Elected October 2012
Term Ending: November 2016
Professor Aaltonen’s nursing career has focused on public health both as an educator and a practitioner and recently more specifically dealt with the delivery of public health services (including preparedness) and primary care at the local level. She has shared administrative responsibility for transitioning the school’s nurse managed clinics to a federally quaified health center (FQHC) that has adopted an electronic health record, partially funded by a HRSA grant secured by Aaltonen. Her investigation of how local health departments communicate with their stakeholders through information technology (IT) is providing insight regarding the level of penetration of IT among local departments of health. Her expertise in public health has resulted in invitations in the past year to be a part of team evaluating the state health department’s readiness for national accreditation (according to the Ten Essential Functions for public health) and to participate in a national preparedness and response core competency development project. She is active in public health associations at the local, state, and national level.
Professor Aaltonen has been recognized as an excellent teacher having received the Outstanding Female Faculty Member Award, the Murphy Award for Undergraduate Education, the School’s Outstanding Nurse Educator award, and is in Purdue’s Book of Great Teachers. She is a member of the university’s Teaching Academy.
Professor Aaltonen has collaborated with the Navajo Nation for over ten years, providing a clinical experience in public health nursing for Purdue students on the Navajo Nation reservation in Kayenta, Arizona.