Sarah Flanagan

Sarah Flanagan, MSW, MPA, LCSW

Director of Community Health & Interprofessional Engagement
Community Health

Contact Info

Sarah Flanagan joined the Clarkson College community in 2010 and holds the rank of Associate Professor. She earned Master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Administration, and a graduate Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Creighton University. She is a licensed Master Social Worker and Mental Health Practitioner in the state of Nebraska.

Mrs. Flanagan serves as Academic Director for the Community Health program and oversees Interprofessional Education and Advanced Simulation, and Academic Travel, Mission, and Service at the College. She takes an active leadership role on the Student Support Team, the Clarkson College Leadership Series, multiple Strategic Planning committees, and Maltese Mission Service Week. She presents at numerous local, state, and national conferences on topics related to interprofessional education, resilience and well-being, and bereavement.

For her work in developing the IPE curriculum at the College, Mrs. Flanagan was a co-recipient of the Dr. Patricia Book Perry Scholarly Project Award in 2017. She earned the Faculty of the Year Award in 2015, and the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014.  

Words of Wisdom  

I love that our program attracts a diverse group of caring, compassionate students—all at various points in their career and from an array of cultural backgrounds—who come together with a shared goal of making a positive impact in their community. It's never too late to go back to school, or to leave your mark on the world. We are here to individually customize each student's degree plan based on their life experience, career interests, and work/family responsibilities. I learn so much from each of my Community Health students and enjoy building meaningful relationships that can last a lifetime. 


CHL 241 - Programs, Services & Policies in Aging   
CHL 245 - Family Dynamics   
CHL 249 - Crisis Intervention 
EA 205 - Death and Dying
HU 215 - Academic Travel Abroad Humanities

Scholarly Works (Selected)  

Co-Presenter, Resilience & Well-Being: What You Fill Your Cup With Matters: NSRT Annual Conference, April 2022.

Coordinator & Moderator, Long-COVID: Not Crazy or Lazy – Exploring Impacts on the Patient and Community. Clarkson College Leadership Series event presented in collaboration with the UNMC College of Public Health, May 2021.

Co-Presenter, Interprofessional Education: Collecting & Scoring Student Reflections. Heartland Interprofessional Education Conference. Des Moines University, July 2021.

Co-Presenter, Collaborative Opportunities & Sharing of IPE. Carolinas College. January 2021. 

Presenter, Celebrating IPE: Sharing 2 Years of Progress – Highlights and Outcomes. Clarkson College Community Meeting, November 2020. 

Co-Presenter, iExcel UNMC & Clarkson College: Collaborative Opportunities for IPE. UNMC iExcel Team, November 2020. 

Co-Presenter, Tool-Kits & Take-Aways: the Wellness Wheel in Action. National Summit on Promoting Well-Being and Resilience in Healthcare Professionals. The Ohio State University. October 2020. 

“IPE Implementation & Assessment.” Heartland Pathways Consortium. September 2020.  

Co-Presenter, Creating a Menu of On-Campus and Online IPE Activities. Heartland Interprofessional Education Conference: Come Together to Work Together. Creighton University. Omaha, NE. July 2020.  

Poster, First Year Online IPE Implementation: Student Outcomes. Heartland Interprofessional Education Conference: Come Together to Work Together. Creighton University. Omaha, NE. July 2020.  

Co-Presenter, Diabetes Mellitus (DM): Applying Community Health & Health Care Business to Real-World Issues. Math & Medicine, STEM Event. Clarkson College. Omaha, NE. March 2020. 

Presenter, Advance Your Career With a Gerontology Certificate. Activity Professionals Association of Omaha. Omaha, NE.  August 2019. 

Co-Presenter, poster, Growing an IPE Program: From Planting Seeds to a Blossoming Organizational Effort. Heartland Interprofessional Education Conference: Come Together to Work Together. University of Nebraska Medical Center. Omaha, NE.  August 2019.  

Co-Presenter, When it Rains, it Pours: Ways to Survive the Storm. AEIRS (Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences) 19th Annual Meeting. Waikoloa, HI. July 2019. 

Co-Presenter, When it Rains, it Pours: Ways to Survive the Storm. NSRT (Nebraska Society of Radiologic Technologists) Annual Conference. Kearney, NE. April 2019.  

“An Evaluation of Ted E. Bear Hollow’s Grief Support Group Program: A Quantitative and Qualitative Outcomes Research Project in Conjunction with the University of Nebraska at Omaha,” 2010.  

“Evaluating the Benefits of Grief Support Groups for Parentally-Bereaved Adolescents: Program Evaluation of Ted E. Bear Hollow’s Eight-Week Grief Support Groups,” 2006.  

“Creating an Ethical Training Model: How do Long Term Care Facilities Prepare Employees to Assess and Resolve Ethical Dilemmas?” 2005.  

“Measuring and Addressing Health-Related Quality of Life Issues for Elderly Parkinson’s Disease Patients,” 2005.  

“Medicare Hospice Benefit: How to Improve End-of-Life Care for Terminal Patients in Long Term Care Facilities,” 2005.  

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