Dear Dr. (All Lives Matter) – #BLM Guest Video Post

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Video by Trinity C. Johnson (Bio and pic below)


Trinity C Johnson, MPH, was raised in Atmore, AL. She holds a BA in Psychology from Stetson University, and a MPH from Rollins College. While pursuing her MPH she taught middle school math for two years with Teach for America in Orlando, FL. She is currently a second year PhD student at the University of Central Florida studying Integrative Anthropological Science with a concentration in medical anthropology. Her research has a specific concentration of maternal health access for Black women in rural America. She plans to complete her dissertation in her hometown of Atmore and in Birmingham, AL through completing an ethnographic study on healthcare utilization and comparing healthcare infrastructure of the cities. Along with her academic work, she is a diversity, equity and inclusion expert. She has created and facilitated DEI trainings for 3 years professionally.

Note from Karen: Trinity and I discussed potential risks of putting this content online and she confirmed her commitment.

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Dear Dr. (All Lives Matter) – #BLM Guest Video Post — 1 Comment

  1. Your intelligence and bravery never cease to amaze me. There are not enough appropriate words to express how sorry I am that this happened to you while in the program, or any program (or that it is a reality for many). I am a better person because I know you and will do everything that I can to make our field (and our world) better.

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