Unwind With The Tribe Event:
Together, Black Women Explore Living Healthier Lives  

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During this 3-part series we will gather to have a conversation and share stories about our social connectedness to food and physical activity. While sharing stories, our speakers will share health and wellness principles to help Black women make better decisions about their weight related health decisions, while promoting a community of togetherness and leaning in on our social circle for support and accountability.

Topics & Speakers for Each Session

 

February 3rd, 7PM EST 

Nutrition and Access to Medical Care

  • Dr. Jovonni Spinner, CEO/Founder of Beacon Public Health

  • Shamera Robinson, Registered Dietician Nutritionist (RDN) with Culture of Wellness

  • Pamgrace Gachenge, Owner/CEO of DiscoverU Health

Watch Video: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CZiV09UFmSQ/

February 8th, 8PM, EST

Physical Activity

  • Dr. Jovonni Spinner, CEO/Founder of Beacon Public Health

  • Asia Vianna of Love Yoga Studio

Watch Video: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CZvUk9CK8Fa/

 

February 10th, 7 PM EST

Mental Health

  • Dr. Jovonni Spinner, CEO/Founder of Beacon Public Health

  • Cynthia Jones, CEO of Inner Peace & Clarity Psychotherapy Services

  • Dr. Patty Wilson, Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University

Watch Video: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CZ0XlJnqGAu/

Speaker Bios

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Dr. Jovonni Spinner is the CEO and Founder of Beacon Public Health and is an award winning public health professional committed to improving health equity across the lifespan through research, communications, multi-sector partnerships, and leadership. She founded Beacon Public Health to create customized solutions to help organizations address the pressing health needs of BIPOC communities to advance health equity and reduce health disparities.

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Pamgrace Gachenge is the Owner/CEO of DiscoverU Health. She is a first-generation Kenyan-American and the visionary PAUSE Project 501(c)3 non-profit organization and DiscoverU Health. She’s a passionate health advocate, outgoing leader, and loving mother who desires to actualize significant health equity in her community. Her goal is to bridge healing by providing quality health services that meet people where they are. Through DiscoverU Health, she encourages adults and seniors to ‘PAUSE & DiscoverU,’ which implies putting themselves first. As a result, we can realize health equity by engaging and being a part of the journey of renewed health and wellness.

She obtained a Master of Science in Healthcare Management from American University. In July 2018, she launched DiscoverU Health, a comprehensive home care service for the chronically ill. In July 2021, DiscoverU Health expanded services to offer Concierge Medicine (Primary Care Service for Adults & Geriatrics), Mental Care, and Care Coordination. In addition, she’s been very active in her community, including the following roles:

Former Chair | National Institute of Health Federal Credit Union (NIHFCU), Business Development Committee 

Member | National Association of Black Health Executives (NASHE), Baltimore, MD 

Alumnus | Goldman Sachs 10k Small Business, Baltimore, MD 

Former Health Chair | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Montgomery County, MD

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Shamera Robinson is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with a background in public health and diabetes education. Her work focuses on eliminating disparities, promoting health equity, and uplifting historically marginalized communities through nutrition. As a nutrition consultant with The Culture of Wellness, Shamera helps organizations develop inclusive resources and equitable strategies required to address the nutrition needs and health concerns of diverse groups. Her experiences in the clinical, community, and public health settings allow her to bring a fresh perspective and an unwavering passion to improving the health and health care of systemically disadvantaged peoples.

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Asia Vianna is the owner of Love Yoga Studio in Hyattsville, Maryland. She is an experienced registered yoga teacher and yoga alliance continuing education provider.  Asia is an experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and Co-Owner of Love Yoga Studio in Hyattsville, MD. She is a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist through the American Dance Therapy Association and also a certified and licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Furthermore, she is a daughter, a wife, a niece, a cousin, and most notably, a sister. Since she was a child, she has connected mind and body through various movement mediums. Dance has been her first love since the age of four. She loves modern, lyrical, liturgical, and contemporary dance. In college, dance was her world. Once she attended grad school, she was introduced to the power of yoga. In 2014, she took my first yoga class. Soon after, she began practicing regularly. Her personal practice of yoga developed a connection between mind, body, and spirit like never before. She particularly loves to practice Hatha Yoga and Yin Yoga. She has always had a passion for helping people which led to her training in the mental health field.  Understanding the importance of mental wellness has fueled her desire and choice to work with children and adolescents of color. The creativity within her drives her commitment to facilitating high quality mental wellness workshops and creating therapeutic interventions. Movement has always been a direct channel to her well-being and spirituality. She is fulfilled by helping others along their path. She sits in gratitude as you choose to share space with her. She is honored to support you in your wellness journey through yoga, dance, and other introspective practices.

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Cynthia C Jones is a licensed clinical psychotherapist who specializes in substance abuse treatment and management of problems such as depression and anxiety.  She holds clinical licenses in DC and Maryland, where she provides talk therapy (psychotherapy) and education (psychoeducation) to anyone with motivation to change and ambition to expand their emotional intelligence. Ms. Jones uses skills developed in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Internal Family Systems to serve adults in all social economical groups and cultures. Cynthia maintains success with fluctuating motivation to change as well as varying levels of personal awareness.  Her leadership increased admission and completion rates up to 10%, enhanced the quality of clinical supervision, and improved clinical outcomes.  She has utilized her clinical exposure and professional ethics to serve on the board of the Institute of Behavior and Health since 2017.

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Dr. Patty Wilson is an Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University. Patty Wilson's clinical practice and research focus on improving the lives of those who have experienced trauma and working to create community-based interventions that address social determinants of health and promote health equity in underserved minority populations. She is a co-Principal Investigator of the Passport to Freedom program, which provides psycho-educational sessions to formerly incarcerated women to promote self-awareness of the link between trauma and health and strategies to cope with symptoms of trauma/stress. Dr. Wilson practices as a PMHNP in a community-based behavioral health office in Baltimore City.