.469

Braun, E. J., Siddhartha, S., Penlesky, A. C., Strong, E. A., Holt, J. M., Fletcher, K. E., Stadler, M. E., Nattinger, A. B., & Crotty, B. H. (2022). Implementing an Early Warning System in an Academic Health System: A Qualitative Study of Nurses. BMJ Quality & Safety. 10.1136/bmjqs-2021-014498 Impact Factor=7.434

Holt, J. M., Talsma, AN., Woehrle, L., Klingbeil, C. & Avdeev, I. (2022). Fostering Innovation and Design Thinking in Graduate Programs. Nurse Educator. 10.1097/NNE.0000000000001206 Impact Factor = 2.518

Melnyk, B. M., Hsieh, A. P., Tan, A., Gawlik, K., Hacker, E., Ferrell, D….Holt, J. M… Glogocheski, S. (2021). The State of Mental Health and Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors in Health Sciences Faculty and Students at Big 10 Universities with Implications for Action. Journal of Professional Nursing. doi:10.1016/j.profnurs.2021.10.007 Factor = 2.272

Crotty, B. H, Hyun, N. Polovneff, A., Dong, Y., Decker, M., Mortensen, N. Holt, J. M., Winn, A., Laud, P., Somai, M. M. (2021). Analysis of Clinician and Patient Factors and Completion of Telemedicine Appointments using Video. JAMA Network Open. 4(11):e2132917. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.32917 Impact Factor = 13.366

Holt, J. M., Cusatis, R., Winn, A., Asan, O., Spanbauer, C., Williams, J. S., Flynn, K. E., Somai, M., Talsma, A., Laud, P., Makoul, G. & Crotty, B. H. (2021). Impact of pre-visit contextual data collection on patient physician communication and patient activation: A randomized trial. Journal of General Internal Medicine. Impact Factor = 6.437

Holt, J. M., Winn, A., Cusatis, R., Talsma, A., & Crotty, B. H. (2021). Racial Disparities in Patient Activation: The Role of Economic Diversity. Western Journal of Nursing Research. Impact Factor = 1.774,          Nursing (SSCI) 43 out of 121, Nursing (SCIE) 47 out of 123

Holt, J. M., Mosely, A., Baldwin, V., Barnes, L., Muhammad, C., & Cohen, S. M. (2020). It Takes a Village: Evaluating the Feasibility and Acceptability of a Community-Based Parenting Program. Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, 7(2), Article 5. Impact Factor = N/A

Holt, J. M., Cusatis, R., Winn, A., Asan, O., Spanbauer, C., Williams, J. S., Flynn, K. E., Somai, M., Laud, P., Crotty, B. H. (2020). The impact of pre-visit contextual data collection on patient-provider communication and patient activation: Study protocol for a randomized control trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 9(9), e20309. Impact Factor = 0.58

Crotty, B. H., Asan, O., Holt, J. M., Tyszka, J., Erickson, J., Stolley, M., Pezzin, L., Nattinger, A. (2020). A Qualitative Assessment of Unmet Information Management Needs of Informal Cancer Caregivers – 4 Themes to Inform Oncology Practice. Clinical Cancer Informatics. 4, 521–528. Impact Factor = 0.78

Cusatis, R., Holt, J. M., Asan, O., Williams, J., Nukuna, S., Flynn, K. E., Neuner, J., Moore, J., Flynn, K. E., Makoul, G., & Crotty, B. (2020). “Tell Me Straight”: Clinicians and Patient Perspectives on How Patient Generated Contextual Data Impacts In-visit Communication. Patient Education and Counseling. 103(4), 734–740. Impact Factor = 3.09

Holt, J. M., Brooke, K. L., Pryor, N. S., Cohen, S. M., Tsai, P., & Zabler, B. (2020). Using the Omaha System for a Formative Evaluation of the Integration of Behavioral Health Services into Nurse-Led Primary Care. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 37(1) Impact Factor = 0.974

Mutitu, A., Zabler, B., & Holt, J. M. (2019). Refugees' Perceptions of Primary Care: What Makes A Good         Doctor's Visit? Patient Experience Journal, 6(3), 33-41. Impact Factor = N/A

Holt, J. M., Cusatis, R., Asan, O., Williams, J., Nukuna, S., Flynn, K. E., … Crotty, B. H. (2019). Incorporating patient-generated contextual data into care: Clinician perspectives using the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Science. Healthcare Impact Factor = 1.63

Holt, J. M. (2019). Patient Experience in Primary Care: A Systematic Review of CG-CAHPS Surveys. Journal of Patient Experience, 6(2), 93- 102. Impact Factor = N/A

Holt, J. M., Johnson, T. S., Zabler, B. (2018). Engaging African American women in community-based health promotion programs: Key-informant recommendations. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 35(3), 137-147. Impact Factor = 0.70

Holt, J. M. (2018). An evolutionary view of patient experience in primary care: A concept analysis. Nursing Forum, 53(4), 555-566. Impact Factor = 1.1

Holt, J. M., Zabler, B., & Baisch, M. J. (2014). Evidence-based characteristics of nurse-managed health centers for quality and outcomes. Nursing Outlook, 62(6), 428-439 Impact Factor = 2.39


Kellner Entrepreneurship Fellow Award, 2023

DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty, 2021

Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Eta Nu Chapter, 2020

Poster Symposium 2nd place Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2020

Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family & Community Medicine Community Partnership Award, 2018

Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Eta Nu Chapter, 2017

Poster Symposium, 2nd place Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2017

Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Eta Nu Chapter, Mentorship Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2016

15th Annual Building Bridges to Research-Based Nursing Practice, 1st Place Research Poster Award, Milwaukee, WI, 2015

Graduate School Chancellor’s Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2010 & 2011

Milton and Joan Morris Graduate Scholarship, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2003

Advanced Education Nurse, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing Traineeship, 2004-05

Magnum Cum Laude, Winona State University, 1997

Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Winona State University Chapter, 1997

Vice-President, Minnesota Nursing Student Association, Winona State University Chapter, 1996-1997

Dean’s List, Winona State University, 1995-97


Wisconsin Public Health Research Network, Member, 2019-Present

Omaha System Board of Directors, 2016-Present

Midwest Nursing Research Society, 2017-Present

Society of General Internal Medicine, 2017- Present

Metro Milwaukee Nurse Practitioners Board of Directors, 2015-Present

Metro Milwaukee Nurse Practitioners, Member 2005-08, 2015-Present

National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, Member,  2014- Present

National League for Nurses, 2014-Present

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing – Eta Nu Chapter, 1997-Present

Community-based Research Network for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeastern WI, Member,  2012-Present

American Nurses Association, Member, 2003- Present

Wisconsin Nurses Association, Member, 2003- Present

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Member, 2003- Present