Talk On Health

YWCA Lower Cape Fear Presents Talk On Health

Talk On Health is a new series from YWCA Lower Cape Fear to explore health and wellness topics with experts in specific health and wellness fields.

Each month Talk On Health will bring a panel of experts together to dialogue on communities’ health topics. The goal of this series is to educate, advocate, and empower the community to take charge of their health and work with the systems to close health disparities.

Collaborative Partnership with Wilmington (NC) Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta

Talk On Health DSTYWCA Lower Cape Fear announces its collaborative partnership with Wilmington (NC) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to implement the Talk On Health series. The Talks On Health are intended to provide mental and physical health evidence-based education to the community.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Wilmington (NC) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. We know that collectively we will be able to provide the community with excellent resources, experts, and discussion to promote a sense of security and empowerment when it comes to their health and well-being,” says Velva Jenkins, CEO YWCA Lower Cape Fear.

Meet the Host

Dr. Lekeshia JarrettDr. Lekeshia W. Jarrett, M.D. will host the Talk On Health series. Dr. Jarrett is a Family Medicine Physician with Wilmington Health. She and her family moved to Wilmington from Atlanta three years ago. Dr. Jarrett received her BS in biology at Xavier University of Louisiana and earned her Doctor of Medicine at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in Family Practice and Community Medicine at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Jarrett is board certified in family medicine. She is a member of the Wilmington Chapter of The Links, Inc. and is very excited about the opportunity to help educate the community on health topics.

Next Episode: I Don’t Do Doctors: Health Inequities in the LGBTQ Community | Friday, June 18

Talk On Health: I Don’t Do Doctors will take place on Friday, June 18, at noon on YWCA Lower Cape Fear’s Facebook page. The panel discussion is hosted in partnership with Wilmington (NC) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and ZAMI NOBLA: National Organization of Black Lesbians on Aging. The panel discussion will bring awareness to the community about existing health inequities in the LGBTQ community, and share resources and information on finding accessible and unprejudiced healthcare.

  • Mary Anne Adams, MSW, Founder & Executive Director of ZAMI NOBLA (Guest Moderator)
  • Angela Denise Davis, M.Div., M.S, Minister and Creative Director of ZAMI NOBLA
  • Janyce L. Jackson Jones, President of ZAMI NOBLA
  • Stahimili Paulette Mapp, ZAMI NOBLA
  • Mia McDonald, PA
  • Iris F. Rafi, Ph.D., Grady Senior Services

Episode Four, I’m Every Woman: The Many Aspects and Stages of Women’s Health

  • Dr. Lekeshia Jarrett, MD, Family Medicine, Wilmington Health (Host)
  • Dr. Lolita B. Bryant, DNP MSN-NE, RN, New Hanover Regional Medical Center
  • Dr. Imelda Odibo, MD, FACOG, New Hanover Regional Medical Center
  • Dr. Lee Ann Garner, MD, FACOG, Glen Meade Center for Women’s Health

Bonus Episode, Healing Our Communities: Bringing Health to Our Neighbors Now (Medicaid Panel)

  • Jenny Black, Chair NC Council for Women/ CEO and President at Planned Parenthood South Atlantic
  • Michealle Gady., President and CEO, Atromitos Consulting
  • Nicole Dozier, Director Health Advocacy Project, NC Justice Center
  • Dave Richard, Deputy Secretary, NC Medicaid, NC DHHS
  • Velva Jenkins, CEO, YWCA Lower Cape Fear (Panel Host)

Episode Three, Nutrition

  • Dr. Lekeshia Jarrett, MD, Family Medicine, Wilmington Health (Host)
  • April MacAlpine, Ph.D., Founder of General Nutrition Education Services for Minorities
  • Breyana Davis, MPH, CHES, Food and Built Environments Extension Associate, SNAP-Ed Steps to Health, Department of Agricultural and Human Services, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Joanne Pierce, Durham County General Manager of Health and Well-being For All

Episode Two, Cardiovascular Health

  • Dr. Lekeshia Jarrett, MD, Family Medicine, Wilmington Health (Host)
  • Sarah Maurer, RD, LDN, Summerfield Custom Wellness
  • Chelsa Stubbs, MSN, RN, NHRMC, Clinical Nursing Staff, School of Nursing, UNCW
  • Ashley Miller, Director, Cape Fear American Heart Association
  • Dr. Udoaku E. Lintula, MD, Internal Medicine Hospitalist, NHRMC

Episode One, Covid-19 Vaccines

  • Dr. Lekeshia Jarrett, MD, Family Medicine, Wilmington Health (Host)
  • Dr. Latonya Beatty, MD, Family Medicine, MedNorth
  • Evelyn Bryant, Community Leader, Activist, Mother, Mentor