The Minds Matter campaign workshop series will continue in New Orleans as part of a partnership with New Orleans Public Library System and NNLM . The campaign event “Minds Matter NOLA” is scheduled on October 10th on World Mental Health Day. Due to the impact of COVID-19 this campaign will be entirely digital. Hence it will include a 1-day virtual event with a series of mental health related virtual workshops.
This is a floating event schedule section you can check the details about time duration, speaker, venue & more.
The live event kicks off with opening remarks from the Black Girl Health Foundation Executive Director Porcha Johnson.
Be a part of the Minds Matter Mental Health Campaign and attend "Yoga Retreat". This workshop focuses on healing naturally through interactive exercise
Be a part of the Minds Matter Mental Health Campaign and attend "Moms Suffering in Silence". This event is a panel discussion which addresses, educates, and provides treatment-related resources on topics that include postpartum depression, racial/cultural disparities that effect treatment/therapy for postpartum, single mother anxiety, and mothers mentally torn over the loss of their child.
Be a part of the Minds Matter Mental Health Campaign and attend " Healing Past Mental Abuse". This workshop is about regaining mental health post domestic abuse. This interactive workshop will help reshape the way you think about yourself by learning how to journal and mediate to heal from your past
Be a part of the Minds Matter Mental Health Campaign and attend "Black Lives Matter". This workshop is about maintaining your mental health while being black in America. Topics to include injustice, racial trauma, and pandemic stress
Participate in the Minds Matter Mental Health Campaign and attend " Free Your Mind And The Weight Will Follow." This workshop outlines the psychological blocks that hinder weight loss and how to overcome them. Psychological blocks include: negative body image, stress, depression, cognitive distortion.
Be a part of the Minds Matter Mental Health Campaign and attend "Beating Depression Naturally". This workshop focuses on natural approaches to coping with anxiety using holistic therapy and supplementation.
Shanika Valcour-LeDuff is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Maternal-Child registered nurse! She has worked in women and children’s health for over 15 years with the last almost 10 years in OB services. Shanika founded Labor and Love after experiencing her own hardships during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. Through this organization, families receive support during the prenatal period through infancy including childbirth education, doula services, postpartum support, and mother-baby health services. Shanika is passionate about the health, wellness, and well-being of all mothers, children, and families. She puts a lot of labor and love into all of her work. The mission of Labor and Love is to educate, advocate, and empower women through their journey into motherhood.
Candice Johnson has a huge vision for a transformed world. Candice is a retired nurse of 11 years, turned spiritual + life transformation coach, co-founder of The Art of Wellness, and author of The Health eBook. She has dual reiki masterships, is a channel, a medium, and an all around holistic wellness fanatic... who loves daily 8 mile walks. She is currently traveling America with her life partner. Candice’s life’s purpose is to hold space for the transformation of others so that they can live the life of their dreams
DR. CHELSI CLARK, Ph.D. is a therapist, public speaker, and writer who has over fifteen years of experience in working with young people. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, Provisional Licensed Counselor, and a former psychology university professor. She has deep, insightful knowledge of the teenage mind coming from years of working with the school systems, spanning different states and has published various well-received articles, most notably on racial microaggressions. Her works have been published in top scientific journals like Psychology in Schools and School Psychology Review. She has also been invited multiple times to speak on WBOK radio regarding Black relationships. She is very passionate about young black girls and helping them with the tools they need to flourish and thrive in a world that doesn’t always provide for them.
Princess Lanclos is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the owner of her private practice “Compassionate Care Counseling Center” Compassionate Care Counseling Center provides counseling and mentorship services to individuals, couples, and families. These services foster growth in one’s insight, skills, resources, and confidence to be resilient and achieve holistic wellness and an improved quality of life. Additionally, she is also the Clinical Services Coordinator at CADA Prevention and Recovery Center a substance abuse and counseling facility. When she’s not seeing clients, she is also a doctoral student at the University of Holy Cross studying Counselor Education and Supervision. Her dissertation research is focused around the experience of African American mothers after the exposure of viral videos of police brutality and the impact on their mental health and parenting. Ms. Lanclos treatment specializations and research interests are trauma, sexual trauma. severe mental disorders, substance abuse, persons with disabilities, and self-care. Please contact Ms. Lanclos directly at email@example.com
Valerie first experienced yoga in 2007, while living in Chicago and undergoing a complete lifestyle change. She lost over 70lbs and transitioned from a meat based to a plant based diet. In 2011, she developed a full -time yoga practice after completing her first 30-day challenge. At the time, Valerie noticed she was often the only woman of color in the classes she was taking and was determined to help the culture of yoga evolve in New Orleans. In late 2013, Valerie immersed herself in a 200-hour power yoga training with Free to Be Power Yoga. Valerie launched the Ohm Well in early 2015, which is a health and wellness social enterprise designed to help clients heal themselves from the inside out. While working for the City of New Orleans as a Senior City Planner, Valerie launched the first ever yoga wellness program for city employees at New Orleans’ City Hall, which was in collaboration with the Chief Administrative office and the New Orleans Health Department. Valerie has led classes at various locations throughout the City of New Orleans and has partnered with many organizations and businesses including Black Girls Run, Nike, Reyn Studios, Lululemon and Friends of Lafitte Greenway. Black and Brown Bodies in Motion (BBM) is the Ohm Well’s first signature weekly class, which features curvy-body friendly yoga and meditation. It arose out of a desire to address the invisibility of yogis of color in traditional yoga studios and classes. BBM is the first and only yoga class in New Orleans designed for and open only to self-identified people of color. BBM celebrated its sixth year anniversary in June of 2020 and the class was featured in the Gambit weekly. Valerie is eager to share her love of life with others and is committed to creating a safe space for all of her students on and off the mat. Her classes are a combination of poetic sequences and infectious rhythms designed to ignite the fire within each of us. In addition to teaching yoga, Valerie is an adjunct instructor, urban planner, advocate, and mom to Marley. She is currently balancing her new journey of being a mother with celebrating The Ohm Well community. From Valerie, “The Ohm Well started in March of 2015, as a tribute to my mom, whom I lost to heart disease in 2005. My goal was to change the narrative around Black Women’s health and share yoga with more people that look like me. It took a few years but now The Ohm Well has a brick and mortar location and is the FIRST yoga studio in Gentilly! I am so thankful for the continued support of our Ohm Well community.”
Portia L. Williams, RN BSN IBCLC. Is an International Lactation Consultant since 2009 with 16 years of Maternal Child experience located in New Orleans, La. As the CHAMPS Greater New Orleans Community & Hospital Consultant/ Project Manager she established Louisiana's 1st Baby Cafe in June 2016 and 2nd Nola Baby Cafe Westbank in 2017. In 2019 with help of Meshawn Tarver and partnership with The Touro Infirmary Foundation Nola baby cafe' Touro & Nola baby cafe’ Touro-Bywater was opened. Portia currently serves as NOLA Baby Café Facilitator & Regional Coordinator for Baby Cafe USA. Portia has worked as a Lactation Consultant at a local hospital & serves as Director of Clinical Lactation for HER Institute. Her personal experience as a NICU mom guides her love for supporting families. She is a proud graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette & a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Portia is a proud mom of two healthy breastfed boys, which she tandem nursed until the age of 3 &1/2. She also worked closely with the Greater New Orleans Breastfeeding Awareness Coalition where she initiated a “Breastfeeding Friendly” Child Care Center program. Her career goal is to increase the number of minority Lactation Consultant and increase breastfeeding rates by mentoring future Lactation professionals of color, decreasing breastfeeding disparities, empowering mom with love, support, and education by providing culturally relevant care. In September of 2019, Portia was appointed to RN Community Maternal Child Manager by Touro LCMC Health. A position designed to establish relevant community partnerships and decrease Infant & Maternal Mortality.
I’m a New Orleans girl living in the Nation’s Capital. I moved to the Washington, DC metropolitan area at 19 years old to attend my dream school as a baby Bison. After receiving my B.S. in Human Growth & Development from Howard University, I began my career in education. I earned my masters degree in Counseling Psychology shortly thereafter. Because I come from a family of educators, I sought after more knowledge and applied to Nova Southeastern University in North Miami Beach, Fl where I earned my EdD in Child, Youth & Adolescence with a specialty in Exceptional Children after 10 years of teaching. Like most career-minded individuals, I continued to excel and experience the stressors of everyday life. I began experiencing intractable migraines, blood pressure spikes and my body weight increased to 219lbs without explanation. After changing my lifestyle, conducting some research and ultimately using traditional doctors as a resource, I was well on my way to resolving my health challenge. Upon recommendation of 20+ medications from 6+ specialists and 2-1/2 years later, I was still without answers. I decided on the natural route. At this point, I was 65lbs down (154lbs). After a lot of sleuthing and the right tests, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. My lifestyle was further tweaked as I lost a total of 101lbs and I sent my autoimmune disease into remission in just 8 months.
Tonya Freeman Brown is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1991, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana. On February 17, 2009, Tonya was diagnosed with breast cancer and chose to undergo chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation therapy. This was the launch of Project Transformation Tonya who is 10 years cancer free! Never to be ever again. In 2015, Tonya emerged as a published author of her first book entitled, “I Am Free: A Gateway of 111 Affirmations Healing Mind over Breast Cancer,” chronicling her experience and triumph through her health challenge in the form of positive affirmations and poetry. Today, Tonya continues the journey of transformation utilizing her healing gifts and practices in Massage Therapy, Meditation and Kemetic Yoga to ignite the flames of transformation within those who decide to engage and experience themselves. For speaking engagements, panel and round table discussions, please contact Tonya at Bopbodyworks@gmail.com , or 504.908.3747.
Dr. Satterthwaite is a specialist in the combined field of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. She received her bachelor's degree in Sociology and Spanish Literature from Princeton University, and her doctorate in medicine from Meharry Medical College. She completed her dual residency training in Med-Psych at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA. Her professional interests include comprehensive medical and psychiatric care for patients with severe mental illness, psychiatric care for the aging population, and viewing chronic medical illness through a psychiatric lens. Her belief on healthcare disparities is: “Patients have different outcomes and disparities exist because they are treated differently.” Her vision is to witness and be an active participant in the elimination of racial healthcare disparities. She is a proponent for increased mental health awareness and treatment in the African American and other impoverished communities, and to increase access to primary care and preventive health services for people living with schizophrenia.
Deatrice Green is the owner of Aspire to Empower Counseling Services, LLC. She is from New Orleans, Louisiana where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Xavier University and her Master of Health Sciences degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. Deatrice is currently a doctoral candidate in the Counseling Supervision and Education program at the University of Holy Cross. While Deatrice’s clients are primarily adults, she is skilled in working with families and is available to counsel young children and adolescents. As a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor who has worked within the New Orleans school system, Deatrice is very experienced counseling young children, adolescents, and their families. She has facilitated process and educational groups and many community and parent engagement activities in order to provide families with the necessary resources for becoming and remaining self-sufficient. She is as skilled in working preventatively with children and families as she is in working from a crisis management standpoint.
Nikki Greenaway, aka Nurse Nikki, is a wife, mother of three, Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). In addition to co-founding the New Orleans Breastfeeding Center and Cafe au Lait Breastfeeding Circle for Families of Color, she is also the proud owner of a maternal-child health mobile clinic and a health consulting firm providing maternal-child health training and resources to community organizations.
Elizabeth Nicole Holcomb, M.D. is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She trained in General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Dr. Holcomb earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from The Johns Hopkins University and a second Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from San Francisco State University. She completed a post-baccalaureate program at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Holcomb is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Her interests include healthcare disparities, addiction treatment in underserved communities and chronic, persistent mental illnesses.
Black Girl Health Foundation, Inc is a non-profit 501c3 that creates pathways to improve the health of black women and girls through education, engagement, and empowerment.
The foundation connects with women of color through its College Ambassador Program implemented at educational institutions and communities in the northeastern region. The program helps students and women in the surrounding communities adopt healthier behaviors through through nutrition, exercise, and disease prevention education.
The non-profit furthers its health impact on women and girls of color by partnering with Black Girl Health, LLC for is annual National Kickstart Health & Wellness Program; which includes an entire day of interactive workshops by renown health experts, doctors, health screenings, and fitness trainers to motivate women to take control of their health and give them resources to make informed decisions.