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Heather Reynolds

Lecturer; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health


Heather Reynolds, CNM, MSN is a lecturer at Yale School of Nursing. She first entered Yale's door as a nursing student with a degree from Boston University in psychology and a background in Child development and social work. She graduated with her Masters in Nursing from Yale in 1980. She retired from clinical practice in 2016, though continues to provide her clinical expertise as a faculty facilitator in the Inter-professional Longitudinal Clinical Education (ILCE) program. She works part time in the YSN Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) as the faculty coordinator for minority students.

Heather started her career as a nurse educator when she joined the faculty at the University of Colorado Nurse-Midwifery Program in 1983. She returned to Yale in 1986. From 1988-2002 she served as director of the nurse-midwifery practice at Yale-New Haven.

In addition, Heather has carried the flag in matters of health service planning and policy development. She has served as a Nurse Consultant in the Health Resources and Services Administration, Division of Nursing. There she speaks with the wisdom gained from her role as a midwife caring for (count them) three generations of young women having their babies at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Heather is a scholar and a frequent participant in forward-looking clinical research projects. She has studied and written about breastfeeding, midwifery service administration, group prenatal care, adolescent health care and adolescent risk reduction. Her contribution and leadership has been recognized by many: she has received a Kellogg Foundation Student Fellowship, and she was a Primary Care Policy Fellow of the U.S. Public Health Service. Her other awards include being a Yale School of Nursing Distinguished Alumna and she is a Fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

Clinical practice :Inter-professional Longitudinal Clinical Experience (ILCE):

West Pavilion 8 &7 and SRC.

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding Organization
Primary Care Policy FellowUS Public Health Service 1992
Distinguished Alumna AwardYale School of Nursing, 1996
FellowAmerican College of Nurse Midwives, 1997
Nursing Educator AwardSouthern CT Black Nurses Association, Inc., New Haven Ct., 2002
The Ruth SteinKraus-Cohen Memorial-Outstanding Women of CT Award,March 2003

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