ST. LOUIS – SSM Health has named Sharon Homan, PhD, to SSM Health Ministries (SSMHM) and its Board of Directors. SSMHM is the sponsoring body responsible for preserving SSM Health’s Roman Catholic identity and serving as liaison to the Vatican.
Dr. Homan is the retired past President of Sinai Urban Health Institute at Sinai Health System in Chicago, which conducts health disparities research, develops innovative community health interventions, delivers community health worker training and consultation, and provides a broad scope of evaluation services. She has received leadership awards for her work in promoting equity and social justice, including the YWCA Special Leadership in the Professions Award, Dorothy Day Justice Seeker Nomination, and Saint Louis University Woman of the Year.
Previously, Dr. Homan served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology and Associate Dean for Research at the University of North Texas School of Public Health in Fort Worth, Texas. Her prior experience also includes public health leadership and faculty positions with Rockhurst University (Academic Vice President), the Kansas Health Institute (Vice President for Public Health) and Saint Louis University (Professor of Biostatistics). She has authored numerous articles in public health research, with particular dedication to maternal and child health, violence prevention and community health improvement initiatives. Her research has been funded by NIH, HRSA, CDC, DOJ state contracts and foundations.
Dr. Homan earned Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Quincy University, with minors in Mathematics and Theology. Dr. Homan holds a Master's degree in Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, and a Doctoral degree in Biostatistics, both from the University of Iowa.