Janet Jones

Janet Jones
Lecturer, Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences
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Lecturer, Family and Consumer Sciences

Child and Family Studies

Introduction/Background:

Janet Jones is originally from Houston, TX and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Child & Family Studies from Baylor University and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Walden University. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and previously worked for the City of Waco as the Lead Public Health Education Specialist at the Waco‐McLennan County Public Health District located in Waco, TX. Janet was with the Health District for about 6 years and served as the supervisor for the Health Education Department which has programs focused on maternal and child health/women’s health, chronic disease prevention and obesity reduction, and access to health care using Community Health Workers. These programs focus on reduction of infant mortality and preterm births, increasing healthy eating and physical activity options, and increasing access to health and social resources in the community. Janet worked to create and implement programs which help to better the overall health & wellness of the residents in the greater Waco area. Additionally, Janet has taught at Baylor University as Adjunct Faculty in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department since January 2016 and will be teaching at the School of Public Health at Baylor beginning in January 2020 teaching the Maternal & Infant Health course. She is also a part of the state of Texas perinatal health collaborative, the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers & Babies and serves as the co‐chair for the Community Health Sub‐committee. Most recently, Janet has started a Doctoral program in public health at Texas A&M Health Science Center working towards a DrPH degree in Health Promotion Community Health Sciences. At Texas A&M, in addition to her doctoral studies, she works as a Graduate Teaching Assistant as a part of the faculty team with the School of Public Health first-year masters level students.

Education:

  • DrPH (Doctorate in Public Health), Texas A&M University- anticipated May 2022
  • MPH Walden University, 2011
  • B.S.CFS, Child and Family Studies, Baylor University

Associations:

  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies (TCHMB) Executive Committee-Co Chair
  • Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP)
  • Prosper Waco (Collective Impact Initiative) Women’s Health Work Group
  • School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) for Waco ISD
  • EOAC Early Head Start Health Advisory Board
  • Live Well Waco (LWW) Chronic Disease and Obesity Reduction Coalition
  • Healthy Babies Coalition (HBC) Preterm Birth & Infant Mortality Reduction Coalition
  • Texas Society for Public Health Education (TSOPHE)—Board Member—Treasurer
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.—Member—Program Chair

Publications/presentations/honors:

“Getting Our House in Order: Addressing Internal Racial Equity” (National Webinar Presentation) CityMatCH Equity Action Group (January 2019)

“Opening Plenary Session: Collectively Combating Maternal Mortality: Family, State, and National Perspectives” (Invited speaker—Oral panel presentation) Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) Conference, San Antonio, TX (March 2019)

“Plenary Session: Leading from Where you Are- Navigating True Stories of Internal Equity Transformation” (Invited speaker—Oral panel presentation) CityMatCH Conference, Providence, RI (September 2019)

“Just Ask! A community-first approach to improving women's and maternal & child health in a community” (Oral Presentation) Texas Association of City and County Health Officials (TACCHO) Conference, Austin, TX (February 2018)

“Just Ask! A community-first approach to improving women’s preconception health” (Oral Presentation) Texas Public Health Association (TPHA) Annual Conference, Waco, TX (March 2018)

“Understanding the Role Race Plays in Accessing and Improving Women’s Healthcare in a Community” (Poster Presentation) CityMatCH Conference, Philadephia, PA (September 2016)

“Healthy Babies Coalition: Striving to Improve Health Outcomes of Mothers and Babies across the Life Course” (Poster Presentation) Healthy Texas Babies - A Life Course Conference, Houston, TX (June 2015)

“Understanding a Community’s Knowledge & Perception of Women’s Pre/inter-conception Health: A Collective Impact Approach” (Oral Presentation) CityMatCH Conference, Salt Lake City, UT (September 2015)