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POCHM Monthly Features_Jasmine WestbrooksJasmine Westbrooks

Degree:Nutrition and Dietetics

Current university: Rosalind Franklin University

City: Sebring, FL

Business organizations: EatWell Exchange, Inc. & Wilkins and Westbrooks Nutrition Counseling, LLC

Areas of expertise: Wellness, community nutrition, nutrition education, diabetes education, and weight management

Inspiration for current work: Nutrition blossomed from health problems dominated my family’s life but could have been corrected through preventive diet measures. Working in community nutrition, I was exposed to the lack of nutrition education certain communities had over others. With diabetes and other chronic diseases complicating the lives of family members, nutrition became an interest to educate those who has the same free will to know.

How Jasmine’s work is engaged in addressing health disparities and inequities: My non-profit, EatWell Exchange, strives to offer nutrition education with a focus on culture in low socioeconomic populations and communities. Health disparities, bias and inequalities are a realistic concern in low social economic communities. With EatWell Exchange, we have educated these communities about healthier foods habits will maintaining key cultural based foods that they are accustomed to. With Wilkins and Westbrooks Nutrition Counseling our goal is to offer nutritional services or counseling to flexible individuals who are committed to lifestyle change, quality of life and longevity through nutrition and wellness.

Dr. Melvena Wilson

Dr. Melvena Wilson, is Assistant Professor and Chair of the School of Public Health at POCHM Monthly Features_Melvena WilsonDillard University. Prior to that, she serves as Coordinator of Health Education and Outreach with FAMU Student Health Services, where she coordinates the Health Promotion and Outreach arm of the clinic. Dr. Wilson is an adjunct professor at Florida A & M University and Texas Southern University.

She created the Center for Advocacy and Research on Health Equity, Inc. (CARHE), under which she provides health education and outreach, as well as research on childhood obesity and minority health issues. CARHE is a 501c3 and provides health education, training and advocates for health equity.

Dr. Wilson is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). She received her BS in Health Science Education and Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Florida, and completed her doctorate in Public Health degree (DrPH) at Florida A&M University.

She is certified by the Florida Department of Health to administer HIV Counseling and Testing, is a certified Red Cross CPR trainer and American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) Instructor.

In addition to being the former Assistant Director for the Florida Department of Health – Office of Minority Health, Dr. Wilson is active in the Tallahassee/Leon Community providing outreach and education. She serves on the Leon County Community Health Coordinating Committee. Dr. Wilson is a proud Life Member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.


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