African American Health Network Panel

Dr. Eva Vivian
Dr. Eva A. Vivian

Dr. Eva Vivian: Eva Marie Vivian is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy in 1995, Master of Science in Population Health from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 2013, and Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Human Ecology in 2020. 

Dr. Vivian has received several teaching awards at the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy and was recognized as an outstanding woman of color in 2014 for her commitment to education and community outreach. Dr. Vivian has been referred to as “the researcher with a servant’s heart” because of her service to underserved communities in Madison, WI.  Her research interest focus on identifying disparities in the treatment of hypertension, diabetes, and other chronic diseases among ethnic minorities, particularly African American and Latino American patients and developing and implementing strategies to reduce and eliminate them. 

Dr. Vivian is the current president of the African American Health Network of Dane County whose mission is to promote health education, healthy lifestyles, self-advocacy, empowerment and well-being among African Americans in Dane County. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Access Community Health Centers, a local federally qualified health center; and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Metropolitan Madison Chapter of the Links, organizations that work tirelessly toward social justice. 

Gale Johnson
Gale D. Johnson

Gale Johnson: Gale D. Johnson has been the director of the Wisconsin Well Woman Program (WWWP) in the Department of Health Services for more than 20 years. This statewide program is Wisconsin’s component of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Ms. Johnson is a past Chair of the CDC Council for Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control. For three years she was also a member of the CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection and Control Advisory Committee. For many years, Ms. Johnson has been a very active member of the Wisconsin Women of Color Network. She has also been a member of the African American Health Network of Dane County since its inception in 2003. Recognizing the importance of women living long healthy lives, Ms. Johnson has coordinated health programs for both organizations. 

Ms. Johnson is a “life-long learner” and has had the opportunity to work with, and learn from many outstanding clinicians, researchers, advocates and community leaders who are dedicated to the health and well-being of women and their families. 

Lilada Gee
Lilada Gee

Lilada Gee: A dynamic voice on behalf of Black girls and women throughout the African Diaspora who carry the heavy burden of generations of sexual trauma, as well as their own—Lilada Gee has committed her life to the defending of Black girlhood and the healing of Black women. 

Sexually abused at a very tender age, Lilada suffered dire effects such as self-hatred, clinical depression and suicidal ideation. These devastating experiences made her deeply compassionate for how girls who have been sexually abused feel, think and live, through their trauma. Via her own healing journey, she developed an unyielding passion to help Black girl victims of sexual abused heal and reclaim their spirits, minds and bodies from the devastation of abuse. 

A bold biographer, Lilada uses her critically acclaimed book, ‘I Can’t Live Like This Anymore!’ as a powerful tool to empower survivors take back their lives. In this edgy inspiration, a triumphant story of victory rises from a past scarred by sexual abuse. She unveils her darkest secrets and deepest scars with incredible honesty and courage. Her book has strengthened the will to heal for survivors world-wide. 

Daring preacher and intuitive inspirational speaker, Lilada captivates audiences across the globe with her wisdom, insight and distinct sense of humor. She will have you laughing until you are crying one minute and deeply contemplating how to live your best life, the next. 

With more than 30 years in the fields of education and social services, Lilada founded Black Woman Heal—a Madison based non-profit organization that inspires Black women to join her in her life’s work to defend Black girlhood, by creating safe places for Black girls as well as themselves, to heal. She revives lives that have become weary from the carrying of secrets, shame and other people’s shit, through her writings, videos, workshops, presentations and one-on-one mentoring, all over the globe. 

Unapologetic advocate and audacious Healer,  Lilada organized the international healing movement—Black Woman Heal Day. Black Woman Heal Day is held world-wide every April 1st. Lilada founded the day to raise awareness about the impact of sexual abuse on Black girls and women throughout the African Diaspora and to create a pathway for prevention and healing. She travels the world organizing inspirational experiences for Black girls who are victims of sexual abuse, trafficking, prostitution and hopelessness. 

Lilada is a life-long resident of Madison, Wisconsin and a proud mother of two awesome adult children–Alexandra and Christian.