Janice Edmunds-Wells, MSW
Executive Director, Office of Minority and Multicultural Health
Iowa Department of Public Health

Janice Edmunds-Wells is a native of Philadelphia. She received her undergraduate degree in individual and family studies from Pennsylvania State University and her MSW from the University of Iowa. She currently is the Executive Director of the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health in the Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention at the Iowa Department of Public Health. In her previous positions over the past 12 years, she has served as a maternal/child health social work consultant and a minority health entity/liaison for minority health programming.

Ms. Edmunds-Wells is a member of the National Association of State Offices of Minority Health Board of Directors. She served on the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors African American Policy and Procedures Subcommittee. She was a stakeholder for the American Cancer Society Cell Cycle and Cell Growth Post-Doctoral and Research Fellowship Subcommittee. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Northern Iowa and the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Ms. Edmunds-Wells has received numerous awards, including the 2012 James Derham Iowa Juneteenth Observance Award; the 13th Annual “I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa” 2011 Heritage Legacy Individual Award; the 2009 Networking Together, Inc. Woman of Achievement Award; and the 2005 Iowa Commission on the Status of African Americans State of Iowa Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award.