Center Staff

M. Jo Edwards, Ed.D.
Adams Chair of Excellence in Health Care Services
Director, Center for Health and Human Services

Dr. Edwards holds the Adams Chair of Excellence in Health Care Services at MTSU and serves as the Director of the Center for Health and Human Services. She is the principal investigator on current and former projects serviced through the center:  Yes I Can! Diabetes Self-Management Program, Tennessee Anti-Tobacco Advocacy Initiative,  Tennessee Comprehensive Cancer Control, Prevention Through Understanding: Investigating Unexpected Child Death, and previously STOP (Student Tobacco Outreach & Prevention), Career Mapping, and SMART Mothers Are Resisting Tobacco. She has produced the 4th edition of Allied Health in Tennessee: A Supply and Demand Study. As the founding director and now consultant to the Tennessee Institute of Public Health, she coordinates the development of the County Health Profiles.


Jeannie S. Paul, B.S.
Executive Assistant Adams Chair of Excellence

Ms. Paul provides administrative support to the Adams Chair of Excellence and the Center for Health and Human Services. She also provides technical and fiscal support to grant project managers. In addition, she assists with coordinating the logistical arrangements for events, conferences, and meetings.

Cynthia Chafin
Cynthia Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES
Project Manager and Consultant
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Ms. Chafin's areas of interest include maternal/child health, community health and wellness, healthy lifestyles, and obesity prevention. Currently, she manages the Tennessee Comprehensive Cancer Control project .  Previously, she managed the Yes I Can! Diabetes Self-Management project, and Smart Mothers are Resisting Tobacco , a prenatal tobacco cessation and prevention program, and the Career Mapping and Folic Acid projects. In 2007, she founded the Community Health Collaboratives, LLC.


Gail HardinGail H. Hardin, MSCHES
Anti-Tobacco Advocacy Initiative

Ms. Hardin's interests include social marketing, health literacy, tobacco use prevention and cessation, and cancer and diabetes education. Currently, Gail serves as Program Manager for the Tennessee Anti-Tobacco Advocacy Initiative. Prior to joining the Center for Health and Human Services, Gail worked in Psychology research at Vanderbilt University and was regional Partnership Program Manager for the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service.