College of Health Sciences
Dr. Shelley Francis has over 20 years experience working in adolescent and women’s reproductive health. She has worked in academia, not for profit consulting, pharmaceutical research and state government, and non-profits. Dr. Francis has over 20 years experience leading and managing public health programs including 10 years of teen pregnancy prevention experience and five years of working on Environmental Health issues and Transportation issues. She spent three years with the Georgia Department of Public Health in various capacities. Her last role at (DPH) was the Family Plannning Director. In this role, she was responsible for a $17,000,000 dollar program budget and worked with Sr. Leadership to develop, implement, and monitor family planning policies and training for 159 county health departments and provided leadership of the Federal Title X program and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF). The goal of the Family Planning/Title X Program was to provide sexual and reproductive health services to over 100,000 young women, men, and teens in Georgia with a special focus on teen pregnancy prevention programming. More recently, as the VP of Programs and Training at GCAPP, one of her tasks was to lead the Georgia Public Private Partnership (P3). P3 is a teen pregnancy prevention initiative that partners with thought leaders from various sectors (education, clinical care, research institutions, insurance companies, juvenile justice, public health, social services etc.) to use a systems level, coordinated approach to reduce teen pregnancies in Georgia. GCAPP serves as the backbone organization providing administrative and logistic support to the colalboraitve. P3 works across systems to reduce silos and develop a shared, agreed upon strategy to collectively decrease teen births in Georgia by 1/3 by 2020. When P3 began in 2011, the teen birth rate was 41 per 1000 teen girls ages 15 to 19, currently the birth rate is 25.5. P3 goals were reached five years early! In addition, P3 is a nationally recognized and respected collaborative. P3 has received national recognition for its innovative approach including receiving the “Outstanding Emerging Innovation award” by the Healthy Teen Network in 2014, and in 2016, the Healthcare Georgia Foundation awarded P3 the “Joseph D. Green Community Service award” for their contributions in reducing health disparities and teen births in Georgia.
Most recently Dr. Francis has been engaged in work centered around addressing health disparities in Transportation and Environmental Health among disadvantaged communities. Dr. Francis is the co-Founder of EVHybridNoire, an award winning, 501c3 non-profit organication working at the intersection of transportation, energy and environmental health equity. EVHybridNoire’s specific purpose is to address environmental health, transportation and energy equity in diverse and underserved communities through advanced technologies, increased infrastructure and mobility.
Dr. Francis has created and taught courses in Public Health Research Methods, Health Disparities, Global Health, Health and Wellness and published over 20 research papers in peer reviewed journals.
Dr. Francis has served as PT Faculty at Walden since 2008. Her primary research interests include adolescent and sexual reproductive health, maternal and child health, and environmental health, community engagement, and global health.