Dr. Harpin joined the CU Denver Informatics, Health Systems, and Leadership division in 2011 after having been at the University of Minnesota since 2004. Dr. Harpin’s research focuses on the health outcomes of vulnerable adolescent and young-adult populations. Areas of teaching include nursing research, community-health nursing, leadership/advocacy, and the professional role of nurses.
Dr. Harpin has worked as an advanced-practice public health nurse since the early 2000s. His long-time practice was at St. Joseph’s Home for Children in Minneapolis, which served as the central intake site for all children entering the Hennepin County Child Protection System. His consulting has included task-force work addressing (a) the health needs of homeless adolescents and foster care youth and (b) the mental health needs of vulnerable youth. He has been a grant reader for the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education for Family-Planning Special-Project Grants (Title X), STD/STI community grants, and Out-of-School Time community grants. He has served on the University of Minnesota Medical Reserve Corps leadership team, addressing crises subsequent to hurricane landfall (Louisiana, 2005), flood (Brainard, MN, 2009) and TB outbreak (Hennepin County, MN, 2008). He has served on the Boards of Directors for the Minnesota Public Health Association and the Nokomis Healthy Seniors Block Nursing Program, and he has held leadership positions in the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine.