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Xonjenese Jacobs, DrPH

Xonjenese Jacobs, DrPH

Faculty Administrator

Director of Florida Covering Kids & Families

Contact Info

  • Office: UPC 530-B
  • Academic Email:
  • Academic Phone: 8139741222
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  • DrPH, University of South Florida, 2022
  • MPA, University of South Florida, 2013
  • BSW, Florida State University, 2005


Community and Family Health


  • Nonprofit Leadership
  • Culturally Responsive Practice
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Community Engagement
  • Adolescent Mental Health
  • Grant Administration


Dr. Xonjenese Jacobs is an experienced leader with cross-disciplinary professional experiences to include Pace Center for Girls Inc., Hillsborough County Public Schools, and both the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health and School of Social Work. She is passionate about increasing opportunities for underserved communities and positively impacting the lives of others. Her work has afforded her the opportunity to support at-risk adolescent females, kinship caregivers, and other vulnerable populations by connecting them to necessary resources and services. Dr. Jacobs holds a Bachelor of Social Work, Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management, Master of Public Administration, and a Diversity Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certification. In December 2022, she completed her Doctor of Public Health degree with an Advanced Practice Leadership in Public Health concentration after defending her doctoral project on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on mental health among African American adolescent females at the USF COPH. Dr. Jacobs serves as the director of Florida Covering Kids & Families.