Dr. Parnell is Principal and Founder of Health Literacy Partners LLC, a corporation that specializes in providing a tapestry of solutions to promote health equity by enhancing person-centered care, effective communication, and the patient experience. Her recent experience includes providing health literacy education, strategic planning and consultation to several New York State DSRIP Performing Provider Systems.
Prior to launching Health Literacy Partners®, Dr. Parnell was the Vice President for Health Literacy and Patient Education for the award-winning Northwell Health, formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System, where she was responsible for the health literacy strategic plan and the development, coordination and implementation of all patient education and health literacy initiatives. She provided health literacy leadership and consultation for all departments and facilities across the Northwell Health—a system that included 17 hospitals across Long Island, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan, long-term care facilities and home health agencies—and was responsible for integrating concepts of health literacy, cultural awareness and patient-centered care into core activities across the system.
With over 35 years experience including roles and responsibilities in patient education, health care administration and nursing leadership, Dr. Parnell is well known for innovation in the area of health literacy.
Dr. Parnell is a member of the Roundtable on Health Literacy of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and has served as a committee member on the American Nurses Association Care Coordination Quality Measures Panel. She is a Fellow in the New York Academy of Medicine and has been selected for the 2016/17 New York Academy of Medicine Fellow Ambassadors Program. In 2016, she joined TVR Communications Advisory Board as Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). Her second book, Health Literacy in Nursing: Providing Person-Centered Care received an American Journal of Nursing 2015 Book of the Year Award in the category of Nursing Management and Leadership. Dr. Parnell was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in October 2016.
A Community Leader
Dr. Parnell is committed to community service. In the New York area, she has been a Spirit Award Mentor for New Yorkers for Children. Globally, she has served in missions to Vellore, India and Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Dr. Parnell’s most recent book, Health Literacy in Nursing: Providing Person-Centered Care, received an American Journal of Nursing 2015 Book of the Year Award. A reader shared the following review:
“I am writing this message to inform you that I absolutely loved your book…when I read your book last week, I was like wow you compiled all the research so well in your book and I wish I had read your book first. I am thankful to you for organizing the book so well with different age group, different issues, different framework and models, providing excellent examples, and real life scenarios. I truly appreciate your support and all the hard work you have put in your book to benefit all healthcare professionals. Bravo to you and I would give you 10 out of 10 for the best book I have read in my life on health literacy.”~ S.M.
Dr. Parnell has delivered key note presentations, poster presentations and grand rounds on the topic of health literacy. She has experience talking to diverse audiences including: WMCHealth PPS, Lilly USA, Maine Medical Center Physician Grand Rounds; peer events such as The Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s (IHA) Twelfth Annual Health Literacy Conference; local and national nursing conferences; and community service events. Read more about her publications and presentations.
Dr. Parnell is a graduate of St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing in New York City. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Adelphi University, a Masters Degree in health care administration from Hofstra University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Case Western Reserve University. Her graduate thesis researched health literacy knowledge and experience in senior level baccalaureate nursing students.