CEA Leadership

Shawnta Jackson, MPH

Founder & Chief Executive Associate

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Shawnta Jackson is that person who leaves a lasting impression. She listens, asks thought provoking questions, and proposes realistic and measurable solutions. She is a leader, mother, and social entrepreneur with a vision to help people help themselves and others.

Since 2009, Shawnta Jackson has worked with public health, nonprofit, and academic research teams across the United States to plan, implement, evaluate, and share the outcomes of their stakeholder and community-engaged initiatives. She also serves as a facilitator and guest speaker for various professional audiences. Her background includes culturally-responsive community engagement, stakeholder relations, train-the-trainer, curriculum development, program planning, and program evaluation.  

Shawnta's career in public health began when she independently taught nutrition education to 700 students at five elementary schools in Las Vegas, NV, as an intern for a local public health department. This opened the door for her to serve as a health educator providing comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education to youth in group homes, halfway houses, juvenile detention, foster care and other non-traditional settings. During this time, Shawnta also worked collaboratively with her peers across Nevada by leading the activities of the Southern Nevada Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition and serving as the Southern Nevada Vice President of the Nevada Public Health Association.  

More recently, Shawnta served as the Community Health Program Manager and Faculty Research Specialist with the Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland, College Park. During her four-year tenure at the Center for Health Equity, she was responsible for the planning, management and evaluation of the Center’s community health promotion portfolio which included the nationally-recognized Black barbershop initiative, Health Advocates In-Reach & Research (HAIR); and the 2014 & 2017 Mid-Maryland Mission of Mercy & Health Equity Festival, a free adult pop-up dental clinic. 

Today, Shawnta is Founder & Chief Executive of Cause Engagement Associates where she supports the efforts of socially conscious initiatives across the United States. 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.

Visit her personal website at ShawntaJackson.com

Recent Speaking Engagements

Jackson, S. (2020). Equitable Data-Driven Decision-Making for Community School Coordinators. Family League of Baltimore webinar. 

Jackson, S. (2019). Skill-Set & Capacity Building for Effective Outcome Evaluations, Pre & Post Grant Award. Maryland Rural Health Association's 2019 Maryland Rural Health Conference. Oxon Hill, MD. 

Jackson, S. (2019). Improving Internal and External Communication. Maryland Department of Health Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities' Staff Retreat. Baltimore, MD. 

Hopson, R., Jackson, S., Mugo, M., & Toldson, I. A. (2019). Understanding the underlying issues that result in fewer federally-funded projects at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Fifth International Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) Conference. Chicago, IL.

Jackson, S. (2019). Self-Confidence & Emotional Strength. Mentoring Mentors' Youth Program. Baltimore, MD.

Jackson, S. (2018). Health Disparities Research Capacity Building: A Community Engagement Perspective. National Institutes of Health Academy Fellows’ Retreat. Bethesda, MD.


Jackson, S. (2018). The Fundamentals of Effective Outcome Evaluations. Maryland Nonprofits Annual Conference. Linthicum Heights, MD.


Jackson, S. (2018). Community Engagement & Evaluation Strategies to Improve Population Health Outcomes. Nevada Primary Care Association Annual Conference. Las Vegas, NV.


Jackson, S. (2018). Improving Organizational Capacity to Effectively Collect & Manage Data. Sickle Cell Disease Association of America Leadership Academy webinar.


Jackson, S. (2018). Engagement Matters: Effectively Engaging Diverse Populations for Community Health. Impact Frontline Community Health Summit. Reno, NV.


Jackson, S. (2018). Improving Community Advisory Board Capacity to Assess and Guide Community-Engaged Research. Institute for Patient-Centered Initiatives and Health Equity at the GW Cancer Center. Washington, DC.   


Jackson, S. (2017). Optimizing Organizational Capacity to Implement and Evaluate Community Engagement. National Association of Health Services Executives 32nd Annual Educational Conference. San Antonio, TX.  


Jackson, S. (2017). An example from the field: A health education pilot program in an American Islamic Muslim school. Office of Minority Health Preconception Peer Educator webinar.


Linnan, L., Dixon, C., S., Jackson, S. & Thomas, S. B. (2016). The Benefits and Challenges of Promoting Health in Beauty Salons and Barbershops: Lessons Learned from Nearly Two Decades of Experience. Society for Public Health Education’s 67th Annual Meeting. Charlotte, NC.


Jackson, S. & Sotero, M. (2013). Designing Community Sustainability in Teen Pregnancy Prevention using an Ecological Framework: Lessons Learned from an OAH Demonstration Project. CityMatCH Conference. Savannah, GA.


Jackson, S. and Foster, X. (2011). The Benefits of Process Evaluation in Public Health. Nevada Public Health Association Annual Conference. Reno, NV.

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