Profile of Dr. Fields’ model “Grassroots Empowerment of Women as Gatekeepers of the Health of the Community”, partnering with a local NGO and School of Nursing in Rwanda, with Lessons for global health policy, education, and practice.

Global Exemplar – Empowering Women in Rural Villages in Rwanda: A Sustainable Model in Short, N.M. Milsteads Health Policy and Politics (Seventh Edition). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. Reprinted with permission.

Dr. Harriet Fields presents American Association of Colleges of Nursing Webinar, Tues. Jan. 28, 2020

https://www.aacnnursing.org/Professional-Development/Webinar-Info/sessionaltcd/WF20_01_28 Dr. Fields presents her global health work in Rwanda Empowering Women in Health.  The focus is the World Health Organization 2020 Goal of Year of the Nurse and Midwife and UN Sustainable Development Goals #3 & 5, as Dr. Fields terms it ‘Women Empowered Good Health and Well Being’. 

We welcome interest from university nurse educators, practitioners, and graduates to join our project. 

PROFILE MEDIA AFRICA Interview – Nairobi, Kenya, May 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqRMVeD2pSc&feature=em-uploademail

WOMEN SHAPING HISTORY 2014 – Dr. Harriet Fields: Health Care Activist in Africa


Dr. Harriet A. Fields doctoral and master’s degrees are from her beloved graduate school Teachers College, Columbia University.  Ed.D. Community Health Education and Nursing Education; Ed.M. Public Health Nursing Education.  She has also served on Teachers College, Columbia University Alumni Council.  While in graduate school at Columbia, she was research assistant to anthropologist Dr. Margaret Mead at the Museum of Natural History in New York.

As a nurse educator based in Washington, DC, with an expertise in health care policy and professional nursing’s leadership role in humane health care reform, she teaches Health Care Policy online to graduate students throughout the country for Simmons University in Boston.

Dr. Fields’ expertise is also in community/public/global health nursing, and arts and healing.  She now does global health work in Rwanda, and partnering with a local NGO in Kigali.  Dr. Fields project is “Grassroots Empowerment of Women as the Gatekeepers of the Health of the Community”.  The uniqueness of her work is the focus on women in rural villages as the source of information, and confirming and collaborating with schools/parents/teachers, community health workers, and local authorities.  The need is for Train the Trainer programs in rural villages for community health workers, community health centers, and our nurse educator colleagues in Rwanda for sustainability and capacity development.  She envisions offering her programs to graduate nurses across the globe as professional development and continuing education programs.

Dr. Fields presented her work at the Global Network of Public Health Nursing Tri-annual International Conference May 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Prior to teaching online, she developed a baccalaureate programs in nursing, and coordinated a master’s and doctoral programs in gerontological nursing and long term care, as well served as Interim Director of a hybrid university based RN-BSN-MSN program.  For many years, Dr. Fields has been a consultant in long-term care and nursing home reform in Washington and in New York City and State.  In Washington, she also served as the Federal Court Monitor in the D.C. Village Nursing Home case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice against the District of Columbia for the violation of the civil rights of the residents of the nursing home the District owned and operated.  Very valuable lessons to be learned for the empowerment of citizens and successful advocacy for our most vulnerable and poor.

Dr. Fields is a former RN member  of the District of Columbia Board of Nursing and commissioner of the Magnet Program in Recognition of Excellence in Nursing Services of the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  Her dissertation from Teachers College, Columbia University is “A Study of Professional Behavior in Education and Practice, With An Emphasis on Professional Nursing Education and Practice”.  The Conceptual Framework for Professional Behavior developed as part of her dissertation, Dr. Fields uses as examples in her teaching and work for professional nurse empowerment and leadership in humane health care delivery for our clients – local, national, and global.

Dr. Harriet A. Fields is also active nationally and internationally in promoting the legacy of her grandfather, W.C. Fields, for generations to come – www.wcfields.com.

At women's sewing cooperative for survivors of the genocide, Kigali, Rwanda - August 2012
At women’s sewing cooperative for survivors of the genocide, Kigali, Rwanda – August 2012
Dr. Harriet Fields at the Canary Trial Re-enactment

New York City, American Theatre of Actors, December 21, 2015, first performance of “The Real Transcript of W.C. Fields Murder Trial (of a Canary), 1928” in the actual courtroom of the Trial.

3 thoughts on “About

  1. My brother and I are enjoying Your Grandfathers Movies tonight on TCM,
    It’s always nice to see them again, as I’ve probably seen most if not all of W.C. Fields Films and l listened to an record album of his famous quote as a young boy and teen over and over till I memorized most of them to quote them to entertain others. Most teens had posters of rock stars, but I had W.C. Fields wearing a Top Hat, seated at a poker table holding his cards peering as if at me giving me advice “You can’t cheat an honest man. Never give a sucker an even break or smarten up a chump.” . Tonight I enjoyed Your stories about Your Grandfather, thank you so much for the accounts of his life. I always wondered if it was true that he kept his money in bank accounts under aliases he made up like his film characters. Is there any truth to that story? Well TCM is showing “You Can’t Cheat An Honest Man” now so I’ll be watching.
    Make it a Great Day!
    Patrick LaMont Frugé (pronounced Fru-zhay!)


  2. Hello mumy,I hope you are doing well ,am Margret makuri from Kenya, safari park hotel,we had good times with you during your visit to Kenya,I used to serve you soup,
    May God bless you and your family, miss you so much.


  3. What an impressive woman! Dr Harriet Fields is an inspiration to women throughout the Globe, Her wisdom leaves an imprint on the many students, clients, patients; men and women of all ages she has taught, and guided to a healthier, more vibrant life. From New York City and Washington, D.C. to Kigali,
    Rawanda, Harriet Fields has educated
    protected, counseled and encouraged women and men in their journey to a healthier life. Health of communities is her trademark.
    Like her grandfather, WC.Fields, Harriet Fields has made a difference in the lives of many.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.