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Assistant Professor of Nursing
Director of Clinical Services, UNACARE
Dr. Josie Bidwell teaches pathophysiology, foundations of nursing and child/adolescent health in the undergraduate program. The assistant professor obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees all from the School of Nursing at University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2004, 2006 and 2013, respectively.
She has previously been a clinician in private practice specializing in both internal medicine and pediatrics with a focus on nutrition and diabetes management. In 2016, Bidwell was named the director of clinical services for UNACARE Family Health Clinic where she practices as a family nurse practitioner there as well as the Jackson school-based health clinics.
Bidwell works closely with Southern Remedy, the flagship wellness program of Mississippi Public Broadcasting, that provides a live, call-in show each week. She has served as a guest host for Southern Remedy as well as been a part of the production of two documentaries: Mississippi's Big Problem (obesity) and Premature Parenthood (teenage pregnancy). In response to the first documentary, the team compiled the Healthy Living Curriculum which is composed of an adult and child nutrition/physical activity program where she served as the lead author for both the adult and children's physical activity curriculum. She serves as a community health advocate master trainer to provide nutrition, physical activity and healthy living training to laypersons and health-professional students.
Working together with Dr. Alan Penman, in UMMC School of Medicine, she received grant funding from The Bower Foundation to establish a healthy-cooking, teaching kitchen in the Midtown community of Jackson. This kitchen is aimed at teaching healthy food selection and preparation for people with high blood pressure and diabetes. Her main focus is improving health outcomes for the people of Mississippi through research, education and practice related to healthy lifestyles. Additionally, she enjoys speaking and writing on nutrition, lifestyle management and patient education.
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216
General Information: 601-984-1000
Patient Appointments: 888-815-2005