Dr. Patricia D. Suplee is new to CJFHC joining the team in July 2020 as the Director of
Professional Education and Research. She is also an Associate Professor at Rutgers University,
School of Nursing-Camden. As a seasoned researcher, scholar, and educator, Dr. Suplee’s career
has focused on improving women’s health. Currently, her work focuses on improving maternal
outcomes, translating evidence into clinical practice especially during the postpartum period. Her
collaborative work as CO-PI on AWHONN’s Empowering Women to Obtain Needed Care
project led to the development of Post-Birth educational tools that have received national
attention. These tools are being incorporated into postpartum discharge teaching throughout the
U.S. and have been cited as an exemplar by the CDC, HRSA, and the Joint Commission. Due to
her expertise, Dr. Suplee was appointed to an interdisciplinary national committee that developed
two AIMS Patient Safety Bundles that are currently used as best postpartum care practice
models. She also was a member of the HHS Office of Minority Health, Think Cultural Health
team to advise the development of an e-learning program for physicians, nurses, and health care
providers about culturally and linguistically appropriate services in maternal health care. She is
Chair of NJ AWHONN and is a member of the NJ Maternal Mortality Review team that
analyzes cases, identifies gaps in care, and makes recommendations to decrease maternal
mortality rates. Dr. Suplee publishes and presents nationally, is a reviewer for several journals,
and has mentored numerous faculty colleagues, clinicians, and students over the last three
decades. Dr. Suplee is a seasoned educator having taught nursing students enrolled in
baccalaureate, masters and doctoral programs for over two decades. In her new role, she will
contribute to the mission of the CJFHC and lead the development and dissemination of
educational programs and research for the central Jersey community.