Dr. Dawson has been a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center Scholar since 2011. She is the principal investigator for a HRSA Workforce Diversity Grant and was recently appointed as HRSA grant reviewer.
For many years Dr. Dawson has supported global health and international nursing education. Her introduction to international health care started as a staff nurse at the UAB Medical Center working with open-heart surgical patients from other countries. She has lectured in Canada, Denmark, the United Kingdom and the Philippines. In addition, she has lectured and consulted on the impact of nurse mitigation on the cost of health care, nursing and global health. She has hosted international nurses and other professionals from England, South Africa and Ghana. For over five years she worked collaboratively with professors and consultants from Leeds, England to successfully implement a transformational nursing model called Practice Development Units at the University of Louisville Medical Center (ULMC). As the vice president of clinical operations and the chief nursing officer she hosted nurses from Ghana, Argentina, Russia, China and Germany providing them with clinical experiences and leadership development. In 2009 she worked with the UABSON International Nursing Leadership planning committee to help coordinate the 2010 program. During this Leadership Program she provided several lectures and she is currently working with participants as a mentor.