Lakeshia Brown is a public health educator leveraging 15 years of experience in program planning, community outreach, collaboration, formative evaluation and strategic planning. Lakeshia has a passion for creating health literate materials for the consumer. She has experience with health education program evaluation, community health needs assessments, maternal and child health concerns and patient centered care.
Her work experience ranges from providing patient education in a hospital setting to community outreach and public health education in the non-profit sector to working with elected officials to advocate for policy change to teaching. Lakeshia also has experience with emergency preparedness efforts.
Lakeshia is an award winning certified health education specialist (CHES®) and is also credentialed as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS). Lakeshia holds a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Masters of Public Health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, in Fort Worth, TX. She is a member of Texas Society of Public Health Educators (TSOPHE), Texas Public Health Association (TPHA) and Cancer Patient Education Network (CPEN).
Lakeshia is a native Houstonian who enjoys traveling with her husband, cooking, completing DIY projects and learning to sew.
Salimah El-Amin Witherspoon DrPH, MPHConsultant
Dr. Salimah El-Amin Witherspoon has over 15 years of experience as a public health practitioner. She has served as an adjunct, assistant professor, researcher, evaluator, health educator, curriculum specialist, mentor, consultant and grant manager. She began her career in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania serving as a sexual health educator for the first high school STD screening program in country. She has published scholarly research and presented nationally on black infant mortality, HIV/AIDS and STD prevention, obesity and sexual health.
Currently she researches how health care providers talk to patients about sexual health and culturally competent LGTBQ sexual health assessments. Dr. El-Amin Witherspoon has served as Principal Investigator on NIH and foundation grants. Recently she served as the program administrator on an NSF grant- Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics (DITE).
Dr. El-Amin Witherspoon has served as a Faculty Affiliate and Senior Research Associate at the Samuel Dubois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, Assistant Professor of Public Health at Simmons University and Doctoral Mentor at Capella University. Dr. El-Amin Witherspoon research interests include sexual health, HIV/STD prevention, sexual gender minority health, health disparities, obesity, infant mortality and health literacy.
Mandy Hill, DrPH, MPHPrincipal Consultant
Dr. Mandy Hill brings a wealth of academic experience in the design, development, and implementation of behavioral science. She has a documented history of advancing a prevention-based public health agenda. Dr. Hill’s expertise includes capacity building, needs assessments, feasibility testing, pilot study design, randomized clinical trial development and implementation, and program evaluation. Over a 15 year period, she created and refined and effective style for building interdisciplinary teams to develop proposals that examine facilitators and barriers to sustainable health among vulnerable populations in the United States. She consistently provides executive leadership and analytical direction throughout all stages of the program implementation process, including hypothesis generation and testing, focus group moderation, rigorous analysis of findings and the final presentation of ideas. Recently, she is procuring a niche area in consulting with guiding writers on drafting and editing scholarly manuscripts as well as developing and writing grant applications that address racial and ethnic disparities.