Photo credit: Christy Baxter 2018

Photo credit: Christy Baxter 2018

Public Health Expertise

By day I am a public health professional with over 15 years of expertise in community engagement, qualitative research methods, social determinants of health, women's health, and HIV policy. My work has been included in national compendiums for both capacity building and best practices. I regularly speak to diverse audiences about HIV policy and service planning. I have lead evaluation projects that included both focus groups and surveys about the healthcare experiences of people living with HIV and those at high risk. I earned a Masters of Public Health from Drexel University.

Writing

By night I am an occasional writer and volunteer for various civic and social justice activities. I write about motherhood, feminism, whiteness, anti-racism, and things I read. Sometimes I give unsolicited advice to unnamed people. Other times I write a list, because that's what civilization has come to, a collection of lists. 

If you're into mindfulness, parenting and/or unsolicited advice, you can keep up with my blog posts and what I have been thinking about via my periodically published newsletter. You can find me on Twitter (occasionally) if you want to exchange ideas. I post some of my writing about public health and personal growth on Medium. If you like photos of graffiti, nature, and silly kids then check out my Instagram. You can find my #the100dayproject poems there as well.

Community organizing, facilitation, and activisim

I like to start groups and develop new ways for people to build community and grow. In the last few years, I co-founded the local chapter of National Organization for Women (2015) and the Southeastern PA chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (2017). I am no longer in the leadership of Delco NOW, but I am still active in the chapter.  A long time ago, I founded and organized a local grassroots progressive group that grew out of a Dean for America meet-up group, as well as a new parent group when I was a new mom.

 I am fascinated with developing brave spaces and sharing stories. One of my latest experiments is a monthly woman's circle where we share stories, resonance, and a meal. I also enjoy facilitating workshops about Public Narrative, based on the work of famed community organizer Marshall Ganz. 

I talk in public about racism, equity in public education, and white skin privilege whenever people will invite me. Currently, I am volunteering with the awesome folks at POWER Metro on education equity and racial justice issues.  Recently I co-facilitated an in-service training for school district staff (through the Bucks County Peace Center). I would be happy to work with your community group on any of these topics, send me an email and we can figure it out.