Current Leader

Ronneal Mathews

Ronneal Mathews
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Cohort Start Year: 2020 Project Topics: Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Early Childhood, Health Care Access, Leadership Development, LGBTQ+ Health, Maternal and Infant Health, Public, Population and Community Health, Racial Justice, Sexual Health, Social Sector/Non-Profit Populations Served: Adolescents (12-20 years), Adults (21-64 years), African-American/Black, At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations, Children and Families, Faith-Based Groups, Foster Youth and Families, Low-Income Communities, People Living with HIV/AIDS, Rural Communities, Urban Communities, Women's Health
Director of Equity and Strategic Partnerships
Honestly, Inc.

Ronneal Mathews is a public health professional with over 25 years of experience. Her primary focus areas are improving maternal health of black women, advancing reproductive justice, increasing accessibility of doulas, and helping organizations implement comprehensive diversity, equity, and inclusion frameworks. Dr. Mathews is building connections with professionals doing similar work in Oklahoma City and beyond. She is also working to build new connections through her work at Honestly, Inc., a nonprofit organization focused on improving adolescent sexual health and wellbeing in Oklahoma County.

During her time as a Culture of Health leader, Dr. Mathews developed Kindred Health Equity Partners, an organization focused on improving maternal and child health in Oklahoma. As part of this project, she is developing a mobile app and training platform for doulas. She is passionate about creating innovative, person-centered solutions to health disparities and will remain dedicated to this work for years to come.

STRATEGIC INITIATIVE: Oklahoma Reproductive Justice Project
I am developing the Oklahoma Reproductive Justice Project (ORJP) to provide doula services, educational events, and resources to improve sexual and reproductive health in Oklahoma City. The ORJP will train doulas who will work specifically with families in Oklahoma City who would not otherwise have access to doula services, which have been proven to improve maternal and infant outcomes. In addition to training doulas, we will host a podcast designed to provide education and information regarding sexual and reproductive health, emerging issues and policies, and resources to help improve access to needed programs and services. We will also host quarterly community events. These events will be hosted in person or virtually and will cover various topics designed to raise awareness about sexual and reproductive health. The events and training opportunities provided will be both community-facing and for professionals seeking to increase their knowledge and skills.

Ronneal is a passionate and compassionate advocate for the health and wellbeing of adolescents around the country. She is focused on helping black women and girls achieve optimal reproductive health through developing and implementing Diversity, equity, and inclusion frameworks that advance reproductive wellbeing in the communities most in need.

Click here to watch Ronneal’s Legacy Project video.