Loretta Jackson Brown

Loretta Jackson Brown, PhD, RN, CNN

Diversity, Equity, Belonging, Inclusion, and Accessibility Consultant , Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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 Diversity, Equity, Belonging, Inclusion, and Accessibility Consultant.

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, Georgia. 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, Georgia.

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Areas of Expertise

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Nephrology Nursing Health Communications Emergency Risk Communications

Prior Experience

Air Force 94th Areomedical Staging Squadron American Nephrology Nurses Association

Schools Attended

Florida State University University of Southern Mississippi Georgia State University

Fellowships, Internships, & Residencies