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Karrey Shannon

NCICP Speaker

Karrey Shannon, RN, BSN is the Community Health Nurse at Johnson County Public Health, located in Iowa City, Iowa. Within that role, she has worked with JCPH colleagues and many community partners, organizers, and scholars to address health equity, vaccine equity, and the social, structural, and systemic determinants of health. She has previously worked with inpatient substance abuse treatment populations, and before transitioning into work with the health department, she spent 7.5 years at the bedside of her local academic health center, working hard to champion the medical and mental health needs of her post-surgical and family medicine patients. In her 2-year tenure as Community Health Nurse, she has vaccinated 200+ members of the refugee, immigrant, and migrant farm worker populations against COVID-19 and seasonal influenza, precepted 18 nursing students from the local university, put together a leadership team of community stakeholders and a successful grant proposal CDC to address social determinants of health in her county, worked with others in her division to wrangle the mpox outbreak and continue to make headway in vaccination efforts, has helped with efforts to develop the JCPH Medical Reserve Corps chapter, and started building interest within coalitions she’s a member of to directly address providing vaccinations for uninsured adults.