Family Health


The purpose of the Family Health RIG is to advance family science by facilitating networking and partnerships between members, fostering the quality of the research conducted to advance family science, and facilitating dissemination of the research of section members. The Family Health RIG will continue to provide continuity as a “intellectual home and center of connectedness” for a core of nurse researches committed to extending family science.

Who Should Join?

Researchers interested in family health research

RIG Communication

Groupsite Community Networking Platform:

Meet the RIG Leadership for 2020 – 2021


Valerie Toly, PhD, RN 
Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University


Tammy Neiman, PhD, RN-BC 
Assistant Professor, Minnesota State University Mankato


Natalie McAndrew, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC
Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Past Co-Chair

Monique Ridosh, PhD, RN 
Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago

Past Co-Chair

Kim Whitmore, PhD, RN, CPN 
Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Grants Representative

Barbara Giambra, PhD, RN, CPNP
Professor, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center


2020-2021 RIG Awards

The 2020-2021 RIG Awards Nominations are now closed.  Please be sure to attend the RIG Annual Meeting right before the 2021 Annual Research Conference in March 2021 for the announcement of RIG Award Winners.

2020 – 2021 Goals

  • Establish communication using new platform.
  • Continue highlighting RIG members.
  • Curate and archive RIG activities since 2002.

Overall/Long Term Goals

  • Establish workgroup for the development and use of common data elements that advance family science.
  • Continue collaboration across RIGs to support advancement of family nursing science.

Recent Activities/Highlights


MNRS Family RIG members attending the International Family Nursing Conference in Pamplona Spain.
Pictured: Sandra Eggenberger, Joan Totka, Rachel Schiffman, Kathy Sawin, Marilyn Swan, Norah Johnson, and Monique Ridosh.

RIG Minutes/Summary

If you are interested in learning more about the Family Health RIG, please explore the minutes from the past meetings:
Family Health RIG Annual Report from the 2020 Annual Research Conference
Family Health RIG Annual Report from the 2019 Annual Research Conference

Family Health RIG minutes from the 2019 Annual Research Conference
Family Health RIG minutes from the 2018 Annual Research Conference
Family Health RIG minutes from the 2017 Annual Research Conference
Family Health RIG minutes from the 2016 Annual Research Conference