April 28, 2011

School of Medicine Names New Program Executive Director

School of Medicine Dean Pamela B. Davis named Amy R. Sheon executive director of the Urban Health Initiative. Sheon, who is currently senior policy analyst at Altarum Institute in Ann Arbor, Mich., will join Case Western Reserve University on June 1.

In her new position, Sheon will provide the strategic leadership for a comprehensive Urban Health Initiative—a long-term commitment from the university to enhance the health of, and access to quality care for, members of the Northeast Ohio community. The initiative will include health education, population-based health services and community-based research.

As executive director, she will be responsible for bringing the current urban health programs and the School of Medicine’s forthcoming urban health pipeline program under a single institutional home. She will help ensure a smooth transition for the academic and research programs involved and will encourage synergy among them. Her background and experience exhibit exceptional acumen in this type of public health administration.

Sheon has more than 25 years of deep and varied experience working in public health issues such as family planning, HIV research, ethical issues in genetics and childhood obesity. She has accrued this experience in many sectors: not-for-profit, academic, private and government.  

At Altarum Institute, Sheon was co-project director for the Childhood Obesity Prevention Mission Project where she worked with Healthy Kids, Healthy Michigan to develop a statewide system of body mass index surveillance. She also participated in Health Care Lorain County, a project to improve the system of care for uninsured residents. Prior to joining Altarum Institute in 2006, Sheon was instrumental in creating three collaborative programs at the University of Michigan: a social science think tank working on early childhood education, a program on the ethical implications of life sciences, and a clinical research center. She also has worked at Westat, a consulting firm in Rockville, Md., and spent eight years at the NIH studying the social and ethical aspects of HIV prevention and cancer genetics research.

“I am eager to work with Amy to shape the Urban Health Initiative in the coming years,” Davis said.

Sheon earned her BA in sociology from Cornell University, her MPH from the University of Michigan, and her PhD in public health policy from The Johns Hopkins University.  

“Having been born at the Cleveland Clinic and grown up in Toledo, I am especially pleased to have an opportunity to improve the health of people living in Northeast Ohio and to work with the fabulous faculty at Case Western Reserve University,” Sheon said. 

She lives in Oberlin with her husband, Marvin Krislov, and children Zachary, Jesse and Eve.

Posted by: Emily Mayock, April 28, 2011 09:00 AM | News Topics: School of Medicine

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