Meghan Eagen-Torkko, CNM, ARNP, PhD

Meghan is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Washington Bothell, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate students in nursing and health studies. She is the chair of the First-Year Entry Program in Nursing and serves on a number of committees, including Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, a tri-campus committee in the School of Nursing. Her research examines health equity issues in sexual and reproductive health using feminist standpoint theory and has previously explored the work experiences of abortion clinic workers and the effects of early relational trauma on breastfeeding outcomes. She is currently examining SRH outcomes in LBGTQ youth using a trauma-informed framework, and ways to build trust between undocumented immigrants and health care systems in the setting of increased ICE action. She maintains a clinical practice in the Family Planning Program at Public Health Seattle-King County, where she provides SRH care to diverse low-income communities throughout South King County. She considers advocacy to be a central nursing role and incorporates aspects of SRH in every course she teaches — which on occasion surprises her students in Health Systems. When not working, she can usually be found digging in the yard, sewing, or spending time with her wife and two kids.