WAVES Team Members-Jian (Lily) Chen

Jian (Lily) Chen

UCA WAVES Director, RWJF Clinical Scholar

Jian (Lily) Chen is a registered nurse and Certified Nurse Educator by the National League of Nursing. She currently teaches community health nursing and elder care nursing at North Carolina Central University (NCCU).  She practiced nursing in a variety of acute care and community settings including Naperville School District 203 and senior care settings. She previously taught nursing at University of Iowa and University of Illinois in Chicago among others. 

Lily is a long-time volunteer serving in her local communities and was part of the core team instrumental in helping elect the first Illinois Chinese American State representative. Lily helped organize two Chinese American conventions in 2016 and 2018 and served as the United Chinese Americans UCA executive director. She also successfully coordinated multiple national and local programs including the UCA Youth Mental Health Collaborative WAVES (Wellness, Advocacy, Voices, Education, Support) since 2016. Lily was the precious UCA executive director,   founding president and board Chair of UCA Illinois Chapter. She serves as the project director for Robert Woods Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Clinical Scholar leadership development program and Nursing Student Peer Mentoring Program at Historically Black Colleges and Universities HBCU. She is a certified Mental Health First Aid MHFA instructor.  Lily was selected as the Senior Advisory Board Member for the town of Cary 2021-2023, North Carolina. 

Lily came to the US in 1988 from Guangzhou, China. She received her master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Iowa. She is married and a mother of five wonderful children, ages 18-29, and she currently lives in NC with her family.

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