JoAnn Stevelos, MS, MPH
Children's Public Health Specialist with JSC, LLC
JoAnn has over twenty years experience in leadership roles such as directing the New York State Center for Best Practices to Prevent Childhood Obesity, evaluating the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s children’s health programs, and for the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama’s, Let’s Move program.
She is currently a consultant for several national and international children’s health programs. Her blog, Children at the Table, is published by Psychology Today. Her website www.joannstevelos.com is an excellent resource with compassionate, easy to read articles to to help families, educators, and clincians better understand the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity and sexual abuse. JoAnn’s articles also appear in many health and wellness magazines.
As a public health professional, researcher, and writer, JoAnn works to deepen the conversation on topics like childhood obesity and child sexual abuse. JoAnn's novel, Howard Be Thy Name, is based on her true story. It is a story rooted in finding reasons for the complicated ways we fail our children in spite of our best intentions and the desire to give them a better life. Her next publishing project will be the second novel in this trilogy, called The Book of Jo. The third book is, I Am Because We Are. Each will continue the story of the families in Howard Be Thy Name. We discover if the families can heal or remain broken; will they grow together again, or retreat from each other? Will they find a new way of living peacefully, with love, or remain in the past, unable to move on?
JoAnn is also the author of Dream Alibis, an anthology about finding hope in the aftermath of estrangement, lost love, loneliness, and emotional abuse. The poems segue into Little Red Wagon, a play about a family that has created and maintained a divide from a political activist’s death by suicide to the present and explores the layers of grief that tethers the family members to one another in conspiratorial silence. Her story, Second, You Are Really Nigerian, was published in Arts and Understanding Literary Magazine and received an Honorable Mention Award from Glimmer Train and the Hudson Valley Writer’s Guild. Her essay, A Voice of My Own, was published in The Writer.
JoAnn has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to receive an excellent education and training at Columbia University, BA in Liberal Arts, Albany Medical College, an MS in Bioethics, and the State University of Albany, New York. MPH in Community Health.