Health equity means universal access to affordable, quality healthcare services provided by well-trained professionals at all levels, including preventative, primary, and perinatal health services, surgery, and treatment for chronic illnesses and cancer.
Shellese Shemwell hails from Kentucky, USA. She wants to improve women’s access to modern contraceptive methods and skilled birth attendants and also decrease the incidence of obstetric fistula. During her graduate studies, she designed and implemented a program evaluation for the Haitian American Caucus in Croix de Bouquets, Haiti. After graduation, Shellese served as an intern at the World Health Organization Headquarters. In this role, she helped develop a training curriculum for epidemiologists and statisticians to improve their knowledge of survey protocol development and survey analysis related to immunization surveys. In 2017, Shellese published an article entitled, “Determinants of full vaccination status in children aged 12-23 months in Gurùé and Milange districts, Mozambique: Results of a population-based cross-sectional survey”, in International Health. In her free time, Shellese enjoys learning about other cultures and doing genealogy research. Shellese earned a Master of Public Health from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.