A registered nurse for more than 30 years and public health leader for more than 20, lecturer Fayshonda Cooks created the CommUNITY CollaborACTION Initiative, which emphasizes collaborative unity and action to improve health outcomes. Cooks is a known collaboration champion with belief in the strength and limitless potential of optimizing the assets of all to achieve optimal outcomes as one. Her motto is, “All In, All Win.” Cooks has led strategies that resulted in two Florida county health department clinical networks’ transformation from marginal performance to Joint Commission accreditation for quality health care, both on the first review. She has now dedicated her health leadership expertise and passion to improving the health of indigent populations and educating the next generation of nurses and public health professionals.

  • DrPH, Capella University
  • MPH, University of South Florida
  • BSN, Excelsior College
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Health Administration, University of South Florida
  • ASN, Florida Community College of Jacksonville
Selected Awards & Honors
  • Diversity in Business Award, Orlando Business Journal, 2020
  • Public Health Hero Award, Florida Department of Health in Orange County, 2019
  • Graduate with Distinction, Capella University DrPH program, 2018
Selected Professional Activities
  • Florida Society for Public Health Education


Expertise & Research

  • Access and Community Engagement
  • Acute Care
  • Aging
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Community Health
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Gerontology
  • Global Health
  • Health Literacy
  • Health Services
  • Healthcare Disparities
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Leadership / Management
  • Mixed Research Methods
  • Nursing Education
  • Population Health: Adults
  • Population Health: Minority Health
  • Population Health: Older Adults
  • Population Health: Women
  • Preventative Care
  • Primary Care
  • Public Health
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quality / Safety
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Rural Health
  • Secondary Data Analysis
  • Telehealth
  • Violence