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As Program Officer for the Joyce Foundation’s Gun Violence Prevention Program, Jessyca Dudley supports evidence-based policies and practices to reduce gun deaths and injuries in the United States. Jessyca specializes in grant making to support public health research and data, and also participates in the program’s partnerships with law enforcement, policy makers, advocates, the medical community, moms and others to encourage common sense solutions to end gun violence. As a researcher and public health practitioner, Jessyca has held positions with the Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Chicago. She has developed and implemented community-based prevention and outreach programs, and conducted clinical and social science research to improve the health of Chicago communities.
Jessyca holds a master’s degree in Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies from Skidmore College. She is a certified Community Health Education Specialist, and founder of The Building Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing children in West Africa with access to education facilities and materials.