Sandra Millon-Underwood, RN, PhD, FAAN

Sandra Millon-Underwood, RN, PhD, FAAN
Professor
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Professor

Sandra Millon Underwood R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N. is Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). Dr. Underwood has directed courses that focus on nursing research, foundations of health, cancer prevention and control, cultural diversity in health care, and perspectives of health care systems. In addition, she served as the founding Director of the UWM House of Peace Community Nursing Center.

Dr. Underwood has engaged in a number of funded research projects focused on cancer education, cancer prevention, early detection and cancer risk management. These projects have targeted at-risk and underserved populations of men, women and children from urban communities, rural communities, and island community beyond the contiguous United States. Included among the agencies providing funding to support this body of research has been the National Cancer Institute, the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure, the Wisconsin Department of Health and family Services, the American Cancer Society, and the UWM Center on Race and Ethnicity.

Dr. Underwood has assumed a number of statewide and national appointments and positions. She was appointed to serve on the National Institutes of Health Council of Councils, the National Cancer Advisory Board, the National Institute of Nursing Research Advisory Council, the National Cancer Policy Board, the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Integration Panel, and the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation Expert Panel.

Dr. Underwood is an active member of the American Academy of Nursing, the National Black Nurses’ Association, the Association of Black Nursing Faculty, Sigma Theta Tau International, the Oncology Nursing Society, and the National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer. Dr. Underwood is committed to improving the access of women, minorities, the disadvantaged, and the underserved to state-of-the-art cancer prevention and control programs and behavioral and biomedical research and has dedicated her professional career to accomplishing this goal. For more information, please visit her personal website.

Education

Ph D Education and Social Policy Northwestern University Chicago, IL
MSN Nursing Loyola University Chicago, IL
BSN Nursing Loyola University Chicago, IL

Awards & Honors

Distinguished Alumni Award (2011, February 26) Loyola University College of Nursing.
Exellence in Community Education and Outreach (2009) Pan African Community Association.
Institute of Excellence (2009) National Black Nurses Association.
Membership Honors (2009) Chi Eta Phi Honorary Nursing Sorority.
Excellence in Nursing Research Award (2006) University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.
Trailblazer Award (2006) National Black Nurses Association.
Bright Light Award (2004) International Association of Minister's Wives and Minister's Widows, Inc..
Leadership Award (2003) Winship Cancer Center of Emory Cancer and Grady Hospital Institute for the Reduction of Health Disparities.
Nurse Researcher of the Year (2001) National Black Nurses Association.
Award for Excellence in Breast Cancer Education (2000) Oncology Nursing Society, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Zeneca.
Fellow (1997) American Academy of Nursing.
Advance America Honor Roll - Cancer PrevenSAEy Detection Program for Nurses (1996) American Society of Nurse Executives (ASAE).
Advance for Nurses Honor Roll - Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Program for Nurses (1996) American Society Association of Nurse Executives (ASAE).
Blanke Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research (1996) University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

Current Research

Wisconsin Genomics Proposal Kunert, Mary P, Buseh, Aaron G, Lundeen, Sally P, Kako, Peninnah, Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Beth Peterman, Shakoor Lee , Jean Bell Calvin, Suzanne Feetham

Intellectual Contributions

Buseh, Aaron G., Kelber, S. T., Underwoof=d, S. M., Stevens, P. E., and Townsend, L. “Factors influencing perceived disadvantages of genetic testing: Perspectives of urban African Americans.” Journal of Community Genetics.
Buseh, Aaron G., Stevens, P. E., Underwood, S. M., Kelber, S. T., and Townsend, L. “Why some would, but others won't: Barriers and enablers to engaging Black African immigrants/refugees for participation in medical genetic research including biobanking.” Journal of Genetic Counseling.
Heiney, S, Hazlett, L J., Weinrich, S, Wells, L M., Adams, S, Millon-Underwood, Sandra, and Parrish, R R. “Community Connection in African American Women with Breast Cancer.” Journal of Personal and Social Relationships.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Dean, Ashanti, Muluken, Meserat, and Robinson, Rebecca. “Evaluation and follow-up of physiologic indicators or cardiovascular disease among pre-elementary school children.” Jounal of the National Black Nurses Association.
Buseh, Aaron G., Stevens, P. E., Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Kelber, S. T., and Townsend, L. “Embracing an 'American Ethos' to facilitate African immigrants participation in medical genetics and genomics research.” Nursing Outlook 65.1 (2017): 9-17.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra, and Kelber, S. “Enhancing the collection, discussion and use of family health history by consumers, nurses and other health care providers: Because family health history matters.” Nursing Clinics of North America 50.3 (2015): 509-529.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra, and Kelber, Sheryl T. “Exploratory study of breast cancer screening practices of urban women: A closer look at who is and is not getting screened.” The ABNF Journal: Official Journal of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty in Higher Education, Inc. 26.2 (2015): 30-38.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Buseh, A G., Canales, M K., Powe, B, Dockery, B, Kather, T, and Kent, N. “Nursing contribution to the elimination of health disparities among African-American: review and critique of a decadeof research.” Journal of the National Black Nursing Association 15.1 (2015): 48-62.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Buseh, Aaron G., Canales, M. K., Powe, B., Dockery, B., Kather, T., and Kent, N. “Nursing contribution to the elimination of health disparities among African-Americans: Review and critique of a decade of research.” Journal of the National Black Nurses Association 15.1 (2015): 48-62.
Oliver, J. S., and Millon-Underwood, Sandra. “Preface: Rural and other medically underserved populations.” Nursing Clinics of North America 50.3 (2015): xvii-xviii.
Buseh, Aaron G., Kelber, S T., Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Stevens, Patricia, and Townsend, L. “Knowledge, group-based medical mistrust, future expectations, and perceived disadvantages of medical genetic testing: Perspectives of black African immigrants/refugees.” Public Health Genomics 17.1 (2014): 33-42.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Buseh, Aaron G., Stevens, Patricia, Townsend, L., and Kelber, S. T. “Reflections and perspectives of African-American community leaders regarding genetics and genomic research: Sentiment and wisdom of Sankofa.” Journal of the Black Nurses Association 24.1 (2013): 16-23.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Kelber, S. T., Anderson, B., and Mueller, K. “Promoting breast health among urban African American women: Evidence supporting the need for a purposeful pursuit of the promise.” Journal of the National Black Nurses Association 24.1 (2013): 39-47.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Buseh, Aaron G., Kelber, S T., Stevens, Patricia, and Townsend, L. “Enhancing the participation of African Americans in health-related genetic research: Findings of a collaborative academic and community-based research study.” Nursing Research and Practice 2013. (2013): Art.749563.
Buseh, Aaron G., Stevens, Patricia, Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Townsend, L., and Kelber, S. T. “Community leaders' perspectives on engaging African Americans in biobanks and other human genetics initiatives.” Journal of Community Genetics 4.4 (2013): 483-494.
Buseh, Aaron G., Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Stevens, Patricia, Townsend, L, and Kelber, S T. “Black African immigrant community leaders' views on participation in genomics research and DNA biobanking.” Nursing Outlook 61.4 (2013): 196-204.
Heiney, S P., Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Tavakoli, A, Arp Adams, S, Wells, L M., and Bryant, L H. “Randomized trial of therapeutic group by teleconference: African American women with breast cancer.” Cancer 118.15 (2012): 3822-3832.
Heiney, S. P., Hazlett, L. J., Weinrich, S. P., Wells, L. M., Millon-Underwood, Sandra, and Parrish, R. S. “Antecedents and mediators of community connectopm om African American women with breast cancer.” Research and Theory for Nursing Practice 25.4 (2011): 252-270.
Rosenzweig, M, Brufsky, A, Rastogi, P, Puhalla, S, Simon, J, and Millon-Underwood, Sandra. “The attitudes, communication, treatment, and support intervention to reduce breast cancer treatment disparity.” OncolOGY Nurs Forum 38.1 (2011): 85-89.
Allegra, C J., Aberle, D R., Ganschow, P, Hahn, S M., Lee, C N., Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Pike, M C., Reed, S D., Saftlas, A F., Scarvalone, S A., Schwartz, A M., Slomski, C, Yothers, G, and Zon, R. “National Institutes of Health State-of-the-Science Conference Statement: Diagnosis and management of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) September 22-24, 2009.” Journal of the National Cancer Institute 102.3 (2010): 161-169.
Russell, K M., Champion, V L., Monahan, P O., Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Zhao, Q, Spacey, N, Rush, N L., and Paskett, E D. “Randomized trial of a lay health advisor and computer intervention to increase mammography screening in African American women.” Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention 19.1 (2010): 201-210.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra. “What women in the United States Virgin Islands still want and need to know about HPV, cervical cancer and condom use.” Journal of the National Black Nurses Association 21.1 (2010): 25-32.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Ramsay-Johnson, Edith, Dean, Asante, Russ, Jori, and Ivalis, Ruth. “Expanding the scope of nursing research in low resource and middle resource countried, regions, and states focused on cervical cancer prevention, early detection, and cotrol.” Journal of the National Black Nurses Association 20.1 (2009): 42-54.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Berry, M, and Haley, S. “Promoting health and wellness of African American brethren: Because we are our brothers’ keeper.” Association of Black Nursing Faculty 20.1 (2009): 53-60.
Allegra, C J., Aberle, D R., Ganschow, P, Hahn, S M., Lee, C N., Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Pike, M C., Reed, S D., Saftlas, A F., Scarvalone, S A., Schwartz, A m., Slomski, C, Yothers, G, and Zon, R. “NIH state-of-the-science conference statement: diagnosis and management of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).” NIH Consens State Sci Statements 26.2 (2009): 1-27.
Berg, A O., Baird, M A., Botkin, J R., Driscoll, D A., Fishman, P A., Guarino, P D., Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Hiatt, R A., Jarvik, G P., Morgan, T M., Mulvihill, J J., Pollin, T I., Schimmel, S R., Stefanek, M M., Vollmer, W M., and Williams, J K. “National Institutes of Health State-of-the-Science Conference Statement: Family History and Improving Health.” Annals of Internal Medicine 151.12 (2009): 872-877.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Canales, M, Powe, B, Jones, R A., and Bradley, P. “Expanding the scope of nursing research designed to address the elimination of cancer-related disparities in U.S. racial/ethnic population groups: A scientific imperative.” Advancing Oncology Nursing Science. (2009).
Conway-Phillips, R, and Millon-Underwood, Sandra. “Breast cancer screening behaviors of African American women: a comprehensive review, analysis, and critique of nursing research.” Journal of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty 20.4 (2009): 97.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra. Enhancing student understanding of challenges faced by African Americans Related to cancer prevention and control. Ed. Pamela V. Hammond, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF. National League for Nursing, 2009: 47-67.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Phillips, J.M., and Powe, B.D. “Eliminating Cancer-relayed Disparities: How Nurses Can Respond to the Challenge.” Seminars of Oncology Nursing 24.4 (2008): 279-291.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Richards, K, Bradley, P.K, and Robertson, E. “Pilot study of the breast cancer experiences of African American women with a family history of breast cancer: Implications for nursing practice.” Journal of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty 19.3 (2008): 107-113.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra. “Pilot study of the breast cancer experiences of African American women with a family history of breast cancer: Implications for nursing practice.” Association of Black Nursing Faculty 19.3 (2008): 107-113.
Hart, A, Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Smith, W R., Bowen, D J., Rivers, B M., Jones, R A., Parker, D, and Allen, J C. “Recruiting African-American Barbershops for Prostate Cancer Education.” Journal of the National Medical Association 100.9 (2008): 1012-1020.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra. “Expanding the evaluation of theories, models and frameworks relevant to the detection and control of breast cancer in African American women.” Journal of the National Black Nurses Association 18.1 (2007): 51-61.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Johnson, E R., Callwood, G, Evans, E E., Matthew, A, Scotland-Brooks, C, Hanley, C, Johnson-Harrigan, D, LeFlore, D, Willliams, D, Samuels, H, Francis, J, Arthur, J, Clinkscales, J, Joseph, M, Henskey, N, D'Abreau, R, Fleming, R, Penn, S, Browne, T A., Donastorg, T, and Scarbriel, Y. “Promoting breast health among women in the U.S. Virgin Islands: a focused study of the needs of Caribbean women.” Journal of the Natlonal Black Nurses Associaton 18.2 (2007): 53-62.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Jones, R. A, and Rivers, B.M. “Prostate cancer in African American men: Review of the science.” Journal of Chi Eta P, hi Sorority, Inc 52.1 (2007): 1-7.
Jones, R.A., Millon-Underwood, Sandra, and Rivers, B.M. “Reducing prostate cancer morbidity and mortality in African American men: Issues and challenges of the millennium.” Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing 11.6 (2007): 865-872.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra. “Research institute for nurse scientists responds to the challenge to expand and strengthen research focused on breast cancer in African American women.” Cancer 109.2 (2007): 396-405.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra. “Culture, diversity, and health: responding to the queries of inquisitive minds.” Journal of Nursing Education 45.7 (2006): 281-286.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra, and Powell, R L. “Religion and spirituality: influence on health/risk behavior and cancer screening behavior of African Americans.” Journal of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty 17.1 (2006): 20-31.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra. “Breast cancer in African American women: nursing essentials.” Journal of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty 17.1 (2006): 3-14.
Buseh, Aaron G., Stevens, P. E., McManus, P., Addison, J., Morgan, Sarah, and Millon-Underwood, Sandra. “Challenges and opportunities for HIV prevention and care: Insights from focus groups of HIV-infected African American men.” Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care 17.4 (2006): 3-15.
Morgan, P D., Barnett, K, Perdue, B, Fogel, J, Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Gaskins, K, and Brown-Davis, C. African American women with breast cancer and their spouces' perception of care received from physicians. 17.1 2006: 32-37.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Buseh, Aaron G., Canales, M. K., Powe, B., Dockery, B., Kather, T., and Kent, N. “Nursing contributions to the elimination of health disparities among African-Americans: Review and critique of a decade of research--Part 2.” Journal of National Black Nurses Association 16.1 (2005): 31-47.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Buseh, Aaron G., Canales, M. K., Powe, B., Dockery, B., Kather, T., and Kent, N. “Nursing contributions to the elimination of health disparities among African-Americans: Review and critique of a decade of research--Part III.” Journal of National Black Nurses Association 16.2 (2005): 35-59.
Powe, B D., Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Canales, M, and Finnie, R. “Perceptions about breast cncer among college students: implications for nursing education.” Journal of Nursing Education 44.6 (2005): 257-265.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Powe, B, Canales, M, Meade, C D., and Im, E O. “Cancer in U.S. ethnic and racial minoirty populations.” Annual Reviewof Nursing Research 22.1 (2004): 217-263.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra. Committed to Serve. Ed. B. Nevidion. Continuing the Legacy: More Voices of Oncology Nurses, 2004: 247-254.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Buseh, Aaron G., Canales, M. K., Powe, B., Dockery, B., Kather, T., and Kent, N. “Nursing contributions to the elimination of health disparities among African-Americans: Review and critique of a decade of research. Part 1.” Journal of National Black Nurses Association 15.1 (2004): 48-62.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra. “Teaching nursing students about minority health disparities.” Minority Nurse Spring. (2004).
Millon-Underwood, Sandra. “Improving chances: Nurses celebrating, embracing and promoting breast health among African American women.” Advance for Nurses 1.10 (2003): 25-30.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra. “Reducing the burden of cancer bourne by African Americans: if not now, when?.” Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention 12.3 (2003): 270s-276s.

Presentations

Millon-Underwood, Sandra. “Heath Disparities in the African American Community.” Fight Back with Faith Summit, Healthy Spitit Healthy Soul of Lake County. North Chicago, IL. .
Buseh, Aaron G., Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Stevens, Patricia, Kelber, S.T., and Townsend, L.“Barriers, Enablers and Strategies for Increasing Participation in Medical Genetic Research and Biobanking: Perspectives of Black African Immigrants/Refugees.” 142nd Annual Meeting Exposition. New Orleans, LA. November 2014.
Buseh, Aaron G., Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Stevens, Patricia, Kelber, S.T., and Townsend, L.“Knowledge and Future Expectations about Medical Genetics and Use of Genetic Information Among Black African Immigrants/Refugees.” 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition. Boston, MA. November 2013.
Buseh, Aaron G., Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Stevens, Patricia, Kelber, S.T., and Townsend, L.“Exploration of Potential Benefits and Disadvantages of Medical Genetics Research and Biobanking: Perspectives of Black African Immigrant/Refugees.” 42nd Biennial Convention- Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Indianapolis, Indiana. November 2013.
Buseh, Aaron G., Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Doerr-Stevens, Candance, Kelber, S.T., and Townsend, L.“Knowledge, Perceived Disadvantage and Future Expectations of Medical Genetics Research Among Urban African Americans.” Annual Research Meeting of Academy Health: Advance Research Policy and Practice. Baltimore, MD. June 2013.
Buseh, Aaron G., Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Stevens, Patricia, Kelber, S.T., and Townsend, L.“Minority Community Engagement in Genetics and Genomic Research: Perspectives of Urban Black Community Leaders.” 140th Annual Meeting and Exposition. San Francisco, CA. October 2012.
Buseh, Aaron G., Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Stevens, Patricia, Kelber, S.T., and Townsend, L.“Community engagement in genetics/genomics research: Perspectives of urban African immigrants/refugees in US diaspora.” State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research. Washington, DC. September 2012.
Buseh, Aaron G., Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Townsend, L., Stevens, Patricia, and Kelber, S.T.“Attitudes and perceptions of Black community leaders towards participation in genetics and genomics research.” Building Bridges to Research-based Nursing Practice Conference. Milwaukee, WI. May 2012.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra. “Improving breast health among women in the US Virgin Islands, enhancing our lives.” 2nd Annual National Conference on Health Disparities. St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. December 2008.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra. “Oncology nursing: Creating partnerships, championing progress and celebrating practice.” Eric Williams Medical Center Complex, University of the West Indes. Trinidad & Tobago, West Indes. September 2008.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra. “Promoting health lifestyles: A partnership between you and your community.” National Black Caucus of State Legislators and National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. Scottsdale, AZ. June 2008.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra. “The challenge of outreach to the African American community.” 2nd African American Women's Summit on Breast Cancer. Orlando, FL. November 2007.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra. “Using Research as a Means to Improve Nursing Practice, Growing Evidence-based Practice and Nursing Research.” Inaugural Nursing Research Conference. Milwaukee, WI. April 2007.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra. “Reaching Diverse Survivorship Communities.” Survivorship: Education for Quality Cancer Care, City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center. Pasadena, CA. July 2006.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra. “Eliminating Disparities in Breast Cancer Detection and Control in African American Women.” 2006 Susan G. Komen Mission Conference: Many Faces One Voice. Washington DC. June 2006.