Shelina Davis, MPH, MSW is a public health social worker by training and likens herself a community connector and health equity ambassador. She spends her days in the role of Chief Executive Officer of Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) where she has the honor of working in partnership with a team of talented public health professionals while guiding the organizational vision and strategic direction to ensure health and racial equity for all Louisianans; and championing health for people, within systems, and throughout communities. Shelina brings over 15 years of experience in public health, healthcare systems, leadership development, and health equity. Shelina serves on the Boards of the Albert Schweitzer
Fellowship - New Orleans, Propeller, CARE: Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity, National Networks of Public Health Institutes, and GPOA Foundation: a grantmaking,
independent foundation which supports programs that serve children in Orleans Parish, Louisiana. She was selected as Aspen Ideas Festival Health Scholar, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office on Smoking and Health Leadership and Sustainability School Fellow, and National Council for Mental Well-Being (formerly known as National Council for Behavioral Health) Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program Participant. Since April 2020, Shelina has served on Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards' COVID-19 Health
Equity Task Force, Louisiana Prisons Sub-Committee and Louisiana Resilient Commission, Manufacturers Sub-Committee to ensure the safety and well-being of all Louisianans during COVID-19. Currently, she serves in the Louisiana Office of Public Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Action Collaborative to support efforts to
identify and define state-specific priority groups within the national guidance framework and prioritize the nallocation of the initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Prior to joining LPHI, Shelina was the Assistant Vice President of Practice Improvement at the National Council for Behavioral Health based in Washington, DC, where she led the strategic oversight and development of public health initiatives -- supporting community-based organizations as well as federal, state, local and tribal governmental agencies and their workforce in competencies in behavioral health as well as achieving health and racial equity.
Shelina holds dual-Masters in Public Health and Social Work from Tulane University Schools of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and Social Work; and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana. Shelina is a proud Louisianan, Historically Black College & University (HBCU) graduate; and lives in New Orleans with her husband, Kenny Lamberti and adopted dog, Odin.