Chesley works as the Manager of Community Outreach in the Office of Patient and Public Education at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center. Chesley spent undergraduate years at Sam Houston State University in Texas. During that time, she became an advocate in the field of health education. She solidified her commitment to public health after an internship with
the New York City’s Department of Health, Health Research Training Program.
While earning her master’s degree in education at the University of Houston, 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).