Born and raised in Arizona, Dr. Joseph Q. Jarvis received his college education at Brigham Young University and his medical and public health professional degrees from the University of Utah School of Medicine. He is board certified in public health/general preventive medicine and occupational and environmental medicine.
His years of family practice (in Salt Lake City, Washington DC, and Reno) were largely in areas of low income, with most of his patients being uninsured. Dr. Jarvis has two decades of experience as a consultant in public health and environmental medicine. He later spent several years as a specialist in occupational lung disease in Denver. His public health career included stints working in the federal government (OSHA, US Dept. of Labor) and state government (Nevada Division of Health, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment).
With two decades of experience as a consultant in public health and environmental medicine, Dr. Jarvis has clients from Guam to New York City in both the public and private sectors with a diverse set of projects including indoor air quality in the Ground Zero neighborhood, monitoring for heavy metal exposure over a decade in a North Denver neighborhood, cancer cluster investigation around a uranium mill, and many hundreds of workers compensation cases.
Dr. Jarvis serves as the Chair of the Utah Healthcare Initiative, a nonprofit organization that proposes state-wide healthcare reform by ballot initiative.
Organized the Utah Health Policy Project with the intention it would be the way out of this mess. Chairman of the Board. 2004, walked away in 2008.