Dr. Parnell is a nurse, nationally recognized health literacy expert and award-winning author. She is principal and founder of Health Literacy Partners LLC, a corporation that specializes in providing a tapestry of solutions to promote health equity by enhancing person-centered care, effective communication and the patient experience. Her recent experience includes providing health literacy and cultural competency consultation to several New York State Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Performing Provider Systems.
Previously, Dr. Parnell was vice president for health literacy and patient education for the Northwell Health system where she was responsible for the health literacy strategic plan and integrating concepts of health literacy, language access services and cultural awareness into core activities across the system.
Dr. Parnell is a graduate of St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing in New York City. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Adelphi University, a Master’s Degree in health care administration from Hofstra University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Parnell is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Health Literacy and has served as a committee member on the American Nurses Association’s care coordination quality measures panel. She is a fellow in the New York Academy of Medicine and has been selected for the 2016-17 New York Academy of Medicine Fellow Ambassadors Program. Her second book, Health Literacy in Nursing: Providing Person-Centered Care received an American Journal of Nursing 2015 Book of the Year Award in the category of Nursing Management and Leadership. Dr. Parnell will be inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in October 2016.