Julie Fitch
Posted On July 22, 2019 11:02 pm
Testing and Capacity-Building Supervisor, STD/HIV Program Louisiana Office of Public Health FOCUS Louisiana has some of the highest HIV and sexually transmitted disease (STD) rates in the nation, and communities of color and LGBTQ communities are the most heavily impacted by these and other health concerns. I hope to help reduce these disparities in New… View Article
Artina Sadler
Posted On July 22, 2019 11:00 pm
Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Huron-Clinton Metroparks FOCUS My primary focus is to increase access to and consumption of healthy food and to support the creation of a sustainable food system for Genesee County, Michigan. My methodology is equitable engagement and relationship building. I work with all food system players with the goal of… View Article
Sonia Sarkar
Posted On July 22, 2019 10:58 pm
DrPH Candidate Johns Hopkins School of Public Health FOCUS By focusing on medicine instead of health, our current health care system fails to incorporate the realities of patients’ lives into their care: where they live, how they move, what they eat. Although we know these social factors have a huge impact on health outcomes, our… View Article
Daniel Gibson
Posted On July 22, 2019 10:56 pm
Regional Vice President Miami-Dade, Allegany Franciscan Ministries FOCUS Overtown, a neighborhood within the city of Miami, was once the preeminent center for Black commerce in South Florida, home to many notable Black entrepreneurs and cultural pioneers. Today, this proud community is threatened by irreversible gentrification and the displacement of families who have called Overtown home… View Article
Brittney Drakeford
Posted On July 22, 2019 10:54 pm
Member Gethsemane United Methodist Church FOCUS Despite being one of the most affluent counties in the country, Prince George’s County, Maryland, has significant health and economic disparities. Many of these disparities can be attributed to suburban sprawl and land-use decisions over the course of nearly 50 years. To remedy these issues, I believe we need… View Article
Darren Brownlee
Posted On July 22, 2019 10:52 pm
Doctoral Candidate Johns Hopkins Medicine FOCUS My focus area is on increasing access to health care using an equitable lens. Today, people with special health care needs, chronic illness, and caregivers experience additional limitations in attaining optimal health outcomes. Through collaborating with insurance providers, policy makers, health care providers, and community-based providers, I envision a… View Article
Devon Riter
Posted On July 22, 2019 10:50 pm
Executive Director Lower Brule Research Institute FOCUS I work to give kids living in and around Lower Brule, South Dakota, the opportunity to ask and answer the questions that are important to them and their community. I believe that through this process they will find and build the opportunities needed to create a healthier and… View Article
DeWayne Barton
Posted On July 22, 2019 10:48 pm
Community Engagement Coordinator Buncombe County Health and Human Services FOCUS Hood Huggers International, LLC, offers sustainable strategies for building support pillars for resilient historically African-American neighborhoods, providing a framework for community capacity building while helping to create spaces that absorb trauma and increasing the effectiveness of existing service programs. These strategies incorporate the arts, social… View Article
Corinne Chacon
Posted On July 22, 2019 10:46 pm
Managing Co-Founder Mano y Corazon Institute FOCUS As a Mexican-American, I understand the ways our community’s tight-knit families help us to be resilient. Can we leverage that behavior to reinforce our wellness? I believe a holistic approach (mind-body-soul) that integrates traditional medicine, behavioral health, Indigenous medicine, and complementary practices holds the key. MORE ABOUT CORINNE… View Article
Tina Tamai
Posted On July 22, 2019 10:45 pm
Coordinator, Hawaii Good Food Task Force The Kohala Center, Inc. FOCUS In a country of abundance and wealth, it bothered me that a basic human necessity as simple as good food is not available to everyone. It became an imperative to change that paradigm and create a culture that views good food as a priority… View Article

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