Shavon Artis Dickerson

Senior Advisor for Health Equity Research and Analysis

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Dr. Shavon Artis Dickerson is the senior advisor for health equity research and analysis for NICHD’s Office of Health Equity. She is responsible for planning trans-institute research coordination efforts, analyzing research portfolios, conducting stakeholder engagement, and developing workforce diversity efforts to address health disparities and promote equitable health outcomes for all. Her areas of expertise include health policy analysis, health education, translational science, dissemination and implementation, women’s health, maternal and child health, health disparities, and community engagement research strategies to improve the health of underserved and vulnerable communities.

Previously, at NICHD, Dr. Artis Dickerson directed the Safe to Sleep® campaign to educate audiences about ways to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death. In this role, she led community-based, culturally tailored maternal-child health initiatives across the country, co-chaired the Federal Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID)/SIDS Workgroup, and served as a technical expert member of national collaboration networks for federal agencies, professional organizations, and foundations to improve maternal, child, and community health outcomes.

Prior to her current NICHD position, Dr. Artis Dickerson directed programs and evaluation projects that addressed violence against women and mental health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Women’s Health and co-chaired the HHS Violence Against Women Act Steering Committee. She began her federal career in the HHS Emerging Leaders Program assigned to the Division of Diabetes Translations, in the Office of Policy Program Information at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She was then recruited by the NIH Immediate Office of the Director to assist with science policy, collaboration, and communication efforts.

Dr. Artis Dickerson completed her doctorate in health policy at the George Washington University (GWU). She earned an M.P.H. in health behavior and health education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an undergraduate degree from Hampton University. She serves as a part-time faculty member at GWU, where she teaches graduate courses on women’s health and health policy management.

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