About the author
Paul Kuehnert is a nurse and an executive leader in public health in the U.S. Paul's career choice—nursing—grew directly out of his experiences in the anti-war and civil rights movements of the late 1960's/early1970's. It was shaped, at first, by his desire to be contrarian: to bend gender norms by being a man in a "woman's" profession. Later, as he began practicing nursing, he found that it was not only a profession but a vocation. His commitment to nursing, particularly in his specialty field of public health, provided him with the means to act every day in concrete ways to further healing, build community and seek justice. He has done so for the last 45 years in partnership with others in several urban, suburban, and rural communities on issues ranging from infant mortality and lead poisoning to HIV/AIDS. Paul currently is the President & CEO of the national Public Health Accreditation Board based in Alexandria, Virginia. He resides with his wife in Hallowell, Maine.