December 11, 2003Carol Bova. recipient of President's Public Service Award

WORCESTER, Mass. ―Assistant Professor of Medicine and Nursing Carol A. Bova, CNP, PhD, is the first  Graduate School of Nursing (GSN) faculty member to be honored with the 2003 President’s Public Service Award, presented by the  University of Massachusetts President’s Office . The annual award recognizes faculty members from throughout the UMass system who have utilized their academic expertise to address a priority need of the Commonwealth. Dr. Bova was chosen for her efforts to improve community-based clinical care for persons infected with HIV and hepatitis C and their families.

The award recognizes work Bova began 15 years ago as a clinician — work she has expanded upon as a researcher and educator, reaching out to HIV-infected women in Central Massachusetts and beyond through the Outcomes of the Positive Life Skills Group she founded in 1998, with funding from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

"Carol is a compassionate, committed clinician, researcher and educator who epitomizes the spirit of public service," commented GSN Dean Doreen Harper, PhD, RN, FAAN. "Her work with HIV-infected individuals is a perfect example of her dedication to improving the quality of life of some of the state's most vulnerable populations. She is most deserving of this honor."

Bova’s current research is tracking the experience of adults co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C, recognizing the added challenges they face in managing two diseases, as well as struggling with the substance abuse that often accompanies their infections. Her outreach efforts have also become more far-flung, with periodic trips to provide HIV education in Armenia, funded by the World AIDS Foundation and co-sponsored by the Armenian Relief Society. “My hope is we can prevent widespread infection with education and outreach early in a developing epidemic.”

After earning her master’s degree with the GSN’s second graduating class, Bova worked as a nurse practitioner in the medical center’s nascent HIV clinic.  She was a GSN clinical faculty member before earning her PhD at Boston College, again returning to teach at the GSN.

Thanking clinical staff at both the University and Memorial campuses of UMass Memorial Medical Center, along with fellow GSN faculty and staff with whom she has collaborated throughout her career, she said of the award, “When an individual receives a public service award, it reflects equally on so many who contributed from behind the scenes.”

Contact: Sandra Gray 508-856-2000