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Shanell L. McGoy, MPH

Shanell L. McGoy, MPH

Shanell L. McGoy is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia where she received a BA in Comparative Women's Studies. While at Spelman College, she was active in the community, serving on Jane Fonda's Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Youth Leadership Core to mobilize youth around the State of Georgia to address the root causes of adolescent pregnancy, teaching elementary science, and providing HIV/AIDS education. She was also active with the Morehouse College's Public Health Science Institute participating in Project Imhotep and interning at the California Department of Health Services in the Occupational Health Branch.

After graduating from Spelman, Shanell went on to attend the University of Illinois at Chicago earning a Master's of Public Health in Community Health Sciences and a Certificate in Women's Health from the College of Nursing. Her thesis assessed the health care needs of homeless women on the west side of Chicago. She was a Graduate Assistant at the Center for Research on Women and Gender at UIC. Shanell's experience in public health spans nearly 10 years and includes such settings as community based organizations, local, state, and federal agencies. She has worked at the Illinois Department of Public Health, Michigan Department of Community Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more recently the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department as an Epidemiologist. Her experience includes coordinating, implementing, evaluating, and data analysis. In Memphis, she served as an Adjunct Faculty for the University of Memphis, Public Health Program and assisted the St Jude Children's Research Hospital's Connect to Protect Program that mobilizes community to address structural changes and root causes of HIV/AIDS among youth. Shanell has worked with groups to successfully obtain funding for projects to screen and educate African American men in rural settings about prostate cancer and implement innovative approaches to HIV/AIDS testing.

Currently, Ms McGoy is a Doctoral Student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the College of Education & Human Services, Department of Health Education and Recreation in Health Education where her interests are in spatial epidemiology, health equity, and community organizing. She has appeared on NBC's Today Show, CNBC's Today in America, and a variety of local news shows discussing public health issues. Moreover, she has presented at numerous conferences, published in the Journal of Urban Health, and co-authored a book chapter.

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