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Diane Downing, RN, PhD

Elected Member


Elected November 2010

Term Ending:  2014

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Diane Downing, PhD, RN, has been a member of APHA since 1981. She has been active in sections and her local affiliates since joining APHA and has served in the Public Health Nursing  Section as the Section chair, a member of the Section Council and a member of the Governing Council. Currently she serves as a Section Councilor in the PHN Section. Her Association-wide activities include membership on APHA’s Child Health Task Force, member-at-large, Committee on Affiliates; member Advisory Council for the Cooperative Actions for Health Project, Medicine and Public Health Initiative. Dr Downing served as Chair of the American Public Health Association Action Board and co-chair of APHA’s Joint Policy Committee. As chair of the Action Board, she served as ex-officio member of the APHA Executive Board.

She represented the Quad Council of Public Health Nursing Organizations on the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice. She currently is the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health representative on the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice.

She has held leadership roles with the Indiana Public Health Association and the Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association. She is currently a member of the Virginia Public Health Association

Dr. Downing has a broad public health practice background with experience at the local, state and national levels. Her experience includes coordinator for the Indiana Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Project; director of the Local Health Standards and Evaluation Division and director of the Maternal and Child Health Division, Indiana State Board of Health; assistant commissioner for nursing and quality improvement, New York City Department of Health; director of research, policy, and evaluation, Public Health Foundation; and Public Health Program specialist/nurse manager for Arlington County Department of Human Services, Arlington, Va. She is currently adjunct faculty at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies. She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's degree in public health nursing from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va., and a PhD from George Mason University, Fairfax, Va.