Michele Crespo-Fierro


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Michele Crespo-Fierro


Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, LEAD Honors Program

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Michele Crespo-Fierro's additional information

Michele Crespo-Fierro, PhD, MPH, RN, AACRN, is a clinical assistant professor at NYU Meyers College of Nursing.  She is the director of the NYU Meyers LEAD Honors Program and a Fellow in the New York Academy of Medicine. Her areas of interest are HIV care, the social determinants of health, culturally congruent care and linguistically appropriate services, LGBTQ and adolescent health needs, nursing workforce diversity and diverse student support, addressing the STEM pipeline issues for students of color, and designing anti-racist health professions curricula. She has published articles, book chapters and presented nationally and internationally on these topics. She is the founding faculty advisor for the student group Latinos Aspiring To Imagine Nursing Opportunities (LATINOS).

Crespo-Fierro is certified in advanced AIDS nursing care by the HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board. She is the recipient of various awards, scholarships, fellowships, and grants and is active in leadership positions in the New York Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (President) and the Greater New York Chapter of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (Board of Directors), and participates in committee work at the national level of these associations. She is a board member of the Catskill Hudson Area Health Education Center.

Crespo-Fierro earned her BS in nursing at NYU Meyers and her MS in community health nursing and MPH in community health education, with a subspecialty in HIV/AIDS nursing, at the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, at Hunter College, City University of New York. She completed a PhD at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.  Her dissertation explored the culture care needs of Puerto Rican women receiving HIV care from nurse practitioners in New York City, with the intention of bridging culturally congruent caring and patient engagement practices. 

PhD - Graduate Center, City University of New York (2018)
MS/MPH - Hunter College, City University of New York (1996)
BS - NYU College of Nursing (1990)

Community/population health
Transcultural care

American Nurses Association-NY
Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
American Public Health Association
Eastern Nursing Research Society
National Association of Hispanic Nurses
Sigma Theta Tau - Upsilon chapter
Transcultural Nursing Society

Faculty Honors Awards

LEAD Institute, National League of Nursing (2020)
Nurse Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine (2019)
Nurse of the Year, National Association of Hispanic Nurses (2019)
Nurse of the Year, National Association of Hispanic Nurses-New York (2018)
Doctoral Students Research Grant Program Competition #7, City University of New York, Graduate Center (2012)
Summer Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, City University of New York (2012)
National Hispanic Health Student Scholarship, National Hispanic Health Foundation (2011)
Second Place Education Poster Presentation, 35th Annual National Association of Hispanic Nurses Conference (2010)
Dean's Award, NYU College of Nursing (2009)
JANAC Outstanding Clinical Article of the Year, JANAC and Sage Publications, Inc. (1998)
The Dorothy White Leadership Award, Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing (1996)
Nurse Excellence Award, Visiting Nurse Service of New York (1995)
Founders Day Award, NYU (1990)
National Hispanic Merit Scholar (1986)
University Scholar, NYU (1986)


Cafecitos Supporting Nurses in the Time of COVID-19: A Commentary From the NAHN-Westchester and NAHN–New York Chapters

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Community alliance and empowerment: An interprofessional project in Puerto Rico

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Social Determinants of Health and COVID-19 Behaviors and Beliefs Toward Immunizations Among Latinxs

Cuellar, N. G., Cuellar, M. J., McDiarmid, A., Bautista, N., Crespo-Fierro, M., Infante, G., La Torre, D., Mautner, L., Perez, M., Perry, J., Pistolessi, I., Quintana, A., Rangel, P., & Valdez, S. (2021). Hispanic Health Care International, 19(4), 221-229. 10.1177/15404153211020425
Introduction: Sixty million Latinxs make up 26.4% of all COVID-19 cases in the United States. It is uncertain whether behaviors and beliefs of immunizations among Latinxs is influenced by social determinants of health. The purpose of this study was to examine how social determinants of health predict COVID-19 behaviors and beliefs toward immunization among Latinxs. Methods: In this exploratory study, 11 chapters from the National Association of Hispanic Nurses collaborated to recruit participants. The CDC National 2009 H1N1 Flu Survey was adapted to measure behaviors and beliefs about immunizations of COVID-19. The Health Access Survey was used to measure social determinants of health. Instruments were available in both Spanish and English. Results: Participants (n=228) with higher education and health insurance tended to have less worry about taking the vaccine. Access to resources and practicing COVID-19 protective factors was positively associated. Alternative medicine and use of COVID-19 protective factors were negatively associated. Exposure to drugs and violence was associated with a decrease in likelihood to pursue a vaccine. Conclusions: Latinx need education about COVID-19 and vaccinations. Access to health care services must be available. Results highlight the importance of careful measurement when assessing social determinants of health among Latinx.

Social Determinants of Health and COVID-19 Behaviors and Beliefs Toward Immunizations Among Latinxs.

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Linguistic and cultural adaptation of a computer-based counseling program (CARE+ Spanish) to support HIV treatment adherence and risk reduction for people living with HIV/AIDS: A randomized controlled trial

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The value of certification in HIV/AIDS nursing.

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Compliance/adherence and care management in HIV disease

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Who says there's nothing we can do?

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