Altavia Evans
Registered Nurse, Candidate DNP, Florida Atlantic University

Altavia Evans is a registered nurse and a native to Palm Beach County. She is currently attending Florida Atlantic University pursuing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice. Her passion to help those in need started from a young age. Her enthusiasm led her to the University of Florida, in Gainesville, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Behavior with a Minor in Family Youth and Community Science. During her matriculation, Ms. Evans was inspired to volunteer with students with intellectual disabilities from the Sidney Lanier Center. She also had the opportunity to work alongside community members at Equal Access Clinic and the Southwest Advocacy Group (S.W.A.G). Her primary function was to assist in performing needs assessments and aid in connecting the residents of Gainesville to valuable resources.

After leaving Gainesville, Altavia returned to Palm Beach County and attended South University and obtained her second Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Upon completing her degree, she found employment at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, a non-profit hospital in Lakeland Florida. During her time there, she played an active role in her Unit Based Council. The primary function of this council was to identify and implement quality improvement initiatives. While in Lakeland, Altavia observed the burden that lack of access to appropriate healthcare could have on a community. This realization is what motivated her to go back to school to become a nurse practitioner.

Ms. Evans' favorite quote is "be the change you wish to see in the world," Mahatma Gandhi. It is her desire to start a not-for-profit medical clinic in an area affected by health disparities. It is her hope to make a difference, one person at a time by providing primary care and education on leading health indicators.