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Landon (LJ) Woolston
Posted On July 23, 2019 2:33 am
Founder and Executive Director Diana’s PLACE FOCUS Although LGBTQ youth represent just 10 percent of the general population, it is estimated that they make up 20 to 40 percent of all youth experiencing homelessness. Unaccompanied LGBTQ youth have a higher likelihood of engaging in commercial or survival sex work, and face disproportionate levels of risk… View Article
Kandace Vallejo
Posted On July 23, 2019 2:13 am
Founder and Executive Director Youth Rise Texas FOCUS Being a teenager is hard for everyone, but when a teenage child unexpectedly loses a parent, it changes their life forever. This loss becomes even more difficult when shrouded in the shame, silence, and economic hardship that too often accompany the sudden loss of a parent to… View Article
Lynn Todman
Posted On July 23, 2019 2:10 am
Vice President Health Equity Spectrum Health – BHSH System FOCUS Health is a non-negotiable human right. Yet, in Berrien County, Michigan, a stark racial divide exists between those who have good health and those who do not. More than 75 percent of African-Americans, who comprise 15 percent of the population, live in census tracts where… View Article
Denise Octavia Smith
Posted On July 23, 2019 2:06 am
Research Associate and Projects Manager Health Disparities Institute FOCUS Denise Octavia Smith leads the development and implementation of the UConn Health Disparities Institute health and public policy research agenda and the Equal Coverage to Care statewide coalition. She has a specific focus on community-engaged research and health system transformation through the integration of community and… View Article
Judis Santos
Posted On July 23, 2019 2:04 am
Lifeline Program Manager Metropolitan Transportation Commission FOCUS “Innovation Brokering to Link Transportation and Health.” Bridging the nexus between transportation and health means that all people reap the community benefits of cleaner air, access to affordable and reliable transportation, and the ability to efficiently get to destinations that matter for their health—jobs, a trip to the… View Article
Latrice Rollins
Posted On July 23, 2019 2:02 am
Assistant Director of Evaluation & Institutional Assessment Morehouse School of Medicine FOCUS African American fathers are among the most overlooked and underserved individuals in need of services. A disproportionate number of African American men across the country experience the highest health disparities, from heart health to happiness. While literature exists on positive child, maternal, and… View Article
Catoya Roberts
Posted On July 23, 2019 1:59 am
National Network Coordinator Advancement Project FOCUS Catoya Roberts’s focus area is racial equity and women. She believes that women, particularly women of color, are central to healthy and strong families and communities. Women are infrequently regarded as leaders who can drive social, political, and economic change fundamental to promoting health and health equity. Healthy communities… View Article
Lauren R. Powell
Posted On July 23, 2019 1:56 am
Director Office of Health Equity FOCUS Empowered. Independent. Free. Lauren’s vision for Virginia is one in which people feel empowered to live a long life, love without a limit, and relish in the freedom to just be. Compassion, justice, and a reverence for humanity are central to her work. In Virginia, the opportunity to achieve… View Article
Ryan Oelrich
Posted On July 23, 2019 1:50 am
Executive Director Priority Spokane FOCUS There are over 500 nonprofits operating in Ryan Oelrich’s home town of Spokane, Washington, and approximately 30,000 across Washington state. There is no formal system for connecting or aligning the efforts of nonprofit organizations doing similar work. As a result, scarce resources and valuable time are too often wasted as… View Article
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