THE AFRICAN AMERICAN HEALTH NETWORK
Chasing a Dream Against All Odds
Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 9:00 am at the Pyle Center
The African American Health Network is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster networking among African American health professionals and community health advocates and promote health education, healthy lifestyles, self-advocacy, empowerment and well-being among African Americans in Dane County.
Gale Johnson (moderator) 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.
Eva Marie Vivian is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy pursuing her doctorate at the School of Human Ecology in Civil Society and Community Research. She received her doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy and a Master of Science in Population Health from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Eva has been referred to as “the researcher with a servant’s heart” because of her service to underserved communities in Madison, WI. She 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.
Eva Vivian has received certifications through the National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators and the American Association of Diabetes Educators and maintains a clinical practice at Access Community Health Centers. While caring for her patients, she noticed that many of them were accompanied by their children who also displayed risk factors for diabetes. Her research sharpened its focus in response to heightened awareness of the great numbers of children and adolescents who are at special risk of diabetes. Eva’s research transitioned from the clinical to community setting with an emphasis on disease prevention. She works with members of under-resourced communities to identify health issues that are important to their community, with the aim of combining knowledge with action and achieving social change to improve health outcomes and eliminate health disparities.
Fabu Phillis Carter is a Senior Outreach Specialist with the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and works for the African American and Native American Communities.
She is also a poet, columnist, storyteller and educator who writes under the professional name of Fabu. Madison Poet Laureate (2008-2012), she is an award winning poet of 7 books and a PhD student in African Women’s Studies, University of Nairobi.
Affiliations: School of Medicine and Pubic Health, African Women’s Studies Centre, University of Nairobi, Kenya
Lilada Gee is an artist, inspirational speaker, ordained minister, author, mother and founder of the non-profit organization “Defending Black Girlhood” ’, based in Madison, Wisconsin. Lilada, who was sexually abused at a very tender age, suffered after effects like; low self-esteem and clinical depression, while growing up as a child. This made her very sensitive to the impact of trauma on sexually abused victims. Her experience ignited an unending passion within her to help other sexual abuse victims heal from their trauma, by sharing her work in groups, in a book and on stage. She uses her book “I Can’t Live Like This Anymore!” as a powerful tool to help victims take back their lives from secrets and shame. This book is based on her personal story and the steps she took to overcome her trauma.
Working in the fields of education and social service for over 30 years has created a strong foundation upon which she has built her life’s work. She seeks to create awareness and spark action in people through articles, workshops, presentation and one-on-one life coaching and her podcast, “Defending Black Girlhood”, in Wisconsin and all over the globe.
Lilada has received local and national awards for her healing and advocacy work—including the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, the Titans of Industry Award from Madison Magazine and the National Unsang Hero Award in Washington D. C. from the Investigation Discovery Channel and the National Network to End Violence, for her work to stop violence against girls and women.
Lilada travels internationally organizing programs for victims of sexual abuse, trafficking, prostitution and abusive relationships. She has been of help to thousands of girls and women all over the world.