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.
The third cohort of ten fellows includes advocates for maternal health, mental health, mitigating provider burnout, public health prevention, promotion of healthy families, and combating of racism. They will participate in a year-long program designed to sharpen and amplify their messages through public speaking, writing, and networking. This initiative is supported by the Johnson and Johnson Foundation as part of their effort to help build resilient community-based health systems with thriving frontline health workers.
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.
Denise Octavia Smith, MBA, CHW, PN is the founding Executive Director of the National Association of Community Health Workers where she currently leads national advocacy on Community Health Worker capacity and roles to center community voice, drive equity and strengthen public health response during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms. Smith has contributed to national initiatives and research to integrate community health workers into the ACA marketplace and during COVID-19, improve trust and communication between providers and patients on cost and value in treatment options.