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Juanita Braxton, PhD

For I know the Plans I have for you, declares the Lord; Plans to Prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you Hope and a Future - Jeremiah 29:11

 

Imani Consultants PhD is the part of the Imani Community Health Education and Wellness Family  - a faith-based health education awareness campaign to bring health and wellness information to the African-American community via the church.  In 2011 I attended a district Usher meeting, where health and wellness was a topic to be discussed.  The sister that presented this information explained that she went to a Health Fair in Chinatown in San Francisco, and my interest in public health was peaked.  I wondered why the African-American community did not have a Health Fair that specifically addressed the disparities and  health concerns of African Americans.  From that time forward I developed a Health and Wellness Ministry in my church to share timely health information with my church family as well as discussing ways to address chronic health concerns.  Faith based organizations plan an important role in the spiritual and physical health of their congregation and can make a  huge difference by empowering people of faith to be passionate and effective in creating healthier communities.  From this, I wanted to be able to be share this information with area churches and to advocate for my health and wellness ministries in those area churches.  I want to inspire others to take an active role in their health and wellness and to connect spiritual health with physical health.  I want to collaborate with local and national faith-based organizations to improve health outcomes through culturally relevant education.

 

I have several degrees to include a PhD in Public Health with a focus on Community Health as well as an MBA in Organizational Management and an Education Specialist degree (EdS) in teaching and learning.  My hope is to combine this wealth of knowledge to create ministries to help combat health inequity and health disparities in underrepresented and underserved communities.

 

These are the plans that the Lord has for me!

 

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