Bonnie Gance-Cleveland is the Loretta Ford Professor in the Division of Women, Children, & Family Health. Her practice and research focus on decreasing health disparities in vulnerable populations by (a) advancing science for culturally sensitive care; (b) collaborating with professional organizations to develop evidence-based, culturally sensitive practice guidelines; and (c) use of technology to promote EBP. She initiated the Health Disparities Collaboratives on Asthma and Depression care, which led to dramatic improvements in screening, self-management goals, asthma-severity assessments, appropriate prescription of anti-inflammatory medications, and yearly pulmonary function tests in an SBHC, faculty-practice site. She chaired the NAPNAP research group evaluating evidence for the development of culturally sensitive obesity-prevention guidelines and participated in the AMA obesity-prevention expert writing group. She has been funded by NIH to evaluate school-based support groups for adolescents with an addicted parent, conducted a statewide CQI initiative for SBHCs, and evaluated outcomes of preschool SBHCs. She has worked with Dr. Gilbert to develop technology decision support to promote evidence-based obesity care in pediatrics and is currently funded by AHRQ for a mixed methods, comparative effectiveness trial (24 school-based health centers in 6 states) on the use of technology to improve adherence to obesity guidelines.
Gance-Cleveland earned her bachelor's degree in nursing, her master's degree in nursing and her PhD from the University of Colorado.