Jean O’Connor

Health Policy & Management
Part-time Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Health Policy & Management

Dr. Jean C. O’Connor is a collaborative, results-oriented leader with two decades of experience in health policy and management. Most recently, she served as the CEO of a Federally-Qualified Community Health Center during COVID-19. Her prior experience includes senior roles in state public health, the CDC, and a global non-profit working on emergency preparedness and response, chronic diseases, tobacco, HIV, and health systems strengthening.

In these roles, she has written proposals for and overseen the successful completion of more than $200 million dollars in cooperative agreement and grant-funded health improvement projects funded by HRSA, CDC, ACF, and CMS. She also has been teaching graduate health policy and management leaders at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory since 2003 and the University of Georgia since 2017.

Jean is on several non-profit boards and is a past-president of the U.S. National Association of Chronic Disease Prevention Directors. She earned her Doctor of Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill and her Juris Doctor and Master of Public Health from Emory University. She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and was named as a Fulbright Specialist in Global Health and Law in 2018.

  •  DrPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009
  • JD, Emory University School of Law, 2001
  • MPH, Emory University School of Law, 2001
  • BS, Emory University
Areas of Expertise
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Public Health Law
  • Chronic Disease
  • Public Health Preparedness and Response
  • State and Local Health Departments
Selected Publications

Ebell M., Hall S.P., Rustin C.R., Powell-Threets K., Munoz L., Toodle L., Lu M., & O’Connor J.C. (2019). The effect of a multi-component, multi-trigger intervention to enhance asthma control in high risk African-American children. Preventing Chronic Disease, 16:180387. DOI:

Ebell M.H., Marchello C., Meng L., O’Connor J.C., Burden and social determinants of asthma among children in Georgia (2019). J. Community Health. 44(5), 941-947. DOI: 10.1007/s10900-019-00642-9.

Allen, P., O’Connor, J. C., Best, L., Lakshman, M., Jacob, R., & Brownson, R. C. (2018). Management practices to build evidence-based decision making for chronic disease prevention in Georgia: A case study. Preventing Chronic Disease, 15, 170482.

Gentili, M., Harati, P., Serban, N., O’Connor, J. C., & Swann J. (2018). Quantifying disparities in accessibility and availability of pediatric primary care across multiple states with implications for targeted interventions. Health Services Research, 53(3), 1458–1477.

Byers, S., O’Connor, J., Powell-Threets, K., Taylor, B., Padgett, K., & Hallow, K. M. (2017). Analysis of hypertension control rates among participants in the Georgia Hypertension Management and Outreach Program. Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association, 7(1), 45–47.

Vall, E. A., Kibbe, D. L., Greene, C., Smith, K. S., & O’Connor, J. C. (2017). Leading the way in preventing childhood obesity in Georgia. Public Health Reports, 132(2 Suppl), 3S–6S.

O’Connor, J. C. (2017). Chronic disease prevention as an adaptive leadership problem. Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association, 6(4), 398–400.

Paris, N. M., Gabram-Mendola, S. G. A., Kerber, A. S., O’Connor, J., Crane, B. E., Martin, M. L., … Bellcross, C. A. (2016). Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer: Risk assessment in minority women and provider knowledge gaps. Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology, 14(6), 261–267. Retrieved from

Berg, C. J., Ribisl, K. M., Thrasher, J. F., Haardörfer, R., O’Connor, J., & Kegler, M. C. (2015). Reactions to cigarette taxes and related messaging: Is the South different? American Journal of Health Behavior, 39(5), 721–731. PMCID: PMC4530464.

Berg, C. J., Thrasher, J. F., O’Connor, J., Haardörfer, R., & Kegler, M. C. (2015). Reactions to smoke-free policies and messaging strategies in support and opposition: A comparison of Southerners and non-Southerners in the US. Health Behavior and Policy Review, 2(6), 408–420. PMCID: PMC4686148.

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