FRANKLIN HEALTH RESEARCH & EDUCATION
Franklin Health was established in 2005 with the mission of making evidence-based natural products information available to everyone. Over the past 20 years, through the leadership of Dr Hawkins, Franklin Health has played a key role in global evidence-based natural health education and in the furthering of the field through innovative clinical research.
The Franklin Health Research Center focuses exclusively on botanical products, essential oils, nutraceuticals, and dietary supplements.
Our mission is to make high quality natural health research accessible. As a global leader in natural products clinical research, we work with brands to improve the evidence that substantiates their product claims.
Our vision is to see every high quality product supported by high quality scientific evidence. We know the way to achieve this vision is to increase both the quantity and quality of natural product clinical trials.
Our academic roots dictate a quality-over-quantity approach which informs which brands we accept as clients, which individuals we accept as participants, and what type of content we release for our participant community.
MEET OUR SENIOR RESEARCH TEAM
Our senior research partners are fully hands-on with every clinical research or educational project here at Franklin Health. As a boutique research firm, Franklin Health is able to ensure that both trial sponsors and trial participants have full access to members of our senior research team.
JESSIE HAWKINS, PHD, CPI
Founder & President
Dr. Hawkins is a Harvard trained clinical researcher with over 20 years of experience in the natural products industry.
Elizabeth Dunne, MS, RDN
Vice President: Nutrition & Dietary Supplement Science
Elizabeth is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and the research team's nutrition and supplement content expert.
In June 2003, Jessie Hawkins established a small start-up that would evolve into Franklin Health. Her goal was to make evidence-based information about natural health available to everyone.
Over the next 12 years, Dr. Hawkins would release four books and six personal enrichment programs through the Vintage Remedies brand, helping over 100,000 families worldwide learn how to use natural products safely and effectively.
NATURAL HEALTH COLLEGE
Now a recognized professional in the natural health field, Dr Hawkins frequently encountered aspiring natural health professionals looking for college programs. Frustrated with the lack of evidence-based options available, she began the work to establish the first fully authorized natural health college in the Southeastern United States to offer aromatherapy and herbal education with a recognized academic credential.
Dr. Hawkins would spend the next several years working to convince the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to authorize post-secondary programs for herbalism and aromatherapy.
FRANKLIN INSTITUTE OF WELLNESS
In November 2013, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission voted unanimously in favor of authorizing the Franklin Institute of Wellness as a recognized institution of higher education, thanks to Dr. Hawkins' hard work. That same month, FIW began enrolling the first class of students who would graduate from the first legitimate college of herbalism and aromatherapy in the southeastern United States.
Discontent with the lack of high quality scientific evidence available for natural products, Dr. Hawkins established the research division of the Franklin Institute of Wellness.
The research division would conduct original clinical trials and epidemiological studies for the natural products industry as well as integrative health nonprofits.
FRANKLIN SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES
Moving towards Dr Hawkins' original vision of becoming a research-centered academic institution, the Franklin Institute of Wellness became the Franklin School of Integrative Health Sciences, later shortened to Franklin Health. This name change allowed a clear distinction between the academic and research departments.
CLINICAL RESEARCH FOCUS
In 2020, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic compelled the closure of our on-site classes. The pandemic also led to dramatic increases in research demands.
To adapt to these unprecedented times, Franklin Health made the transition from a research-focused college to an educational-focused research firm, opening clinical research services to a global market. Clinical research is now the primary focus of Franklin Health.
Today Franklin Health works with a global client base to fulfill its original goal of improving the quantity and quality of natural product evidence, making it accessible to everyone. Franklin also provides a free information library for the MY Franklin Health community as well as continuing professional education programs, including annual Study Tours of Europe.