Jean Edward PhD, RN, CHPE
Jean Edward, PhD, RN, CHPE, is an Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing and Nurse Scientist for UK HealthCare’s Markey Cancer Center. Prior to her current appointment, she held a joint appointment with the College of Nursing and the Center for Health Services Research in the College of Medicine and previously was an Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Dr. Edward's program of research is focused on promoting equity in healthcare access, affordability and health outcomes for underserved communities by intervening on the social determinants of health. She utilizes community-based, mixed methods and interdisciplinary approaches to develop interventions to promote equity in access to and affordability of care.
She has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Cancer Society, Kentucky Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International to support her work around developing consumer-, systems-, and community-based interventions to address the social determinants of health impacting underserved communities. Her prior work has focused on establishing the impact of social determinants of health, such as health insurance literacy and socioeconomic factors, on access to care for underserved Hispanic/Latino and rural Appalachian communities. Her current program of research is focused on improving health outcomes of cancer survivors and caregivers by focusing on implementing sustainable financial assistance programs within health systems to help alleviate financial toxicity and hardship. She was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to implement FINassist - an interdisciplinary program that enhances cost of care conversations in healthcare settings to help address financial toxicity of patients and families with childhood cancers and hematologic disorders. She is also leading a National Cancer Institute-funded P30 administrative supplement to implement CC Links - a novel, interdisciplinary financial navigation intervention for hematologic cancer survivors and their caregivers.
Dr. Edward has recently received several recognitions, including the American Public Health Association's Public Health Nursing Junior Investigator Award. Her work has been published in over 25 peer-reviewed publications and presented at over 50 national, regional and local conferences. She serves as co-chair of Health Literacy Kentucky, a state-wide organization committed to improving and addressing the health literacy needs of Kentuckians. She is a member of the American Public Health Association, American Nurses Association, Kentucky Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International Scholarly Nursing Society.