Dr. Nutrena Tate is the Associate Dean and Associate Professor of the College of Health Professions and McAuley School of Nursing at University of Detroit Mercy. In addition to teaching undergraduate pediatric nursing and graduate courses, she is a published and funded researcher. As a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, her research focuses on eliminating health inequities in childhood obesity in populations of color as well as health disparities research in general. She has also served as a consultant to the City of Detroit Health Department and Detroit Community Health Connection. Her education includes a Bachelors of Science, Masters of Science in Parent Child Nursing, and Postdoctoral Degrees from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. She earned an Executive MBA from Michigan State University and a PhD in Nursing Research from Wayne State University. Dr. Tate has received several national, regional, and local awards for her exemplary service and leadership within non profit sectors and practice, teaching and community settings.