Vision:To cultivate a space where wellness is redefined by centering Black Women Physicians.
Mission: To champion wellness in Black Women Physicians across all medical specialities by providing tools that encourage networking, foster leadership, provide career advancement, stimulate scholarly activity, create pipelines, and celebrate wellness.
Christine Platt is a modern-day renaissance woman also known as The Afrominimalist. She holds a B.A. in Africana Studies, M.A. in African-American Studies, and J.D. in General Law. An award-winning author of over two dozen literary works, Christine’s most recent book, The Afrominimalist’s Guide to Living with Less, is a radical re-envisioning of minimalism that focuses on authenticity over aesthetics.
Now more than ever, it is important to engage in and focus on radical self-care which includes making a home a sanctuary—a place to unplug, rest, recharge, re-center, and recommit to our priorities and purpose. Now more than ever, it is important that our homes are filled only with those things that are necessary to sustain us, bring us joy. Scents that are uplifting. Colors that calm and motivate. Objects and trinkets that remind us of who we are, what our ancestors overcame, and what we want our loved ones to inherit. Now is the time to cultivate your home and life with intention.
Dr. Latifat is a practicing Gastroenterologist. She is also a money coach and mother of three. As a physician, her primary goal was to provide direct care for her patients. Over the course of her clinical training, she became aware of the high incidence of burnout amongst physicians. Her goal was to prevent her own burnout through financial freedom. However, as she achieved this for herself, she is convinced that financial freedom is an anti-burnout tool for physicians. Especially as a woman of color, she is a firm believer that there is no empowerment without financial empowerment. She created the Money Coaching School for badass women physicians where she helps women physicians learn to master personal finance and wealth-building so they can live life and practice medicine on their own terms. She is also the host of The MoneyFitMD podcast where she talks about all things money and mindset.
Dawn E. Norvell is a visionary business leader with a proven track record of success. She delivers business results through strong P&L management, complex deal negotiations, people development and sound business strategy. Her experiences are varied marked by her management roles in marketing, sales and merchandising functions within Retail, Consumer Packaged Goods and Advertising industries. She’s been recognized and celebrated by various awards bestowed to her. Most notably among them are Walmart’s Merchandising Excellence Impact Award and the Risk Thinking Award. Additionally, she was featured in the Essence Magazine article “Pretty Powerful, Black Women Beauty Executives Changing the Beauty Industry” (2019). She earned an MBA from Olin School of Busines at Washington University in St. Louis. She is an Ohio native but currently resides in Bentonville, AR with her husband, Michael. The couple have two daughters, Morgan and Simone.
DJ, wellness director, and mental health advocate, Tiff McFierce has a career spanning two decades in music, and is the first woman and Black woman musical director and DJ in the NBA, WNBA, & the world's most famous arena, Madison Square Garden for the NY Knicks, as well as being a changemaker and sought-after staple in the industries of music, mental health & wellness. Tiff's wellness brand, Look IN is a restorative community for Black Womxn to awaken & support inner healing, health, joy, and creativity through their powerful pillars of Music, Movement & Meditation. Tiff McFierce & Look IN have curated experiential events, panels and offerings all over the nation, with global attendees virtually for conversation, community and self care.
Vision: To cultivate a space where wellness is redefined by centering Black Women Physicians.
Mission: To champion wellness in Black Women Physicians across all medical specialties by providing tools that encourage networking, foster leadership, provide career advancement, stimulate scholarly activity, create pipelines, and celebrate wellness.
Grant support is provided by Women’s Wellness through Equity and Leadership and the Physicians Foundation.
Dr. Nicole Christian-Brathwaite, MD is a Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. She is Founder and CEO of Well Minds Psychiatry and Consulting Company, PLLC. She is Senior Vice President and Medical Director for AtHome and Scheduled Care at Array Behavioral Care, the leading and largest telepsychiatry service provider in the US. She is a member of the Board of Directors for New England Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Families for Depression Awareness. She is a nationally recognized expert on trauma, the impact of racism on mental health, developing trauma-in
Dr Xenia Bhembe is a Double Board Certified senior psychiatrist in the Boston area with over twenty years in clinical practice. She is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and currently serves as the Director of Behavioral Health at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center. Dr Bhembe is also the founder of a nonprofit organization, The Race Recovery Project - a community based initiative to aid Black Americans to combat the internalized effects of anti-black racism.
Janine Adjo, MD has long been recognized as a leader within the national community of women physicians and as a teacher and mentor.
Dr. Adjo is Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at SBH Health System, a community hospital that treats an underserved population in the South/Central Bronx. St. Barnabas Hospital, flagship of the SBH Health System, serves a community with one of the highest rates of diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and obesity in the country.
Dr. Adjo has played a key role in the Women Leadership Initiative, focusing on Wellness, Equity and Leadership. She is a 2019 recipient of the Inspiration Award by the American Medical Association, the 2020 Women’s History Month Change Agent and the 2021 Ronald Ciubotaru Physician to Physician Award. As program director of her hospital’s pediatric residency program, she has received both Teacher of the Year and Excellence in Teaching, Mentorship and Leadership awards.
A graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center at Brooklyn, Dr. Adjo did her pediatric training at NYU Medical Center. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Washington University of St. Louis. She is an associate professor of pediatrics at the City University of New York School of Medicine and an associate professor of pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr. Adjo has practiced general pediatrics for 19 years. In addition to her present role as department chair, she continues to serve as director of the hospital’s pediatric residency program, training residents to be the dynamic and innovative pediatricians of tomorrow. She has also played an active role in the community, working to decrease the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages in obese children and developing career days for young patients and programs like the “Academic Challenge,” which encouraged pediatric patients to achieve academic success.
She currently sits on an advisory board for the NYC DOH, offering counsel to the New York City Chief Medical Officer in the care of children and adolescents.
Dr. Adjo has led many clinical research initiatives that revolve around the health and well-being of children and their caregivers. Her goal is to provide quality and evidenced-based care to children in underserved and under resourced communities.
Dr. Marie-Elizabeth Ramas is a family physician activist with over a decade of experience practicing full scope family medicine with obstetrics in both rural and urban settings. She joined Aledade in 2021 as Regional Medical Director for NJ, NY, New England and NC CHC markets.
Dr. Ramas is an avid advocate for high quality, affordable care for all, focusing on how disparities interface between the patient wellness experience and public health. She began her career in organized medicine as the New Physician member on the National Board of Directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians 2015, and currently serves as president-elect of the NH Academy of Family Physicians. She delights in supporting clinicians from diverse practice settings to best serve the almost 80,000 patients they serve through Aledade. Through partnership, trust-building and strategic guidance, she commits to creating a safe space where peer-to-peer accountability can promote excellence in performance, patient care and practice culture. She continues to practice integrated primary in a community-based setting in NH.
Dr. Ramas launched Medrizon Consulting as a conduit to promote, what she calls, the foundational health through wellness and equity. Whether it is healthy individuals, organizations or systems of care, health begins with embracing these principles. Her writings have been featured in the American Academy of Family Physicians, as well as the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has been featured in both mainstream and news syndications, in the US and abroad speaking on the interface of public health on individual experiences. Her vision is to motivate, inspire and transform others by reframing equity within a relational context.
In addition to her role in Aledade, she serves on the AAFP Commission of Health of the Public and Science, the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant and Maternal Mortality with the US Department of Health and Human Services and is a regular contributor to both local and national media outlets, including BNC and Yahoo! Finance. Twitter: @docramas
Dr. Adebisi (Bisi) Alli is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician and quality improvement and patient safety expert as a LEAN Six Sigma Black Belt. As a primary care physician of nearly a decade, she has extensive experience in individual and institutional engagement to optimize patient outcomes. She is passionate about safe, equitable, and preventative healthcare for patients and anticipates dual board certification in Lifestyle Medicine this year funded by a HEAL scholarship. She will launch her related business this year.
Formerly, she was an Assistant Professor for the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, Consultant for the Division of Women’s Health Internal Medicine, faculty for the Quality Academy, as well as course co-director for the inaugural I-DARE course for medical students and faculty.
Following her chief resident year, she served as medical director for the residency clinic she launched through the Phoenix VA Healthcare System & Associate Program Director for the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix Internal Medicine Residency Program.
She earned her LEAN Six Sigma Black Belt for the spread of a multi-hospital quality improvement and patient safety education curriculum. This resident-directed and culture-driven program included identification of adverse events/near misses, review of underlying causes, and design of over 130 system-level interventions with significant cost savings and improvement in just and fair culture. This program was recognized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Association of American Medical Colleges, and Joint Commission.
She enjoys consulting for various institutions, including initiatives related to advance care planning, equitable healthcare delivery, and women's health.
She is proud to join the 2022 Board of Directors for the American Medical Women’s Association.
In her downtime, she enjoys Zumba and spending time with her supportive family and friends!
Bridgette L. Jones, MD MS holds a faculty appointment as Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine in the divisions of Allergy/Asthma/Immunology and Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutic Innovation and at Children’s Mercy. She is a clinician scientist with a focus in therapeutics and interventions to improve the lives of children with asthma. She holds funding thru the National Institutes of Health and has also received other extramural and intramural resources to support her work. She is the former medical director of the Children’s Mercy Office of Equity and Diversity where she started the Children’s Mercy Students Training in Academic Research (STAR 2.0) program that she continues to lead. She is the Assistant Academic Dean of Student Affairs at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Nationally, Dr. Jones currently serves as Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Drugs and the immediate past chair of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma Immunology’s Asthma Cough Diagnosis and Treatment Committee. She is an editorial board member of the Journal of Allergy Asthma and Clinical Immunology in Practice. In addition, she serves as a member of the Food and Drug Administration Pediatric Advisory Committee and was appointed by the United States Secretary of Health to serve on the National Institutes of Health Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women. She is wife to Rafiq and mother to Lola and Nora.