When Ms. Shelina Davis first arrived at the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), she was a young intern with a bright vision for the future of public health. Now, as LPHI’s newest CEO, Ms. Davis has all she needs to make her dreams reality.
Ms. Davis has a passion for advancing public health and health equity in Louisiana. She holds master’s degrees in public health and social work from Tulane University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Xavier University. Her work focuses on the interconnection of public and behavioral health, primary-behavioral health care integration and health equity.
Ms. Davis’ career began in 2007 with a post-grad internship at LPHI. Following her internship, she was offered a position at LPHI as a coordinator to help monitor clinics being served by the Primary Care Access Stabilization Grant, a $100 million grant designed to restore and expand primary care access to New Orleans natives after Hurricane Katrina.
Ms. Davis went on to become director of practice improvement at the National Council for Behavioral Health where she helped reframe rhetoric around many mental health and substance misuse issues using a public health approach. By the time she returned to New Orleans in 2019, she was the assistant vice president of practice improvement.
Ms. Davis’ plans for the future of LPHI are big. At the forefront of her goals, she plans to promote health equity and raise Louisiana’s national health ratings.
“Louisiana is No. 50 in terms of health — we’re dead last,” said Ms. Davis. “So my vision is that Louisiana is the healthiest state in the country, and that we begin to live in a world where everyone has equitable opportunity to live healthy and productive lives.”Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on August 09