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. On July 1, 2018, Dr. Kovar returned to the full-time faculty role in the department. 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 grant reviewer for several federal agencies, 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 5 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 was the Primary Investigator for a grant through the CDC and DHHS Communicable Disease Branch leading the BILCORE-PRO project, which focused on billing, coding and seeking reimbursement from third party payers for STD services at the local health department level. This grant ended on 12/31/17 due to fundng cuts.
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.
Kovar, C. K. (Writer). (2000). What teens need to succeed (radio broadcast). Archbold, OH: WMTR 96.1, FM.
East Carolina University BILCORE-PRO Grant 2015-present
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
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.
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.
NURS6993 - Advanced Nursing Synthesis
NURS6208 - Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for the Advanced Practice Nurse
NURS6112 - Nurse Midwifery Management: Well Women Care
SERVICE TO COLLEGE
2014-15 Member of Search Committee for Associate Dean
Of Graduate Science Department
2015-present Member of Unit Assessment and Evaluation
2016 Chair of Search Committee for 2 Nursing
Leadership Faculty Positions
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 Contractor for Pal-Tech
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
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
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)
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