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Krista Jones, DNP, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC, FAAN

Director, UIC Nursing-Urbana Campus

Clinical Associate Professor

Department of Population Health Nursing Science, Urbana Campus



625 S. Wright St., MC 313, Suite 201, Champaign, IL 61820

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Dr. Krista Jones is Director of UIC College of Nursing’s Urbana Regional Campus and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health Nursing Science. Dr. Jones is a board certified Advanced Public Health Nurse. At UIC she has completed a Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree (2011), a Master’s degree in Advanced Community Health Nursing (2007), a Post-Master’s degree in Nursing Administration and Leadership (2009) and a Teaching Certificate in Nursing Education (2008). For the last 17 years, Dr. Jones has instructed undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students enrolled in Population Focused Nursing, EBP, Professionalism, Nursing Theory, and Leadership and Management courses.

Dr. Jones is the author of numerous publications. She currently leads a team of academic librarians and nurses from population health, acute and clinical agency settings who have received five cycles of grant funding from the National Libraries of Medicine to provide face to face and online instructional sessions to educate public health nurses (PHNs) on the acquisition, translation and application of evidence to inform their practice. In phase three this work was expanded to provide online evidence-based education to acute and ambulatory care nurses and in phase five to all public health professionals educating thousands of health providers and resulting in numerous publications, dissemination, policy changes and improved patient outcomes.

She is a founding member of the Illinois Public Health Nursing Leadership Academic Practice Workgroup. This team conducted a needs assessment of public health nurses and faculty across Illinois to determine priorities for partnership activities, and the challenges impacting PHN practice. These results were used to develop innovative strategies to address educational needs of new and existing PHN workforce. Additionally, these efforts have spawned three consecutive annual state-wide academic practice conferences and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant that has funded 31 state-wide academic practice community service projects.

Dr. Jones has held several leadership positions in local, regional, and national nursing and public health organizations. These include current Chair of the Council of Public Health Nursing Organizations (CPHNO), President of the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators (ACHNE), President of the Champaign County Board of Health, and Chair of the Illinois Nursing Workforce Center Board of Directors.

Dr. Jones scholarship has been recognized locally by Carle Foundation Health Systems, statewide by the Illinois Public Health Association, and regionally by two different Research Sections of the Midwest Nursing Research Society -- Public Health and Adolescent Health. Additionally, she has received the Daisy Award for teaching excellence, the Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Lambda Chapter Nursing Recognition Award, the Urbana Faculty Excellence Award and two Silver Circle Awards for teaching excellence at UIC. She is also a 2012 recipient of the Illinois Board of Higher Education Nursing Faculty Fellowship and a 2020 American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing (ELAN) Program Fellow. In October 2023, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.