Shannon Mace, JD, MPH applies more than 12 years of experience working at the intersection of public health, behavioral health and poverty law to improve systems of care for people and communities disproportionately impacted by systemic and structural harms. Currently, Shannon is a Senior Advisor at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing where she leads several initiatives funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention centered on improving care and outcomes for people who use drugs and people with substance use disorders. Shannon’s primary areas of focus are to increase access to harm reduction services, prevent overdose, and improve care for people at risk of criminal legal system involvement.
Shannon is also a co-founder of Health Education and Legal Assistance Project: A Medical-Legal Partnership at Widener University Delaware Law School (HELP: MLP) where she assists in implementing cross-sector collaborations in the Philadelphia area that integrate civil legal aid attorneys into public health programs to reduce disparities in health outcomes. Shannon’s previous roles include Director of Policy Implementation for Community Oriented Correctional Health Services, Director of Policy and Planning for the Baltimore City Health Department, and Health Reform and Health Equity Manager for the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS). Shannon is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania.