After Katrina, it was clear that nurses on the coast had no way to reach out to the community, use their skills, and help where their services were needed the most.
2014 Celebrity Cruise Honoree
Dr. Romeatrius Moss grew up in Chattanooga, TN and graduated top of her class from Brainerd High School--and that was just the start of things to come. Romeatrius received a full scholarship and graduated from Berea College in Kentucky with a degree in nursing, and then she immediately received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. At the same time, she started working on her Masters degree in Public Health, and soon thereafter received her doctorate in nursing.
In 2000, she married her middle school sweetheart, Meko, and had three children, all boys, aged 6, 4, and 1. Romeatrius now holds the rank of Major in the Air Force, and serves as the Health Care Integrator for Vance Medical Group. Meko, an account executive, will join her on the cruise.
Romeatrius seems to have boundless energy and has been active in volunteering and community service since her high school days. Shortly after joining the Air Force, she was stationed on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where she experienced first-hand the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. Romeatrius quickly realized that there was no effective way for nurses in the area to reach out to each other in the immediate aftermath of the storm and help their communities. So, in 2008, she founded the Mississippi Gulf Coast Black Nurse Association, a charter of the National Black Nurses' Association, to address the problem.
As the founder and Executive Director, she has brought in more than one million dollars and other resources to help educate and screen the underserved. She trained, mentored, and supported a progression of nurses, and helped establish six congregational health ministries along the gulf coast. These ministries provide training for nurses, as well as office and clinic support so that nurses can support their churches and community.
In addition to the general health care they provide the community, these nurses have created a network to use in the event of a local disaster like flooding or hurricane. In 2009, Romeatrius then established a sister organization called the Mississippi Gulf Coast Medical Reserve Corps to work in conjunction with other health care professionals.
Over the past five years, Romeatrius has extended the reach of these groups to include social workers, dentists, and many other professionals. They currently have 25 nurses and 130 other active volunteers ready to respond during any crisis and help the community get much need health care the rest of the time.
Romeatrius is also executive producer for numerous educational video projects and is the project director for two teen pregnancy prevention grants. For her many outreach services, Romeatrius has received numerous awards and recognition, and most recently she was honored as the Cherokee Nurse grand prize winner.