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Joni Nelson

Joni Dunmyer Nelson

Assistant Professor

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  • Associate Professor
  • College of Dental Medicine
  • Stomatology
Academic Focus
  • Interprofessional Oral Health and Improving Health Access to the Rural Safetynet
  • Social Determinants of Health and Community Health Equity
  • Qualitative Evaluation and Public Health Policy
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Dr. Joni Dunmyer Nelson, a native of Ravenel, South Carolina, is an Assistant Professor and Deputy Director in the Division of Population Oral Health at the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine and also serves in a dual appointment role in the Department of Public Health Sciences, College of Medicine.  As a Health Promotion, Education and Behavioral specialist her research foci are qualitative research evaluation, social determinants of health equity, quality improvement science and collaborative care workforce models to reduce rural oral health inequities, in support of an interprofessional approach to improve population health outcomes.  She is the program director for the Dental Safety Net Certificate Program and teaches a public health research methods course. She was appointed as a 2017 National Rural Health Association Fellow and serves as the National State Representative of South Carolina for DentaQuest Foundation’s Oral Health 2020 Network, an initiative to improve oral health for all.

Dr. Nelson is a graduate of the Arnold School of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior from the University of South Carolina and received a Masters in Biomedical Sciences from the Medical University of South Carolina.