Job Title: CAPT, US Public Health Service, Nurse Consultant
Organization: Indian Health Service
CAPT Jana M. Towne, RN , BSN, MHA (Tlingit/Haida) is the Nurse Consultant for the Indian Health Service (IHS) Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention (DDTP) and a Commissioned Officer of the United States Public Health Service. In her over 25 years as a nurse, CAPT Towne has served in clinical and executive leadership roles in Tribal, Indian Health Service, and private organizations. She has served as the Collaborative Director for the IHS Chronic Care Initiative, as an expert panel member for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and as a member of the Future of Nursing Campaign for Action to increase American Indian/Alaskan Native Nurses in the workforce. CAPT Towne currently serves as the IHS Lead to the Health and Human Services Social Determinants of Health Workgroup and represents the IHS on the White House Interagency Policy Council on the Social Determinants of Health. In her current role at Nurse Consultant with the DDTP, she provides expert advice, guidance, and consultation on the prevention and treatment of diabetes; informs the development of culturally appropriate diabetes clinical practice and patient education materials; and provides leadership and direction for the identification and implementation of disease prevention goals and objectives that focus on lifestyle change initiatives, early life interventions, and culturally relevant, community-based best practices.