Shirley A. Orr, MHS, APRNA

Shirley Orr headshotElected Member

Over her public health career spanning more than three decades, Shirley Orr’s passion has been building relationships across boundaries to improve and advance public health practice, empowering communities to reach their full potential for health and well-being.

Shirley became involved in her state affiliate, the Kansas Public Health Association, early in her public health career and served in multiple roles, including board member, section chair, president, and affiliate representative to governing council. She later served as Region VII representative to the Council on Affiliates, and subsequently represented the CoA on the Action Board, which she currently chairs. Through her Action Board role, Shirley also currently co-chairs the APHA Joint Policy Committee.

Shirley’s current professional role is Public Health Consultant and President of SOCO Consulting. Shirley’s public health experience spans over 25 years in leadership roles for local and state health departments in Kansas, along with 12 years of national consulting experience, focused on public health systems improvement, public health workforce and leadership development, and organizational leadership and management.

Through her consulting practice, Shirley has provided assistance to support national public health standards and accreditation in approximately 40 states and the US- Associated Pacific Islands. Her consulting clients have included the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Association of Public Health Nurses (APHN), the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), state and local health departments, public health institutes, academic institutions, foundations, and other health-related organizations.

Shirley currently consults for the Association of Public Health Nurses (APHN) in the Executive Director role. Previously, she provided support to the RWJF Future of Public Health Nursing initiative, which included convening of the Forum on the Future of Public Health Nursing and completion of a national public health nursing enumeration.

Shirley is an adjunct faculty member for the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita and a lecturer for the Wichita State University School of Nursing. She is currently a student in the PhD in Leadership and Change Program through Antioch University. Her research interests include public health workforce and leadership, cross-sector collaboration, and political influences on public health.