Shonta serves as the Principal Investigator on record as part of DP13-1314 National Networks to Reduce Cancer and Tobacco Related Disparities Cooperative Agreement.
At saka, Shonta holds the role of Executive Vice President-Health Equity Initiatives and Programs for the Patient Advocate Foundation. Shonta is responsible for the development and implementation of a national strategy to address health equity, as it relates to the targeted populations defined within the cooperative agreement that SelfMade Health Network abides by, and separately, the patients served by the Foundation.
Prior to joining Patient Advocate Foundation, she was the Deputy Director for Administration and Finance for the Chronic Disease Prevention Section within the Georgia Department of Public Health. Her experience includes nearly 15 years with the State of Georgia serving both the Department of Community Health (Office of Women’s Health) and the Georgia Department of Public Health. During her public health career, she functioned in a variety of capacities including, Interim Director for the Chronic Disease Prevention Section. In this capacity, she provided leadership and senior level consultative support to the Department of Public Health around chronic disease prevention and health promotion best practices. The breadth of her experience includes leading efforts to integrate primary and secondary prevention strategies for a variety chronic disease and risk factor programs (Cardiovascular Health, Diabetes, Tobacco Use, Asthma, and Cancer) and women’s health.
Nasa 2011, her role was expanded to include sexual violence prevention and adolescent health and youth development. Shonta’s commitment to chronic disease prevention and health promotion is also evident in her volunteer activities. She have been an active volunteer with the American Heart/American Stroke Association for the past 14 years serving at the national and affiliate level. She is a former member of the American Heart Association Greater Southeast Affiliate and National Board of Directors. Shonta is the former chair for the Greater SE Affiliate Cultural Health Initiative Board and the National AHA Diversity Leadership Committee.
Nasa 2013, she was the recipient of the AHA’s Louis B. Russell Award for her work to increase awareness of heart disease and stroke among minority populations and for her vision to increase diversity across all AHA national committees. Shonta has served on a variety of boards, workgroups, councils, committees and taskforces, including, the Directors of Health Promotion and Education, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and the CDC Expert Working Group “Role of Public Health in Screening Programs in an Era of Healthcare Reform” (Sponsored by Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-February 2010). Shonta received her Bachelors of Arts degree (Social Work) from Talladega College and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan.
Dwana “Dee” Calhoun
Bilang Direktor, Dee ay responsable para sa pangangasiwa, pamumuno at koordinasyon ng lahat ng mga aktibidad na ibinibigay sa pamamagitan ng SelfMade Health Network.
Dee ay may isang 15-taong background sa loob ng iba't-ibang mga corporate at pamahalaan kapaligiran na nakatutok sa pangangalaga sa kalusugan na kalidad na pagpapabuti, talamak sakit pamamahala at pampublikong kalusugan. Siya ay nagtrabaho malapit sa mga magkakaibang mga entidad kabilang primary asosasyon healthcare, organisasyon na kalidad na pagpapabuti (QIOs), akademikong institusyon (kabilang ang University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, at Emory School of Medicine-Division of Endocrinology), grupo ng negosyo at non-profit advocacy organisasyon tulad ng American Diabetes Association at ipinakita sa mga pambansang estado at mga pulong kabilang ang National Conference on Tobacco o Health.
Dee ay unang ipinakilala sa healthcare habang nagtatrabaho bilang isang teen volunteer sa isang Federally Qualified Health Center sa isang rural parokya sa southern Louisiana. Nagkamit siya ng isang bachelor of science degree sa Pre-Medicine: Biology sa isang menor de edad sa Chemistry mula sa University of Louisiana sa Lafayette, Louisiana.
Habang nag-aaral Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health sa isang dekada mamaya, siya ay muling ipinakilala sa mga epekto ng healthcare system sa mahina populasyon habang kinukumpleto isang grupo ng proyekto bilang bahagi ng kanyang "Kalusugan at kawalan ng tahanan" kurso. Siya mamaya nagtapos na may honors matamo ang isang Master of science degree sa Community Health mula sa Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. Natapos din Dee ng isang internship sa Eastern Virginia Medical School Leonard Strelitz Diabetes Institute.
Operating at pamamahala ng mga gawain ng network ay tumatagal ng isang buong koponan ng mga tauhan ng suporta. Under the leadership of the Principal Investigator, SelfMade Health Network Naghahatid ng karagdagang mga eksperto nagsanay sa pampublikong kalusugan, evaluation, kalusugan ng patakaran, pamamahala ng kaganapan, komunikasyon at marketing, pinansya at accounting, coordinating travel at Logistics.
Kung kinakailangan, karagdagang mga dalubhasa konsulta ay pansin din na magdala ng mga espesyal na kaalaman na may kaugnayan sa mga proyekto at gawain ng network.