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Episode #304 Promoting Health Equity, With Patrice Sirmons MPH, RN

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Having a background in healthcare can give you more ammunition to make a positive, lasting impact on public health. Our guest, Patrice Sirmons, began her career as a nurse but soon realized that the difference she wanted to make could only be achieved in public health. In our conversation, we discuss how Patrice began her public health journey and how she ended up as the Owner and Principal Consultant of PSD Consulting. We explore why she is passionate about helping underserved and marginalized groups, how PSD Consulting goes about serving its clients, why Patrice’s clinical knowledge and healthcare administrator experience is her unique superpower, and how her knowledge of public health and epidemiology helps her to promote health equity through action in multiple communities. Tune in for some expert advice from the kind, compassionate, and well-informed executive-level leader, Patrice Sirmons!


Meet Patrice Sirmons


Patrice Sirmons is the Owner and Principal Consultant at PSD Consulting Group. In this role, she works as a consultant and health equity strategist by providing strategic planning and community health program development services. Patrice works with community-based organizations, non-profits, and healthcare organizations to create actionable strategies and interventions that address health disparities and improve outcomes for the communities they serve. Patrice started her career in healthcare and public health in 1999 as a patient advocate at a community clinic. Since then she has worked at a variety of health-related facilities including community health centers, a county health department, and a nationally ranked hospital system, as a registered nurse, administrator, and public health practitioner. Patrice now uses her clinical knowledge, healthcare administrator experience, and public health expertise to promote health equity through action in multiple communities. She specializes in sexual and reproductive health, as well as working with BIPOC and LGBTQ+ populations. Patrice holds a Master of Public Health from Des Moines University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ohio University. She is a licensed Registered Nurse and a Board Certified Nurse Executive - Advanced.


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Conversation Highlights


  • Introducing Nurse, Entrepreneur, and Public Health Consultant, Patrice Sirmons

  • Getting to know Patrice and why Dr. Huntley is thrilled to have her on as a guest

  • When Patrice first became interested in public health, and how she got involved in the work

  • Why she is passionate about helping underserved and marginalized communities

  • The origins of PSD Consulting and why Patrice is excited about the venture

  • How PSD Consulting helps individuals and organizations through their products and services

  • Exploring Patrice’s professional background as a unique superpower

  • How her understanding of public health and epidemiology helps her serve her community

  • Patrice’s advice for those wanting to jump into public health


“Public health is so vast, new issues arise, there’s more to learn, [and] it’s ever-evolving.” — Patrice Sirmons

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Patrice Sirmons on LinkedIn

PSD Consulting Group

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Public Health Entrepreneurs



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