Laurie C. Reid is a Registered Nurse and health professional with over 30 years of experience. She is a Veteran who served in both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Public Health Service, a Correctional health professional and a volunteer community leader with multiple organizations. She enjoys sharing her experience, talents and gifts and believes that to whom much is given, much is required. The retired Officer currently serves as the Director of Nursing, Right at Home-Atlanta and in her spare time, she is a Consultant with the Department of Justice on prison healthcare.
Prior to joining Right at Home, Ms. Reid, a retired U.S. Public Health Service, Commissioned Corps Officer, served as a Senior Public Health Advisor with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, & TB Prevention, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Office of Health Equity. In this role, she provided guidance, coordination and monitoring of activities related to reducing health inequities among populations most disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. Prior to CDC, she served as the Senior Health Consultant for the United States Marshals Service. A long-time advocate for vulnerable populations, specifically the incarcerated, Ms. Reid managed to marry her love for health care and advocacy for the voiceless and marginalized in our community throughout her career. She is a “go-to” person in correctional healthcare; having knowledge of detainee healthcare in local, state and Federal criminal justice systems.
Before her commission in the U.S. Public Health Service, she served on active duty in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps; attaining the rank of Major. Her military service career started in 1984 at Tuskegee University; earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and obtaining a commission through Army ROTC. Ms. Reid earned a Master of Science in Healthcare Management from the University of Maryland and is a graduate of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Leadership and Management Institute as well as the National Black Nurses Association Leadership Institute. She is a steadfast volunteer with numerous organizations to include the National Black Nurses Association, the Atlanta Black Nurses Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and other local organizations. Her awards and recognitions include the U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal, the U.S. Public Health Service Outstanding Service Medal, a March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award and a Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority Leadership award.
Blessed beyond measure and raised by a single parent, Ms. Reid lives by the philosophy that volunteer service is the rent we pay for the space we occupy on this earth. The ability to give back to her community fuels her energy for social justice and making a difference in our communities; especially for the voiceless and often, invisible.