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Rhonda  Cady PhD, RN
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Clinical Scientist
Research Program Lead, Health Services

Research Focus Area(s)

  • Medical complexity All complex conditions treated at Gillette (CP | SB | MD | TI | genetic anomalies/conditions)(Note: this is not a complete list of conditions.)


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  • Over a 15 year span, Rhonda Cady's clinical and translational research focused on enhancing care delivery and care coordination for children and youth with medical complexity. Prior to a research career, she held business and computer science faculty positions, worked as an information system consultant and practiced as an inpatient oncology registered nurse. Dr. Cady's broad background of nursing, business information systems and health informatics culminated a rich clinical, analytical, project management, data science and research skillset that informs her approach to research. Critical to this work is advancing the power of collaboration with live, experience partners, in all aspects of research design, implementation and dissemination. 

    Notable Honors and Awards

    • 2022: Betty Hubbard Maternal Child Health Leadership Award, Minnesota Department of Health, Maternal and Child Health Section, St. Paul, MN
    • 2014: Nurse of the Year Award: Education and Research, March of Dimes Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
    • 2012: Excellence in Nursing Informatics and Potential to Contribute Significantly to Nursing and Health Informatics Award, AMIA Nursing Informatics Working Group, Chicago, IL
  • My approach to health services research (HSR) is guided by three fundamental principles: collaboration, communication and inclusion. HSR teams are collaborative, multi-disciplinary, and across organization stakeholder groups that include persons with lived experience. Effective communication in these teams is grounded in honest, respectful and safe dialogue. Personal experience with profound hearing loss resulted in the ability to ‘hear’ non-verbal communication and detect and correct misunderstandings others may not perceive or jeopardize effective communication. Ideally, HSR team stakeholders represent the diversity of populations under investigation and the inclusion of representative lived experience partners builds health equity into the core of my research. 

  • Graduate Degree: 
    University of Wisconsin - Madison, MS Business
    University of Minnesota - PhD, Health Informatics

    • American Telemedicine Association (ATA)
    • American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
    • Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society (STTI)
    • Registered Nurse, State of Minnesota, 2013-present
    • Registered Nurse, State of Wisconsin, 1980-2020
  • Cady, R. G., Erickson, C., Harris, D. S., & Nickelsen, T. (2021). Successful healthcare transition for youth with special healthcare needs is a team effort. Nurse Practitioner, 46(11), 38-43. doi:10.1097/01.NPR.0000794524.42202.4c

    Cady, R. G., & Belew, J. L. (2017). Parent Perspective on Care Coordination Services for Their Child with Medical Complexity. Children (Basel, Switzerland), 4(6), 10.3390/children4060045. doi:E45 [pii]

    Cady, R. G., Erickson, M., Lunos, S., Finkelstein, S. M., Looman, W., Celebreeze, M., & Garwick, A. (2015). Meeting the needs of children with medical complexity using a telehealth advanced practice registered nurse care coordination model. Maternal and child health journal, 19(7), 1497-1506. doi:10.1007/s10995-014-1654-1

    Find a list of Dr. Cady's publications here

  • Research Areas of Interest

    • Impact of care coordination on quality of life and well-being for children with medical complexity and their families
    • Use of technology to improve care delivery for children with medical complexity
    • Health Equity
    • Administrative Dataset Mining
    • Clinical Dataset Mining

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