I am a Progressive citizen of the world who is a Public Health Practitioner that seeks to empower, educate and edify marginalized population groups who suffer most from societal ills, health, and educational disparities in the global community.
Awarded the Bryant & Stratton College Dean"s Commendation for Student Engagement - Spring 2013
Recipient of the Walden University Commitment to Social Change Scholarship 2010 for $25,000.
Restore the Village Enterprises, LLC provides clients with professional services that include, but are not limited to:
- Health Consulting
- Guest lectures
- Workshop facilitator
- Special event coordination
May 2013 - Present
Instructor for courses in the Health Services Administration Bachelor Degree Program and the Allied Health Sciences Professional Program.
- Disaster Management and Planning for the Health Care Setting
- Long-Term Care Management
- Health Information Systems Technology & Management
- Health Services Management
- Health Research Methods
- Introduction to Healthcare
Oct 2010 - Present
Founder & CEO
Restore the Village is a community-based public health promotion organization whose mission is to promote holistic health and life achievement in families and communities; locally, nationally, and internationally.
Our work is focused on the promotion of positive parenting, nutrition and breastfeeding behaviors among at-risk populations.
Currently, we provide our expertise and services to the following organizations:
- Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland (CEOGC)
- University Hospitals Case Medical Center
May 2014 - Present
The Board of Education functions as the governing body of the School District. Board responsibilities include: hiring the School District Chief Executive Officer (with the concurrence of the Mayor); setting School District policy; approving the School District budget; establishing goals and accountability standards; and promoting parent, family, and community involvement in the schools.
Apr 2011 - Apr 2014
Community & Data Core Manager
Manager of the Community & Data Core of the IMPACT Study (Ideas Moving Adolescents & Parents to Change Together); a 5-year, multilevel intervention and treatment protocol that seeks to improve the health outcomes of middle school students of the City of Cleveland; with respect to Body Mass Index and blood pressure.
IMPACT is a community-based research program that employs the partnerships of the YMCA "We Run This City" Youth Marathon Program, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, public Charter schools, Case Western Reserve University, Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and MetroHealth Medical Center.
Case Western Reserve University is part of a consortium of four academic institutions for the conduct of the project. Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment Research (COPTR) includes Vanderbilt, Stanford, University of Minnesota and Case. And this group is funded and lead by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, and coordinated by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In my position as Community & Data Core Manager for the IMPACT Study, I am responsible for the following:
- Community, stakeholder, and school administration engagement.
- Convene the Community Advisory Board for monthly meetings.
- Study brand conceptualization, marketing and brand management.
- Supervisor of both the Manager of Assessment Technology and Data Capture, and the School-based Intervention Coordinator.
- Coordination and administration of the training of staff who will conduct a Body Mass Index (BMI) and Blood Pressure (BP) Screening exercise in Cleveland public charter schools.
- Implementation of a BMI/BP Screening Program and Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) administration in public charter schools.
- Facilitation and coordination of the recruitment of 400 study participants.
- The design and delivery of a school-based physical activity and nutrition intervention that will be conducted in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and public charter schools.
- Institutional Review Board protocol development and management.
- Coordination of the study participant school and community environmental assessments.
- Active engagement with National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and National Institutes of Health constituent members of the COPTR consortium through participation in conference calls and meetings in Washington, D.C..
Jul 2003 - Dec 2010
Clinical Interventionist/Physical Activity and Nutrition Leader (PAL)
- Implemented the Intensive Lifestyle Intervention for the TODAY (Treatment Options for Type 2 Diabetes in Adolescents and Youth) study, a national 15 site clinical trial funded by the National Institutes of Health.
- Worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital including physicians, nurses, dieticians, psychologists and diabetes educators.
- Counseled the families of youth ages 11-17 with type 2 diabetes to assist them in achieving study-specific weight loss behavior change goals by instituting motivational interviewing skills and health behavior change methodologies.
- Administered a three-phase intensive lifestyle intervention that included: weekly sessions for 6 months; followed by a bi-weekly maintenance phase of 6 months; and a continued contact phase of monthly visits for 6 months throughout the duration of the study.
- Coached youth on ways to increase physical activity, and decrease sedentary behaviors.
- Taught diet and activity self-monitoring skills, and managed behavior change reinforcement activities among parents.
- Promoted positive parenting behaviors to foster a supportive family environment for study participants.
- Provided fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle change methods for diabetes management and weight loss.
- Assisted families in locating free or low-cost community resources to support lifestyle and behavior change.
- Provided leadership to various intervention subcommittees.
- Created consent and assent forms for the use in Institutional Review Board approved clinical research.
- Successfully recruited study participants as a certified practitioner in human subject research protections.
- Responsible for maintaining the integrity of the study budget as petty cash custodian.
Project Coordinator - TODAY Genetics 2500 Study
- Responsible for increasing recruitment of study participants by 60% in 10 months.
- Maintained integrity of research protocol by preparing and submitting materials to the Institutional Review Board of University Hospitals Case Medical Center.
- Managed questionnaire administration, data collection, data entry, and human specimen preparation, and shipment.
2007 - 2009
Community Intervention Specialist
Cleveland Corner Store Project
- Contributing member of the Steering Committee for the needs assessment and pilot intervention seeking to increase the availability of fresh, locally grown produce and decrease the community's exposure to alcohol and tobacco signage
- Procured in-kind support from community agencies and stakeholders.
- Co-authored a grant proposal that was awarded by the Healthy Corner Store Network in the amount of $20,000.
- Participated in program promotion events in the community that included healthy food demonstrations and nutrition classes.
- Developed a program toolkit that facilitates program growth and sustainability.
- Contributed to national media features on the project.
2005 - 2006
Shaw High School College Bound Program
- Co-created college informational curriculum and programming for underserved students of East Cleveland, Ohio.
- Facilitated the delivery of lectures and field trips for students and families that promoted strategies on successful high school and college matriculation, service-learning opportunities, standardized test preparation, career research, collegiate plans of study, financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
Nov 2001 - Jun 2003
- Conducted health and life sciences classes in local schools throughout Ohio, bordering states, community agencies and hospitals.
- Marketed programs and services to appropriate entities.
- Developed and implemented comprehensive health and life science curriculum in the areas of sexual responsibility, self-esteem, healthy decision-making, nutrition and fitness, human biology and healthy lifestyles.
- Conducted needs assessments and tailored programming to meet the needs of diverse populations.
- Provided health education courses to students throughout the nation, and around the world utilizing distance learning technologies.
- Prepared daily agendas and supervised part-time health educators and student interns.
- Maintained and nurtured positive working relationships with schools, funding agencies, and community stakeholders.
Project Coordinator, "We Don't Get That", Breast Cancer Awareness Program
- Conducted programming in homeless shelters, community agencies, churches, detention centers, government housing projects, and drug treatment centers for underserved women.
- Marketed the program to agencies who served target populations.
- Developed culturally sensitive curriculum relevant to the target population.
- Trained part-time health education staff.
- Assisted with budget administration.
- Interfaced with community stakeholders for the benefit of program sustainability.
- Connected program participants to educational and low or no-cost preventive resources including mammography screenings, recreation centers, women's health initiatives, and health and human service agencies.
Feb 2001 - Sep 2001
Facilitated the safety and comfort of airline passengers.
American Public Health Association, Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues, Ohio Public Health Association, Ohio Medical Reserve Service Corps, Northeast Ohio Food Congress Delegate, Cleveland-Cuyahoga Food Policy Coalition, Cleveland Foodbank Volunteer, Cleveland Free Medical Clinic Volunteer, Case MPH Division Student Representative
Case Western Reserve University: IMPACT Study Marketing Video Produced video, and provided voice over for NIH-funded obesity prevention research study.
American Public Health Association (APHA) Invited Presenter: Improving the Community Food Environment: The Cleveland Corner Store Project. October 31, 2011, Washington, D.C.
TODAY Study Invited Presenter of the TODAY Lifestyle Core at quarterly and annual study meetings conducted by the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health, from years 2004 - 2011.
Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition - SkillShare Event Presentation on "Healthy Corner Stores": Cleveland Corner Store Project - September 2010.
BET Foundation - "Fit Flourishing & Fly" Presentation on "Healthy Eating and Eating Disorders". July 2010.
Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI) Presenter at Annual Conference, San Diego, California October 25th, 2008.Recipient of Student Achievement Award, Second Place 2008.
Media Features Include:
American Public Media, August 16, 2008 (Cleveland Corner Store Project)
Taking Care of Business with Illinda Reese - Village TV, May 2010, (Breastfeeding Awareness Documentary - "Liquid Gold The Movie")
New York Times, October 31, 2009 (Cleveland Corner Sore Project)
MEDICUS Magazine of Case Western Reserve University, Summer 2010 (Cleveland Corner Store Project)
Dec 2010 - Present
Doctor of Philosophy
Jan 2005 - Jan 2009
Master of Public Health
Research coursework: Epidemiology of Environmental Health, Community Interventions & Evaluation, Statistical Methods in Public Health, Epidemiology: Introduction to Theory and Methods.