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Chanell Huff-Cox, C’90

Chanell Huff-Cox
Panelist: When and Where I Enter: Nursing Career in the 21st Century

Chanell Huff-Cox, C’90, graduated from Spelman with a degree in sociology. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Georgia State University in 1995. Her career as a registered nurse began in the private sector as a staff nurse in labor and delivery at South Fulton Medical Center. Following a desire to work in public health to explore health disparities in underserved communities, Huff-Cox shifted gears to work as a public health nurse at the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness. Her primary focus in this role was disease and illness prevention, education, advocacy and health maintenance.

Currently, she serves as a school nurse at Clairemont Elementary School with City Schools of Decatur. At Clairemont, she promotes student success by providing healthcare through assessment, intervention and follow up. She addresses the physical, mental, emotional and social health needs of students and supports their achievement in the learning process.

Huff-Cox is the chair of the school Equity Team, which was developed to address the achievement gap and disproportionality in discipline practices among Black and White students.  In her role as chair, Huff-Cox leads her team in promoting fairness and inclusivity among all races in the school and community.  

Lastly, Huff-Cox recently passed the certification exam to become certified as a legal nurse consultant.  In this capacity, she will be able to consult on a variety of cases ranging from medical and nursing malpractice, toxic tort and environmental cases to product liability, worker’s compensation, workplace injury and criminal cases.

Huff-Cox participates in Spelman’s Sister2Sister Mentoring program, Posh For A Purpose Breast Cancer Organization and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the National Association of School Nurses and the National Alliance of Certified Legal  Nurse Consultants. Driven to increase the number of African American women in healthcare, Huff-Cox is eager to provide shadowing opportunities for students in the Spelman College Health Careers Program.  Huff-Cox resides in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband Tyrone and daughters Lauren and Leah. Her oldest daughter Leslie is a freshman at Spelman.