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 24th 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.
Mayor Cantrell’s life has been steeped in community service. As a little girl, her grandmother would bring her to neighborhood meetings, and by the age of 13, she was serving as secretary for her local chamber of commerce. “My soul found its home in New Orleans,” is how Mayor Cantrell describes her arrival in 1990 as a student at Xavier University. After graduation, she and her husband, Jason, bought a home in the Broadmoor neighborhood, and Cantrell became an active member of her new community. As the President of the Broadmoor Improvement Association, Cantrell led the neighborhood’s redevelopment following Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures. Flooding decimated Broadmoor, but through citizen engagement and Cantrell’s leadership, Broadmoor is now considered an international model for disaster recovery. Elected to the City Council in 2012, Cantrell has prioritized improving people’s lives. On May 7, 2018, Mayor Cantrell was sworn in as the first female Mayor of New Orleans, just in time to celebrate the city’s tricentennial, or 300th anniversary. She is a dedicated wife to her husband, Jason, proud mother of her daughter, RayAnn, and a parishioner at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church. Mayor Cantrell pledges to produce results that will create a more equitable and safe New Orleans for all residents.
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
Prior to starting his career in libraries in Washington Parish, Morley spent over a decade as a newspaper reporter when he realized he wanted a change. “I was looking for a way to engage more meaningfully with people in the community. The library offered a platform to work on some of the social justice issues I felt were not being adequately addressed in communities,” Morley said. Morley went back to school, earning his master’s degree in library science and later a doctorate in adult education from the University of Southern Mississippi. From there, he would go on to lead numerous libraries across Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia. From the start, Morley said he found working in libraries “thrilling,” and that sensation has not wavered. “I love that libraries can still be dangerous,” he said. “I have a passion for education, but I believe it’s about more than just learning. Education is about liberation, which is precisely why it is so dangerous.” Now, Morley said he is excited and honored by the opportunity to learn and answer to the unique needs and challenges of New Orleans and its people.
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.
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.
Demetrice Smith is a dually trained Certified Nurse Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner. She completed her Post Masters Midwifery education through Frontier Nursing University, her Master of Nursing/FNP through Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, and her Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice with a specialization in Educational Leadership at American Sentinel University. Demetrice has immense experience in women’s health and has been engaged in teaching for many years. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner/ Certified Nurse Midwife at Healthy Start Jefferson Parish, a division of Crescent City Family Services. Demetrice was on-boarded to expand clinical services to address infant and maternal mortality within Jefferson Parish. She functions as a key member of a multidisciplinary team assigned to develop action plans to reduce maternal and infant mortality throughout Louisiana. She connects with community action network partners to develop best practices through interprofessional communication and shared collaboration. She is also certified as an Evidence-Based Birth Instructor and the founder of Melanated Midwife, where she empowers clients through education and advocacy.
Ava is an aura energy facilitator and health and wellness spiritual coach. Ava connects your understanding of spirituality with the universe’s guidance in esoteric and mysticism. She has been helping people connect to their authentic, natural and nurturing abilities for over 15 years via corporate and private work. Ava is Melody Master Crystalogist, Usui Reiki Energy 2 facilitator and is known for her compassion and truth, Ava offers a safe and sacred environment in which she facilitates the clearing and calling of vibration and frequencies of light through her energy services, sessions and workshops. Ava has been teaching Pilates with passion for over 20 years. As a board-certified intrinsic health and wellness coach her Pilates methods are greatly enhanced by her kinesiology knowledge and ability to motivate the detailed precision that Pilates requires in others. Still practicing this method herself, Ava uses Pilates as a way to achieve and maintain a solid core workout. In 2004 she decided to begin teaching the method with a Mat Pilates certification via Power Pilates. Ava further went on to educated herself by securing a Reformer Pilates Certification through Polestar Pilates and PHI Pilates. For each of these programs, she endured 400+ hours of training to teach equipment Pilates on the Springboard and with the use of smaller props. Ava also is an ACE certified group exercise instructor.
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.
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.