Registration Virtual Adjust Workshop is Open!
June 7-9th and 21st, 1-5PM EST

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You must attend all four sessions. If the workshop is full you will be notified and added to our waitlist.
Have Questions? Please email all inquiries to equityinaction@mphi.org

Experienced co-facilitators lead these dialogue-based sessions. The workshop illuminates how racism, classism, and other types of oppression are root causes of health inequity and introduces strategies to address them. This workshop consists of three consecutive half-day sessions, followed by a fourth day two weeks later.

Over The Four Days, Participants Will:

  • Build a shared vocabulary to advance meaningful dialogue about oppression.
  • Apply equity concepts to real-life scenarios.
  • Explore the meaning and impact of cultural/social identity across groups.
  • Understand the necessity and value of addressing racism and other forms of oppression to reduce health inequities.
  • Identify opportunities to advance equity in our work and personal life.

In facilitating dialogue on subjects that may be uncomfortable for some participants, workshop leaders take great pains to ensure that the point-of-view of the workshop is transparent from the outset. Disagreement with that point-of-view is welcomed and encouraged as part of the process of coming to terms with cultural forces that normally discourage a frank discussion of racism, other types of oppression, and their impact on the public’s health.

This virtual workshop provides a 16-hour personalized experience, spread over four days, with a small cohort, breakout sessions, and interactive exercises. The registration fee is $995 per person.

Meet the Facilitators

headshot of Jannah Bierens a workshop facilitator

Jannah Bierens is a Health Equity Consultant with 18 years of experience in fitness, health promotion, chronic disease prevention/ intervention, and over a decade working in governmental public health. Passionate about Black health disparities research/ trends over the last 20 years and considering the social determinants of health within a historical analysis, Ms. Bierens approaches her work using the principles of justice and equity. Her expertise extends beyond traditional governmental public health practice to include a passion for organizing community collaboration centered in racial justice and collective healing for wellness, transformation and improved life outcomes. She is trained in the Technology of Participation method of facilitation and co-facilitates workshops, provides technical assistance and consultation on content related to racial health equity. Ms. Bierens earned her B.S. in Health Fitness from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, her M.P.H. from Benedictine University with graduate certificates in Health Management & Policy and Health Education & Promotion, and her M.A. in Social Justice and Community Organizing from Prescott College.

Headshot of Elon Geffrard, a workshop facilitator

Elon Geffrard is a Maternal and Infant Health Equity Consultant and birth doula. She entered doula work as a community home visitor with a national infant mortality prevention program. She maintains a private and community-based doula practice that centers Black women and their experiences. Elon has served as project coordinator, statewide speaker and maternal health equity consultant with several public health projects and initiatives. She finds her greatest joys in serving women as they transition into motherhood and the inherent right for all families to experience holistic, quality and respectful care as they welcome new life.   She currently works with the Michigan Prison Doula Initiative serving incarcerated pregnant persons and provides support directly during their labor and birth experience. Since 2018 she’s been a board member for the Michigan Breastfeeding Network. She is the godmother to ten godchildren and curates March reading month nightly Facebook live story time for families called “Auntie Lon’s Story Time.”

headshot of Alison Kolodzy a workshop facilitator

Alison Kolodzy is a Health Equity Consultant with over a decade of experience working in community-led programs, focusing on access to education and empowerment-based advocacy. She has coordinated projects with stakeholders around community education and improving access to services for people with disabilities.  She has an interdisciplinary social science background that includes research methods, curriculum design, experiential learning, faculty development, and teaching and research expertise in women’s, gender, and migration history as well as second language acquisition. While at Michigan State University, Alison developed and lead experiential learning and research programs in New Zealand and Europe. She earned a B.A. in English and History from Michigan State University, and an M.A. in History from University College Dublin.