Jackson, MS — Kay Henry, the Mississippi State Department of Health’s Director of Nursing was recently selected as a Public Health Nurse Leader (PHNL) by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Henry will participate in a two-year leadership development program, which recognizes nurses who are ready to lead public health departments in creating a culture of health in their communities.
RWJF’s Public Health Nurse Leaders program was open to registered nurses who held leadership positions in governmental public health organizations. It was designed to strengthen the abilities of senior public health nurses to improve population health, address the social factors that influence health, respond to emerging trends in health and health care, influence policy, and help communities work with partners for better health outcomes.
“I am thrilled to have been selected for this program and look forward to strengthening my skills so I can do even more to improve the health of my community and help transform the nursing profession,” said Henry.
Henry has worked for 28 years as a public health nurse. She began at the health department in Lafayette County and continued at the Northeast Public Health District II Office in Tupelo where she served as the district chief nurse. As director of nursing, Henry is actively involved in promoting public health activities throughout the state and the nursing community.
“I know this experience will provide me with leadership opportunities to help Mississippi develop a culture of health through work with the many organizations and individuals that have a stake in our future,” Henry said.
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