Camille Burnett, Ph.D.

Associate vice president of education and health equity; executive associate director, Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry and Innovation

Camille Burnett (PhD, MPA, APHN-BC, RN, BSc.N, DSW, FAAN) comes to VCU from the University of Kentucky (UK) where she held the appointment as an Assistant Dean for Equity, Outreach and Social justice and Associate Professor in the College of Nursing, the Strategic Advisor, in the UK Office of the Provost, for Community Engagement and Academic Partnerships and as the Cralle Day Endowed Professor in the UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women. She held research affiliations at UK in the Center for Health Equity Transformation, UK Center of Clinical and Translational Science as co-director for Integrated Special Populations, and in the Markey Cancer Center. She also served as Lead for UK Economic Development Collaborative Equitable Economic Development Core, Co-Lead for UK Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Community Advisory Group strategy, and as the Community Engagement Lead for UK UNited In True racial Equity (UNITE) Research Priority Area.

Using a population and public health perspective Dr. Burnett’s leadership and scholarship examines the impact of structural and contextual influences in shaping policy and outcomes to drive structural justice and create equitable health solutions among disparate populations. Her educational certifications and degrees include specializations in nursing, public health and political science. As a public health nurse expert, she has engaged in partnership with communities to co-create and re-establish a community clinic and as one of the faculty co-founders of the University of Virginia Equity Institute. Dr. Burnett serves as a PI and co-PI on several studies that critically amplify structural inequities among vulnerable populations, with an emphasis on abused women and children to underscore the unintended consequences of policies to identify structural opportunities for change.

Burnett has extensive professional experience within the US and Canadian health care system, in the areas of public health, public health management, research and as a private consultant. She has held provincial public health administrator leadership positions in Canada and academic administrator leadership positions in the US. She has served on numerous board with appointments locally, nationally and internationally and is a certified Global Nurse Consultant. Amongst her many achievements, highlights include her select appointments as an AACN National Policy Think Tank appointee and international selection as 1 of only 30 International Council of Nurses 2019 Global Nurse Leaders. She is an inducted fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Nursing and most recently served as a 2020 WHO PAHO regional facilitator with the  International Council of Nurses Global Nurse Leader Institute.