Colleen Scanlon is senior vice president and chief advocacy officer for Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health system based in Englewood, Colorado. In her role in advocacy at CHI since 1997, Colleen is responsible for directing the development and integration of a comprehensive advocacy program within one of the largest Catholic health care systems in the country. Prior to this, Colleen was director of the American Nurses Association Center for Ethics and Human Rights in Washington, D.C., and served as a clinical scholar in the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University Medical Center.
Colleen’s background includes a variety of clinical positions in palliative care, oncology, psychiatric and home health care nursing. She has lectured frequently and has published in Nursing Clinics of North America, Cancer Nursing, Health Progress, New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Critical Care, Pediatric Nursing, Nursing Management, Oncology Nursing Forum and other journals and books. She has been involved in the development of educational monographs and videos and co-authored a book, "Managing Genetic Information: Implications for Nursing Practice."
Colleen serves on several boards and is involved a variety of professional associations.