Heather Reynolds is a Lecturer in nursing in the Nurse-Midwifery Specialty program and the Minority Student Coordinator at Yale School of Nursing. She first entered Yale’s door as a nursing student with a degree from Boston University in psychology and a background in Child development and social work. She graduated with her Masters in Nursing from Yale in 1980. She practiced in the Women’s Center at Yale New Haven Hospital for over 30 years, where she provided a broad spectrum of ambulatory services to the women.
Heather started her career as a nurse educator when she joined the faculty at the University of Colorado Nurse-Midwifery Program in 1983. She returned to Yale in 1986. From 1988-2002 she served as director of the nurse-midwifery practice at Yale-New Haven.
In addition, she has carried the flag in matters of health service planning and policy development. She has served as a Nurse Consultant in the Health Resources and Services Administration, Division of Nursing.
Her contribution and leadership has been recognized by many: she has received a Kellogg Foundation Student Fellowship, and was a Primary Care Policy Fellow of the U.S. Public Health Service. Her other awards include being a Yale School of Nursing Distinguished Alumna and she is a Fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, Nursing Educator Award, Southern CT Black Nurses Association, Inc., 2002, and The Ruth SteinKraus-Cohen Memorial-Outstanding Women of CT Award, 2003, Nightingale Award, So. Ct VNA, 2008, Stars Award, Yale New Haven Hospital, 2010 and the Clinical Expert Award, CT Affiliate, ACNM, 2012.
Ms. Reynolds is a scholar and a frequent participant in forward-looking clinical research projects. She has studied and written about breastfeeding, midwifery service administration, group prenatal care, adolescent health care and adolescent risk reduction. Her research interests also include adolescent health, primary health care health policy, health care delivery to underserved/underserved communities, and health care delivery to minority populations.
Ms. Reynolds practices at Yale-New Haven Hospital Women’s Center.