Juanyce Deanna Taylor is a native Mississippian and currently is an assistant professor and interim department chair of Health Sciences in the School of Health Related Professions at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (Jackson). She teaches courses focusing on leadership in healthcare systems, workforce development, social determinants of health, and healthcare disparities. Her previous position at the Medical Center was director of diversity assessment and programs. Her responsibilities in this role included selective research and assessment initiatives that focused on institutional culture, multicultural programming, cultural competency and training, accreditation and projects addressing potential threats and resolutions to disparities in health care.
Prior to joining the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Juanyce led a multi-million dollar, statewide initiative led by the University of Mississippi (Oxford), designed to increase the number of underrepresented Ph.D. recipients in the fields of science, mathematics, engineering and technology (STEM) and graduating from Mississippi’s Ph.D. granting institutions.
In 2012, Juanyce was selected by the National Urban Fellows as one of twenty-four “America’s Leaders of Change.” The program was created to accelerate the leadership potential of public service professionals of color and women, who are currently successful leaders in nonprofit, government and philanthropic sectors. In 2008, she was accepted in the Disparities Leadership Program offered through Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in which she and a cadre of professionals, from across the country, developed strategies to identify, monitor and address racial and ethnic disparities in health care. In 2007, Juanyce was nominated as a Regional Finalist for the White House Fellowship, the nation’s most prestigious leadership program for public service. She holds memberships in national organizations such as the American Association for University Women, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, American Evaluation Association, Smithsonian Institution and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Juanyce has a long history volunteering with organizations supporting cancer research, youth, underserved populations and persons with disabilities.
Juanyce earned a Ph.D. in International Development from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her dissertation focused on educational leadership and organizational culture. She earned her master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from Jackson State University and a bachelor’s degree in Social and Rehabilitation Services from The University of Southern Mississippi.