CHEER Investigators

Shanell L. McGoy, MPH

Dr. Muriel Rice, Ph.D.

Dr. Rice serves as the director of CHEER'S Community Engagement Core and is responsible for health assessment activities, and developing and implementing community-engagement intervention strategies. She is also responsible for coordinating all training of community lay health workers and volunteers for community engagement activities. Dr. Rice is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in women’s health, cardiovascular and general health risk assessment in community populations, developing and delivering health promotion information in community settings, and providing interventions to improve health outcomes.

She also brings experience in developing and maintaining community partnerships to the CHEER team. This experience includes a former faculty position at Lemoyne-Owen College, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Assistant Professor in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Nursing, and a role as the Family Planning Coordinator and nurse practitioner at the Shelby County Health Department.

Dr. Rice previously served as the Director of Health Works, a welfare to work program. In this position she developed and implemented evidence-based health promotion interventions for program participants. This program was funded through a contract with Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation (Seedco), a national non-profit community development organization that works with low-income people and communities to achieve economic self-sufficiency.

Dr. Rice is the CEO and President of Mustard Seed, Inc., a faith-based 501(c) 3 that provides community outreach services for residents and other community stakeholders in the 38126 zip code. She has served as a co-chair of Memphis Teen Vision (MemTV). Memphis Teen Vision is a collaborative effort by Memphis community organizations to address the alarming teen pregnancy rate in our community.

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