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Senior Health Equity Analyst, South Region

Jill Edwards

Jill Bumpus Edwards, MA, serves as a Senior Health Equity Analyst for the Indiana Health Equity Alliance (I-HEAL). As part of a regional Field Implementation Team, Jill works with community stakeholders to reach people who are at higher risk for COVID-19 and those who are underserved and/or disproportionately affected by the pandemic, including racial and ethnic minority groups and people living in rural communities. Improved health outcomes for marginalized populations is the goal. Her work is part of Purdue Healthcare Advisors' partnership with the Indiana Department of Health to better prepare the state for the next pandemic by improving pandemic response, health equity, and health outcomes in 30 counties considered most vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jill has spent the better part of the last twenty years working to help connect people to equitable health opportunities. At East Tennessee State University, Jill worked with projects funded through the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Resources and Services Administration, and Appalachian Regional Commission to increase access to health and healthcare. During her time with the Marion County Public Health Department, Jill oversaw a CDC-funded Cooperative Agreement, Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health as well as supplemental funding to increase COVID and Flu vaccination among Black/African American and Hispanic/Latinx adults in Marion County. In between these bookends, Jill spent several years in the mountains of North Carolina working in local government to increase access to healthy opportunities for all residents through gardens, greenways, and other projects.

Jill is passionate about the power of story to help convey the meaning and reality behind data, and enjoys bringing a community’s stories to light. She has presented to the Rural Health Association of Tennessee, the Joint Carolinas Recreation & Parks Conference, and twice with the National Recreation & Parks Association, encouraging professionals to promote their “thing” and tell the stories of their patrons. Jill also published her experiences with The Minigrant Model in CDC’s Preventing Chronic Disease. Before all of this Jill was first and foremost a farm kid from rural Illinois.

Jill received a bachelor’s degree in communication and human relations from Milligan College (’00) and a master's degree in professional communication from East Tennessee State University (’11). Jill is also a proud Certified Parks and Recreation Professional ('17)!

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