Michele Crespo-Fierro


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Michele Crespo-Fierro


Clinical Associate 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)


Pandemic Adaptations to an Honors Program Inaugural Capstone Projects

Crespo-Fierro, M. (2022). Nursing Education Perspectives, 43(5), 323-324. 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000001008
The COVID-19 pandemic and public health response of the US health care system and government provided unique opportunities for nursing education as it disrupted the usual mode of operation. An honors program at a private university at the epicenter of the pandemic pivoted multiple times to avoid failing to support the capstone projects of its inaugural cohort. Collaborative outreach with mentors and instructional technologists created opportunities for virtual delivery of patient and nursing student education and program evaluation. The lessons learned became part of the roster of resources for future cohorts to sustainably design and deliver their capstone projects.

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

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

Graciela-Cuellar, N., 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 : The Official Journal of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, 19(4), 221-229. 10.1177/15404153211020425
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.

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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Crespo-Fierro, M. (2011). International Journal of Nursing Terminologies and Classifications, 22(2), 103-107. 10.1111/j.1744-618X.2010.01170.x
PURPOSE. This case study demonstrates use of standardized nursing languages in he care of new mothers in community settings. DATA SOURCES. The author collected data from clinical practice as an instructor in a baccalaureate nursing program and from the research literature. DATA SYNTHESIS. The appropriate nursing diagnoses, outcomes, and interventions were identified in partnership with the new mother. CONCLUSIONS. This case shows that NANDA International (NANDA-I), the Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC), and the Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) are useful to direct nursing care in community settings. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING. When teaching nursing students in a baccalaureate program, nurse faculty can use NANDA-I, NOC, and NIC classifications to guide the growing practice of nursing students in community settings.

The value of certification in HIV/AIDS nursing.

Reif, M., Berger, B., Crespo-Fierro, M., Mallinson, R. K., & Miller-Hardwick, C. (2004). The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care : JANAC, 15(1), 60-64. 10.1177/1055329003261982

Compliance/adherence and care management in HIV disease

Crespo-Fierro, M. (1997). Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 8(4), 43-54. 10.1016/S1055-3290(97)80012-X
With the changing perspectives of the HIV epidemic and the introduction of protease inhibitors to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease, the issue of compliance has gained considerable interest among health care providers. The idea that clients with HIV disease should succumb to a patriarchal system of medical care has been challenged by AIDS activists since the beginning of the epidemic. The concept that there is only one explanation for "noncompliance" is outdated. The reasons for noncompliance are multifaceted in nature and include psychosocial factors, complex medication and treatment regimens, ethnocultural concerns, and in many instances substance use. Therefore, the notion that there is one intervention to resolve noncompliance is at best archaic. Interventions to enhance compliance include supervised therapy, improving the nurse-client relationship, and patient education, all of which should be combined with ethnocultural interventions. Plans to enhance compliance must incorporate person-specific variables and should be tailored to individualized needs.

Who says there's nothing we can do?

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