Sheila Savannah is a director of Prevention Institute, a national public health nonprofit. She is based in Houston, Texas. Ms. Savannah focuses on the intersection of mental health with community resilience and the social determinants of health. Projects aim to improve outcomes for boys and men of color, and to address trauma through a public health approach to early childhood development. As part of this work, Ms. Savannah leads Making Connections for Mental Health and Wellbeing Among Men and Boys, a national initiative funded by the Movember Foundation to change community conditions that influence mental well-being, especially for men and boys of color and veterans and their families. Previously, Ms. Savannah was a division manager with the Houston Public Health Department, responsible for facilitating the alignment of strategic partnerships, leveraging multi-agency resources for system redesign, and workforce development within the planning, chronic disease, and injury prevention unit. In this capacity, she led the Office of Adolescent Health and Injury Prevention, including Houston’s CDC-funded youth violence prevention initiative. She fostered partnerships with schools, police, public works and other city departments to work with community and faith organizations to implement evidence-based programs in neighborhood summer jobs sites. She was a CDC Grand Rounds panelist on preventing youth violence in February 2014. With more than 30 years of experience in policy analysis, community-level assessment, mobilization and development and as a national trainer, she has expertise in multi-sector collaboration and youth/family engagement in addressing complex system issues of safety and equity. Sheila has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Houston–Clear Lake. Sheila has written op-eds for, and been interviewed by, the Houston Chronicle, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, KPBS, the Robin Stoloff radio show, and more.