Aurelia L. Laird, RN, BSN

Director of Clinical and Community Research Operations
Bon Secours Baltimore Health System

Aurelia Laird is Director of Clinical and Community Research Operations for Bon Secours Baltimore Health System in Baltimore, Maryland. She oversees research engagement, serves as a co-investigator for research studies, and helps to build a permanent research infrastructure for the community-based hospital. She advocates for the community to ensure that its input is reflected in research with the potential to impact and benefit local residents. She also collaborates with academia and other groups to translate technical research results into messaging for the lay public in both English and Spanish.

Ms. Laird has volunteered with the American Diabetes Association and has encouraged the local chapter to develop diabetes prevention education specifically for the Spanish-speaking community. She has extensively worked with Education-Based Latino Outreach to provide students and families with diabetes prevention and management interventions in Spanish. She has worked with local churches to ensure that Spanish-speaking parishioners are provided with literature and other educational resources regarding their food choices and implications for diabetes. Through her community outreach efforts, diverse audiences now have a better understanding of the clinical aspects of diabetes prevention and treatment.

Ms. Laird’s 40-year history of nursing and supervisory experience in hospital and community clinical settings includes community education, management, home health care, quality of care improvement, and clinical care. She has directed patient-centered outcomes research and co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles, including papers on diabetes prevention research. She is a member of multiple professional organizations: Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society; Association of Diabetes Educators; Association of Clinical Research Professionals; John Hopkins Community Research Advisory Board; American Diabetes Association’s Baltimore Leadership Board and Community Initiatives Committee; and National Association of Hispanic Nurses.