Chesley comes to Seidman Cancer in the role of Manager of Community Outreach in the Office of Patient and Community Programs. Chesley spent her undergraduate years at Sam Houston State University in Texas. She earned a master’s degree in education at the University of Houston, where she became interested in the area of health literacy. In her previous role at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, she worked in the Patient Education Office and was responsible for the design, development, implementation and evaluation of patient education programming.
She has contributed to professional journals about the importance of health literacy in the cancer setting. Most recently, she was a part of a research group that focused attention on the standardization of clinical trial consent forms. She firmly believes that creating a more health literate environment will not only improve the patient experience, but improve patient health outcomes.
She hopes to collaborate with underserved and vulnerable populations of Cleveland and surrounding areas to improve access to care, increase cancer prevention measures and establish sustainable partnerships that will result in lowered cancer incidences.
Chesley is a board member of two national organizations: the Cancer Patient Education Network (CPEN) and the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).