Joi Breanna Henry, MSN, RN, CNL, is pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Rush University College of Nursing. She plans to focus her doctoral project on mental health awareness and education for minority adolescents in the Chicagoland. Ms. Henry received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Monmouth College and her Generalist Entry Master’s (GEM) degree from Rush University College of Nursing in 2016. During her time as a GEM student she was a Robert Wood Johnson scholar as well as a mentor and she presented at the 2016 American Public Health Association’s national conference.
Ms. Henry began her career as a substance abuse nurse working with patients addicted to opiates undergoing medication-assisted treatment. Currently, she works as a classroom nurse at a therapeutic day school providing individualized care to students with an autism spectrum disorder as well as other social and emotional disorders. Her goal is to increase mental health awareness for adolescent minorities through education and early intervention. Another long-term goal is to expand the availability of culturally informed mental health care and increase awareness and availability of early intervention services in minority and underserved communities.
She is a member of the American Public Health Association, the American Nurses Association and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.