Kim Crawford, PhD, MPH, APRN, FNP-C

Dr. Crawford is a global public health nurse with extensive international experience in nursing. She started her career as a pediatric emergency room nurse and started taking faith based, medical mission trips. She also lived for several months in Central America where she worked in a rural medical clinic. It was through these experiences that Dr. Crawford fell in love with being a nurse and working in public health. In 2009, Dr. Crawford moved her life over to the country of Georgia in the former Soviet Union. In this country she worked as the international director for a 2 Mil USD USAID grant following a train the trainer module to develop nursing clinical faculty. After two years with the grant, she took a position at the University of Georgia (in Tbilisi) and helped develop and implement the first BSN program in the country of Georgia. In 2016 she returned to start her PhD in nursing with a concentration in transcultural nursing. When she graduated in May 2022 she took an Assistant Professor position at the University of West Georgia. 

  • A.A., Basic Health Sciences, Covenant College, 1996
  • BSN, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Emory University, 1998
  • MSN, Masters of Science in Nursing (FNP), Emory University, 2007
  • Masters in Public Health (Global Health), Emory University, 2007
  • Ph.D., Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing, Duquesne University, 2022

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Chikhladze, N., Crawford, K. A., Pitskhelauri, N., Lobjanidze, T., & Gogashvili, M. (2015). Implementation of competence-based higher nursing education in Georgia. Global Journal for Research Analysis, 4(5), 83–86.

Crawford, K. A., Jojua, K. H., & Gogashvili, M. (2015). Assessing stressors and coping mechanisms of international nursing students in the country of Georgia. Caucasus Journal of Social Sciences, 3(4).

DeStephano, C. C., Crawford, K. A., Jashi, M., & Wold, J. L. (2014). Providing 360-degree multisource feedback to nurse educators in the country of Georgia: A formative evaluation of acceptability. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 45(6), 278–2

Wold, J., Crawford, K., & Jashi, M. (2013). Preparing nurse educators in the country of Georgia. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 44(4), 179–205.

Wold, J. L., & Crawford, K. A. (2013). Establishing medical and nursing education programs in the country of Georgia. In C. S. Holtz (Ed.), Global Health Care: Issues and Policies (2nd ed). Jones and Bartlett Learning.

Crawford, K.A., Jakub, K., Lockhart, J.S., & Wold, J.L. (2023). Knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of cardiovascular disease prevention in young adults in the country of Georgia. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 1-11, [View Publication (PDF)]

Global Public Health Nurse

I have a Global Public Health Degree and have worked for over 15 years in the private sector as a nurse practitioner and as a an international nurse administrator for an international NGO. I have lived in multiple countries in Eastern Europe and Latin America and have studied health care systems from a nursing perspective in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Africa. I have also worked with refugees, immigrants, and migrants in the US and have studied their needs as it pertains to the US healthcare system. I have spent years reviewing various barriers to health including education/ literacy, financial, language, and cultural barriers. Being culturally competent in nursing as well as in healthcare is imperative to providing diverse, equitable, and inclusive care that may be preventative as much as it is navigation through tertiary care in US healthcare system. I also have experience with teaching international students both in the US and abroad. When I developed and helped implement the country of Georgia's first BSN program, my entire student body was from Nigeria, while all my colleagues and the healthcare system were Georgia. Navigating a healthcare system where you speak the language is tough, imagine doing it when the language and culture in which you must function is different than your own.