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Judith Aponte

Associate Professor; Specialization Coordinator, Graduate Community/Public Health Nursing and Masters of Public Health dual degree programs at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, Hunter College; Doctoral Faculty at Graduate Center, CUNY
Department :
Membership :
Associate Member
Core Research :
Office :
Brookdale, Room 430 West
Email :
Office Phone :
(212) 481-7568
Education :
  • B.S.N. (Nursing), Hunter College, CUNY, 1994
  • M.S.N. (Nursing Administration), Hunter College, CUNY, 1998
  • Ph.D. (Nursing), Columbia University, 2004
Research Interest :

I am PI of two research projects funded internally through the CTSC at Weill-Cornell College via a subcontract to me.  In the most current one (funded at $90,000), I am conducting a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to assess the efficacy of community health workers (CHWs) in improving physiological measures, knowledge and health-promoting behaviors among Hispanic diabetics. Upon completing the study and publishing the findings, I will be one of the few researchers to examine both the efficacy of CHWs in providing diabetes education and the cost-effectiveness of CHWs in NYC. A Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing (H-BSON) seed grant (funded at $3,000) supplements the RCT to assess the cost-effectiveness of CHWs through an economic analysis of the intervention group receiving diabetes educational sessions by a CHW. As PI of a Presidential Fund for Faculty Advancement award (funded at $2,000), and H-BSON (funded at $18,192), I gathered qualitative data to understand changes in behavior among Hispanics with diabetes. With a PSC-CUNY grant (funded at $3,433.98; PSC-CUNY Grant # 44-641) and H-BSON (funded at $1,250), I am analyzing a large secondary data set, the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES) 2007-2008 and 2009-2010, to examine prediabetes among all available ethnic groups (Mexican American, other Hispanics, Non-Hispanic Black, Non-Hispanic White, and other race) in order to identify any disparities among them.

Selected Publications :
  • Aponte, J., Campos-Dominguez, G.* & Jaramillo, D.* (in press). Understanding Reasons, Barriers and Factors that Motivate NYC Hispanics with Diabetes. Hispanic Health Care International (HHIC).
  • Aponte, J. & Panora, E.** (2013). Interdisciplinary Diabetes Management: Hybrid Course. Journal of Diabetes & Metabolism, 4(10). doi: 10.4172/2155-6156.1000316. Retrieved from
  • Aponte, J. (2013). Literature review: General Literacy and Health Literacy in Dominicans with Diabetes. Hispanic Health Care International, 11(4), 167-172.
  • Aponte, J. (2013). Prevalence of normoglycemic, prediabetic and diabetic A1c levels. World Journal of Diabetes, 4(6), 349-357.
  • Aponte, J., Cruz, H., Arce, S., & Durso, M. (2012). Partnership Among a Faith-Based Organization and Community. Holistic Nursing Practice, 27(3), 162-167.
  • Aponte, J. (2012). Cultural Competency in Baccalaureate U.S. Nursing Education: Hybrid course. Holistic Nursing Practice, 26(5),243-258.
  • Aponte, J. (2012). Diabetes-related Complications and Practices of Foot Inspections: NHANES 2009-2010. Diabetes Research and Clinical Metabolism, 1(1), 1-9. DOI: 10.7243/2050-0866-1-6.
  • Aponte, J., Boutin-Foster, C., & Alcantara, R. (2012). Knowledge, Perceptions, and Experiences of Dominicans with Diabetes. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. DOI: 10.1007/s10903-012-9630-6.
  • Aponte, J. (2012). The Prevalence of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and PAD-Risk Factors Among Different Ethnic Groups in the US Population. Journal of Vascular Nursing, 30(2), 37-43.
  • Nokes, K., Aponte, J., Nickitas, D., Mahon, P., Rodgers, B., Reyes, N., Chaya, J., & Dornbaum, M. (2012). Teaching homecare electronic documentation skills to undergraduate nursing students. Nursing Education Perspectives, 33(2), 111-115.
  • Aponte, J. (2011). The Prevalence of Asymptomatic and Symptomatic Peripheral Arterial Disease and Peripheral Arterial Disease Risk Factors in the US Population. Holistic Nursing Practice, 25(3), 147-161.
  • Aponte, J. & Egues, A. (2010). A School of Nursing – Wellness Center Partnership: Creating Collaborative Practice Experiences for Undergraduate U.S. Senior Nursing Students. Holistic Nursing Practice, 24(3), 158-168.
  • Aponte, J. (2010). Addressing Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) in Mexican Americans with Diabetes in the NHANES (1999-2000 and 2001-2002). Holistic Nursing Practice, 24(2), 99-106.
  • Aponte, J. (2010). Key elements of large survey data sets. Nursing Economic$, 28(1), 1-10.


  • May 2014 Aponte, J. Invited speaker as the 3rd Annual Grant Recipients’ Breakfast at Hunter College, New York, N.Y.
  • May 2014 Aponte, J. Invited speaker as a Hispanic nurse educator as a moderator and on a panel to speak about nursing as a career.  The Lower Eastside Girls Club, New York, N.Y.
  • April 2014 Aponte, J. Invited speaker as a researcher, to speak about funded research projects and opportunities.  Hunter College, New York, N.Y.
  • March 13 Invited speaker as a Latino researcher on a panel to speak about health and health disparities among Hispanics and Puerto Ricans in the United States. Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, New York, New York.