Plenary V – Making the Local Public Health Connection
During this session participants will understand the role they can play in furthering advocacy priorities at the local level. Participants will learn how they can advocate within their community to further health equity initiatives.
Healthy Systems Supervisor, Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives, Minnesota Department of Health
Cherylee brings over 39 years of program development leadership experience in community health and health care to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). She is currently the Healthy Systems Supervisor for the Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives. Previously she worked on the formation and implementation of the Health Care Homes (PCMH) Initiative. Prior to joining MDH, Cherylee led community health initiatives addressing maternal & child health and chronic disease at an urban safety net hospital. Through her career, she was the executive director of a community health clinic in Minnesota that provided clinical, health education and home health care services and she was the project director for an adolescent pregnancy & prevention services consortium and a comprehensive child development program in Brooklyn, NY. Cherylee is a Masters-level Certified Health Education Specialist. She completed her MPH with a concentration in global health at New York University and she received her BS/BA degrees in community health education and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. She was also a public health volunteer in Paraguay, Ecuador, Peru and Mexico.
Cherylee is a national and local leader in public health. She is the Trustee for Strategic Initiatives for the SOPHE board and is on the executive board of the Minnesota SOPHE Chapter. She is member of the Division Board for Certification of Health Education Specialists of NCHEC. Cherylee is co-chair for the Minnesota Public Health Association’s leadership committee and in her spare time, she volunteers for a Native American-led woman’s health organization in Bemidji, MN.
Cheslea Gridley-Smith, PhD
Director of Environmental Health at the National Association of County and City Health Officials
Dr. Chelsea Gridley-Smith is a Director of Environmental Health at the National Association of County and City Health Officials, providing management and leadership over the programmatic areas of Climate Change, Vector Control, Food Safety, Environmental Health Practice, and Water. Dr. Gridley-Smith began her career in biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health and for three years led NACCHO’s vector control and climate change programs before assuming the Director role. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Albany, State University of New York, School of Public Health.
Christine Hart joined the American Lung Association in March 2018. At the American Lung Association, Ms. Hart strategizes, implements and manages initiatives to support the Healthy Air Campaign in Tennessee. In her role, Ms. Hart works with health organizations and professionals to highlight the health impacts of outdoor air pollution and advocate for policies that improve Tennessee’s air quality. She specializes in the areas of advocacy, grassroots organizing and community education. Ms. Hart graduated from the University of Minnesota with BAs in Political Science and Communications Studies. She also studied at the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) where she trained in grassroots organizing for social justice.