Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
Linda M. MacIntyre, PhD, RN is Chief Nurse for the American Red Cross, providing leadership for approximately 15,000 volunteer nurses across five Red Cross lines of business – Biomedical Services, Disaster Services, International Services, Preparedness, Health and Safety Services and Service to the Armed Forces. Dr. MacIntyre works with the National Nursing Committee and senior leaders to provide vision, direction and support related to nursing and health in meeting the mission of the Red Cross. She serves on the Institute of Medicine Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events, is a member of the Federal Nursing Service Council and serves on the Editorial Board for the American Journal of Nursing.
response in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area. She was the director of community health and youth for the Red Cross Kansas City Region where she oversaw an Influenza vaccination program that served an average of 12,000 individuals annually. Other program responsibilities included HIV/AIDS education for children and adults, family caregiving, health screening programs, academic service learning and youth education programs. Additionally, Dr. MacIntyre worked extensively on a committee that addressed pharmaceutical stockpiling and delivery strategies related to disaster preparedness and response. She was responsible for disaster health response across five counties and convened a forum for community partners to improve disaster preparedness, response and recovery through collaboration.
Dr. MacIntyre utilized community-based participatory research principles in a qualitative study conducted in the United States and Malawi. She published the study findings which addressed perspectives of non-governmental organizational member roles in gaining community trust, how Malawian women influenced health changes in response to the AIDS epidemic for their families despite being “socially disempowered” and how financial donors can help or hinder community health. Additionally, Dr. MacIntyre is a member of the California Action Coalition and she previously taught community health nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. She worked as a residential social worker in a children’s home in England where she was responsible for the welfare of the children and advocated on their behalf in her work with local jurisdictions. Her nursing experience includes 5 years in hemodialysis, over 15 years in community health nursing, including volunteer service as the Healthcare Professional Liaison for the Pacific Service Area and as the National Chair of Nursing for the Red Cross. Dr. MacIntyre has a bachelor’s degree in theology from Westminster College in Oxford, England, a nursing degree from Texas Christian University and a PhD in nursing from University of California, San Francisco.
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