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Heather M. Young, founding dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis, has announced plans to step down from her leadership position to pursue a research role at the school. After leaving the office in July, Young plans to take a sabbatical and return to UC Davis to pursue research in her areas of interest including family caregiving and healthy aging for older adults.

Young tells UCDavis.edu, “My heart is full of gratitude for the belief that the leaders at UC Davis and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation placed in me 10 years ago. I came here for the opportunity of a lifetime — to launch the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. It has been the most exciting and exhilarating experience of my life. I feel so grateful to our entire team and our many colleagues and supporters who share my vision for what health care should be.”

Young joined UC Davis in 2008 after the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced its $100 million commitment to launch a nursing school on the UC Davis Sacramento campus. During her tenure as dean, Young helped establish the school and its five graduate-degree programs, launched a research program, and oversaw the construction of the Betty Irene Moore Hall.

When Young returns to UC Davis as a researcher, her efforts will be focused on environments that promote healthy aging and formal health care systems for older adults. Young has spent two years working with AARP to develop solutions geared toward supporting family caregivers performing complex tasks at home.

To learn more about Heather Young and her decision to step down as dean to pursue a research role, visit here.

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