Arkansas State University has named Dr. Jessica Camp to the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Endowed Nursing Professorship in Rural Health for the College of Nursing and Health Professions. She is the inaugural holder of the endowed professorship.
Camp has served as an assistant professor of nursing and as the Doctor of Nursing Practice program option coordinator at A-State.
“We congratulate Dr. Camp as the first holder of the Arkansas Blue Cross Endowed Nursing Professorship in Rural Health,” Curtis Barnett, president and CEO of Arkansas Blue Cross, said in a statement. “Our company is committed to helping Arkansans have access to quality health care where and when they need it — at the hospital bedside, in the clinic setting or in the community. Citizens in the rural areas of our state are particularly vulnerable and having skilled, knowledgeable health professionals is critical to their ongoing care. Dr. Camp brings the kind of experience and expertise to this professorship that can help our state prepare for meeting the future health needs of Arkansans throughout our state.”
The endowed professorship was established to attracted top faculty members to A-State, according to a news release. In her new role, Camp will be charged with establishing a multi-year plan for development and mentorship for graduate nursing research, as well as initiating rural health projects and launching projects between A-State colleges, the overall university and community partners.