American Nurses Association confers Hall of Fame Award to DOST-PCHRD Balik Scientist

The American Nurses Association (ANA) confers the Hall of Fame Award to Balik Scientist Dr. Rose Constantino for her continued commitment and invaluable contribution in the field of health care.

In their official press release, ANA President Ernest Grant emphasizes that the award is even more relevant and timely, as nurses also serve as frontliners who battle the current pandemic. “ANA is honored to celebrate the achievements of these nurses and champions, who are exemplary leaders and advocates, and whose contributions have advanced the field of nursing,” he says.

As an expert on psychiatry, mental health, and forensic nursing, Dr. Constantino is an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh - School of Nursing and a Balik Scientist Program (BSP) Awardee under the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD). With the grant awarded by BSP, she pursues the project: “Assessing the HEARTS (Health Experience of Abuse, Resilience, Treatment, and Safety) of the Elderly in the Philippines”. Focused on assessing the health status and quality of life of the elderly, she initially partnered with the Centro Escolar University - Manila in 2017 for the implementation of HEARTS and moved to expand the program in partnership with the Cebu Normal University (CNU) in 2019.

Under the BSP, Dr. Constantino also works as a consultant for projects under HEARTS, acts as a mentor and evaluator of research projects on aging population, and gives lectures on (1) HEARTS in Application to Elderly; and (2) Forensic Nursing in Gerontology Issues.

“On behalf of DOST-PCHRD, we would like to congratulate Dr. Constantino in yet another feat she has achieved with the award from ANA. Her work as a Balik Scientist proves her commitment to advance the field of healthcare, and support our mission to make lives better for the Filipino,” says DOST-PCHRD Executive Director Dr. Jaime Montoya.

The Balik Scientist Program is the brain-gain initiative of the DOST which encourages Filipino scientists based abroad to return to the Philippines with the goal of sharing their expertise to help advance science and technology in the country.

The Balik Scientist Act or RA 11035 was signed into law last June 2018.