A certified forensic nurse, Porta is committed to addressing global health priorities including emerging infectious diseases, gender-based violence, and the health of vulnerable young people, and doing so in partnership with students and faculty in universities around the globe. Porta is a prevention scientist whose efforts are characterized by collaboration with diverse, multisectorial stakeholders.
Since 2007 Porta has been an active faculty member in two USAID funded large-scale University network partnerships addressing emerging infectious disease threats, Project Respond (2007-2012), and One Health Workforce (2013-2018). Involving faculties of nursing, veterinary medicine, and public health, primary project goals are to strengthen future workforce capability to prevent, detect, and respond to zoonotic pandemic threats such as Ebola and Anthrax. Porta is the University of Minnesota Principal Investigator for a higher education workforce development collaboration with Kabul University of Medical Sciences, funded by FHI 360/USAID. Faculty of midwifery, anesthesiology, dentistry, and medical lab technology from the universities established new partnership to strengthen pre-service education to produce a more successful, competent healthcare workforce of Afghan men and women. Porta is a Founding Director of the Sexual Violence Prevention Collaboratory, a multi-disciplinary, community-engaged lab committed to advancing evidence-based interventions that prevent rape and sexual misconduct among university students through comprehensive socio-ecological strategies.
Porta uses innovative and pragmatic mixed research methods to understand and evaluate problems and solutions from diverse perspectives. She regularly teaches and provides seminars on these methods, including qualitative methods and analysis, and use of technology in public health research and practice.
Porta received her BSN (Nursing), MS (Adolescent Health/Public Health Nursing), and PhD from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, and an MS (Occupational and Environmental Health) and MPH (Maternal and Child Health) from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.
Location: Global Health, School of Nursing
University of Minnesota
5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Description: The School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota provides its students with a world-class opportunity to learn, lead and discover in a dynamic learning and research environment. Our faculty are nationally and internationally renowned for their leadership, practice expertise and research discoveries. Many are professionally engaged in community practices that ground them in the front-line health care challenges and insights of our time. Our students, staff, faculty and alumni are contributing to creating a healthy future for the planet through their work locally and around the world. We offer students global perspectives and opportunities and seek to build meaningful and sustainable partnerships. Through our research discoveries, collaborative service and policy development, we are transforming global health one person, family, community, and environment at a time.
Whether partnering to prevent emerging infectious pandemic threats in Africa and Asia or encouraging healthy adolescent-parent communication in refugee families locally in the Twin Cities, the School of Nursing is at the forefront of global health promotion.
At the School of Nursing, global learning occurs in the classroom, on-line and by travel abroad, as well as through collaboration with visiting scholars from around the world and partner organizations that include academic institutions and government and non-governmental agencies.