American Nurses Association Appoints Freida Hopkins Outlaw, PhD, RN, FAAN, as Consultant to Minority Fellowship Program (9/11/15)

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September 11, 2015


Jemarion Jones, 301-628-5198

Adam Sachs, 301-628-5034

American Nurses Association Appoints Freida Hopkins Outlaw, PhD, RN, FAAN,
As Consultant to Minority Fellowship Program

SILVER SPRING, MD – The American Nurses Association (ANA) has named Freida Hopkins Outlaw, PhD, RN, FAAN as the executive program consultant for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Minority Fellowship Program at ANA.  

Outlaw will provide academic and scientific oversight to the Minority Fellowship Program. The program supports ethnic minority nurses in obtaining advanced degrees in mental health fields so they can work to reduce disparities and improve health outcomes in diverse communities.

Outlaw is an expert on mental health and substance abuse, with an emphasis on children and families. She has served as assistant commissioner of mental health and substance abuse for the state of Tennessee with a focus on children and youth and their families.  Additionally, she was director of the Meharry Youth Health and Wellness Center, which provides primary, behavioral and wellness services for adolescents with a focus on LGBTQI youth.  Outlaw has a long-standing relationship with the MFP program including participation as a fellow from 1981 to 1983 and subsequently serving on the MFP National Advisory Committee.

Outlaw received a bachelor’s degree from Berea College, a master’s degree from Boston College, a doctoral degree from the Catholic University of America, and postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2007, she was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. For more information, visit


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