Loretta Jackson Brown

Loretta Jackson Brown, PhD, RN, CNN

Senior Health Communication Specialist & Team Lead, Centers for Disease Control

Dr. Brown has been at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 2010. She was initially assigned to the Division of Emergency Operations as a Health Communication Specialist where she conducted outreach and communication activities related to public health emergencies, including pandemic influenza, Ebola,  Zika, and Flint water contamination. She contributed to CDC’s global health security agenda by providing emergency risk communication training for international countries, including Tanzania, Sierra Leone, and Malaysia. In her current role, she works as a senior health communication specialist and team lead in the Division of Overdose Prevention where she oversees the development of opioid training materials for healthcare providers, supports states with health communication technical assistance, and develops national campaigns to support drug overdose prevention.

Dr. Brown has a combined 22 years of Air Force service, active and reserves. She is a retired Lieutenant Colonel and prior to working at CDC, she was the Chief Nurse Executive for the 94th Aeromedical Staging Squadron at Dobbins Air Reserves Base, GA. A certified nephrology nurse for 25 years, Dr. Brown has been a volunteer leader with the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association since 2001 where she served as a Southeast Vice President on the Board of Directors, chaired the leadership development committee, and authored book chapters and journal articles. In 2020 the association recognized Dr. Brown with the excellence in nephrology nurse education award and the outstanding volunteer leadership award in 2011.  

Dr. Brown earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida State University and in 2018 received the Florida State University Women of Distinction Inspire Award. She currently serves as chair of the Nole Nurse Alumni Council. She completed a Master’s in Nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi and earned a PhD in nursing from Georgia State University. Since 2013, Dr. Brown has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Emory Decatur Hospital in Decatur, GA.