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Jean O'Connor

Jean O’Connor, JD, MPH, DrPH is the Chronic Disease Prevention Director for the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) where she is responsible for statewide programs related to cancer prevention, tobacco, adolescent health, and asthma.  Dr. O’Connor has worked in public health research, policy, and program development for almost 20 years, starting out as Emergency Medical Technician and doing research in the Emergency Department at Grady Hospital. That experience taught her firsthand about the role of systems and environments on health status, and she pursued her JD and MPH at Emory University, and then her DrPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before joining DPH in 2013, Dr. O’Connor served as a state deputy health director and a health insurance policy advisor; and a Health Scientist at CDC working on policy and strategy issues across multiple centers.  For the past decade, she has taught public health law and policy at the Rollins School of Public Health.