South Carolina State Senate District 44
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Dr. Debbie Chatman Bryant, RN, She is a Berkeley County native who has spent her life working tirelessly to improve the lives of those in her community. She’s a mom, an educator and a scholar, she has a Doctorate in nursing. Debbie is the wife of a 23-year US Army veteran and they have two grown children. After the heartbreaking massacre at Emanuel AME, Debbie helped lead a collaborative effort as part of the steering committee for the “Illumination Project.” Debbie’s participation helped to ensure the community’s voices were heard in collaborative efforts around public safety, community policing, constitutional rights, equity, and equality. The positive impact of this collaborative effort has gained national recognition. Debbie is an active member of the National Black Nurses’ Association, the Quality Improvement Committee for Select Health of South Carolina and the Health Equity Team for The Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina. Debbie has worked tirelessly to expand access to and affordability of cancer screenings and is known for engaging patients in a way that leads to better health outcomes for patients, providers and organizations. Debbie is also proud of her community efforts outside of healthcare. Debbie received her Baccalaureate, Masters and Doctoral degrees from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She is now the Associate Dean for Practice in the College of Nursing at MUSC, a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and both a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader (2012) & Executive Nurse Fellow (2014-2017). She is the recipient of the Palmetto Gold Nursing Award and many other such acknowledgments for leadership, compassion and service.