Robert Wood Johnson Foundation invites Burse to participate in leadership program

JSU School of Public Health expert Dr. Nakietra Burse will address the high mortality rates among African-American mothers.

JSU School of Public Health expert Dr. Nakietra Burse will address the high maternal mortality rates among African-Americans.

Dr. Nakietra Burse, a grant writer for Jackson State University’s School of Public Health, has been selected to participate in one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) leadership programs.

Participants will learn from and work collaboratively with one another toward the foundation’s objectives of creating more just and thriving communities. All U.S. professions, sectors and fields are represented, including areas from architecture and business to technology and urban planning.

Burse was selected in the category of Culture of Health Leaders. As a member of the newest cohort, she is expected to bring her experience in public health, social justice and systems-level change to the program. As well, she’ll share her passion for black maternal health. Throughout her career, Burse has worked to address the high maternal mortality rates among African Americans.

As it relates to Culture of Health Leaders, Burse said, “This program fosters cross-sector collaboration and supports leaders toward their continued growth and development. I am excited to not only join a national network of leaders and change agents, but I am more excited to represent Mississippi.”

Furthermore, she said they will learn new ways of “thinking and leading, expanding their perspectives and accelerating their impact.”

To learn more about Culture of Health Leaders and RWJF’s other leadership programs and meet other participants, visit https://cultureofhealth-leaders.org.