LaTonia Walker, LLMSW is Director of Coaching & Engagement at COTS, a family homeless shelter in Detroit. She provides Coaching and Mentoring to assist women in generational poverty in their efforts to break the cycle of poverty in their lives. LaTonia is also the Founder of The Ladies League of Detroit, a Social Network for professional women in Detroit.
Kyra Sanders, MSW, is a proud Detroiter. Raised on the city’s eastside and a graduate of Martin Luther King Jr. Sr. High School. She attended Eastern Michigan University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and a Master of Social Work degree. Since 2000, Kyra has worked in HIV Prevention in several locals including Washington, DC, the city of Highland Park and currently for the entire state of Michigan.
Takisha Jones is a native Detroiter who was proudly raised on the city's east side. She graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy and earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Developmental Psychology. Takisha has had a career in case management and juvenile probation where she served children and families and advocated for family preservation through the juvenile court system.
Tamika N. Anderson, BSN,RN is a Registered Nurse for Henry Ford Health Systems as a a charge nurse in outpatient dialysis with the Community Care Services division. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Central Michigan University, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oakland University. Tamika has been committed to serving her community through nursing since 2011, and continues to make a vital impact in the lives of her patients, by nursing with her whole heart.
Karen Harry is a middle school English Language Arts teacher in Detroit. She is also a PhD student in Sociology at Wayne State University. She is studying the effects of poverty and race on education in inner city neighborhoods.
Cassy Jones-McBryde is an award winning social entrepreneur, advocate and community strategist who has dedicated her life to helping women overcome adversity, improve their self-image and build a community of positive support and love. She is the founder and Executive Director of the International Fuller Woman Network, a body positive nonprofit organization that has created initiatives in Nigeria, Bali, Jakarta Indonesia and in her beloved city of Detroit.
Roquesha is a proud native Detroiter, Woman, Mother, Healer, Feminine Divine Goddess with Black girl Magic. For several decades she has been volunteering at her children's school, serving with neighborhood groups, and advocating for the needs of her community.
I am a proud Detroiter and mother to 3 daughters. I have worked in affordable housing for 15 years and love serving my community. I attended Martin Luther King Jr. Senior high School and obtained Bachelor of Arts Psychology degree from Southern New Hampshire University. I look forward to being an asset towards change.
JoAnn Booth is a freelance journalist and currently writes for Outlier Media, an award winning Detroit based online news publication. She is also known as Sahai Ben Ra, host, producer, and script writer of radio and Television.
Loretta J. Ross is an Associate Professor at Smith College in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender. She is an activist, public intellectual, and a scholar. Her most recent books are Reproductive Justice: An Introduction co-written with Rickie Solinger, and Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique, both published in 2017.
Dr. Bellamy is a Professor of Biostatistics and Director of the Graduate Programs in Biostatistics in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Drexel University. She also serves as the Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health. She is Co-Director of the Biostatistics and Informatics Core and serves as a senior biostatistician for the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center.
Tamika Anderson is an Infection Preventionist at Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit Michigan, and Research Associate with SECURE study. She has a Masters Degree in Public Health. Her work includes preventing healthcare-associated infections, teaching and implementing infection prevention programs, and outreach for SECURE study.
Dr. Kierra S. Barnett is a Racial and Health Equity Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Her work focuses on the impact of social determinants of health on racial and ethnic health inequities. Dr. Barnett received her Ph.D in Public Health specializing in Health Behavior and Health Promotion and a MPH, both from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Community Health from the University of Illinois.
Tiffany N. Ford is a mixed methods public policy and public health researcher and advocate. She conducts intersectionality-based policy analysis to explore racial and race-gender structural inequality in social, economic, and health arenas. She earned her PhD with a concentration in social policy from the University of Maryland College Park School of Public Policy in May 2021.
Shibani Chettri is an Epidemiology doctoral student at The Ohio State University College of Public Health. She received her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from OSU in 2016 and her MPH in Epidemiology in 2018. She is the President of the Public Health Graduate Student Association (PHGSA) at OSU and is passionate about social justice and advocacy.
Charlotte Nash is an undergraduate student at the Ohio State University studying Health Sciences and Epidemiology. She is passionate about work that helps to end racial and socioeconomic disparities in public health. Charlotte is also a professional ballet dancer who enjoys spending her free time with her loved ones.
Chinenye Bosah is an incoming medical student at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine who is deeply passionate about combating disparities in the healthcare system. She received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Public Health from the Ohio State University where she served her local community as a member of numerous organizations. Chinenye has spent the past three years conducting research with the Social Epidemiology to Eliminate Disparities (SEED) Lab and continues to work in order to close gaps.
Mindy Hoang is a first-generation medical student at the University of Cincinnati. She is passionate about improving healthcare for historically-excluded populations and eliminating health disparities. In her free time, she enjoys cooking Vietnamese food and painting.
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