Robin Fleming, PhD, RN
Fellowship Year: (2017-2018)
Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
Robin Fleming is an interdisciplinary researcher, author, program developer, and policy expert in the fields of health and education. Her areas of expertise are in school health and its capacity to reduce health and academic disparities, and in the integration of health and education systems to improve population health.
Fleming’s most recent position was with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington State’s education agency. She served as health services program administrator, providing leadership, policy guidance, consultation, training, and professional development to school nurses and others in the state’s 295 school districts. She worked with state and national legislators, policy makers, and community agencies to inform and strengthen Washington State’s health reform efforts; helped to maintain school nurse funding in Washington State’s legislative and gubernatorial budgets; embedded school nurse leaders in the state’s Accountable Communities of Health Care network; and developed a school nurse case-management program for low-income students with asthma. Fleming also served for 13 years as a school nurse for Seattle Public Schools, where she provided clinical services to students and received grant funding to develop programs for immigrant and low-income students.
Fleming has served on the boards of the American School Health Association, the School Nurse Organization of Washington, and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN). She won the NASN award for Best Completed Research (2010) and the Economic Opportunity Institute’s Aubrey Davis Award for Progressive Leadership (2012) for her contributions to education and child health.
Fleming received her PhD in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Washington (UW), with cognates in school finance, multicultural studies, and public health. She holds a master’s degree in community health nursing from UW, where she also received her BSN. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Seattle University. Fleming is an affiliate assistant professor in the Family and Child Nursing Department of the University of Washington.