Dr. Jean C. O’Connor is a public health lawyer with more than two decades of experience working with communities, educators, policy makers, and private sector leaders in public health and healthcare to improve health outcomes.
Prior to joining HMA, Dr. O’Connor served as principal at Abt Associates. In this role, she served as a project director and technical expert on projects for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Resources Services Administration, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She also served as co-director of Abt’s Chronic and Non-Communicable Diseases Market Center, led the Department of Justice account, and supported new business development strategy within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and at the state and local level.
Before moving into consulting, Dr. O’Connor served as the chief executive officer of a federally qualified health center, the chief policy officer and chronic disease prevention director for the Georgia Department of Public Health, and in other senior policy and operations roles in state public health and at the CDC. In these roles, she worked with healthcare, Medicaid, and community partners around the implementation of public health and healthcare delivery programs and the development of policies for a range of chronic disease topics, accreditation, emergency preparedness, and maternal and child health.
She was named a Fulbright Specialist in Global Health and Law in 2018 and is a recipient of the 2022 Emory Medal, a prestigious alumni award from Emory University which honors those who are leaders in their field as well as leaders in their local, national, and global communities.
Dr. O’Connor earned her Doctor of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a joint Juris Doctor and Master of Public Health from Emory University, and a bachelor’s degree in human biology from Emory University. She is a member of the Bar in Georgia, on the board of directors for Heluna Health and a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. In addition to her work at HMA, she teaches law, policy and leadership part time at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and at the University of Georgia.