Minnesota Department of Health
Cherylee brings over 39 years of program development leadership experience in community health and health care to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). She is currently the Healthy Systems Supervisor for the Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives. Previously she worked on the formation and implementation of the Health Care Homes (PCMH) Initiative. Prior to joining MDH, Cherylee led community health initiatives addressing maternal & child health and chronic disease at an urban safety net hospital. Through her career, she was the executive director of a community health clinic in Minnesota that provided clinical, health education and home health care services and she was the project director for an adolescent pregnancy & prevention services consortium and a comprehensive child development program in Brooklyn, NY. Cherylee is a Masters-level Certified Health Education Specialist. She completed her MPH with a concentration in global health at New York University and she received her BS/BA degrees in community health education and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. She was also a public health volunteer in Paraguay, Ecuador, Peru and Mexico.
Cherylee is a national and local leader in public health. She is the Trustee for Strategic Initiatives for the SOPHE board and is on the executive board of the Minnesota SOPHE Chapter. She is member of the Division Board for Certification of Health Education Specialists of NCHEC. Cherylee is co-chair for the Minnesota Public Health Association’s leadership committee and in her spare time, she volunteers for a Native American-led woman’s health organization in Bemidji, MN.