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Charles  Owens - Georgia Southern University. Statesboro, GA, US

Charles Owens

Director, Center for Public Health Practice and Research | Georgia Southern University


Charles Owens researches health care access and across the continuum of care



In August 2015, Mr. Charles F. Owens received Direct Appointment as Associate Clinical Professor for Georgia Southern University’s Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH) and the Director of the Center for Public Health Practice & Research. Under faculty appointment provides instruction in the JPHCOPH Health Policy & Management Division focusing on health care finance, workforce development and policy. As the Director for the JPHCOPH Center for Public Health Practice & Research facilitates the integration of the JPHCOPH academic resources into local, state and national fields for application in communities and areas of research. He administers various grant programs targeting specific areas of public health including but not limited to, Public Health, Emergency Medical Services, needs assessment, program evaluation, health systems planning and various other components within the health and health care arenas.

Beginning his health care career in 1991, his tenure in the health care industry exceeds 27 years. Prior to joining Georgia Southern University, Mr. Owens served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Department of Community Health’s State Office of Rural Health and Primary Care Office. Mr. Owens provided oversight to various programs focusing on improving the health care delivery system and health of Georgians in underserved communities. These programs were supported by state and federal grant funds averaging over $9M annually. Mr. Owens was appointed to Governor Nathan Deal’s Rural Hospital Stabilization Committee. He also serves on the Board of the Georgia Rural Health Association. Previously he received appointment by Kathleen Sibelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to serve on the 2012-2013 Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for Designation of Medically Underserved Populations and Health Professional Shortage Areas, and he has held a variety of leadership positions in rural hospitals.

Areas of Expertise (8)

Emergency Medical Services

Physician Practices

Federally Qualified Health Centers

Rural Health Care Access & Delivery

Health Care Access & Delivery

Rural and Critical Access Hospitals

Rural Health Clinics

Public Health

Accomplishments (3)

Hospital Champion, HomeTown Health


Distinguished Service Award, National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health


Service Appreciation, Georgia Association of Primary Care Association


Education (2)

Georgia Southwestern College: M.S.A., Marketing 1992

Valdosta State College: B.B.A., Marketing, 1990