Minds Matter Houston is part of BGHF’s Minds Matter Mental Health Campaign, which is a national campaign that includes digital and traditional grassroots awareness spearheaded by our BGHF College Ambassador Program. The campaign includes a series of mental health related workshops at community libraries in various cities in the country. Minds Matter Workshop Series has already taken place virtually and in-person in Harrisburg, PA and New Orleans, LA. BGHF will continue the workshop campaign series with Minds Matter Houston March 13th 2021. Due to the impact of COVID-19 this campaign will be entirely digital. The campaign includes the 1-day virtual event with a series of mental health related virtual workshops, and the execution of a targeted social media strategy to educate African American women on mental health.
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The live event kicks off with opening remarks from the Black Girl Health Foundation Executive Director Porcha Johnson.
An interactive workshop where you learn how to abide in God during life's most difficult situations using simple tools and techniques like body prayers, spiritual breathing, and Christian meditation for reestablishing your life rhythm.
A nutrition workshop where you learn about foods that are beneficial for cognitive health, balancing hormones, and reducing stress.
A workshop on beating infant/maternal mortality; learn how to stay healthy and safe from conception to deliver. Also get tools, tips and resources to fight depression on your journey to motherhood.
Learning about toxic and chemical based feminine products and how to avoid them to help control hormonal stress and uterine and reproductive issues that disproportionately affect black women. This workshop includes giveaways of Reign Sanitary Napkins.
An interactive workshop that uses full body exercise to push through mental health struggles and stress and build and tone muscles.
This workshop helps break down the stigma and fears that prevent black women from getting mental health treatment. Women will get guidance on how to beat depression naturally through coping mechanisms for racial trauma, depression, pandemic, family and relationships, and injustice.
A workshop that helps you prevent and overcome financial stress, so that you can be profitable in a new virtual workforce.
An interactive introductory yoga workshop you will learn how to heal your mind and body as well as build both physical and mental strength with this introductory yoga course.
State Representative Shawn Thierry is the first, and only, woman elected to the House District 146 seat, which is a diverse district covering portions of southeast and southwest Houston. Rep. Thierry has successfully passed legislation and raised national awareness on the issue of maternal mortality affecting women of color. Last session, she authored 57 bills on a wide range of issues including public health, economic development, anti-human trafficking, mental health and public education. Rep. Thierry is serving her third term in the Texas House. This session, Rep. Thierry was appointed to two influential committees in the House of Representatives: the powerful Ways and Means Committee, where she will lead as Vice Chair, and the Land and Resource Management Committee. On a personal note, Rep. Thierry is the mother of an 8-year old daughter Klaire, and has been a practicing attorney for 25 years. Representative Thierry was recently named one of the most popular Democrats in Texas, one of the "Top 30 Most Influential Women" in Houston, and a rising star in Texas and national politics.
Joy Diggs is a personal trainer, registered dietitian, certified weight loss specialist, writer, speaker, and owner of Digg Deep Fitness & Nutrition. She has spent the past thirteen years pushing her clients and motivating the masses to become their best, stressing the importance of proper nutrition, exercise, and purpose-driven living. As a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Joy received a B.A. in Exercise and Sport Science, and then continued her studies at Georgia State University, receiving a Master of Science in Nutrition. She also holds numerous certifications from various health organizations. While she's a huge advocate for health, she believes there’s always room for chocolate! Though she says that jokingly, she's a big believer in balancing fitness and fun. Health should not be boring and bland. She uses her down-to-earth style to teach her clients how to modify their behaviors so that they leave room for LIFE in their pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. Joy believes living your best life is about pushing through comfort zones, overcoming obstacles and barriers, and leaving yourself completely open to becoming your best self. She also believes having optimal health is a necessary part of that process. Her goal is to challenge you to dream big, live with purpose, and choose health along the way!
Dr. Latora is the owner of ECLIPSE Health Consultants, LLC and it's affiliate The Nurse Doc is ZEN(TM), merging the art and science of Nursing with Yogic practices which promote holistic wellness. She is passionate about empowering others to reach their optimal level of physical health and emotional wellbeing. Dr. Latora is a proud alumni of Grambling State University, where she earned her BSN in 1994; and then went on to earn a BS in Sociology in 1995 and an MPA in 1997 with specialization in Health Administration. Then in 2012, Dr. Latora successfully defended her dissertation and obtained her PhD in Public Health with a specialization in Community Education and Health Promotion from Walden University. Dr. Latora is a Registered Nurse with 26 years of clinical experience and a Heart Failure Nurse certification. Additionally, she has earned a 200hr YTT certificate and is a Registered Yoga Teacher. Dr. Latora has several specialized Yoga certificates in the areas of: YogaFit(R) for Warriors (trauma sensitive); YogaFit(R) Restoring Balance: Training the Parasympathetic Nervous System; Senior YogaFit(R). As a Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Dr. Latora provides CBD/ECS System education; therapeutic journaling; guided meditation sessions and private Restorative Yoga for individuals and small groups. New Offering for 2021: Contact The Nurse Doc is Zen(TM) to learn how clients with SilverSneakers(R) benefits can host a FREE group wellness session with other friends (10 to 25) that have SilverSneakers(R) benefit.
Like many Houstonians, Letitia Plummer was raised in a multicultural household, an experience that has shaped everything she does. She was born to an African American father and a Yemeni-Indian mother in a multicultural family. Her grandfather was a Tuskegee Airman flight instructor as well as the first African American Investigator in the Harris County District Attorney’s office. As a graduate of the prestigious Historically Black Spelman College and of the Baylor College of Dentistry, she followed in her father’s footsteps and is a practicing dentist and small business owner. Letitia Plummer has been recognized by fellow Houstonians with numerous awards including “Top Professionals on the Fast Track” and “Houston’s Top Dentist.” As a City of Houston Council Member, Letitia has worked on several initiatives. During COVID-19, she successfully engaged top Houston Chef’s to feed seniors and food insecure families across Houston through her ‘Feed the Need Program’ and has continued since. During the pandemic, she also contracted COVID-19 and as a survivor has shared her experience and treatment with the people of Houston through multiple interactive Facebook Live sessions. She introduced Comprehensive Policing Reform as part of Houston’s budget amendments and has since continued to be an advocate for criminal justice reform. In addition, she has worked extensively in the community to provide immediate assistance to underserved and vulnerable residents impacted by the winter storm.
Alexis Sims is a 4th-year public health doctoral candidate at The University of Texas UThealth School of Public Health in Houston, conducting HIV prevention research among Black women in emergency room settings with the Department of Emergency Medicine at McGovern Medical School. She received her BS in Biology from Spelman College in 2015 and her Master of Public Health from Morehouse School of Medicine in 2017, where she graduated at the top of her MPH class. Lex With The Text, her Book Lifestyle Blog, primarily focuses on 'amplifying #BIPOC literary voices'. BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Through her platform, she provides book recommendations, new book releases, book reviews, giveaways, and more. Follow her at @Lex_withthe_Text on Instagram and Facebook.
Sherrell is the creator of MindBody FAITH. An approach to wellness that bridges the gap between science and faith while exploring holistic tools and techniques for health and healing. One of those tools is Faith & Flow Yoga®. A yoga practice that teaches people how to use their faith, body, and breath to raise their level of consciousness, reconnect with God, and themselves on a deeper mental, spiritual, and physical level. She also created Sisters Who Meditate® as an international movement designed to educate and support women who want to cultivate a spiritual practice and discipline utilizing Christian meditation and prayer to deepen their relationship with God. She is registered with the National Yoga Alliance and Holy Yoga. Her specialties, background, and studies include Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa flow-style yoga, Yin yoga, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Restorative Yoga for Race Based Traumatic Stress Injury, Holy Yoga, Mindfulness and Christian meditation. She is also CPR certified, Mental Health First Aid certified, and certified in natural and holistic health through Trinity School of Natural Health.
Movement revitalizes the body and strengthens the mind. Exercise is the movement that renews people daily. When people consistently engage in exercise at home, outdoors, or in a gym their bones and muscles get stronger, they reduce the risk of physical illness, and decrease the risk of mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. My great passion is bringing health and healing to people through exercise. I help my clients, specifically women and young girls interested in strength training and conditioning, learn the benefits of weightlifting for women, how to lift weights, and use weightlifting routines to achieve weightloss, toning, and building strength goals. All women have different perceptions and experiences with working out, therefore I get to know each client individually through assessments and create an individualized, multidimensional fitness program to help them meet their specific goals and stay motivated. I am a certified trainer and nutrition coach with an MS and PhD in psychology. I have been training women one on one and in group contexts for over a decade. In 2021, I was named “Houston’s 33 Top Fitness Pros.”
My Name is Nicole Brame, and I am the owner and lead strategic specialist at Dotted i Financial: A Financial Strategy and Consulting Firm. Since I was in high school, I felt like I had a calling in Finance. I had grown up in a home where money was always tight, and because of that, I wanted to learn everything there was to know about how money works. I pursued my Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and began working in various tax and accounting roles with small businesses all over the country. Eventually, I began working as the CFO of a small property management business based in California. I spent some time in that role and learned a lot about business finances. I began to branch out helping other people with their small businesses as well. Until I shifted my focus to Black-owned businesses and wanted to do more in my community. Now I’m putting my knowledge of business and corporate finances to use in my client’s personal lives to help them learn how money works when it comes to budgeting, saving, investing, and even taxes. I hope to help everyone become more financially literate and spread understanding. As well as guide them to change their financial lifestyle to one that promotes growth, happiness, and health.
Juli McShay is the NAACP Houston Branch 2nd Vice President and Community Coordination Chair. She is also an educator, an advocate, an entrepreneur and community advocate. Education is the key to her heart. She is a graduate of America’s flagship boarding school, The Piney Woods Country Life School located in Mississippi. Additionally, she has completed three collegiate degrees’ each of which were conferred by Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Talladega College, BA; The Barbara Jordan & Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern, MPA; and Miles Law School, JD. McShay has a great affinity for service. Her attentiveness and dedication to service developed during her childhood as her mother would regularly bring the her to various civic, social and political events. These experiences coupled with her education have shaped her career and entrepreneurial interests and expertise in planning, government and community service. Since her youth, she has continued to use her successes and opportunities as a vehicle to help elevate others. McShay is an experienced educator and public administrator. She has taught across America in both secondary and undergraduate studies. McShay has worked in county and municipal government organizations in both Florida and Alabama respectively. Currently, McShay is a full-time Professor at San Jacinto College, where she teaches government. Much of her service is birthed through her faith and her students. She often serves as a panelist, moderator or guest speaker for community and student organizations, speaking on various including, planning, politics and education. In the spring of 2018she was recognized and honored by Congressional members, Mayor Turner of Houston and other elected officials for her community service in the Houston community. She is a member of Windsor Village United Methodist Church where she serves in multiple ministries including, CEO ministry, WOW and the Cultural Awareness Ministry. Additionally, she is a member of the Psi Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the Houston Branch of the NAACP, as well as the Houston League of Business and Professional Women, Incorporated.
Demetrice Smith is a dually trained Certified Nurse Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in the OB/GYN arena. She is the founder of Melanated Midwife, an educational endeavor to decrease maternal and infant mortality while empowering Black and Brown Mamas. Demetrice works with a non-profit organization, serves as a member of the Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review (PAMR) for Louisiana, and President of the Louisiana Black Midwives Alliance. She is also an Evidence-Based Birth ® (EBB) Instructor specializing in childbirth education for Black families as well as those with previous pregnancy loss and/or preterm labor/birth.
Caren Cooper, Ed.D. is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, a National Certified Counselor, a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Therapist and an EMDR trained therapist. She is a Mental Health Counselor at Texas Southern University where she provides comprehensive mental health counseling services to students. Services include individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, outreach, and clinical training for master’s level students. Aside from college mental health counseling, Dr. Cooper is the owner of her private practice, Cooper Counseling and Wellness. Her clinical focus includes maternal mental health of African American moms and women of color, trauma recovery, women’s issues and life transitions. She also assists clients seeking services for depression, anxiety, grief, anger/stress management, work/life balance and overall mental wellness. Dr. Cooper’s passion resides in educating minority communities on the importance of mental health, enhancing and empowering the mental wellness of women as they transition into motherhood and assisting survivors of trauma through processing their traumatic experience. After being in the mental health field for over a decade, Dr. Cooper has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, college students, moms, moms-to-be, and parents. Outside of mental health, Dr. Cooper is also a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Health and Wellness coach and will be launching a new venture focusing on holistic health in minority communities.
A native of Texas who grew up in the Amarillo Panhandle, I was born the second child and first daughter of Cecil and Mattie Johnson. My husband Jerry D. and I have been married for 31 years and have a blended family of seven adult children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. A proud Ambassador for the “Justice for My Jewel Campaign”, I have served families, women, and the elderly in ministry for over three decades, and I am the owner and CEO of HealthyYou.store, an online health website featuring Reign Premium Sanitary Napkins. As an active participant in the “Justice For My Jewel Campaign” (jfmj.org) – whose goal is to bring light to the taboo subject of women’s cycles and offer them a healthy solution that will keep them comfortable and dry – I help give a voice to women and young girls who have suffered in silence far too long with the poorly made feminine hygiene products they use every month. Educating females about making healthier choices about what they use on their bodies has a profound effect not only on their menstrual health but also their mental well being, and I am on a mission to help end the silent suffering, one woman at a time! “A Menstrual Journey From Darkness To Light…Things YOU Should Know” is a workshop presentation designed to move young girls and women from a place of not knowing to a place of knowing the importance of making informed decisions about their menstrual and reproductive health for greater peace of mind. The “Justice For My Jewel Campaign” educates women about the important roles of keeping a healthy cycle by encouraging getting active, healthy eating, healthy product choices – like Reign premium sanitary napkins – and community awareness events. Reign premium sanitary napkins are an all natural product that users are declaring has given them their lives back! Being comfortable and dry is what every women desires, but the additional benefits Reign pad users say they are experiencing is mind boggling! Reign pads are designed by women for women to meet their flow, and having your own “Personal Experience” is encouraged. It is my joy to encourage and celebrate with other women on their journeys to becoming all they are called to be – namely a dynamic force taking the world by storm, doing good and making a difference! We are all called on purpose with purpose, that's why a HealthyYou and a HealthyMe is so important. Join me every Tuesday evening by dialing 425.436.6374, and entering pin 8270912# at 8pm CST for my Heaven’s Call To Prayer open prayer call, and check me out on Facebook @HealthyYou.store, and on Instagram @lewisannaj.◼
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.
Funded under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012345 with the University of North Texas Health Science Center – Gibson D. Lewis Library, and awarded by the DHHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine.