Twenty-four women and 16 men from 23 states and one U.S. commonwealth were selected for their creative approaches and innovative solutions to improve community health. For more information and a summary of their accomplishments, visit deBeaumont.org/40Under40.
A native of Georgia, Ms. Shealey holds a Bachelors degree from Georgia State University and a Master of Public Health in community health from DePaul University. Over the last seven years, she has worked to improve the health of hundreds of thousands of youth across Chicago. Starting her public health career as a program facilitator, with the Teen Outreach Program, Ms. Shealey empowered high school students to develop skills in healthy decision making necessary for them to become thriving adults. Through this evidence-based youth development program, she not only educated young people on comprehensive sexual health education, but also coordinated efforts in helping students implement service learning projects in collaboration with local nonprofits within the city, totaling more than 13,000 hours of service.
Ms. Shealey has made it her personal mission to improve the health of Chicago’s students. She actively volunteers as a member of the Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League and Link Unlimited President’s Advisory Board.
Nominees were evaluated by a distinguished panel of professionals from the nonprofit, business, and higher education sectors on their demonstrated leadership, contributions to their community’s health, and collaboration with other organizations.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on August 09