Jessica L.A. Jackson


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics
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Jessica Jackson is a health behavior researcher and program evaluator. Ms. Jackson’s ten plus years in public health have included working with diverse organizations and stakeholders; including governmental agencies, hospitals, healthcare systems, and academic institutions. Her approach to evaluation involves translating public health surveillance, health care, and programmatic data into actionable products that can be used to drive decision making and ultimately, empower communities. Most notably, Ms. Jackson’s experience lies in community health, with an emphasis on needs assessment, community-based participatory research, strategic planning, and innovation. Other areas of expertise include performance monitoring and evaluation, mental health, HIV/AIDS, health disparities, and substance abuse disorders.

Ms. Jackson’s theory of evaluation centers on creating collective efforts that result in recommendations that are implemented, have value, and result in positive changes for the most relevant stakeholders. Her belief is that organizations can and will change, but only through a guided coaching process that builds excitement to improve; recognizes limitations and strategizes for innovative solutions; builds capacity to continuously improve processes and offerings; and establishes infrastructure that assures sustainability.

Ms. Jackson is an alumna of Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Human and Organizational Development. She also attended Claremont Graduate University (Claremont, CA), where she obtained a Master of Arts in Psychology in Health Behavior Research and Evaluation. While at CGU, she concurrently earned a Master of Public Health in Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology.