Jian (Lily) Chen, RN, MA

UCA WAVES Director, RWJF Clinical Scholar Fellow

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), a Historically Black College/University (HBCU).  She has practiced nursing in a variety of acute care and community settings, including Naperville School District 203 and senior care settings, and previously taught nursing at University of Iowa and University of Illinois in Chicago.

Lily is a long-time volunteer in her local communities and was part of the core team instrumental in helping to elect the first Chinese American State Representative in Illinois. She was one of the founders of UCA and a key organizer for two Chinese American conventions. She has 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 previously the Executive Director of UCA, as well as founding President and Board Chair of UCA Illinois Chapter. She serves as the project director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Clinical Scholar leadership development program and the Nursing Student Peer Mentoring Program at NCCU. She is a certified Mental Health First Aid MHFA instructor. 

Lily and her family recently moved to North Carolina after living in Chicago for twenty years. She was selected as vice chair of the Senior Advisory Board Member for the town of Cary, NC (2021-2023) and appointed as Board Member of Wake County Health and Human Services Board (2022-2027). In addition, she has worked in her local school district for 10 years.

Please see the following op-eds that Lily recently published:

Email address lily.chen@ucausa.org