Nurse Consultant, DC Department of Health
Jessica A. Arter, MSN, RN has nearly a decade of public health nursing experience. She currently works as a Nurse Consultant for the District of Columbia Department of Health (DC Health), in the Community Health Administration’s Child, Adolescent and School Health Division. In this position she serves to address the school health needs of children in the District. She also served in the District’s Response to COVID-19 involving contact tracing and providing prevention guidance to the community. Jessica was born in Hartford, Connecticut. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Connecticut and earned her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Hartford. While in her graduate nursing program, Jessica conducted the “Black Women and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis: Investigating Risk and Awareness” research study. In Connecticut, Jessica served as a public health nurse and worked to improve health outcomes for patients in the home environment, decrease teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) by over ten percent, prevent Tuberculosis, conduct epidemiologic investigations, and improve the health outcomes of persons living with HIV. She also served her community to address food insecurity and co-founded a community food pantry that offered nutritious food options, health education and resource linkages. Jessica was an active member of the Northern Connecticut Black Nurses Association(NCBNA)and coordinated many initiatives that contributed to the nursing community. She served as Co-Founder and Director of NCBNA’s Mentoring and Meeting Program that addressed diversity and inclusion in the nursing workforce. In 2016, Jessica relocated to Washington, DC. She continued to serve as a public health nurse in chronic disease management, reproductive health, STI prevention and care, and spearheaded quality improvement initiatives for patient care. She is currently an active member of the Black Nurses Association of the Greater Washington DC Area and serves as the Annual Salute to the Black Nurse of the Year and Scholarship Awards Luncheon committee chair. She is also an active member of Chi Eta Phi Sorority Incorporated, and participates in the Leadership and Lifestyle Virtual Institute. She was recently inducted in Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, as a nursing leader. Jessica values continuous learning and servant leadership and her mission is to exemplify these values as she continues her efforts to improve the health outcomes of vulnerable populations and the diversity of the nursing workforce.