Dr. Russell has focused on improving minority health disparities through out her entire nursing career. Her program of research is in cancer prevention and control for African American populations. Cancer control in African Americans
Minority health program evaluation

Coalition building
Community organizing
Cancer Screening in African Americans
Behavioral and situational determinants of cancer screening in African Americans
Past Affiliations

Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Public Health Nurse, Washtenaw County Health Department

Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Associate Professor, School of Nursing, College of Applied Sciences and Technology, Ball State University (past)

Acting Continuity of Care Coordinator, Marion County Health Department

Public Health Nurse, Marion County Health Department

Associate Professor, Environments for Health

Assistant Professor, Ball State University

Black and Minority Health Consultant, Indiana State Department of Health

Public Health Nurse Consultant, Indiana State Department of Health

DNS, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Nursing, 1993
BSN, Indiana University
MSN, Indiana University
public policy cancer or carcinogenesis minority health services nursing

Vision Award, Indianapolis Minority Health Coalition, 2002

Sagamore of the Wabash, Governor Frank O'Bannon, 1999

BeneFacta Honoree for scholarship in minority health, Ball State University, 1999

Outstanding Black Women in Health Professions, American Public Health Association, Caucus of Black Health Workers, 1999

Lillian Wald Service Award, American Public Health Association Public Health Nursing Section, 1998

Outstanding Teaching Award, School of Nursing, Ball State University, 1995

Outstanding Volunteer Service Award, Madison County Head Start, 1994

Appreciation Award for Minority Health Advocacy, Minority Health Forum of Marion County, 1993

Certificate of Recognition for Community Service, U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, 1993

The Governor's Voluntary Action Program Health Care Award, Governor Evan Bayh, 1989

Outstanding Service Award, William H. Hudnut, Mayor, City of Indianapolis, 1988

Ruth Scott Deter Community Health Nursing Scholarship Award, 1988

President's Award for Contributions in Public Health and Safety in Indiana, Indiana Public Health Association, 1981

Award of Honor, Model Cities Girls Club, 1975

American Public Health Association
Behavioral Cooperative Oncology Group
Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Indiana University
Midwest Nursing Research Society
National Black Nurses Association
National League for Nursing
Oncology Nursing Society
Sigma Theta Tau International