Rhode Island's first Open Door Health clinic serving the LGBTQ community
May 04, 2021
Amy Nunn, Professor of Public Health and Medicine
Rhode Island's first Open Door Health clinic serving the LGBTQ community

Dr. Amy Nunn is a Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Brown University School of Public Health. She holds a secondary appointment in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Brown University Medical School. She is also the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Public Health Institute (RIPHI). Dr. Nunn conducts applied research on how to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in HIV infection, treatment and care. With colleagues, she oversees two pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) implementation science programs in Providence, Rhode Island and Jackson, Mississippi. She also conducts HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) prevention research about how to best link people living with HCV and HIV to medical care

Dr. Nunn is also Executive Director of the Rhode Island Public Health Institute (RIPHI). RIPHI's mission is to promote community health and to eliminate health disparities in Rhode Island and beyond. RIPHI oversees community service projects, conducts translational and policy research, hosts public health advocacy programs, and trains students and public health practitioners. RIPHI's current portfolio focuses on reducing food insecurity, responding to the nation's HCV epidemic, encouraging active living, engaging clergy in public health programs, and many other issues. See www.riphi.org. In 2020, RIPHI launched Open Door Health, Rhode Island's first LGBTQ clinic. For more information, visit www.odhpvd.org. Open Door Health provides primary and sexual health care to Rhode Island's diverse population. Open Door Health remains open during the COVID-19 pandemic and offers telemedicine services. Open Door Health launched a new COVID-19 screening center and will launch a COVID vaccine program in March 2021. 

Dr. Nunn is also Principal Investigator of an NIH grant focused on training African Americans and Latinx scholars in community and clinical research related to HIV/AIDS, with a focus on training new investigators in the Deep South. 

Dr. Nunn holds masters and doctoral degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health and is a former Fulbright Scholar. She speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese. She is the proud mother of Agustin Velasco (11) and Valentina Velasco (9). 

Dr. Nunn is a proud alumna of Little Rock Central HIgh School in Little Rock, Arkansas and also loves working on racial justice issues.