JoAnne Favors

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About JoAnne Favors




JoAnne Humphries Favors is a lifelong resident of Chattanooga, Tennessee, graduating in the historic class of Howard High School of 1960. She is widowed and has four children, Marva, Kimberly, Randal, and Karen; and six grandchildren.  Her church affiliation is with Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

Representative Favors was first elected to serve as State Representative in the Tennessee General Assembly in 2004. She serves as secretary of the Health and Human Resources Committee and vice- chair of the Health Occupations Committee, and member of the Commerce and Industrial Impact Committees. She is the first African American female elected to the Hamilton County, Tennessee Board of Commissioners in 1998 and was re-elected without opposition in 2002. She served as Chair Tempore in 2003, and resigned after being elected as State Representative.
Representative Favors has a MS in Adult Health and Nursing Administration and a certificate in Health Administration from Andrews University. She holds an associate degree in nursing from Cleveland State and a bachelors degree in nursing from the University of the State of New York. She has attended the Universities of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Knoxville. She has more than 35 years experience in health care with an in-depth knowledge of state and national health policies. Ms Favors has served in a variety of positions in health care including tenured Associate Professor of Nursing at Chattanooga State, Erlanger Hospital Board of Trustees, head nurse, nurse manager, and clinical nurse specialist. She was a consultant for the early development of Project Access and Volunteers in Medicine. 
Ms. Favors was called out of semi-retirement in 1999 to serve as Executive Director of the Southside and Dodson Avenue Community Health Centers and implemented strategies credited with stabilizing the health centers, preventing their closure, and improving the quality of health care delivery; and authored grants totaling over $15 million dollars. She directed major capital improvements of the registration area and dental clinic at the Dodson Avenue site. Ms. Favors resigned from the health centers to enter the race for State Representative. 
Representative Favors has spent most of her life in service to others and has received numerous commendations for her professional, community, and religious involvement. Some of these  awards  include Whitney S. Young Distinguished Service Award from the Chattanooga Urban League and Outstanding Legislator of the Year from the Tennessee Nursing Association. Nurse of the Year; Tennessee Nurses Association-District 4; Teacher of the Year; Girls Inc., Unbought and Unbossed Award; Excelsior Order of Eastern Stars Distinguished Citizen Award; and Charles E. Darling Award presented by the Tennessee Primary Care Association.
Some of her affiliations include: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Women’s Leadership Institute, founder founder of the Tennessee Intergenerational Political Network (TIPNET), and co-chair of the Southside Family Reunion; Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing; Elk’s Temple # 364, Unity Group, Tennessee and American Nurses Association, Women in Government; National Council of State Legislatures; life member of the NAACP, former Board member for the Multicultural Chamber of Commerce; Workforce Development; and Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise.    Representative Favors has hosted a weekly radio talk show and is a frequent speaker at civic, religious, and educational events. She has also been featured in several national and local publications; and has been featured in a documentary of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.  
Her life is driven by the belief that God blesses us so that that we may bless others.






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