Emergency Preparedness for Public Health Nurses
Dr. Linda Spencer has spent over 30 years working in various areas of public health in the United States and in international settings. Since 2001, she has been the Director of the Public Health Nursing Leadership Master’s level Program in the School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, where she administers a federal grant she created titled, “Emergency Preparedness for Public Health Nurses.” The focus of this grant is to prepare public health nurses to teach preparedness to first responders and members of the community.
Previously, Dr. Spencer was assigned to the International Federation of the Red Cross and based in Moscow, Russia, for two years where she developed a training program for Russian Red Cross nurses. She earned the Solyveyev Medal—the highest honor awarded by the Russian Red Cross and the Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest honor awarded by the International Committee of the Red Cross after that assignment.
“Nursing interventions differ from country to country, but public health nursing is the same anywhere in the world,” says Spencer. “I have found my work in the United States and around the world to be very fulfilling. I’m traveling less, but I’m trying to put my energy into preparing the next generation of nurses to work in public health.”
Other international affiliations include, the Centers for Disease Control, The American Leprosy Mission, the US State Department and a World Health Organization Fellowship taking her to Nigeria, Liberia, Zambia, Ivory Coast, Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Georgia and Iraq over a period of 22 years.
Dr. Spencer has been a consultant to the US Army Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland and the Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine, Aberdeen, Maryland. She has also been a Red Cross Disaster Nurse for 15 years participating in major events such as the Oklahoma City Bombing and Hurricane Katrina.
She has served both active and reserve duty in the US Army Nurse Corps and is retired after 27 years with the rank of Colonel. She was awarded the “A” Proficiency Designation from the US Army Surgeon General.
BA in nursing from Mt. St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA
MPH from Emory University School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA
PhD from Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.