Resa Jones, PhD, MPH


Resa Jones

Elected November 2014
Term Ending: November 2018
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Resa M. Jones joined APHA in 1998. She has belonged to several Affiliates – most recently joining the PPHA. Throughout her years of service, she has gained a deep understanding of the Association, its member groups, Affiliates and committees. As an engaged student member, Resa was coordinator of the National Mentoring Program. She subsequently served as the President of the Public Health Student Caucus and led the organization through its first-ever strategic planning, which positioned the Caucus to become the APHA-Student Assembly. She appreciates various viewpoints and the importance of APHA’s governance, policies, and priorities as she was the first student to serve on the Executive Board. She was Vice Chair of the Executive Board (2016-2017) and has served on the APHA Governing Council and Nominating Committee. She has also chaired the APHA Strategic Planning Committee and Executive Board Governance Committee and served on other Executive Board committees. Resa is a member of the APHA Student Assembly Advisory Board and served as Epidemiology Section secretary and newsletter editor and reviewed abstracts for the Student Assembly and Epidemiology Section. While in Minnesota she chaired the MPHA Strategic Planning Task Force. 

Resa’s volunteer leadership is not limited to APHA. She has chaired the American Society of Preventive Oncology Career Development Committee, Virginia Colorectal Cancer Screening Task Force, and Public Health Industry Funding Policy Committee at Virginia Commonwealth University. She was a member of VCU’s Endowment Funding Advisory Board and Faculty Senate and chaired the VCU CEPH Re-Accreditation Self-Study Committee.

Resa recently joined the faculty at Temple University as Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the CEPH-accredited College of Public Health. She is also a member of Fox Chase Cancer Center, a NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center. In addition to her administrative role, she advises Masters and PhD students and teaches graduate-level courses in Epidemiology.

Resa values interdisciplinary collaborative approaches to problem solving, which extends to her research. As Principal Investigator of two community-based projects to increase colorectal cancer screening, she partners with colleagues and community members locally and nationally. Her efficient planning, effective communication, and action-oriented approach have led to the development of: CRCS-WISDM, which combines shared clinical decision-making in rural primary care with features targeted to all community residents; and MyCRCS, which aims to develop and evaluate an interactive, web-based tool that is integrated with the electronic medical record. 

Resa received her undergraduate degrees, MPH, and PhD from the University of Minnesota.