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Dawn Bazarko

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Dawn Barzarko

Dawn Bazarko, DNP, MPH, RN, FAAN is the Senior Vice President of the Center for Nursing Advancement at UnitedHealth Group, which focuses on the deployment of programs to improve nurse engagement, reduce voluntary turnover, promote health and well-being, and support the personal and professional development of the more than 10,000 company nurses. The Center is also engaged with numerous organizations to jointly advance the profession of nursing and realize the aims of the Institute of Medicine's report: Future of Nursing–leading change and advancing health. She also served as the Primary Investigator for UnitedHealth Group's novel Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction pilot.

During the past 11 years, she has served in a variety of roles at UnitedHealth Group, most recently leading Primary Care and Emergency Care programs. Her responsibilities included development and oversight of national programs focused on the evaluation and improvement in quality, safety, and health care affordability of primary and emergent care services and innovations to the delivery of primary care.

In addition to her responsibilities leading the Center for Nursing Advancement, she partnered with the University of St. Thomas to launch the Nurse Leader Executive program aimed at creating executive mindset and leadership competencies necessary for tomorrow's nurse leaders. Passionate about advancing nursing education, Dawn serves as adjunct faculty both at the University of St. Thomas and Arizona State University.

As a published author in peer-reviewed journals, her areas of research focus include the study of holistic health care solutions, clinical quality improvement, and the nursing workforce. In addition to her nursing degree, she holds a Masters in Public Health, specializing in environmental and occupational health, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice, both from the University of Minnesota.

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