Forty for 40: Ellen Starr, MS-Nursing ’85, RN, WHNP
As clinical director at Vermont-based Grounds for Health, Ellen Starr helps the nonprofit’s mission to reduce cervical cancer among women in the developing world.
Starr oversees its clinical prevention practices in the coffee regions of Latin America and Africa, managing an operation that has screened more than 70,000 women, treated 5,000 of them, and trained nearly 460 health care providers.
Since graduating in 1985 in the IHP’s first Master of Science in Nursing class, Starr has specialized in gynecology, family planning, and abortion services. She was vice president of Health Center Operations during 2007–2010 for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, where she continues to work as a nurse practitioner.