Jennifer Johnsen, MD, MPH

Managing Editor

Jennifer Johnsen began writing and editing articles for The Well Project in December 2010. As a physician trained in public health, she is committed to empowering women to be active participants in their own health. She strives to provide easily accessible and medically accurate information while recognizing women’s unique needs.

Most recently, Dr. Johnsen conducted a literature review for IAPAC (International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care) that is being used to develop guidelines to improve adherence to HIV treatment regimens. She was also acknowledged for her analytic and written contribution to a book by the World Bank entitled “The Global HIV Epidemics among Men Who Have Sex with Men.” Before her HIV/AIDS work, Dr. Johnsen served as Director of Health Programs for The Health Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of lesbians and other members of the LGBT community through education, advocacy, support, and access to care.

Dr. Johnsen earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Yale University, finished a master of science in public health at the Colorado School of Public Health, and completed her medical training at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also a qualified independent instructor of mindfulness-based stress reduction, and a strong advocate of the value of mindfulness in promoting health.

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