Sheila Savannah, MA
Sheila provides leadership on health equity, mental health and violence prevention focus areas. In her leadership role on mental health, she focuses on its intersection with community resilience, and the social determinants of health; with projects aimed at improving outcomes for boys and men of color, and addressing trauma through a public health approach to early childhood development. Previous to her current position, Sheila was a division manager with the Houston Public Health Department, responsible for facilitating the alignment of strategic partnerships, leveraging multi-agency resources for system re-design and workforce development for within their planning, chronic disease and injury prevention unit. In this capacity, she also lead their Office of Adolescent Health and Injury Prevention, including Houston's CDC-funded youth violence prevention initiative, where she fostered partnerships with schools, the police, public works and other city departments to work alongside community and faith organizations to implement evidence-based programs in over ten neighborhood sites aligned with Houston's summer jobs program. With over 30 years of experience in policy analysis, community-level assessment, mobilization and development; as a national trainer; and a CDC Grand Rounds panelist in February 2014 on Preventing Youth Violence, she has expertise in multi-sector collaboration and youth/family engagement in addressing complex system issues of safety and equity.