Jessica Southwell, MPH

Research Associate North Carolina Institute for Public Health

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Honors and Awards

North Carolina Public Health Leaders in Practice (nominated and participated)

Rachel Stevens Scholarship for Public Health Leadership

Public Health Institute scholarship award
2009 and 2010

MDH Everyday Leaders Program (nominated and participated)

Service Activities

Triangle Futbol Club Association, Team Manager
Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools, PTA Wellness Chair
Chapel Hill Carrboro YMCA Facilities Task Force, Member

Staff/Administrative Duties

Jessica Southwell, MPH, is a research associate at the North Carolina Institute for Public Health in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is currently involved in conducting research related to prevention of opioid overdose, providing technical assistance on strategic communication initiatives, evaluating public health campaign efforts and coordinating opportunities for student, faculty and community engagement in public health practice and service.

Southwell also co-hosts Public Health Behind the Scenes, a podcast featuring stories and public health perspectives on the issues that affect our lives. Learn more at

Before joining the Institute, Southwell served in several positions at the Minnesota Department of Health. She has project management experience as Minnesota's pandemic influenza planner as well as a background in public health policy, working on various initiatives including health reform implementation and securing legal authorities for isolation and quarantine, mass dispensing and volunteer protections. She also brings extensive experience from the nonprofit sector, most recently the Minnesota Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.


MPH, Public Health Leadership, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012

Graduate Certificate, Preparedness, Response and Recover, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2010

BA, Strategic Communication, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2006