Lucinda Canty, 2024 McGehee lecturer

"Using nursing research to address maternal health equity in the community"
A lecture by nurse scientist and midwife Lucinda Canty,
PhD, RN, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
The 2024 McGehee Lecturer
April 30, 12-1 PM, CMNEB 3001

Join UMass Amherst School of Nursing professor Canty, a certified nurse midwife, associate professor, and Seedworks Health Equity in Nursing Program director, for a presentation about using lived experience as a Black woman, along with poetry, art, and racial disparities research, to offer a reproductive justice lens to improve racial disparities in maternal health.

Canty, founder of Lucinda's House, a Black maternal health collective, has published widely in journals including the American Journal of Nursing, Nursing Inquiry, the Journal of Advanced Nursing, Birth, and Nursing Philosophy. She is a contributing editor to the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health's "Ask the Midwife" column and is a sought-after nurse scholar who speaks widely on maternal health equity and anti-racism initiatives.

A reproductive health care provider for the last 30 years, Canty earned a BSN from Columbia, an MSN from Yale, and a PhD from the University of Connecticut.

A Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Nurse Midwives, she earned Yale School of Nursing Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2023 and the 2023 Florence S. Wald Award from the Connecticut Nurses' Association.


The McGehee Lecture is named for Catherine Strader McGehee, who earned her BSN from the University of Virginia School of Nursing in 1975, her MSN from the School in 1980, and was pursuing her PhD at UVA when she died in 1999 after a battle with breast cancer. A loving wife and mother of three, Cathy was an associate professor of nursing at Lynchburg College where she worked to promote the health and well-being of children.

Active in her community, Cathy volunteered in local schools, worked with adolescent girls, and helped establish a free clinic in Lynchburg which still operates today. As a doctoral student, she was recognized as a Commonwealth Fellow.

The McGehee Lecture was endowed in 2002 in loving memory of Cathy by the School’s BSN Class of `75 and her family and friends. Distinguished speakers are selected and recognized for those personal qualities demonstrated by Cathy in her lifetime—a commitment to excellence in nursing education and practice, and a desire to contribute to the community at large.

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