Diverse Populations for Community Health
Wednesday, June 27th @ 10 AM PST / 1 PM EST
Shawnta Jackson, MPH
Engagement Matters: Effectively Engaging Diverse Populations for Community Health
Understand key terms and their roles in producing culturally responsive community engagement and community health outcomes.
Learn to distinguish the different types of community engagement strategies.
Become familiar with the various principles of community engagement.
Shawnta Jackson began her career as a community impact specialist when she independently taught nutrition education to 700 students at five Clark County School District elementary schools as an intern with the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD). This opened the door for her to provide comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education to youth in group homes, halfway houses, juvenile detention, foster care and other non-traditional settings as a health educator with Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada and SNHD. In addition to serving the greater Clark County community by leading the development of the Southern Nevada Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition, Shawnta worked collaboratively with her peers across Nevada by serving as Southern Nevada Vice President of the Nevada Public Health Association where she actively sought opportunities to advocate for and advance the health of all Nevadans.
Since 2009, Shawnta has worked with providers, researchers, businesses, public and nonprofit organizations to plan, implement, evaluate and publicize community-engaged programs such as the nationally recognized Black barbershop initiative, Health Advocates In-Reach & Research (HAIR), a program that she grew and managed as Community Health Program Manager for the University of Maryland's Center for Health Equity.
As Founder & Chief Executive of Cause Engagement Associates, Shawnta recently served as a community engagement consultant to a team of researchers from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University & University of Maryland, College Park, for an adult financial and relationship education research intervention. She also recently completed a project with Maryland Nonprofits for a rural housing needs assessment in the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Besides being a mother of a teenage son, Shawnta’s purpose in life is to help people help themselves and others. She holds a Master of Public Health degree in social and behavioral health from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations from Columbia College Chicago.
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