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Alisa Haushalter, DNP, RN

 Alissa Haushalter


Associate Professor of Advance Practice and Doctoral Studies
Director, Shelby County Health Department
814 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, TN 38105
(901) 222-9080

Curriculum Vitae

Originally, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Haushalter began her nursing education at Carlow University.  Relocating to Nashville, she earned her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Belmont University in 1983 and a Master’s of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Family Practice from Vanderbilt University in 1997. In 2007, Alisa earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a specialty in public health nursing leadership  from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing where she is an Associate Professor of Advanced Practice and Doctoral Studies. Alisa joined the College of Nursing in 2016 and began assisting with the Leadership and Health Policy course in 2017.

In 2016, Mayor Mark Luttrell appointed Dr. Haushalter as the Director of the Shelby County Health Department. As a seasoned public health nurse and leader, Alisa has dedicated her career to creating conditions that promote health and well-being for all people. She brings more than thirty years of population health experience to her role; having led a variety of public health programs and innovative initiatives including Nemours’ 3.9 million-dollar, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Award and Nashville’s 7.5 million-dollar, Communities Putting Prevention to Work Award.

Alisa is a lifelong learner visiting Britain, Ireland and Cuba in pursuit of developing a deeper understanding of their respective healthcare systems. She was a 2002-2003 Southeast Public Health Leadership Fellow and in 2016 completed the yearlong Disparities Leadership Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is currently participating in the 2018 Leadership Memphis Executive Program and the National League of Cities Mayor’s Institute on Housing, Health and Hazards.

Recognized for her nursing leadership, Dr. Haushalter was the recipient of the 2017 John William Runyan, Jr. Community Nursing Award, a 2015 Nemours’ Leonard L. Berry Award for Service Excellence Finalist and the recipient of the 2014 Nemours Transformational Nursing Leader Award. In 2012, she received the Middle Tennessee March of Dimes Public Health Nurse of the Year Award.

She is a member of the American Public Health Association, National Association of City and County Health Officials, Tennessee Public Health Association as well as the American and Tennessee Nurses Associations.  She is an active member of the Tennessee Action Coalition, promoting the role of nurses in achieving a culture of health.

Alisa enjoys living in Memphis, exploring the many amenities of the region including Shelby Farms, the riverfront and bike trails. She provides a public health and nursing perspective while serving on several local boards and committees including the United Way of the Mid-South Board, Community Foundation Board and ACE Awareness Task Force.

Last Published: Mar 12, 2021