Advocating for the Crucial Importance of Public Health

The Nurse Keith Show

Advocating for the Crucial Importance of Public Health

October 13, 2023

Advocating for the Crucial Importance of Public Health

On episode 443 of The Nurse Keith Show nursing and healthcare career podcast, Keith interviews Dr. Jan Carney, MD, MPH, MACP, the Associate Dean for Public Health and Health Policy, Professor of Medicine, and the Director of Graduate Public Health Programs at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.

In the course of their conversation, Keith and Dr. Carney discuss the importance of public health, public health education, and the local and global implications of nurses embracing the many opportunities available to them in the public health arena.

Dr. Carney earned an AB from Middlebury College, her MD from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Harvard School of Public Health. She previously served as Vermont’s Commissioner of Health under three gubernatorial administrations. In this role, she developed and implemented Vermont’s first outcome-based approach to improving public health, modeled on the national Healthy People initiative, combining clinical and community-based prevention.

Dr. Carney’s areas of expertise include building and sustaining community-academic partnerships, translational research, and reducing disparities in rural areas. She serves as Core Director of the Community Engagement and Outreach Core for the Northern New England Clinical and Translational Research Network (NNE-CTR), working to advance rural health research and community engagement.

Her current work focuses on developing and implementing the Vermont Rural Health Communication Network (RHCN) to promote two-way health communication in rural areas, strengthen access to health and social services, and improve health and scientific literacy. She is a member of the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health, serving on academic public health practice and advocacy committees, and serves as a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians.

Connect with Dr. Jan Carney and the University of Vermont


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Nurse Keith is a holistic career coach for nurses, professional podcaster, published author, award-winning blogger, inspiring keynote speaker, and successful nurse entrepreneur. Connect with Nurse Keith at, and on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Nurse Keith lives in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico with his lovely fiancée, Shada McKenzie, a highly gifted traditional astrologer and reader of the tarot. You can find Shada at The Circle and the Dot.

The Nurse Keith Show is a proud member of The Health Podcast Network, one of the largest and fastest-growing collections of authoritative, high-quality podcasts taking on the tough topics in health and care with empathy, expertise, and a commitment to excellence. The podcast is adroitly produced by Rob Johnston of 520R Podcasting, and Mark Capispisan is our stalwart social media ringmaster and newsletter wrangler.

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