Shaquelle Ballou, MS, CHES
Program Manager, Maternal Health
(202) 266-3040

Background & Bio
Shaquelle (or Shaq) is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and has an extensive background in health education and health promotion in perinatal populations in the outpatient and inpatient environment, which is a tremendous asset to the Women’s and Infant Health team portfolio. She most recently served as the Perinatal Health Education Intern at UF Health Shands Hospital where she assisted in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of quality improvement initiatives for the Mother/Baby, Labor and Delivery, and Neonatal Intensive Care units. Shaquelle has also served as the Lead Care Coordinator for the UF Mobile Outreach Clinic, a nonprofit organization that provides free health care services to underserved individuals. There, she not only interacted directly with patients as an educator and wellness coach but also coordinated numerous education initiatives on topics including sexual and reproductive health, mental health, and chronic conditions. She most recently worked on a Pregnancy Packet Project to provide perinatal resources and materials to undocumented and uninsured women in Alachua County, FL.

Shaquelle is passionate about health equity and wants to discover the potential of health education specialists in being assets in reducing racial disparities in maternal mortality. Shaquelle’s role at AMCHP focuses on implementing a Community of Practice for the Safer Childbirth Cities Initiative, funded by Merck for Mothers.

My Current Work
Shaquelle currently works on the Safer Childbirth Cities (SCC) Initiative as one of the team members who hosts the Community of Practice (COP). This COP is comprised of 20 city-based grantees who were funded to implement programs to equitably address maternal morbidity and mortality in their cities. The AMCHP SCC team provides technical assistance, capacity building, and a space for grantees to feel supported as they implement their work.

Ask Me About
Safer Childbirth Cities Initiative, Women’s & Maternal Health, Health Equity. Hobbies include playing the piano and trying to train my dog!