The vision for this conference was birthed by the Encouraging Life Organization (ELO) and the Juliette Health Organization (JHO) whose founders, Jessica Brown and Chioko Grevious, are committed to the overall health and wellbeing of Black women. Together, ELO and JHO have partnered with other community organizers such as Yoga As Food founder, Faith Roberts and Healthier Futures founder, Renyea Colvin, to create a dynamic planning committee to execute the vision of SBWHWC. Together they have extensive experience in providing servant leadership to underserved communities.
Each partner organizing this conference is committed to the overall health and wellbeing of Black women and has extensive experience in providing servant leadership to underserved communities.
Jessica Brown developed the Encouraging Life Organization (ELO) in 2010. As the founder of the ELO, her focus to coordinate community outreach initiatives and build community partnerships to combat with sexual and reproductive disparities. As a public health adviser and health educator, she has experience with collaborating with health organizations such as Planned Parenthood, where she was responsible for planning developing, and implementing comprehensive sex education materials and guidelines for middle and high school students of the Sacramento Unified School District (SUSD). In addition to her experience as a health educator, Ms. Brown completed trainings conducted by the California Public Health Department’s STI/HIV Prevention Training Center. These trainings focused on STI/HIV prevention education and provided an overview of STI/HIV testing and counseling, while providing data and disease reporting information on STI/HIV incidence and prevalence rates within Sacramento County. She has experience in gathering and analyzing data information on reproductive health disparities among Latino and African Americans and is well versed in addressing social, cultural, and environmental determinants that contribute to negative health outcomes within various priority populations. In addition she received her master’s degree in Public Health at San Jose State University, where she is developed a program proposal for an intervention to reduce chlamydia and gonorrhea rates among African American women, ages 15-25 in Sacramento County. She currently serves as a Health Program Specialist for the California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS, HIV Surveillance Branch. For more information about the ELO, please visit http://www.encouraginglifeorganization.org/.
Chioko Grevious developed the Juliette Health Organization (JHO) in 2012. The JHO was created in honor of Mrs. Grevious' grandmother, Juliette Wills-Brown, who passed away at the age of 62 due to her long battle with many chronic illnesses including hypertension, diabetes, renal failure and heart disease. The tragic loss of her grandmother inspired Mrs. Grevious to develop her own health initiative that provides health education and resources on many preventable chronic and infectious diseases. The JHO's mission is to provide primary prevention through comprehensive health education to women of color and cultural competency and cultural humility trainings to community based organizations that provide services to communities of color and consultation to health care professionals providing health services. Through the JHO, she is leading the way in providing innovative interventions that assist Black women consciously choosing to be healthier and thrive. Mrs. Grevious has over 10 years in public health, community health education, and program implementation at the state and local level. She has spearheaded programs for infant mortality prevention, breastfeeding support, and autism awareness. Mrs. Grevious has a vast knowledge of public health program implementation and conducting community needs assessments. In addition she received her masters degree in Public Health at American Public University and is currently implementing prevention measures in obesity programs at the California Department of Public Health. For more information on the JHO, please visit https://thejuliettehealthorganization.wordpress.com/.
Faith Roberts, an Atlanta native, yoga instructor and artist began her health journey as a child through the love and nurturing of her mother. She learned the importance of healthy food consumption and self care at an early age and continues to mirror her knowledge daily. She became an avid health advocate in 2008 while co-building and organizing an open air community farmer's/artisan market in Atlanta, GA. She states it was the most fulfilling thing she did after finishing college. There she was able to reach and teach members in the community on an intimate level. Working directly with individuals gave her the opportunity to hear their concerns and cries for help and proceed to action. Faith recently launched "Yoga As Food" with The Pharmer's Market Guru, Olivia Angeli to teach another limb of yoga (Niyama-Tapas) and encourage an Ayuervedic lifestyle. Her intent is to connect women on a spiritual level, teach the disciplined use of energy, and heal past traumas causing obesity and food related diseases.
Renyea Colvin founded Healthier Futures, a collaborative with a single intention: to empower women to design healthier lives through wellness and self-care. After experiencing and successfully managing the effects of work-related stress in her own life, she decided to pair her 10+ years of experience in health education, training, and worksite wellness to the effect change in the lives of other women through health coaching and programming. Renyea earned her MPH from Georgia State University (Go Panthers!) and has worked with non-profit organizations, health departments, and such organizations as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the University of California, San Francisco on chronic disease prevention, HIV/STD prevention and conditions that disproportionately affect African-American communities. She remains committed to the belief that every woman can do something today that contributes to better health for herself and her community. In her spare time, Renyea enjoys physical activities such as yoga and Zumba. She also enjoys photography, the healing effects loose leaf tea and the anti-oxidant effects of red wine. For more information on Healthier Futures, please visit www.healthier-futures.com.
The experience of each partner provides a wealth of knowledge on the health topics that this conference will be addressing. Support us on promoting prevention and healthy lifestyle changes among the African American women in our community.