Doris Gray Brown
Unity Day Human Service Commissioner
Public Health Executive Director 
Center for Community Preparedness

Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH)

Office of Public Health (OPH)

Doris Gray Brown has been a registered nurse for 34 years and has over 29 years of experience in public health nursing, education and health care administration. Currently, she is serving as the Public Health Executive Director for Community Preparedness.  In this leadership role Doris provides oversight for several public health programs Emergency Preparedness & Response (Pandemic Flu, Cities Readiness Initiative, Strategic National Stockpile, Medical Social Services, Community Outreach, Emergency Systems for Advanced Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) and Workforce Development. 

Prior to this appointment, Doris served as Chief Public Health Nurse and Administrator for the OPH Continuing Education Unit. In this role, she was responsible for the overall direction and administration of the total public health nursing component for the Office of Public Health, which encompassed over 40 programs and the supervision of over 330 public health nurses statewide.  As administrator for the OPH Continuing Education Unit she was responsible for the direct supervision of nursing contact hours and medical education credits for physicians. The OPH Continuing Education Unit is nationally accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation (ANCC) and the Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS). 

During the past few years, Doris has been instrumental in meeting the planning and training needs of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals emergency preparedness efforts. The biggest test of her leadership came during this past hurricane season.  Doris was on the forefront of the hurricane preparation, response and recovery efforts serving as part of the Unified Command Staff for DHH/OPH.  

In 2004 Doris’s leadership role extended as she was appointed to serve as co-chair of the Lighten Up Louisiana Program. This ground breaking state-wide initiative was designed to combat the State’s growing obesity epidemic.  In just one year, the program was proud to report extraordinary results that far surpassed its predecessors.

Doris received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Northeast Louisiana State University (Monroe) in 1975, a Master of  Education Degree from Southern University (Baton Rouge) in 1984 and a Master of Science Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi-School of Nursing (Hattiesburg) in 1990.

Doris was one of twenty nurses in executive leadership roles nationwide selected as 2006 Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow. In 2006, she received the American Heart Association: Woman with Heart Award for her spirit of “Heart.”  In January of this year, Doris was inducted into the Louisiana Nursing Hall of Fame by the Louisiana State Nurses Association.

Some of Doris’s professional memberships include: American Public Health Association, Louisiana Public Health Association, American Nurses Association,  Lambda Pi Alpha Professional Nursing Sorority (Former National President and President of the Baton Rouge Chapter), American Maternal Child Health Program,  Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, National Association of Health Services Executives, National Black Nurses Association, Inc., March of Dimes (Program Chair and 24K Woman of the Year and Board Member), the Association of State and Territorial Directors of Nursing and the American Heart Association (Board Member and Power to End Stroke Ambassador). She performs her public service through Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.

Doris is married to Dr. Adell Brown, Jr. and is the mother of three lovely daughters (Brandy, Ashley, and Adele).  She is also the proud grandmother of one grandson (Taylor).