Jenny Besse

Jenny is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She currently works in Endocrinology, where she enjoys caring for children and adolescents with diabetes and other endocrine disorders and their families. Before transitioning into specialty care, Jenny worked in pediatric primary care with Wellstar Medical Group at Kennestone Pediatric Associates. She studied at the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, where she was awarded a Fuld Fellowship and earned her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing degrees. Prior to pursuing nursing, Jenny earned a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior from the University of California at Davis. She began her early career in public health and healthcare administration with the American Cancer Society and Kaiser Permanente in California.

Jenny became an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse to better advocate and care for both people and populations. While she enjoys her clinical work, Jenny firmly believes that solutions to our biggest health problems begin in the community and with public policy change. Jenny has thus continually sought opportunities to contribute and lead outside of the hospital and clinic.

While in graduate school, Jenny served on the Board of Directors of Health Students Taking Action Together, Inc., an award-winning, statewide, student-run non-profit, dedicated to improving the health of all Georgians through service, education and advocacy. She later served for three years on the Executive Board of the Young Democrats of Atlanta, where she engaged progressive young adults in critical health and social justice initiatives. Currently, Jenny serves as President of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Georgia Chapter, where she is supporting and mobilizing pediatric Advanced Practice Providers in vital pediatric equity, access and engagement initiatives.

Jenny is thrilled to now serve on the Board of Directors for Georgians for a Healthy Future. She has always valued the work of GHF and is eager to contribute to its impact moving forward – particularly in these critical years following the coronavirus pandemic. Now more than ever we must work together to strengthen the public health infrastructure in our state and ensure all Georgians have equitable access to quality and affordable healthcare.