Pamela Hinthorn, Ph.D., A.P.R.N.; Chair
Pam has had a long career in nursing and has worked as both an educator and practitioner. She earned an undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Iowa, a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Nursing from Adelphi University. She completed her nurse practitioner training and internship in Family Practice at Union College/Albany Medical Center. Pam was a tenured professor and director of several graduate nurse practitioner programs. She has considerable experience in research, grant writing/administration and curriculum development. She has been active in regional, national and international professional organizations. Her academic and political interests include health care policy development, legal regulation of health practitioners, standardization and quality assurance of health care, and health care distribution and cost.
Pam is board certified in family practice and women’s health. She has practiced in a variety of settings and has established new models of health care delivery for special populations in the community. She was recognized as Community Leader of the Year and Lay Person of the Year by the Council of Churches and Synagogues for her leadership in the development of a program to provide health care to the homeless in Stamford, CT. She continues to have a clinical appointment at Yale University School of Nursing and works as a consultant, academic advisor, and writer.
Pam retired after a clinical career as a family nurse practitioner in New York and Connecticut and an academic career as a professor at Pace University, Fairfield University, and Yale University. She served as administrator of a federally funded community urgent care program in Stamford, CT that served the homeless and addicted population. The program provided clinical educational experiences for a multidisciplinary group of students from several Connecticut-based universities. The work on this program earned her numerous honors and awards. After her retirement in 2006, she served eight years as a member of the Block Island Health Center Board of Directors, and as its president, for two years. Pam continues to work as a volunteer for the Block Island Health Services Fun Run and as the Chair of the Professional Advisory Committee. Pam and her husband Jim, are longtime members of the Ecumenical Choir. Pam also does volunteer work on behalf of St. Ann’s by The Sea, Helping Hands, and Ministers Lot Homeowners Association. She has also provided preceptorship experiences for graduate level nursing students on Block Island.