HHS Partnership Center Newsletter: Introducing our New Director

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Dear Friends,

My name is Shannon Royce and I am delighted to have this opportunity to serve as the Director for the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.In this position I am privileged to work with Jane Norton, Director of the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs.

I am eager to work with our faith and community partners in your efforts of service and stewardship to bring help and healing in your communities.  In doing so, I believe our work can help HHS fulfill its mission to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans.  You are instrumental partners in addressing community needs and concerns in the work you do every day, serving your members and neighbors and meeting the needs of our most vulnerable citizens.  

Whether you are opening your doors to programs and services, mobilizing, educating, and training members or community volunteers, we look forward to joining with you to address the HHS priorities for a healthier America: opioid addiction, childhood obesity, serious mental  illness, and health reform.  

As we look ahead, I would like to highlight one of those priorities and consider how we can move forward together on the issue of opioid addiction.  Just last month, Secretary Price announced the HHS Strategy for fighting the Opioid Crisis.  In his speech, he acknowledged that 90 percent of Americans struggling with addiction are not getting treatment. We know that faith and community leaders witness those suffering with addiction and may be the first connection to help.  As we consider how to strengthen the response of community leaders to address the crisis of substance abuse in their communities, we hope you will join the conversation.  In that conversation, know you will have a strong partner in Secretary Price.  Toward the end of his speech, Secretary Price said the following,

“Addiction isn’t a moral failing, but the addicted person is a moral agent. He may be enslaved to drugs, but he is not a slave. He may have lost control of his life, but he has not been robbed of his free will or his God-given ability to bear the greatest burdens in life and come out on the other end stronger for it.

The Apostle Paul writes in his first letter to the Corinthians: “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure.” As a nation, we can endure this temptation. But none of us — no person, no family, no community — can do it alone.

It is only with your help that, as a nation, we can find a way out for every American struggling with addiction.”

That help can come from faith-based and community partners just like you. Let us know what is effective in your community as we work together to build best practices to fight the scourge of this devastating epidemic.   We’ll be reaching out to you and welcome the opportunity to hear from you. 

The team at the HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships may be reached at (202) 358-3595 and by email at partnerships@HHS.gov.  Follow me on Twitter: @jcnjmama and the Center @PartnersforGood.

 

Warmly,

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Shannon Royce, Esq.

Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships

Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs

Department of Health and Human Services

P.S. Below is a biography so you can learn a little more about me.

Biography for Shannon Royce, Esq.

Shannon Royce brings a wealth of experience to her role as Director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS Center).  The HHS Center was formed in 2001, under the George W. Bush administration, to ensure that faith partners and non-profits faced no barriers and were engaged as full partners in serving the poor and helping the vulnerable.  This mission continues today.  

Shannon’s professional background includes both government and private sector experience.  In government, she worked for over seven years on Capitol Hill, including serving as Counsel to Senator Chuck Grassley (now Chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee). 

In the private sector, Shannon worked in several faith-based non-profits.  Early on, she led the D.C. office of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), a group focused on issues such as sex trafficking, global hunger, and protecting religious liberty.  Most recently, Shannon served as Chief of Staff and C.O.O. at the Family Research Council (FRC), managing day to day operations for a team of 80 in fulfilling the FRC mission of promoting “a culture in which all human life is valued, families flourish, and religious liberty thrives.”

Shannon brings personal experiences that have shaped her perspective to the job as well.  As a cancer survivor, Shannon knows what it is like to be a patient coping with an often confusing healthcare system. In addition, Shannon’s family has been challenged and strengthened through their experiences as a family with special needs.  As a result of her experiences, Shannon has been an advocate in her community to ensure that families with special needs have the supports they need to thrive.

In leading the Center, Shannon sees her role as one of service and stewardship, carrying out the vision of HHS Secretary Tom Price and President Trump.  She received her Juris Doctor from the George Washington University School of Law. Shannon is married with two grown sons and enjoys running half-marathons for fun.