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:  SMART Mothers Are Resisting Tobacco, 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 Yes I Can! Diabetes Self Management Program. She has produced multiple editions of Allied Health in Tennessee: A Supply and Demand Study. Dr. Edwards was the founding director of the Tennessee Institute of Public Health (TNIPH) and now serves on TNIPH's Board of Directors .


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
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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.


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Project Manager

Ms. Murray serves as Program Manager for the TN Anti-Tobacco Advocacy Initiative.  She is also Co-Chair of the statewide Tennessee Cancer Coalition.  Prior to joining the Center, Jennifer had her own consulting company and has over 15 years experience in the academic, healthcare, and nonprofit settings.  Jennifer's areas of interest include cancer prevention, education, and research; tobacco use prevention and cessation; and Weimaraner pet rescue.