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The Goals
Multi-culturalism, immigration, and health outcomes for African diasporic women/birthing people

Preserving protective cultural and community health practices that positively impact health & well-being for Black women/birthing people

Addressing maternal health disparities through community-centered and culturally congruent interventions

Addressing cultural, racial, and language biases in nursing care in collaboration with communities.

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Transforming nursing education and practice through anti-colonial knowledge co-creation processes
Power and Politics in Global Health
  • Nursing Representation in Global health leadership

  • Developing justice-centered and equitable collaborations in global nursing.

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Koh, L., Iradukunda, F., Martínez, A., & Walker, R. Remotely-Accessible Plant-Based Culinary Intervention for Latina/o/x Adults at Risk for Diabetes: Lessons Learned (under review).

Walker, R., Dillard-Wright, J. & Iradukunda, F. Algorithmic bias in artificial intelligence is a problem – and the root issue is power (under review).

Iradukunda, F. Photo-based food diary and food choice process of African diasporic women during pregnancy (Under review).

Dillard-Wright, J., Iradukunda, F., De Souza, R., Valderama-Wallace, C. (2023) No as an Act of Care: A Glossary for Kinship, Care Praxis, and Nursing's Radical Imagination. Book chapter. Forthcoming

Iradukunda, F. (2023) A Reflection on the Decolonization Discourse in Nursing. Nursing Philosophy, e12426.

Iradukunda, F. & Canty, L. (2023) Decolonizing nursing education and research to address racial disparities in maternal health. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 10.1111/jan.15624.

Walker, R., & Iradukunda, F. (2023). Redistribute Power Over Data, Definitions, and Decision-Making. In S. B. Hassmiller & G. A. Daniel (Eds.), Taking Action: Top 10 Priorities to Promote Health Equity and Wellbeing in Nursing. Sigma Theta Tau.

Canty, L., Iradukunda, F., Valderama-Wallace, C., Shasanmi-Ellis, R. O., & Garvey, C. (2023). What nurses of color want from nursing philosophers. Nursing Philosophy, e12423.

Hamilton, H., Iradukunda, F., & Aselton, P. (2021). The Integration of telehealth in nursing education: A New Frontier. Journal of Nursing Informatics, Vol. 6, Iss. 1, (2021): 18-25

Iradukunda, F., & Poudel-Tandukar, K. (2021). Healthy diet perceptions of pregnant women from Sub-Saharan Africa residing in the U.S. Ecology of food and nutrition. 2021:1-15.

Iradukunda, F., Harper, K. M., Paterno, M. T., & Poudel-Tandukar, K. (2021). Dietary transition among Sub-Saharan Africa women post-immigration and during pregnancy. Ethnicity & health, 1-16.

Iradukunda, F. (2021). Health implications of the home and host culture intersection. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 77(10), e27-e29

Selected Conference Presentations


Jolly, J. & Iradukunda, F. (2023, July). Transforming How We Lead: Black Women & Reproductive Justice (presentation). Women Deliver 2023

Iradukunda, F. (2023, July). Developing inclusive nursing curricula. ICN 2023 (e-poster presentation).

Koh, L., Martínez, A., Iradukunda, F., Walker, R. (2023, July). A mixed methods evaluation of a remotely-accessible plant-based culinary intervention to reduce risk of type 2 diabetes and improve self-efficacy in Latina/o/x adults. ICN 2023 (poster presentation).

Adeleye, K. & Iradukunda, F. (2023, March). An Integrative Review of Black Women’s Reproductive Loss. ENRS 35th Annual Scientific Sessions (paper presentation).

Canty, L., Iradukunda, F., Valderama-Wallace, C., Shasanmi-Ellis, R. O., & Garvey, C. (2023, March). What nurses of color want from nursing philosophers. Virtual Nursing Theory Week 2023 (panel presentation).


Iradukunda, F. (2022, November). Building Community Partnerships: Lessons from A Community-Engaged Project with Black Immigrant Women. 2022 APHA Annual Meeting. (Oral presentation).

Koh, L., Iradukunda, F. Martínez, A., Walker, R. (2022, November). A remotely-accessible plant-based culinary intervention designed with and for Latina/o/x adults, tailored to culture and foodways, has potential to enhance sustainable diet quality and health outcomes. 2022 APHA Annual Meeting. (Poster presentation).

Iradukunda, F. (2022, September). Preserving Community Knowledge and Information Networks to Promote Maternal Health and Wellbeing of Black Immigrant Pregnant People. Black Maternal Health Conference 2022. (Oral presentation).

Iradukunda, F. & Canty, L. (2022, September). Beyond discussing social determinants of health to addressing systems of oppression contributing to health inequities. 2022 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research. (Symposia).

Walker, R. & Iradukunda, F. (2022, September). Invisible labor, planetary resources, and hidden costs associated with two forms of AI for health care: Eyetracking and 'Helper' Robots. 2022 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research. (Symposia).

 Iradukunda, F. (2022, August). Decolonizing ways of knowing in Nursing: Using storytelling to inform actions. 2022 International Nursing Philosophy conference. (Oral presentation).


Iradukunda, F. (2021, June). Feasibility of a Photo-based Food Diary Approach Among African Pregnant Women in the U.S. Nutrition 2021 live online. (Virtual poster presentation).

Iradukunda, F. (2021, March). Challenges of navigating the home and host cultures in immigrant populations. The 4th Annual Conference on Migration and Health. (Virtual poster presentation).

 Iradukunda, F. (2021, March). Dietary Transition and Food Practices among Pregnant Women from Sub-Saharan Africa living in Massachusetts. Virtual 33rd ENRS Annual Scientific Sessions. (virtual presentation).


Leblanc, R., Iradukunda, F., Bosse, J., Helmer, K., Pennell, S., Low, M., Smithline, E. (2020, October). Decolonization of curricula: Collective action in nursing education. APHA's 2020 VIRTUAL Annual Meeting and Expo. (Virtual presentation).


Iradukunda, F., Almutairi A W., Paterno, M., & Hawkins, M. (2019, October). Sleep self-management in pregnancy: Qualitative findings from a mixed-methods, pilot study. Inaugural Nursing PhD Symposium: Celebrating Nursing Science, Amherst, Massachusetts. (poster presentation).


Iradukunda, F. (2018, June). Food taboos in pregnancy: An Integrative Review. Nutrition 2018, Boston, Massachusetts. (Poster presentation).

Paterno, M., Marquis, H., Iradukunda, F., Hebert, A. (2018, May). Feasibility of sleep self-management in pregnancy using a personal health monitoring device. NINR center directors meeting at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. (Poster presentation)

Iradukunda, F. (2018, March). Predictors of anemia in pregnant women: An integrative review. CUGH Global Health Conference, New York City, NY. (Poster presentation).

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