SF Black Infant Health Program 2017 At-A-Glance
- January 12th - Provider Open House
- February 24th - Photo Voice Grand Exhibition @ Fillmore Heritage Center, SF
- March 24th - Black Women Lead: Redefining Community: Empowerment & Activism @ Westbay Conference Center, SF
[ Friday, March 24th ] Black Women Lead: Redefining Community: Empowerment & Activism
Special Guest Conference Speakers:
- Tanya Fields
- Dr. Avis De Weever Jones
- Dr. Renee Canady
[ About Tanya Fields ]
Tanya is a food justice activist, educator, urban farmer, food blogger, and the founder and executive director of the BLK Projek. This Bronx-based food justice and health organization serves underserved woman of color by creating women-led economic development opportunities and is committed to urban farming and the elimination of food deserts. Fields and her work are gradually revolutionizing low-income neighborhoods in one of the poorest congressional districts in the country.
Fields is recognized for her effective strategies for engaging low-income communities of color in the South Bronx in building healthy neighborhoods and climate solutions. In her attempts to construct an urban farm on a piece of underdeveloped New York City Parks land as well as other underdeveloped land in the South Bronx, Fields is shaking up the New York City borough from the earth up. She is not only solidifying space for the Libertad Urban Farm but working on creating a women-led cooperative food business that would deliver locally sourced, nutritious meals to youngsters in group and family day care. These opportunities not only help create organic, nutritious and local food but give underserved woman the chance to build community with other women, learn in workshops and gain skills.
Fields' inspiration came from her experiences as a single working mother of four, living in a marginalized community. She witnessed sexist institutional policies, structurally reinforced cycles of poverty, and harsh inequities in wealth and access to capital that result in far too many women being unable to rise out of poverty and sustain their families. In response, she founded the BLK ProjeK in 2009 and two years later, the organization was nominated for a 2011 Union Square Award which identifies visionaries responding to society's most pressing social, political and economic issues.
[ About Dr. Avis DeWeever Jones ]
Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever is a Career Reinvention Strategist, Diversity Consultant, and Women’s Empowerment Expert. She’s the Founder of the Exceptional Leadership Institute for Women, a global personal and professional development firm that helps established and aspiring entrepreneurs and executives experience accelerated success while building a holistic life they love. She’s also the President of Incite Unlimited, a Washington, DC-based boutique consulting firm specializing in diversity consulting, communications strategy and the development and implementation of impactful research.
Dr. Avis formerly served as the youngest ever Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women, a historic membership organization touching the lives of over four million women of African descent worldwide. She’s had the honor of being the Keynote Speaker to the Inaugural President of the United States’ Young African Leaders Summit and was a Featured Speaker before the World Bank. She currently conducts workshops and trainings on women’s career and entrepreneurial success on behalf of U.S. Embassies across the globe and helps corporations better design and implement strategies to maximize the power of diversity and inclusion at work as well as for the marketplace of today and tomorrow. For individuals, Dr. Avis coaches one-on-one, in small groups, and through on-line courses in order to help her clients Master the Art of the Career Shift. In so doing, she helps women shift their careers in three distinct areas: (1) ascending to leadership within their current professional space; (2) safely and effectively transitioning to a new career; or (3) making the ultimate shift, from employee to successful entrepreneur.
Find Dr. Avis regularly as a Contributor to TV One’s NewsOne Now with Roland Martin, PBS’ To the Contrary, Sirius XM Radio’s The Agenda, and the Huffington Post. To learn more, log on to: www.avisjonesdeweever.com.
[ Dr. Renee Canady ]
Renée Branch Canady PhD, MPA, serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI). Dr. Canady is a nationally recognized thought leader in health disparities and inequities, cultural competence, and social justice. She came to MPHI from the Ingham County Health Department, the state’s first public entity local health department and federally qualified health center, where she served as the appointed health officer. She is also an assistant professor at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine’s Program for Public Health.
Dr. Canady earned her PhD in Medical Sociology from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University, and a bachelor’s degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.