Marcus D. Henderson, MSN, RN, is currently a PhD student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. His research interests focus on adolescent mental health, suicide prevention, family health, and the social determinants of mental health. Mr. Henderson’s goal is to develop a program of research aimed at improving mental health outcomes for youth and families that have been marginalized.
Mr. Henderson has professional experience working in community-based, acute psychiatric, and educational settings. He has served as a Lecturer in the Department of Family and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, where he taught community health and psychiatric nursing. He was also a charge nurse for child and adolescent services at Fairmount Behavioral Health System in Philadelphia, PA. Prior, Mr. Henderson served as Co-Founder and Executive Director of Up and Running Healthcare Solutions, a Philadelphia-based organization that provided case management with community health workers and other supportive services for men experiencing homelessness. His work on homelessness, health, and community health workers was funded by the University of Pennsylvania's 2017 President’s Engagement Prize.
For his work in the Philadelphia community, Mr. Henderson was recognized as a Community Champion for Positive Change by the Independence Blue Cross Foundation in 2018. He served as a member of the consensus study committee at the National Academy of Medicine that authored The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity report. He is currently a member of the ANA Board of Directors, National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing, and the HOSA-Future Health Professionals Inc. Board of Directors. He received 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 University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.