Sheila R. Castillo, MUPP
CEED Principal Investigator
Sheila R. Castillo, MUPP, is CEED@Chicago’s Principal Investigator. Since 2008, Ms. Castillo has served as the CEED@Chicago Program Manager, spearheading efforts to expand a coalition that works to reduce cardiovascular disease and diabetes among Latinos and African Americans in the Chicagoland area. In addition to her background in urban planning, Ms. Castillo is an experienced organizer and advocate. Prior to joining CEED@Chicago, Ms. Castillo coordinated communication and advocacy efforts of GEAR UP, a five-university partnership, serving the students, parents, and teachers of over 80 Chicago Public Schools. With her leadership, GEAR UP successfully educated members of Congress on the need to continue a college-access program that had been eliminated from the federal budget. In addition, as director of the Chicago Association of Local School Councils, an organization that provided training for and advocacy on behalf of local student councils, Ms. Castillo built an independent, citywide association of 140 local school councils with 2,400 members. In addition, Ms. Castillo set up and operated the Chicago office of a national environmental education organization, training teachers to conduct student-developed action research projects around environmental issues.
Cynthia Barnes-Boyd, Ph.D, FAAN, RN
CEED Co-Principal Investigator
Dr. Cynthia (Cee) Barnes-Boyd is the Director of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Great Cities Neighborhoods Initiative/Director Community Health Initiatives and Director of the UIC Health City Collaborative for the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Boyd is the Assistant Dean for Community Initiatives for the UIC College of Nursing.
Dr. Boyd currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Campus and Community Partnerships for Health, the UIC School of Public Health Environmental Justice Committee, the Advisory Committee for the Center for Population Health and Health Disparities, and the Naomi Morris Community Health Research Collaborative. She is also the founder of the 'Girls Read for Life' Reading Program. Dr. Boyd has received numerous honors and awards including the: Renacer West Side Community Network, "Outstanding Community Commitment Award" PNLE Illinois Nurse Leader Women Health Executives Network, "Annual Achievement in Health Care Management Award," National Hook-up of Black Women & Chicago Urban League "Women in History Award," American Academy of Pediatrics "Bronze Award" for Clinical Research, and the Metropolitan Health Care Council "Outstanding Woman Health Care Manager."
In 2006, Dr. Boyd was inducted into the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program and in 1992 she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing for outstanding contributions to her field.
Joseph M. Harrington
CEED Co-Principal Investigator
Mr. Harrington is Assistant Commissioner for the City of Chicago Department of Public Health's Division of Chronic Disease. Under the direction of the Commissioner of Public Health, he is responsible for the development and implementation of programs and projects to reduce morbidity and mortality due to chronic disease in the City of Chicago. Prior to this he was a Project Director in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Rush University Medical Center. In this capacity, he was responsible for oversight and management of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT) and the Women's Health Initiative.
Mr. Harrington was the Project Director for an international collaboration between the Walter Sisulu University ( South Africa ), the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and the Section of Community and Social Medicine at Rush University Medical Center implementing a Community-Based Infrastructure Development Project. The project targeted the rural poor living in the Mthatha ( Eastern Cape ) region of South Africa . He also serves as the Executive Director of the Center for African American Health based at Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago . The Center is a non-profit organization engaged in the study and research of the factors that contribute to disparities in health between African Americans and other population groups.
Mr. Harrington is a Fellow of the class of 1998-2000 of the International Center for Health Leadership Development and is currently a candidate for a Master of Arts in Religion at Meadville Lombard Theological School . He serves on the Executive Committee of the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, is a member of the Executive and Steering Committee of the Illinois Public Health Institute, and is a member of the Retention and Adherence Committee for Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial. He was appointed by the Governor of Illinois as a member of the Illinois Stroke Task Force and serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Panel on Minority Health for the Illinois Department of Public Health. He is a founding member and Vice-Chairman of the African American Health Care Council and serves on the Boards of the American Cancer Society, Africa International House and the Continental Africa Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Selective Service System Local Board 017 and founding member of the Thapelo Institute, Inc., a non-profit group focused on improving the health of African American men.