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Memorial Fund established to honor Rosanne Harrigan, MS, EdD, APRN-Rx, FAAN
With great sadness, we note that Dr. Rosanne Harrigan passed away on October 16, 2016. Our thoughts go out to her family, friends, colleagues and students. Dr. Rosanne Harrigan most recently served as the Chair of the Department of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University of Hawai’i (UH) John A. Burns School of Medicine. She was the former Dean of the UH School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene.
A graduate of Xavier College, Dr. Harrigan received her Masters in Nursing, credentials as a nurse practitioner, and her Doctor of Education from Indiana University. She was a professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing and adjunct professor of Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine. She then became Niehoff Chair & Professor, Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola University of Chicago.
Her research and clinical interests included cross-cultural care. She published papers on health disparities among different ethnic groups including Native Hawaiians and Samoans, and about difference perceptions of health care among mothers in Asia and the U.S.
Her work in cross-cultural healthcare contributed to her interest in Integrative Medicine. She worked part-time at Waimanalo Health Center whose service population is largely Native Hawaiian. There, as a nurse practitioner, she worked with traditional Hawaiian healers as well as physicians.