Faculty/Staff Profile

Mary E. Cramer, PhD, RN, FAAN
(Courtesy Faculty), UNMC College of Public Health

Contact Information
University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Omaha Division
Center for Nursing Sciences, Room 40105
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5330
tel: (402) 559-6617
E-Mail: mecramer@unmc.edu

Prior to joining UNMC in 2000, Dr. Cramer was a public health nurse and worked as District Director and Director of Occupational Health Services for the Visiting Nurse Association, Omaha, NE. In 1998, she completed her PhD in Community and Human Resources from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, and began teaching at UNMC College of Nursing.

Dr. Cramers scholarship and research are in the area of outcome/impact evaluation of community-based programs and services. Her work has been continuously funded since 2000 by regional and national foundations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Maternal Child Health Bureau/National Healthy Start, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and Tobacco Free Nebraska. She currently is funded by the National Institutes of Health/NIGMS as the Evaluation Director for the Great Plains IDeA Center for Translational Research, and by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health/CDC as Evaluation Director for the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health.

Her evaluative research has had an impact on regional and national policies for clean indoor air, where she consulted with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Her community-based participatory research project, Midwest Geriatric Nurses Quality Improvement (RWJF Partners Investing in Nursing, 2009-2011) has been sustained through the American Health Care Association (AHCA) as the GeroNurse Prep Course, which is marketed to all 50 AHCA state affiliates (www.ahca.org). The National Gerontological Nurses Association adopted the projects leadership academy as a new NGNA Special Interest GroupLong Term Care. Dr. Cramer is co-author of the evaluation model and instrument, Internal Coalition Effectiveness ICE© (Public Health Nursing 2006a, b), which is used by numerous state, federal and policymaking organizations in the U.S. and in four foreign countries.

Dr. Cramer is a founding member of the Nebraska Action Coalition, part of the RWJF/AARP National Campaign for Action where she served on its Executive Board (2010  2017). She is a member of the American Academy of Nursing, Academy Health, American Public Health Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and she has been active in the ANA as 2nd Congressional District Coordinator (1994-96, 2000  2002) and in various elected offices for Nebraska Nurses Association. Dr. Cramer received the Pennie Z. Davis Faculty Research Award in 2017.

Graduate Teaching

  • NRSG 709/909: Health Care Policy
  • NRSG 413A: Population Health


FUNDED GRANTS/CONTRACTS (2005 - present only)

2016   Great Plains IDeA Center for Clinical and Translational Research, Institutional Development Award (Idea) Program Infrastructure For Clinical And Translational Research (Ideactr) (U54). National Institutes of Health, September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2020. Rizzo, M. (PI, Center Director), Meza, J., Rautiainen, R., Mikuls, T., McClay, J., Fox, H., Cramer, M. (PI, Evaluation Core).
2016   Centers for Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education, and Prevention (1 U54 OH 010162). Y1 100,000; Y2 $100,000; Y3$100,000; Y4 $100,000; Y5 $100,000. Total for 5 years: $500,000, Duration: September 2016 – August 2021, Amount: $400,000, Rautiainen, R. (PI, Center Director), Wyatt, T., Rogan, E., Romberger, D., Gibbs, S., Von Essen, S., Cramer, M. (PI, Evaluation Core) (.15 fte).
2014   Funded extension of Reducing Rural Pre-Term Births with Mobile Technology and Community Health Worker Reinforcement. Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Fund for Excellence. Duration: 4 months, Budget: $12,430, Cramer, M. (PI), Lazoritz, S. (Co-PI) et al.
2014   Reducing Rural Pre-Term Births with Mobile Technology and Community Health Worker Reinforcement. Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Fund for Excellence. Duration: 12 months, Budget: $203,000, Cramer, M. (PI), Lazoritz, S. (Co-PI) et al.
2014   Central Nebraska Prenatal Advisory Board. Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Rural Health. Duration: 6 months, Budget: $16,000, Cramer, M. (PI), Shaffer, K., Lazoritz, S.
2013   National Children’s Agricultural Safety and Health Network. External Evaluation. Marshfield Foundation Research Center, Madison, WI. Duration: 2013 – 2014, Amount: $15,000, Cramer, M. (PI). (.10 fte), Wendl, M.
2013   Advisement to UNMC Office of Vice Chancellor for Research for Office of Community Engaged Research. Duration: Sept 2013 – present, Cramer, M. (.10 fte).
2013   State Implementation Program (SIP). Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Campaign for Action. Duration: 2013 – 2015, Amount: $150,000 challenge grant awarded to Nebraska Action Coalition, Vinton, V. (PD, Nebraska Action Coalition); Lazure, L. (Co-I), Valerio, M. (Co-I), Connelly, L (Co-I), Orduna, A., Brage-Hudson, D., Cramer, M. (Co-I) (.05 in-kind fte).
2012   Influencing tobacco free policies for multi-unit housing in Nebraska. Tobacco Free Nebraska, MOTAC. Duration: July 2012 – June 2013, Amount: $46,112, Cramer, M. (PI) (.15 fte). Xu, L.


*Cramer, M., Atwood, J., & Stoner, J. Internal Coalition Effectiveness (ICE©) instrument. United States Copyright Office. TX 6-444-270.


Cramer, M. (2012, August). Invited Panel Presenter: Research Informs Smoke-free Policy Changes in Nebraska: Findings from the Landlord and Tenant Surveys. Paper presented at National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH), Ancillary Meeting, Kansas City Convention Center, Room 2505A, Kansas City, Missouri.

Gofin, J., Gofin, R., Margalit, R., Brown, D., Cramer, M., & el-Mohandes, A. (2011, October). Promoting Healthy Communities: Integrating Public Health and Medicine in the Training of Public Health Workforce. Paper presented at 139th Annual American Public Health Association National Convention, Washington DC.

Cramer, M., & Van Ekeren, G. (2011, October). Sustainability of PIN projects: Moving to the national stage. Invited presentation at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Partners Investing in Nursing Annual Conference. Washington, DC.

Cramer, M., & Nayar, P. (2011, October). Internal Coalition Effectiveness (ICE©): Results of a process evaluation of the RWJF Geriatric Nursing Education Quality Improvement Program. Presented at 139th Annual American Public Health Association National Convention, Washington DC.

Cramer, M., & Bevil, C. (2011, September). Results of the RWJF/NWHF Partners Investing in Nursing Project: Midwest Partners Improving Geriatric Nursing Care. Invited paper presentation at American Health Care Association Annual Convention, Las Vegas, NV.

Culross, B., Marks-Conley, D., Cramer, M., Sather, L, Rejda, P. ( 2011, July). Transforming knowledge through technology: an on-line learning experience to enhance gerontological nursing and leadership competence in long term care. Poster presentation at Emerging Technologies in Nursing Education, San Francisco, CA.

Cramer, M., Stevens, E., Roberts, S., & Xu, L. (2010, November). Smoke-free policies for multi-unit housing: A descriptive comparison of the perceptions and experiences of landlords and tenants. Invited panel presentation at American Public Health Association National Convention, Denver, CO.

Marks-Conley, D., Culross, B., Cramer, M., & Rejda, P. (2010, October). Transforming knowledge through technology: An on-line learning experience to enhance gerontological nurse competence in LTC. Presentation at National Gerontological Nursing Association, Palm Springs, CA.

Cramer, M. , & Stevens, E. (2010, March). Cost effectiveness of community-based prenatal care: the Douglas County Healthy Start project. Paper presentation at National Healthy Start Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Professional Service/Recognition (2012 to present only)

  • Penni A. Davis Faculty Research Award, UNMC College of Nursing (2017)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing (2012-present)
  • Chair, Department of Community Based Health (2005 – 2012)
  • Executive Board, Nebraska Action Coalition (2010-2017)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of AgriMedicine (2016-present)