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Jessica Saunders

College of Arts and Sciences: Political Science


Email: Jessica Saunders
Phone: 937-229-3626


  • MPA, University of Dayton, 2003


Jessica Saunders, MPA, is the Director, Office of Community Health and Engagement Programs in the Center for Community Health and Advocacy at Dayton Children's Hospital. She leads the community health needs assessment research, planning and priority area program implementation; outreach and education programming; and child health policy initiatives to move children's health and safety issues forward.

She is responsible Dayton Children's community health efforts including the Dayton Asthma Alliance and the Family Resource Connection social needs screening and referral program. She serves on multiple community boards addressing children's health and education.

Jessica is also a past president of the Junior League of Dayton.

Courses Taught

  • Nonprofit Community Relations

Professional Activities and Affiliations

  • Health Policy Institute of Ohio, Social Determinants of Infant Mortality Advisory Group. 2017.
  • Leadership Dayton Curriculum Committee, Chair, 2016-Present
  • Preschool Promise Advisory Committee, 2016-2017
  • Dayton-Montgomery County Food and Hunger Advisory Committee, 2016-Present
  • DaVinci Project Investor Committee. 2015 - Present
  • Project READ Board, Marketing Committee Chair, 2014-Present
  • Empowering Children With Hope and Opportunity (ECHO), Advisory Board Member, 2013-Present
  • Leadership Dayton Board of Governors, Dayton Chamber of Commerce, 2013-Present

Selected Presentations

Social Needs Screenings: The Tales of Two Hospitals. Children's Hospital Association 2017 Annual Leadership Conference, New Orleans, LA, November 7, 2017.

Listening and Responding to the Voice of the Families. The Root Cause Coalition Annual Summit. Louisville, KY. October 10, 2017.

Refining the Design - Using QI Practices for Greater Impact. Children's Hospital Association. Member Highlight Webinar. August 29, 2017.

Addressing Social and Legal Needs in Pediatric Hospitals: Insights from Arkansas and Ohio. Association for Community Health Improvement 2017 National Conference. Denver, Colorado. March 10, 2017.

Building Community Alliances Based on Trust: Two Member Experiences. Population Health Virtual Learning Series, Children’s Hospital Association. July 27, 2016.

Screening for Social Determinants of Health: Two Member Experiences. Children’s Hospital Association. Webinar. April 14, 2016.