Stories from our fellows

Congratulations to the new fellows!

We are so excited for you to meet the new 2021 Healthy Communities Fellows!

Take a moment to go check them out on our Fellows page.

Congratulations to the new fellows!
2021 Healthy Communities Fellow
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"Delivering difficult truths: What coronavirus reveals about giving birth in America"

2020 Healthy Communities Fellow Adrienne Crawford is a Certified Nurse Midwife who believes black women thrive with culturally competent care. She practices at Community of Hope in Washington DC, where some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates exist in the United States among African American communities. Adrienne is working to change this reality. Passionate about women’s health and reproductive justice, Adrienne brings over 15 years of experience in women’s health and is also a Board-Certified Lactation Consultant.

"Delivering difficult truths: What coronavirus reveals about giving birth in America"
Adrienne Crawford
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"Mama, am I going to die young because I'm black in America?"

Erasma Monticciolo is a native New Yorker who grew up in Brownsville, Brooklyn, where she co-founded Power of Two in 2015. As the Executive Director, she uses science and community experience to mitigate the negative impact of intergenerational family trauma to build resilient and thriving communities. Through her work, Erasma lives her values every day, ensuring that children in New York City’s most vulnerable communities have opportunities to dream and achieve beyond their present circumstances.

"Mama, am I going to die young because I'm black in America?"
Erasma Monticciolo
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"COVID-19 has taught us how closely we are all connected"

2020 Healthy Communities Fellow Genoveva Islas is the Founder & CEO of Cultiva La Salud. Genoveva is a public health advocate fighting to advance heath equity in California’s San Joaquin Valley where too many families have suffered the loss of loved ones from preventable causes. Genoveva is a recognized Culture of Health Leader by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  

"COVID-19 has taught us how closely we are all connected"
Genoveva Islas
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"Reagan gave my father path to citizenship. Immigrants fighting pandemic deserve the same."

2020 Healthy Communities Fellow Mirtha Santana is thee Vice President of Riseboro’s Empowerment Division. A long-time resident of the low-income community of Bushwick Brooklyn, Mirtha knows from personal experience the impact of affordable housing. Her commitment to homelessness prevention stems from her deep belief that no child should be sleeping in a homeless shelter. Mirtha joined RiseBoro Community Partnership in 2007 and immersed herself in services for low-income, disenfranchised and homeless families.

"Reagan gave my father path to citizenship. Immigrants fighting pandemic deserve the same."
Mirtha Santana
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