During her career, Barbara Brown has been a pediatric nurse practitioner, organizational consultant, graduate faculty in health administration, associate director of research institute and head of risk management for a multi-state medical malpractice carrier. After 25 years, she retired as the Vice President for Data and Research at the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association. During her tenure with the organization, she established its statewide data services and analytics capabilities. She often worked with state agencies to provide statistics to address health care trends, quality, outcome, and workforce issues. Her research has been published in national and state journals. Dr. Brown holds a baccalaureate in nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Her PhD is in Health Administration and Research from VCU.
Currently Dr. Brown is active in our community serving as a Powhatan Planning Commissioner and the Commission’s Chair, she also is on Reynolds Community College Board of Directors and the Powhatan Historical Society Board. Upon her retirement, Dr. Brown set up and managed Powhatan’s Habitat for Humanity Restore with the help of many volunteers. Restore is now a major source of revenue for the nonprofit.
In her free time Dr. Brown can be found working on her apiary (bee yard) and pecan farm. She has developed wildlife habitats on her farm for quail, monarch butterflies and pollinators. Virginia Wildlife featured her habitat efforts in the December 2019 issue.