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Leaders of Cobb: Jatunn Gibson, Ph.D., MCHES

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Jatunn Gibson

THE STORY: I was born and raised in Valley, Alabama, where my mother still lives. She is a retired educator, but is still active in the community. She and my dad were influential in my educational goals; they also encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and take chances. I attended the University of Alabama- Birmingham for my undergraduate and master’s degrees. I completed my doctorate in public health at Walden University.

I decided on my profession many years ago in middle school when I had to select a project for career day. Being intrigued with human anatomy and photography, the result of joining those two interests would lead to a career in radiology.

With this career choice, there were many experiences with older adults and their families in the clinical setting. My career choice and family experiences proved to be the impetus for me wanting to understand more about seniors and how to address concerns specific to the aging population. This could include health, healthcare, nutrition, transportation, and social activities. After many years in a clinical setting, I decided that my impact would be greater in the field of education and research, which led to me writing my dissertation on caregivers and their health literacy levels. I continued to research caregivers and the impact they had on the lives of those receiving the care. I continue to educate myself on older adults and how to improve their lives and the lives of their family members.

WHY I CHOSE TO WORK IN COBB: I am not a Cobb resident, but I love the atmosphere of Cobb. The many local restaurants, parks, entertaining venues, and, of course, the senior centers are exceptional.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? I love working in the field of aging. I have a passion for older adults and understanding their history and thoughts about life and living. It is also a pleasure to see older adults smiling and engaging with others in leisure activities, conversations, and exercising.

LEISURE TIME: I enjoy many genres of music, watching a suspenseful movie, and spending time with my family. I also dedicate time to my church, St. Stephens, and my sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. I also cherish talking to my best friend — my younger sister.

BEST ADVICE: Stay as active as possible. This could be in your community, with social organizations, your church, or any opportunity that presents an interest and raises your involvement in Cobb County.

WHAT’S NEXT? Personally, I am satisfied and living my best life. Professionally, I am eager to learn more about local government and growing Cobb Senior Services to meet the unspoken needs of our aging population. Cobb Senior Services wants to maintain and improve current services while identifying new needs and partnerships. We are excited about the future of Cobb Senior Services.

1150 Powder Springs St., Suite 100, Marietta, GA 30064 • 770.528.5355 • cobbcounty.org