Dr. Jennifer J. Edwards is a leader in data inspired public health strategy and innovation. Jennifer has partnered with CDC and HRSA federal agencies as well as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on grant projects, including serving as Principal Investigator. She has also received NIH research training, and conducted community health research in South Africa.
Jennifer has mentored doctoral students (DrPH, DHA, PhD), taught healthcare administration courses, and published books as well. She has also been a management consultant for national non-profit organizations on business development projects.
She previously served in administration at one of the largest local health departments nationally; and has served at a federal agency where she wrote U.S. presidential appointee testimony submitted to the Congressional Record. Jennifer has also been a reviewer for Public Health Reports, the peer-reviewed journal of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office.
Jennifer created the 5 Star Challenge, a national women’s wellness initiative focusing on attainable lifestyle changes. She engages audiences nationwide on wellness, leadership, and business strategy; and was a featured TEDx Speaker. Brands including Tieks and Rothy’s have supported her speaking mission to empower women and girls.
Jennifer earned a Doctoral degree (PhD) in Health Communication & Culture and a Graduate Certificate in International Studies from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She has a Bachelor of Science magna cum laude from Florida A&M University. She enjoys flow yoga, gardening, and a good hike. Connect with her over lattes if you’re ever in Dallas where she lives with her husband and two children.