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Nursing Leadership Summit

GSU POSTPONES 2017 Nursing Leadership Summit

Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams, the U.S. deputy surgeon general, was excited to be asked to speak at Grambling State University’s Nursing Leadership Summit. Unfortunately, due to an unforeseen change in her schedule, she will not be able to attend the Oct. 26-27 summit.

The summit has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date. The summit date will be based on her availability.

Refunds for ticket purchases, advertisements and sponsorships will be issued by the GSU Office of Advancement.

Please contact Vel Malone ( in the GSU Office of Advancement or call (318) 274-2217 for refund information or to ask questions.

Office of Advancement
Grambling State University
403 Main Street Grambling, LA 71245

2017 Nursing Leadership SummitGrambling State University graduated the first nursing class in May 1987. We are ecstatic to celebrate the 30th Anniversary by hosting the 2017 Nursing Leadership Summit. We have scheduled the summit in conjunction with our Homecoming activities during the week of October 26th - October 29th.

The 2017 Nursing Leadership Summit will offer continuing nursing education and professional development across the career spectrum. Additionally, the Leadership Summit will increase mentoring and networking opportunities amongst Grambling State University School of Nursing Alumni, nurses and other professionals or groups delivering healthcare to minority populations.

The organizers of the Nursing Leadership Summit invite you to join us as a participant in the 2017 Nursing Leadership Summit, October 26th - 27th on the campus of Grambling State University.

To download/complete the 2017 Nursing Leadership Summit sponsorship packet, click here.

To register for the 2017 Nursing Leadership Summit, purchase tickets for the Public Healthcare Luncheon (featuring keynote speaker, Deputy Surgeon General Rear Admiral (RADM) Sylvia Trent-Adams) and/or purchase tickets to the 2017 Homecoming Gala click here.



Meet the Speakers


Meg Brown, PhD, RN, ACNS – BC - Conference ModeratorMeg Brown, PhD, RN, ACNS – BC  
Conference Moderator
Associate Dean/Associate Professor
Senator Gregory Tarver Endowed Professors for Nursing Education
School of Nursing

Dr. Meg Brown’s first degree was an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing from Alcorn State University in 1978. She then completed the Bachelor of Science Degree from Alcorn State University in 1986. Meg Brown graduated in 1995 with a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Northwestern State University of Louisiana with a functional role of Nursing Administration and a clinical role of Adult Health. The terminal degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing was obtained from Southern University and A & M College from Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 2009. Meg Brown’s research interests include factors relating to those living with Type II Diabetes.

Dr. Brown has more than thirty-five years of work experiences that include the clinical areas of long term care, acute and critical care. Brown began teaching in the Associate of Science in Nursing Degree Program at Alcorn State University’s School of Nursing in 2001. She transitioned to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program in 2006.

In 2008, Dr. Brown was appointed as the Interim Chairperson of the Graduate Nursing Program- where she provided leadership and management duties for the Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, and Post Master’s Certificate Programs for the Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator Programs of Study. In the Fall of 2009, she was appointed as Chairperson of the Baccalaureate Program with leadership and management duties for the Traditional and RN-BSN Programs and maintained leadership and management duties of the Graduate Program until Summer of 2010. She currently serves as Associate Dean for the School of Nursing at Grambling State University.

Dr. Brown was awarded Teacher of the Year twice, once from the City of Natchez and once from the Baccalaureate Department at Alcorn State University; she also maintains the credential of Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist Board Certified (ACNS-BC).

Dr. Brown is involved in several professional organizations including Eliza Pillars Registered Nurses of Mississippi (EPRNM, Mississippi Nurses Association (MNA), with dual membership in Tau Eta and Tau Pi Chapters of Sigma Theta Tau Incorporated. Brown is also a member of the Shreveport’s chapter of the National Black Nurses Association and the Louisiana Nurses Association.

Dr. Brown shares a daughter, Cagney Brown, with her husband of over thirty-four years, Robert Brown.



Dr. Tammy Stewart-Dixon, APRN, FNP-BCDr. Tammy Stewart-Dixon, APRN, FNP-BC                  

Topic: An Overview of Minority Nurses Pivotal Role as Advanced Practice Nurses

 Dr. Tammy T. Stewart-Dixon is currently an Assistant Professor and Program Director in the MSN program at Grambling State University. Dr. Stewart-Dixon received the honor of being named the Mary Elizabeth Carnegie Endowed Professor, as well as the owner and primary provider at SoleCARE LLC, a family practice clinic providing healthcare services to clients of all ages and presenting a myriad of symptoms.

In 1981, while in high school, Dr. Stewart-Dixon pursued the course to nursing through an LPN program. From there she went on to attain an Associate of Science in Nursing from LSU in 1986; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1999 and a Master’s of Science in Nursing in 2000 from the University of Phoenix. In 2001, Dr. Stewart-Dixon acquired a Nurse Practitioner Certification.  She later completed her educational pursuits with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Loyola University New Orleans in 2012. Her doctoral research focused on the Implementation of a Practice Change in Utilizing Spirituality Assessments and Depression Screenings in Diabetic Patients.

She has been a charge nurse at hospitals on various units such as Medical-Surgical and Labor and Delivery; as well as a Director of several home health agencies; and a Family Nurse Practitioner and Medical Director at a federally qualified health center. As an Army National Guard Officer in the 159th MASH unit, Lieutenant Stewart-Dixon earned the Commandants Award for distinguished service while serving during Desert Storm. The State Award for Excellence, founded in 1991, recognizes an NP in each state who demonstrates excellence in clinical practice. In 1993, the state award was extended to recognize the efforts of an individual who had made a significant contribution toward increasing the awareness and acceptance of NPs. Dr. Tammy Stewart-Dixon was the Louisiana 2013 State Award for Excellence Advocate recipient.



 Dr. Chaquetta Thomas – JohnsonDr. Chaquetta Thomas – Johnson

Topic: Strengthening Community and Public Health Partnerships to Reduce STDs

 Dr. Chaquetta Thomas-Johnson is Deputy Director of the STD/HIV Program in the Louisiana Office of Public Health (OPH). In this capacity, she is responsible for assisting with the oversight of statewide STD, HIV and Viral Hepatitis program activities and offers program-related clinical consultation to internal and external partners.

Dr. Chaquetta Thomas-Johnson has more than 15 years of experience with the Office of Public Health, including several years providing direct care services as a Nurse Practitioner and serving as Regional Nurse Manager in the Central Louisiana (Alexandria) region. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and worked as a Registered Nurse at University Hospital, before returning to graduate school at UAB to complete dual Master’s degrees in Nursing and Public Health. Dr. Johnson completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she was recognized with the 2013 Founder’s Medal for the School of Nursing, citing her work studying the relationship between contraceptive choice and the incidence of sexually transmitted infections. Her professional associations have included membership in Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners (LANP), and the National Association of Nurse Practitioners of Women’s Health (NPWH). She has served on numerous civic and professional boards including the YWCA of Central Louisiana Board of Directors, United Way of Central Louisiana Board of Directors, the Community Foundation of Central Louisiana and, most recently, appointment to the Louisiana Health Works Commission. Dr. Johnson is committed to promoting health and wellness in Louisiana and is delighted to share her knowledge and talents for the betterment of this community.



Captain James Dickens Captain James Dickens

Topic: Prescription for Addiction: Opioids

Captain (CAPT) James Dickens serves in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Office, Office of the Secretary, Region VI Dallas, TX as the Senior Program Manager Officer for the Office of Minority Health. He is an experienced Registered Nurse and Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over thirty years of federal healthcare experience. CAPT Dickens’ clinical experience includes Orthopedics, Emergency Department, Surgical Services, Long-Term Care, and the Primary Care setting.

CAPT Dickens is a Commissioned Officer in the United States Public Health Service whose mission is to promote, protect and advance the health and safety of the Nation. He was selected to participate as a clinical team member for the Afghanistan Health Initiative (AHI) in Kabul, Afghanistan. The mission of the AHI was to improve quality of care, as well as decrease maternal and infant mortality rates at the Rabia Balkhi Women’s Hospital in Kabul. In 2013, CAPT Dickens served as a technical advisor as a member of a Commissioned Corps hospital assistance team in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and St Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

CAPT Dickens also served as the Officer in Charge of the Commissioned Corps Ebola Response, Team 2 (76 member inter-professional team) serving at the Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU) Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia, Liberia-West Africa leading local MMU response efforts.


Doctor of Nursing Practice, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, Lubbock Master Science Nursing, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Hampton University, Hampton, VA
Bachelor Science Nursing, Hampton University, Hampton, VA

Meritorious Service Medal (second highest honor award in the USPHS)
Outstanding Service Medal
Commendation Medal
Hazardous Duty Medal
Foreign Duty Medal
Special Assignment Award
Field Medical Readiness Badge
Fellow-American Association of Nurse Practitioners



Durand “Rudy” MacklinDurand “Rudy” Macklin

Topic: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in the Minority Communities

Rudy Macklin was appointed by governor Edwin Edwards to serve as director of the Louisiana Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (1992) and was later hand-picked to establish the state’s first minority health office under governor Mike Foster called, the Louisiana Bureau of Minority Health Access and Promotions (1996) to minimize health disparities among underserved racial and ethnic populations in the state through collaboration, advocacy, and education, and to promote culturally competent programs aimed at improving access to health care services. He also served as director of staff for the Louisiana Minority Health Affairs Commission and the Louisiana Health Disparities Commission both established by the Louisiana Legislature.

For the past twenty-three years, Rudy has served as an adviser to the Louisiana Department of Health and the Legislature on health policy issues affecting health status and access among underserved immigrants, refugees and various racial/ethnic populations.

Rudy is a graduate of Louisiana State University and was a former NBA Basketball player with the Atlanta Hawks, the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers.



Dr. Markey Pierre

Topic: Nurses on the Run - Turn your advocacy skills into ACTION by way of public office as we recognize the importance of nurses having a seat at the table during our nation’s healthcare debate.



Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, PhD, RN, FAAN, Deputy Surgeon General of the United StateRear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, PhD, RN, FAAN

Deputy Surgeon General of the United States

Topic: Advancing the Next Generation of Health Care Leaders

 As Deputy Surgeon General, Rear Admiral (RADM) Sylvia Trent-Adams advises and supports the Surgeon General regarding operations of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps and in communicating the best available scientific information to advance the health of the nation. She served as the Chief Nurse Officer of the USPHS from November 2013 through May 2016. In this role, she advised the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the recruitment, assignment, deployment, retention, and career development of Corps nurse professionals.

RADM Trent-Adams has held various positions in HHS, working to improve access to care for poor and underserved communities. As a clinician and administrator, she has had a direct impact on building systems of care to improve public health for marginalized populations domestically and internationally. 

Prior to joining the Office of the Surgeon General, RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams was the Deputy Associate Administrator for the HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). She assisted in managing the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 (Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program). The $2.3 billion program funds medical care, treatment, referrals and support services for uninsured and underserved people living with HIV disease as well as training for health care professionals.

RADM Trent-Adams began her career in the Commissioned Corps of the USPHS in 1992. She has published numerous articles, participated in research studies, and presented to a variety of domestic and international organizations and professional groups. Prior to joining the USPHS, RADM Trent-Adams was a nurse officer in the U.S. Army. She also served as a research nurse at the University of Maryland. RADM Trent-Adams also completed two internships in the U.S. Senate where she focused on the prospective payment system for skilled nursing facilities and scope of practice for nurses and psychologists. She has served as guest lecturer at the University of Maryland and Hampton University. Her clinical practice was in trauma, oncology, community health, and infectious disease. She has also served as the Chair of the Federal Public Health Nurse Leadership Council, and the Federal Nursing Service Council.