Jean Edward

Jean Edward PhD, RN, CHPE
Assistant Professor

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.

Contact Information

Phone: (859) 323-5815

Email: jean.edward@uky.edu

Office: 557 COLLEGE OF NURSING

Education

PhD, University of Louisville, 2013
BSN, Bellarmine University, 2008

Interests

Health equity; Social determinants of health; Access to care; Health insurance/financial literacy; Costs of care; Financial toxicity/hardship; Cancer survivors and caregivers; Underserved immigrant; Minority and rural populations; Healthcare reform policy

CV

Dr. Jean Edward's CV

Grants

Implementing Coverage and Cost-of-Care Links (CC Links) - a novel, interdisciplinary financial navigation intervention for hematologic cancer survivors and their caregivers
Grant Primary Investigator: Jean Edward
Project Period: Thursday, October 1, 2020
Total Award: $150,000
Sponsor: National Cancer Institute
Feasibility of smoking cessation among cancer patient's relatives who smoke: relative smokers, outreach providers, and system determinants
Grant Primary Investigator: Jean Edward
Project Period: Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Total Award: $50,000
Sponsor: University of Kentucky, Markey Cancer Center's Cancer Center Support Grant
Leveraging medical-legal partnerships to enhance interdisciplinary, team-based approaches to facilitate effective cost of care conversations.
Grant Primary Investigator: Jean Edward, PhD, RN, CHPE
Project Period: Sunday, March 1, 2020
Total Award: $399,268
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Examining the Relationship between Financial Toxicity, Cost-Related Health Literacy and Access to Cancer Care for Colorectal Cancer Survivors
Grant Primary Investigator: Jean Edward
Project Period: Monday, October 1, 2018
Total Award: $29,969
Sponsor: American Cancer Society (Pilot)