Michele Shade McCay

Teaching Assistant Professor, DePaul University

Dr. Michele Shade McCay has a strong history of public health leadership and service.

For years, Dr. McCay has worked with public health initiatives that focus on the diverse issues affecting women, children, and families — including chronic diseases in children, affordable healthcare for working families, smoking prevention for peripartum women, perinatal mental health issues, and children’s mental health care. Continuing in her leadership roles in public health and maternal and child health and using her doula skills, Dr. McCay also served as the Executive Director of a small Chicago-based volunteer doula non-profit agency.

Dr. McCay currently teaches full-time at DePaul University in the Health Sciences Department, where she teaches public health, health research literacy, health leadership, and maternal and child health. She also serves as the faculty advisor to two student groups on campus, and mentors several college-aged women of color. Addressing maternal and child health and public health issues globally is a growing interest, and she recently completed work in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and Angola.

Dr. McCay earned her Masters of Public Health Degree in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) – School of Public Health (2000) and returned to the UIC School of Public Health to earn her Doctor of Public Health in Leadership Degree (2011) with a focus on Maternal and Child Health Leadership and Management.

Dr. McCay lives in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago with her husband, Rev. Cedric McCay. They enjoy taking advantage of Chicago’s food and cultural activities when they are not traveling and working around the world.

“What excites me about HC One and its impact on communities is the growth of self-efficacy that is so evident among the women who participate.  Where they may have once been unsure of their ability to build and care for a healthy family of their own, because of HC One’s trainings, they are now prepared — not only to do this for themselves but to guide other young families along the same path.”