CityHealth, an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, provides leaders with a package of evidence-based policy solutions that will help millions of people live longer, better lives in vibrant, prosperous communities.
SHELLEY HEARNE, DrPH
Shelley provides strategic oversight and direction for CityHealth’s big picture—from research design and analysis to partner and policymaker outreach.
Shelley has spent over three decades as a change maker bent on boosting the health, safety, and sustainability of our planet and the people on it. She works with foundations, policy-makers, and the private and non-profit sectors to tackle some of the thorniest health and environmental issues of the day: from finding solutions in urban health policy to reducing exposure to toxic chemicals in our everyday lives.
Sarah began her career in the non-profit sector in Washington, DC, where she first held a fellowship in women's reproductive health before moving to The Pew Charitable Trusts. At Pew, Sarah worked for both the Pew Environment Group and the Pew Health Group in positions that focused on administrative management, board relations, program development, and writing and editing. Most recently, Sarah worked for Corridor Partners, a donor advisory firm with offices in Washington, DC and New York, New York. Sarah lives with her family on the west coast.
KATRINA FORREST, JD
National Director of Partnerships
Katrina spearheads the organization’s engagement with city leaders to advance CityHealth’s policy package. Before joining CityHealth, Katrina served as both Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for At-Large D.C. Councilmember David Grosso. In that role, she co-managed a team of 10 and drafted more than 40 pieces of original legislation. She was responsible for leveraging community relationships to drive the Councilmember’s legislative agenda and policy priorities, as well as representing the Councilmember before government agencies, community partners, advocates, and individuals. Before her work in local and state government, Katrina served as a Compliance Manager with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC).
Walker comes to CityHealth with fifteen years of experience working in government, non-profits and the private sector. She has helped organizations build their brands through events, project management and relationship building as well as strategic traditional media, digital and social media. She also has extensive experience in planning and executing special events, conferences, fly-ins and Capitol Hill visits for advocacy groups, lawmakers, and others.
DAVID JERNIGAN, PhD
Senior Policy Advisor
David brings 30 years of health policy experience to help advance, advise, and adapt CityHealth's package of policies.
David is a professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health. He previously directed the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and co-directed the Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems, a statewide effort involving 15 institutions of higher education committed to reducing alcohol-related problems on campus and in the surrounding communities. He has served as an advisor to the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), and has written more than 130 peer-reviewed articles, co-authored three books, and contributed chapters to six books.
YI LU, PhD
Senior Policy Analyst
Yi received her medical degree in China and Ph.D. in environmental health sciences in the U.S. She has nine years of experience in public health research with a focus on environmental hazards and global health. She has served as an epidemiologist on multiple U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Environmental Protection Agency funded grants where she used innovative quantitative methods to assess the health impacts of both environmental factors and related policies, particularly among disadvantaged populations, and provided evidence-based recommendations to local stakeholders.
LIZ VOYLES, MPA
Vice President, Communications
Liz oversees CityHealth's strategic communications, including all media relations and branding.
She has fifteen years of experience in public affairs, political and media strategy in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. Much of her work history is focused on educating policymakers and the public about the benefits of evidence-based policymaking, alleviating poverty, and creating a stronger health system in America.