2019-2020 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship
PhD, Indiana University
MN, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University
BSN, College of Nursing, University of Arkansas for Medical Science
Specialties and Expertise
Voice of Nursing
Mentoring in Health Systems
Professional Role Development
Awards and Honors
Indiana University Presidential Bicentennial Medal for Distinguished and Distinctive Service (in recognition of contributions to nursing and health policy at state and national levels), Indiana University, 2019
IU Trustee's Teaching Award, Indiana University, 2022, 2018
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and National Academy of Medicine, 2019-2020
Excellence in Innovation in Teaching Award, Association of Black Nursing Faculty, 2019
Dean's Faculty Award for Innovation, Indiana University School of Nursing, 2018
Dr. Crowder has held nursing positions in clinical and academic settings in the United States and abroad. Her teaching expertise is health policy and advocacy as well as leadership. She is known for her development of seven innovative models to empower nursing students, faculty, and healthcare providers in clinical practice for health policy and advocacy roles. She uses previous clinical and research roles in asthma care coordination, child and adolescent health, and chronic disease management as foundations for several advocacy endeavors.
As Special Assistant to the Dean for Health Policy Initiatives, Crowder collaborates with IU Government Relations. She engages with state directors and stakeholders on legislation related to IUSON and the nursing profession. She communicates with the Assistant Vice President for Federal Relations on legislation and funding.
Crowder was one of six persons competitively selected for the prestigious 2019 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship. From 2019–2020, she was in Washington, D.C. Her placement was the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Education and Labor, Congressman Bobby Scott, Chair. Her assignment was the health policy team and focused on maternal health, telehealth, and COVID-19.
Crowder is committed to international efforts to increase nurses’ leadership. As a result of her health policy and advocacy expertise, she is frequently an invited conference speaker and consultant for academic institutions.
Programs Coordinated by Dr. Crowder
Students: 1) Legislative Fellowship; 2) Eagles Health Policy and Advocacy Mentoring Program; 3) Specialty Legislative Fellows; 4) AACN Student Health Policy Summit (IUSON Representatives)
Faculty: 1) THE BRIDGE Faculty Health Policy Mentoring Program; 2) Faculty Health Policy Roundtables
Nurses in Clinical Practice: Empowering Indiana’s Nurses of Color for Health Policy Leadership
Crowder, S. J., Liechty, J., & Burton, S. (2021). Empowering Indiana’s Nurses of Color for Health Policy Leadership. Indiana University School of Nursing and Indiana University Office of Research, Indianapolis, IN
American Nurse-American Nurses Association (2020). Health policy in nursing education on myamericannurse.com
Future of Nursing: Campaign for Nursing (2019). RWJF Health Policy Fellow Creating Pipeline of Health Policy Fellows
2019-2021. “Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship.” (Fellow). Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Coordinated by Academy of Medicine, $165,000.
Crowder, S. J. (Invited Editor). (in press). Policy and Coalitions Sections, Special Issue of Nursing Outlook. Invitation extended by Dr. Marion Broome, Editor.
Crowder, S. J., Tanner, A., Dawson, M., Felsman, I., Hassmiller, S., Miller, L., Rinehard, S., & Toney, D. (in press). Better together: Coalitions committed to advancing health equity. Nursing Outlook Special Issue.
Xing, Y., Gu, X., Wei, Z., Zhang, W., Crowder, S. J., & Duan, H. (2019). Development and validation of the family management scale for children with asthma (FMSCA). The Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma, 4, 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1080/02770903.2019.1571085