Reverend Dr. Helen D. Jackson

Reverend Dr. Helen D. Jackson

President & CEO

Women of Color Cultural Foundation, Inc.



Saint Andrew African Methodist Episcopal Church

Community Organizer, Consultant, Administrator, Radio Talk Host



THE REVEREND DR. HELEN D. JACKSON is a servant of God, pastor, non-violent civil rights organizer, an accomplished nutrition administrator, community leader, applied researcher, educator, and radio talk show host. She is a native of Detroit and wife of Joseph Jackson.  She is the pastor of Saint Andrew African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Jacksonville Beach, FL

Dr. Jackson is the Founding President & CEO of the Women of Color Cultural Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization established in 1999 that addresses issues of inequity in the areas of health, education, and economic development. Under her leadership the organization has provided over $185,000 in scholarships to young men and women entering college. The organization has established and implemented several annual community-wide programs and volunteer initiatives to empower Women of Color over the past 21 years. She currently serves as the East Conference Coordinator for the Women in Ministry, President of the AME Eleventh Episcopal District’s Commission on Health, Dean of the East Conference Board of Examiners, Board of Director of Leadership Jacksonville, and Community Chair of Jacksonville Job Corps. The extent of her community influence is demonstrated through her service as a leader on the Board of Directors numerous local, state and national organizations (i.e., Past President of the Jacksonville Women’s Network, Florida/Puerto Rico American Heart Association, Jacksonville MOLES, Jacksonville Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Jacksonville Chapter of the National Association of Political Black Women, Duval American Cancer Society, Jacksonville Community Council, Inc., Hubbard House, National Association of Blacks and Nutritionists in Dietetics, and numerous others).

Throughout her career, Helen has had a passion for increasing equity and diversity through her recruitment efforts both as a volunteer and recruiter. She mentors many diverse students and career professionals locally, nationally, and internationally to successfully complete their goals. Dr. Jackson retired as the Director of the Nutrition and Chronic Disease Prevention Division for the Florida Department of Health in Duval County. She provided administrative oversight and implementation of the numerous comprehensive countywide nutrition and chronic disease prevention programs (including the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Diabetes Education, Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, Healthy Start, Immunization, Tobacco Education, and Injury Prevention). Helen has focused on areas of preventive health and making social change to improve the quality of life for vulnerable populations by providing education.

JACKSON holds a Master of Divinity from Interdenominational Theological Center – Turner Theological Seminary; Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Administration from Kennedy Western University; a Master of Public Administration from University of North Florida and a Master of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Eastern Michigan University. She is a Licensed Registered Dietitian and holds certifications in Adult Obesity Interventions for Adults, Woodstock Negotiating Collaborating and Leadership, Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Trainer, Copeland’s WRAP Facilitator in Mental Health Wellness Recovery Action Plan, Mental Health First Aid for Adults, Mental Health First Aid for Adolescents and CPR/AED. Dr. Jackson has received numerous Awards and Acknowledgements (Citi Trends Black History Mentor, NOBIDAN Outstanding Griot Award, Igniting Women Award, Volunteers in Medicine Award, Honoree in Black History Calendar, Women in Ministries, Jacksonville Beach Community Service Award, 159 Cong. Rec. E1383 – Rev. Dr. Helen D. Jackson Leader, Mentor and Friend,      Professional Business Entrepreneur Award, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority: Epitome of Excellence – P.E.A.R.L. Community Service Award, Speaking of Women’s Health Award, Distinguished Woman of the Year, American Cancer Society’s A.D. Davis Award, Jacksonville Dietetic Association’s Leadership Award, Jacksonville and Florida Community Services Onyx Award, EVE Volunteer Services Finalist, National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s Transitional Leadership Award, National Association of Political Black Women’ Outstanding Leadership Award, American Heart Association’s Smoke Free for Health Award, Jacksonville Dietetic Association’ Outstanding Dietitian Award, State of Florida Davis Productivity Award Recipient, and Black Achievers Award.)

The enthusiasm and caring spirit of The Reverend Dr. Helen D. Jackson in servant leadership, inspiration as a role model, and dedication to the high standards of professionalism is noteworthy. Helen challenges others to utilize their God-given gifts to encourage the next generation of leaders and community trustees. “To whom much is given, much is required.” To God be the Glory for the things He has done, is doing, and has yet to do for each of us!



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