Fields of Expertise
- Community engagement and capacity building
- Cultural competency
- Health disparities
- Sexual and reproductive health
Marya Shegog, Ph.D., MPH, CHES is currently the director of health programs at the Lincy Institute at UNLV and a newly appointed assistant professor within the School of Community Health Sciences. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health where she attained her Master’s and Ph.D. in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior and a graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. Dr. Shegog‘s career spans across to decades and includes public and private sectors, community development, corporate research and organizational planning, evaluation and implementation.
In Las Vegas her work includes creating the necessary health infrastructure for southern Nevada to thrive. Dr. Shegog focuses on identifying and addressing health disparities in order to achieve health equity for everyone. She is a community leader and a dynamic board member for select community based and non-profit organizations that align with creating health equity, especially in southern Nevada. Dr. Shegog is one of the editors of the Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice and, actively participates in creating unique research and community development partnerships that support knowledge, education and the improve health outcomes in southern Nevada. She has presented her research and expertise locally, nationally and internationally. She has received countless awards, commendations and recognitions for her efforts in HIV/AIDS prevention, health equity and community development. Fundamentally Dr. Shegog believes that everyone deserves access to good, culturally competent health care and by addressing people, not disease, health equity will be achieved.