Whitney Thurman, RN, MSN has been named a 2017-2018 National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Health and Disability Fellow. As a fellow Whitney will spend 15-20 hours per week engaging with public health leaders, providing technical assistance and develop resources on disability inclusion for local health departments, contributing to NACCHO’s digital and print publications, and representing NACCHO at national conferences and meetings.
Currently, Whitney is a PhD candidate at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. Her research focuses on investigating the social, cultural, and environmental influences on the health and well-being of people with disabilities. For her dissertation she is conducting a study on the perceptions of personal well-being for people living with disabilities in rural Texas.
She is a registered nurse with a professional background in public health nursing and disaster preparedness. Her long-term goals include a research career dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people with disabilities. She believes that her time as a NACCHO fellow will offer real-world experience to help her identify gaps in knowledge that still need to be addressed in research and an opportunity to work with local health departments (LHDs).
NACCHO is a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. tasked with advancing health equity and combatting disease. Its membership consists of nearly 3,000 local health departments in the U.S.