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Health Education   |   Program Planning & Management   |   Evaluation

About Me

Thanks for stopping by! I'm Shelby Graves, a public health professional with more than ten years of academic and field experience in behavioral and community health. My groove is maternal and child health, but I also nerd out over professional development. I created this website and my Instagram page to share my personal insights into all things public health. 


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I left my rural Oklahoma hometown to pursue my Bachelor’s in Community & Public Health at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). During undergrad, I was immersed in the world of professional development through diverse practicum, internship, and volunteer experiences. Throughout my experience, I fell in love with behavioral health science, community health planning, and writing. I earned my Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC), where I worked as a Research Assistant on mobile technology health coaching and sleep health research projects. I became a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) in undergrad and became Certified in Public Health (CPH) prior to graduating from UNTHSC.

I returned to Oklahoma and served my community as a Prevention Specialist, before relocating to Maryland. For the past five years, my work has centered on improving maternal and child health through program planning and evaluation, grant management, and strategic planning efforts. 

My Writing

My professional writing includes academic abstracts and conference proposals, academic manuscripts submitted for peer-review, community health briefs, grant proposals and program plans, classroom curricula, and Internet articles.

The Important Things

  • Favorite thing I’ve written or created: A grant that was awarded to establish a new program serving pregnant and postpartum women and their families in Maryland.


  • When I’m not working, I enjoy: Spending time with my dog and eating as much queso I can find.

  • Learn More: You can learn more about my experience in public health and freelancing by visiting my guest podcast episodes and blog posts on my Featured page

I use this site to share my own personal insights and experiences within public health practice. My views and the tools, resources, and information shared do not reflect the views of my past or current employers.

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