Marcus D. Henderson, MSN, RN, is currently in his first year pursing a PhD at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, in Baltimore, MD. His research interest is in child and adolescent mental health, mental health disparities, social determinants of health, and mental health services research. His goal is to improve care, eliminate disparities, and optimize outcomes for children and adolescents from marginalized backgrounds.
Mr. Henderson has professional experience working in community-based, acute psychiatric, and educational settings. He was a child and adolescent inpatient psychiatric-mental health nurse for over three years in Philadelphia, PA. During that time, Mr. Henderson was also a lecturer in the Department of Family and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, where he taught undergraduate community health and psychiatric nursing. Prior, Mr. Henderson served as the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Up and Running Healthcare Solutions, a Philadelphia-based organization that provided case management and other supportive services to homeless individuals. His work on health for homeless individuals and community health workers was funded by the 2017 Presidents Engagement Prize from the University of Pennsylvania. For his work in the Philadelphia community, in 2018 he was recognized as a Community Champion for Positive Change by the Independent Blue Cross Foundation.
Mr. Henderson is an elected board member of the American Nurses Association and served as a member of the Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 at the National Academy of Medicine. In 2021, he was appointed to serve as a member of the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing and trustee of the ANA-Political Action Committee.
He holds a BSN and MSN in Health Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and he also holds a certificate in Health Care Innovation from the Perelman School of Medicine.