Dr. Amber Paulus is a registered nurse, certified in healthcare quality and patient safety from the National Association of Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) and Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Her doctoral training in nursing with a focus on healthcare quality research, and her 7-year experience as a federal contractor to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have given her a unique perspective on improving the quality of care among various patient populations. Her research program focuses on evaluating health equity as one of the six domains of quality to design equitable care for patients at-risk for kidney disease through preventive screening of both clinical and social risk factors. Dr. Paulus currently serves as an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing in the Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems where she teaches quality and patient safety courses at both the graduate level and for the VCU Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaboration Care. She is passionate about preparing the current and future generation of health science professionals to practice medicine and implement patient care with an intentional focus on quality and patient safety.