Sheila Craig: Sheila has twenty-six years of experience in the field of Health and Human Services providing service to children, families, and communities through a cross-systems approach. As Associate Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities, Sheila heads the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, Office of Border Affairs, and a team of regional equity and inclusion staff across the state.
Through the development and implementation of the Texas Model: A Framework for Equity, Texas has become a national and international leader in reform efforts related to disparate outcomes for children disproportionately impacted by and involved in the child welfare system. Sheila leads the charge through Senate Bill 501 and Rider 64 of the 82nd and 84th Legislatures for developing and implementing expansion initiatives through the Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities where efforts are underway to eliminate racial disproportionality and disparities in all of the Health and Human Service agencies as well as education, juvenile justice, health, and mental health for Texas most vulnerable citizens.
Sheila considers working in partnership with agencies, staff members, and communities to develop solutions through a shared vision as keys to success. Examining policies through a racial equity lens, looking at data by race/ethnicity, and hearing the voices of individuals who experience and are impacted by our programs and services tell a story.
Sheila received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sheila has been involved with various local, state, and national organizations. She has received numerous honors for her work and dedication to children, families and vulnerable populations.
Sheila is the author of My Heart Speaks; her first published book inspired by her family and life experiences.