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UBUNTU: “I Am Because We Are”: Building a Professional Community for Black Ladies in Public Health

10 Aug

“Public Health provides an aspirational combination of interdisciplinary work, purpose that far exceeds profits, and an opportunity to make real, tangible, change in the world. For Black women, choosing a career in Public Health often guarantees these ambitions juxtaposed to unique complexities of identity and the profession.

Consider a black woman working in Public Health, undoubtedly, she understands [and is constantly reminded] of her membership in populations often disproportionately affected by disease and death. Simultaneously, she bears witness to the occupational penalty, documented as wage gaps and concrete ceilings, despite extraordinary educational achievements. Consequently, these misfortunes are exacerbated with additional intersections of marginalized identity (disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, immigrant population, etc.).

If the data about our population tells us anything, it’s that health and occupational inequities are real experiences for Black women. However, we address these issues as mutually exclusive paradigms that should neither coalesce nor affect public health success. While this is expected, Black women are left to navigate these issues alone.

Black Ladies in Public Health (BLiPH) grew out of this double consciousness. BLiPH created a place nestled between the professional and personal woes of occupational and health inequity. We provide safe-space that does not yet exist in the broader world. BLiPH is the sanctuary where we unpack issues out in the open, through healthy discourse and transformational thinking. We are honest and vulnerable in ways that are restorative to the collective; even the things left unspoken are often understood. We strive to add a more personable approach to engaging and elevating members. We have curated an environment where our identity, our experiences, our education, and our vision are central to the solutions that will transform our realities. We are literally leveraging our status as Black Ladies in Public Health to positively impact the health and success of Black Ladies around the world.”

Dr. Jasmine Ward

Black Ladies in Public Health (BLiPH) was conceived August of 2016, by Dr. Jasmine Ward to create a virtual space to cultivate relationships and promote collaboration in public health scholarship and service. However, the most valuable characteristic of BLiPH became (1) the restorative nature of personal and professional discourse about issues related to public health and (2) the collective resolve to place self-care central to the ideology of the group.

Now approaching the second anniversary, BLiPH is working towards the vision of realizing a more engaged, valued, and empowered membership! BLiPH engages approximately 7,000 members on five social media platforms and fourteen private groups. Top representation comes from cities such as Atlanta, GA, Washington, DC, New York, NY, Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PA, Chicago, IL, Houston, TX, Birmingham, AL, New Orleans, LA, and Boston, MA. Most members are based in the United States, however, approximately 10% represent the global community of public health. Top represented countries outside of US include South Africa, Zambia, Nigeria, United Kingdom, Kenya, Canada, Botswana, Ghana, and Uganda.

BLiPH has formally hosted nineteen local networking events, five webinars, several live sessions, and a signature networking social during the 2017 APHA conference. Moving beyond the networking and professional development activities, 2018 ushered in new beginnings, including the start of BLiPH research and service initiatives. One early example includes a digital marketing campaign conducted in February and March of 2018, during Black history and women’s history months, respectively. The campaign — the E.V.E. Awards — was a first attempt to officially recognize and honor Black Ladies in Public Health, past and present.

As the founder, Dr. Ward has been recognized for her commitment to digital social solutions that support collective impact. In 2018, she was accepted to seven professional public health conferences and several community events across the United States. She received national press recognition, a variety of awards, and most recently, a grant to pilot BLiPH focused research. Representing BLiPH, Dr. Ward has provided consulting and technical assistance to public and private-sector organizations with training focused on social media engagement, grant writing, and cultivating cultural competence in public health workforce development.

BLiPH is beta testing, evaluating, and improving our new-forever home; BLiPH.org. BLiPH.org is positioned to catalyze the growth of the BLiPH network and support the actionable pursuit toward the elimination of occupational and health inequities. BLiPH continues to develop innovative digital strategies to address and engage collective interest of the membership. Activities include:

  • Demystifying the work of public health professionals (particularly in the Black community),
  • Recognizing current and historical contributions of our foremothers,
  • Forming professional/leadership development opportunities,
  • Creating access to culturally responsive public health training,
  • Building mentor/mentee relationships,
  • Crowdsourcing public health solutions,
  • Defining health policies,
  • Hosting networking events,
  • Addressing issues that disproportionally impact the health of Black people, women, and more specifically, Black women.

Be sure to look out for BLiPH at the Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI) 2018 conference in San Diego, where they will highlight organizations using digital platforms to address public health through a social justice lens. We will also host the second annual BLiPH networking social at Sparks Gallery on November 11th, immediately following the APHA opening session. (Doors open at 7pm)Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – @BLiPH16, #BLiPH16 or #BliPH

For more information about BLiPH please email Dr. Jasmine Ward at ladyjward@bliph.org.

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SAAPHI Awards 2017

9 Jun

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For more details about the nominations requirements:

SAAPHI Award Nomination Form

Nominations Due:  July 31, 2017

DEADLINE EXTENDED!! Nominations Due: August 31, 2017

For more information: saaphipresident@gmail.com

#leadership #advocacy #research #service #mentoring #equity

SAAPHI Member Spotlight

29 Apr

SAAPHI Member Spotlight

this could be you

We realize that our diverse, distinguished, academically active and professionally engaged members are a valuable resource. Our highly active listserv shows exactly how informed our members are. For this reason, we encourage our members to become more actively involved in our network, by attending our annual meetings and mixers.

Through our new Member Spotlight section of the newsletter, we are offering another opportunity for our members to get-to-know-each-other, and more importantly identify those who share the same interests. In each biannual newsletter we will highlight SAAPHI members.

If you are interested in taking the spotlight, please contact saaphicommunications@gmail.com for an application.

SAAPHI Webinar: “Innovative Approaches to HIV Prevention among African Americans”

3 Mar

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The SAAPHI Scientific Committee hosts a series of webinars to help public health professionals and students learn about innovative approaches to minority health research.  This is the first webinar planned for this year.  Please see below and the attached flyer for details.

The Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI) presents
“Innovative Approaches to HIV Prevention among African Americans”
Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 1:00-2:30PM (EST)
Guest Speaker
Bridgette M. Brawner, PhD, APRN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Center for Health Equity Research
Center for Global Women’s Health
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Dr. Bridgette M. Brawner graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Villanova University and both a Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2009, she was selected as the University’s inaugural Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow immediately upon completion of her doctoral degree. Dr. Brawner has worked as a Neonatal Intensive Care nurse at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Psychiatric-Mental Health Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in 2005, specializing in working with children and families.

 

Dr. Brawner is currently an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the standing faculty in both the Center for Health Equity Research and the Center for Global Women’s Health. She is passionate about urban women’s physical and mental health, and works toward sexual health promotion in disenfranchised communities. Her motto is “changing the world, one community at a time”. Dr. Brawner’s unique, multi-method lines of inquiry integrate innovative methodologies–such as GIS mapping and biobehavioral measures–to answer complex questions. Her current HIV prevention work takes a novel, multi-level approach to better understand risk contexts and intervene across individual, social and structural levels.

To Participate

REGISTER for the SAAPHI Pre-Conference Meeting Happening at APHA

20 Oct

APHA is quickly approaching and we are looking forward to seeing all of you at the SAAPHI Pre-Conference Meeting on Saturday, November 15th, 8:30-12:30pm. If you haven’t registered yet, it is not too late.

To register for the conference use the link below:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-society-for-the-analysis-of-african-american-public-health-issues-annual-meeting-tickets-12166242559

We like to support our SAAPHI members, so if you have a presentation at the APHA conference please send us the title,abstract number, time, and date of your presentation or poster so that it can be listed in our SAAPHI pre-conference program.

SAAPHI Releases New Video Highlighting Who We Are…

4 Sep

SAAPHI LogoWho We Are — The Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues

Deadline Nearing: SAAPHI Call For Abstracts

4 Sep

Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS


American Public Health Association 142nd Annual Meeting – New Orleans, LA

HEALTHOGRAPHY

November 15-19, 2014

 

ABSTRACTS DUE: September 26, 2014

The Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI) is soliciting abstracts for the 2014 annual scientific symposium to be held in New Orleans, LA on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the SAAPHI pre-conference meeting. The overarching theme of this year’s pre-conference meeting is Healthography: The Relationship of Place & Health throughout the African Diaspora.

Topics of the abstracts should center on the SAAPHI theme and/or the APHA theme. While abstracts reflecting new and innovative information in any area of public health disproportionately impacting African Americans will be reviewed, presentations on the following topics are of particular interest:

  • Life Course Research (focusing on populations from birth to the elderly)
  • Gender Issues
  • Research focusing on African Diasporic Populations (African-American, Afro-Latino, West Indian and African populations)
  • Social Determinants of Health

In addition, abstracts that reflect integrative approaches to individual and community health promotion using evidence-based research, intervention guided-research, and health policy advocacy are also encouraged.

 

All abstracts will be peer-reviewed, evaluated, and ranked for originality, quality, topic applicability, and relation to SAAPHI issues. Please address how your research can inform current or future policies. If your research project includes an intervention, please address its sustainability. For secondary analysis, please address how this research can influence or inform current or future policies. 

*Students and early professionals are especially encouraged to submit abstracts pertaining to their academic research. Please designate in your submission whether you would like your abstract to be reviewed for an oral presentation, poster presentation, or both.

 

Awards will be presented following delivery of the presentations and posters at the 2014 SAAPHI annual meeting.  Winners must be members of SAAPHI or become members at the time of the meeting.

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING ABSTRACTS
  Abstracts must be submitted online to saaphiscientific@gmail.com

  Abstracts must be 250 words or less

  Abstracts should follow the standard format: Purpose/Objective, Methods, Results and Conclusion

  Authors will be notified by October 3, 2014

 

NOTE: Presenters who fail to show up for their scheduled presentations without previously notifying the program planner of cancellation will not be permitted to present papers or posters at the SAAPHI annual scientific symposium for two years following the “no-show.”