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Celeste Davis Professorial Lecturer Health Studies

Contact
Send email to Celeste Davis
(202) 885-1568
CAS - Health Studies
Wednesdays 1 -3 pm, Thursdays by appointment via Zoom
Additional Positions at AU
Faculty Fellow, Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars
Faculty, Community-Based Research Scholars
Degrees
BS, Psychology, Bennett College for Women
MPH, Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan School of Public Health
JD, Boston University School of Law

Bio
“Activism is my rent for living on the planet.” ― Alice Walker

Celeste is an educator, activist, and engagement practitioner centering justice in the work of health equity and systems change. Her collaborative, Justice is Love, provides public health education, consultation, and professional development in academic and community spaces. Most recently, she has embraced a hyperlocal approach to change through academia as a professorial lecturer at American University. At American University, Celeste teaches classes related to health advocacy, food justice, and social and political determinants of public health.

Celeste has significant experience educating and advocating with hundreds of brilliant students and brave practitioners across the United States and developed advocacy strategies for access to health care campaigns, convenings and innovations that champion health equity. Her advocacy practice is a balance of critical race scholarship, community engagement and organizing, and helping others imagine justice-oriented health career pathways. In her policy work, her leadership has centered on building and managing coalitions through issue area advocacy and organizing. Her public health experience and policy advocacy includes positions with the ACLU of Michigan, the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School, Community Catalyst,, and the Baltimore City Health Department.

Celeste earned a Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy from the University of Michigan and attended Boston University School of Law. However, it was her education at Bennett College, a historically Black women's college, where she found public health and herself.

Courses Taught: Introduction to Public Health, Introduction to Health Promotion, Food Justice Matters, Local to Global Health Policy, Multicultural Health
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Teaching

Spring 2020

  • HLTH-240 Intro to Health Promotion

  • HLTH-245 Multicultural Health

  • HLTH-294 Comm Service Learning Project: Intro to Health Promotion

  • HLTH-370 Local to Global: Hlth Pol/Syst

Fall 2020

  • CORE-106 Complex Problems Seminar: Food Justice Matters

  • HLTH-245 Multicultural Health

  • HLTH-245 Multicultural Health