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Cheryl Kovar, PhD, RN, CNS

Director, Nursing Leadership Concentration
Assistant Professor
Advanced Nursing Practice & Education
Office: 3122 Health Sciences Building
Phone: (252) 744-6396

Bio

Dr. Cheryl Kovar joined East Carolina University College of Nursing as the incoming Concentration Director for the MSN Leadership Concentration in February, 2015.  In December 2015, she was named the Concentration Director for the Post Masters DNP Leadership program in addition to her role at the MSN level.  Prior to these positions, she was the state nurse consultant for the Title X Family Planning program with the North Carolina Division of Public Health from 2007 to 2015.  In addition to her current position, she is a medical accuracy reviewer for the Office of Adolescent Health for curriculum used in the PREP program (a national teen pregnancy prevention program), a panel chair and reviewer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) grant review processes, a grant reviewer for the Office of Adolescent Health, and a national speaker on reproductive and adolescent health issues.  She has over 20 presentations at the state and national level in the past five years as well as 4 peer reviewed journal articles and one radio broadcast.  In 2011, Dr. Kovar was selected to represent public health nursing on North Carolina’s Future of Nursing Action Coalition’s Leadership Task Force.   Prior to moving to North Carolina in 2007, Dr. Kovar taught Community Health, Leadership and Management and Nursing Research for 11 years to baccalaureate nursing students at three universities. She holds a BSN from the University of Toledo, graduating Cum Laude, a MSN from the Medical College of Ohio, and a PhD in Nursing from The Ohio State University.  Dr. Kovar brings 25 years of experience as a registered nurse with 20 years at the advanced practice level as a Maternal-Child Clinical Nurse Specialist, with 15 of those years, specifically working in public health.  Her area of research focuses on adolescent high risk behaviors leading to sexually transmitted diseases, unintended pregnancy and contraception.  She is currently the Primary Investigator for a grant through the CDC and DHHS Communicable Disease Branch leading the BILCORE-PRO project, which focuses on billing, coding and seeking reimbursement from third party payers for STD services at the local health department level. 

Research Interests

  • Adolescent Health
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting
  • Contraception
  • Leadership

Blog/Twitter/Facebook links

News

Referred Articles/Papers

Kovar, C. L. & Carter, S. (2017).  A survey of 25 North Carolina health departments/districts on knowledge, attitudes, and current practices to seeking reimbursement from third party payers for sexually transmitted disease services. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 44(6), 380-383.

Kovar, C. L. & Salsberry, P. (2012). Does a satisfactory relationship with her mother influence when a 16 year old begins to have sex?  MCN, The American Journal of Maternal-Child Nursing, 37(2), 122-129.

Bryant, A., Kovar, C.L. & Luchowski, A.T. (2009). Pills are not enough: The case for long-acting reversible contraceptives â€, and how North Carolinians can benefit.  North Carolina Medical Journal, 70(5), 459-462.       

von Sadovszky, V., Kovar, C.K., Brown, C., & Armbruster, M. (2006). The need for sexual health information: perceptions and desires of young adults. MCN,The American Journal of Maternal-Child Nursing, 6, 373-381.

Other Media

Kovar, C. K. (Writer). (2000). What teens need to succeed (radio broadcast). Archbold, OH: WMTR 96.1, FM.

Book Chapters

Books and Monographs

Non-Refereed Articles/Papers

Grants

Extramural Funding

East Carolina University  BILCORE-PRO Grant   2015-present

  • PI on multi-year grant from NC Department of Health and Human Services, Communicable Disease Branch
  • Quantitative research on attitudes,  knowledge and current practices in seeking reimbursement from third party payers for STD services among 60 NC health departments/districts.  Qualitative research through focus groups and interviews to assess perceived barriers to screening for STDs, billing, coding and reimbursement from third party payers, and collaboration among health departments/districts, federally qualified health centers, and emergency departments in selected health departments/districts in the state.
  • Funded ($793,997 Years One through Year Three)
  • Year Three expands project to the entire state with remaining health departments/districts.

Refereed Presentations

Oral Presentations                                     

Kovar, C.L. & Bynum, S. (2017). Improving third party payer reimbursement for sexually transmitted disease services in North Carolina: A study on attitudes, knowledge, and current practices among 60 health departments/districts.  2017 NCPHA Fall Education Conference, Asheville, NC.             

Kovar, C.L., Roberson, D.W. & Carter, S. (2016). Improving third party payer reimbursement for sexually transmitted disease services in eastern North Carolina:  A study on current practices in 25 health departments/districts and perceived barriers to screening, reimbursement, and collaboration among LHDs, FQHCs and EDs.  2016 NCPHA Fall Education Conference.  New Bern, NC.

Kovar, C. L., Roberson, D.W. & Carter, S. (2016).  Providing sexually transmitted disease services: a study on the barriers to screening, reimbursement, and collaboration according to providers in eastern North Carolina.  Invited speaker to ASTDA (American Sexually Transmitted Disease Association) Research Symposium Breakfast.  National STD Prevention Conference. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA.

Kovar, C.L., Roberson, D.W. & Carter, S. (2016). Improving third party payer reimbursement for sexually transmitted disease services in eastern North Carolina:   A study on current practices in 25 health departments/districts and perceived barriers to screening, reimbursement, and collaboration among LHDs, FQHCs and EDs.   5th Annual Cone Health/AHEC Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice Symposium. Greensboro, NC.

Kovar, C.L., Roberson, D.W. & Carter, S. (2016).  Providing sexually transmitted disease services: A study on the barriers to screening, reimbursement, and collaboration according to providers in eastern North Carolina, National STD Prevention Conference. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

Poster Presentations

Kovar, C.L. & Carter, S. (2016). Knowledge, Capacity and Attitudes to Seeking Reimbursement from Third-Party Payers for Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Related Co-Infections in 25 Eastern North Carolina Health Departments. NCONL Annual Meeting and Conference. Greensboro, NC.

Kovar, C.L. & Carter, S. (2016).  Knowledge, Capacity and Attitudes to Seeking Reimbursement from Third-Party Payers for Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Related Co-Infections in 25 Eastern North Carolina Health Departments. 25th Annual ECU Collaborative Research Day. Greenville, NC.

Non-Referred Presentations

Invited Presentations

Kovar, C.L. (2017). Contraceptive methods. Family Life Institute. East Carolina University, College of Health Education & Promotion. Greenville. NC.

Kovar, C.L. (2017). Baby, if you love me...Reproductive coercion of true love? Building Bridges Annual Conference, NC Division of Public Health, Wrightsville Beach, NC.     

Kovar, C.L. (2017). Grooming future leaders: Creating meaningful internship opportunities in public health. State Health Directors Annual Meeting. Raleigh, NC.                                                              

Kovar, C.L. (2015). Contraceptive methods and reproductive health update. Family Life Institute, Appalachian State University. Boone, NC.

 

Consultations

Special Projects/Faculty Development

Research Activities

Courses Taught

Courses Taught

NURS6993 - Advanced Nursing Synthesis

NURS6112 - Nurse Midwifery Management: Well Women Care

  • Provided a seminar to midwifery students on contraceptive methods

Dissertation Committees

DNP Project Committees

Special Assignments/Faculty Development

Service

 

SERVICE TO COLLEGE

 

            2014-15                                   Member of Search Committee for Associate Dean

                                                            Of Graduate Science Department

 

            2015-present                           Member of Unit Assessment and Evaluation

                                                          Committee

 

            2016                                      Chair of Search Committee for 2 Nursing

                                                          Leadership Faculty Positions

 

SERVICE

          2017-present    Member - Pitt County Infant Mortality Prevention Advisory Task Force

          2017-present    North Carolina Public Health Association (NCPHA) - Academic Practice Based Research Section - Secretary-Treasurer

          2017-present    Reviewer for Office of Adolescent Health's federal grant applications

          2012-2016        Chair and panel member - grant review process for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS)

          2011-present     Medical accuracy reviewer for PREP curriculum for the Office of Adolescent Health

          2015-present    Member of Advisory Board for the East Carolina Nursing Consortium (formerly East Carolina Center for Nursing Leadership)

          2013-2015        Expert reviewer for Dove Medical Press for online journals: International Journal of Women’s Health and International Journal

                                 of Adolescent Health  

 

 

Service Learning Activities

Special Projects

Honors and Awards

ACADEMIC HONORS

1997                  Leadership Award from Sigma Theta Tau International for MSN students.

1992                 Graduated Cum Laude from BSN program – University of Toledo

1992                 Sigma Theta Tau International – member

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Sigma Theta Tau International, Zeta Theta and Beta Nu Chapters   (1992-present)

Association for Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP)   (2010-2015)

 North Carolina Public Health Association (NCPHA)   (2009-present)

National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA)    (2007-2015)

North Carolina Organization of Nurse Leaders (NCONL) (2014-present)

American Nurses Association/Ohio Nurses Association (2001-2005)

American Nurses Association/North Carolina Nurses Association (2015-present)

American Public Health Association (APHA) (2017-present)