October 18, 2012 – Meet TSU’s new Interim Dean of the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs, Dr. Stephanie Coursey Bailey

Photo of Dr. Stephanie Coursey BaileyFor our 3rd Thursday event in October, please join us for a meet and greet networking occasion with Dr. Stephanie Coursey Bailey, Interim Dean for the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs at Tennessee State University. Snacks will be provided! We will meet in Room 319 on the 3rd floor of the Avon Williams Campus off of the atrium.

Dean Bailey comes to TSU with an extraordinary background in the public sector. Dr. Bailey is a lifetime champion of community health excellence. She recently served for four years as the Chief for Public Health Practice of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2006-2010) where she oversaw programs and offices focused on public health law, public health system standards/ accreditation/community assessment, surveillance for emerging issues in public health practice, public health system research and CDC’s portfolio management to the states.

She held the position of Director of Health for the City of Nashville/Davidson County (1985-2006) where as part of her accomplishments, she established a national presence for MPHD; the Bridges to Care, an access to care program, to subsequently include a Jail component, Bridges to Care Plus (secondary and tertiary care) and the Pharmaceutical partnership with Kroger’s and Wal-Mart; the first Youth Advisory Board in the city in 1996; the STDFree Coalition; and was the lead city department for the City’s Managing for Results Initiative. In 1995, she convened the first community strategic plan for Nashville focusing on health issues entitled Healthy Nashville 2000+ which was refreshed in 2001 to Healthy Nashville 2010+ by Mayoral executive order. In 2005, she was appointed to chair Alignment Nashville’s Health Committee which resulted in a roadmap for Nashville to become American’s Healthiest City for Children.

She has served on a number of committees over her career span, notably: four appointments to National Advisory Committee by previous HHS secretaries: the National Rural Health Committee, National Advisory Committee to the Director of CDC, the Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis, and the National Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health;  the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Policy Expert Panel; President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO); President of the Public Health Leadership Society; Co-Chair of the National PH Workforce Taskforce and a member of two national inaugural initiatives: the National Congress on Public Health and Medicine convened by HHS Secretary, Donna Shalala; and the Health Sector Assembly, convened by the American Medical Association and Johnson and Johnson.  Dr. Bailey has been honored with many awards including the “Excellence in Public Health Award” for local Leadership by The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the Citizenship Award from Northwest Civitan, an inductee into the Academy for Women of Achievement (YWCA),  the Milton and Ruth Roemer Prize for Creative Public Health Work (APHA),  the Jim Parker Award (APHA), the Dr. Nathan B. Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service in the  category, Career Public Servant at the Local levels (AMA); the Balderson Lifetime Public Health Leadership Award; the Howell Special Meritorious Service to Public Health Award (SHA; the Contemporary Black History Maker’s Award; and the ESRI Public Health Leadership Award.  She was featured in a book authored by Carole Woltring and Carole Barlas entitled, Journey to Leadership: Profile of Women Leaders in Public Health.

Dr. Bailey received her B.A. in Psychology from Clark University, Worcester, MA in 1972 and her M.D. from Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN, in 1976. She performed her residency in Internal Medicine at Grady Memorial/Emory University, Atlanta, GA and MeHarry Medical College; and later obtained her M.S.H.S.A. from the College of St. Francis, Jolliet, IL, in 1993.  She is a certified lifecoach.  Dr. Bailey is apublished author and requested to speak internationally, nationally, regionally and locally onmany subjects pertaining to community public health excellence and achievement.  Her purpose in life is: “To lift people up so that they can soar”.  She is an agent for healing and by ‘permission’ is showing up each day to be used.

Dr. Bailey offers the following insight on why she accepted this position:  “The position captures my deepest passions: development of youthful scholars, public service and the community health.   Having been a public servant for most of my career, the value of knowing community dynamics is priceless in effecting policies and creating communities that thrive.  The emphasis of such through theory, service and practical application at this College, better equips you to lead and/or be of significant value in a community.”

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