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Assistant Professor of Nursing
Director of Clinical Services, UNACARE
Dr. Josie Bidwell serves as an assistant professor at the School of Nursing at University of Mississippi Medical Center where she teaches pathophysiology, pharmacology and child/adolescent health in the undergraduate program. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from the University of Mississippi School of Nursing 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. Bidwell is currently practicing as a family nurse practitioner with University Nursing Faculty Practice through the SON's school-based health clinics and UNACARE Family Health Clinic. In January 2016, Dr. Bidwell was named the director of clinical services for UNACARE Family Health Clinic.
Bidwell has worked with Southern Remedy since 2012. In response to Mississippi's obesity problem, the Southern Remedy team compiled the Healthy Living Curriculum which is composed of an adult and child nutrition and physical activity program. She served as the lead author for both the adult and children's physical activity curriculum. She serves as a Community Health Advocate (CHA) Master Trainer to provide nutrition, physical activity and healthy living training to laypersons and health-professional students.
Bidwell, together with Dr. Alan Penman in the UMMC School of Medicine, 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. She can be found cooking each week in the Cook Right, Live Well Teaching Kitchen.
She is also a licensed fitness instructor who regularly teaches both Zumba Fitness and Zumba Kids Jr. classes. In 2016, she joined the fitness team at the University Wellness Centers and also serves as a member of the medical advisory committee for all five University Wellness Centers to promote and encourage medically-integrated fitness. Additionally, she is an active member of the UMMC Wellness Committee which is aimed at improving the overall health and wellness of the UMMC faculty, staff and students.
In 2017, Bidwell became the permanent host of Southern Remedy Healthy and Fit on Mississippi Public Broadcasting Think Radio. Southern Remedy Healthy and Fit is a weekly, live, call-in show that provides residents of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Louisiana with fact-based information about healthy lifestyles.
Her main focus is improving health outcomes for the people of Mississippi through research, education and practice related to healthy lifestyles. Her dedication to this goal has been captured in multiple media formats including print, radio and television.
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