Jennifer Edwards

Principal Research Scientist

Jennifer Edwards, PhD, serves as the Principal Research Scientist at the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI).

Jennifer is a lifetime health advocate who is passionate about program innovation, health equity, and social action. Jennifer previously served as principal investigator and program manager on U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grants at the Dallas County Health Department. She also led community health needs assessment efforts for 20 local health system partners in the county and developed health improvement projects as a partner on a $500 million regional Medicaid transformation waiver.

Jennifer had the opportunity to write U.S. presidential appointee testimony submitted to the congressional record during her time at a federal scientific agency. As associate graduate faculty the at University of North Texas, she led the establishment of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health program including program design, curriculum, and course development. She has also served as a non-profit management consultant for organizations including the American College of Physicians, Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, and National Osteoporosis Foundation. Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, in Chemistry from Florida A&M University, and a Graduate Certificate in International Studies and Ph.D., with distinction, in Health Communication from Howard University.

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