Dr. Michele Crespo-Fierro, PhD, MPH, RN, AACRN, fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, is a clinical associate professor and the director of the LEAD Honors Program at NYU Meyers College of Nursing. She graduated from NYU Meyers’ traditional baccalaureate program and received a Master of Science in Community Health Nursing and a Master of Public Health in Community Health Education with a subspecialty in HIV/AIDS Nursing from the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing at Hunter College, City University of New York. She completed a doctorate at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her dissertation explored the culture care needs of Puerto Rican women receiving HIV care from Nurse Practitioners in New York City with the intention of bridging culturally congruent caring and patient engagement practices.
At NYU Meyers, she is a faculty advisor for the LATINOs student groups and serves on the Steering Committee for the Inclusion, Diversity, Belonging, and Equity Group. She teaches health classes for NYC independent schools. Her areas of interest are HIV care, the social determinants of health, culturally congruent care and linguistically appropriate services, LGBTQ and adolescent health needs, nursing workforce diversity, diverse student support, addressing the STEM pathway issues for students of color, and anti-racism health professional education.
She is an alum of the NLN LEAD Leadership Institute and a fellow of the AACN Diversity Leadership Institute. She serves on the Executive Board of the Catskill Hudson Area Health Education Center, the Board of Nurses Educational Funds, Inc., and the Greater New York Chapter of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and as the Immediate Past President of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses.