“Minds Matter Harrisburg” Workshop Kick’s Off the New Year

Black Girl Health Foundation has partnered with the Dauphin County Library System and National Network of Libraries of Medicine to present “Minds Matter Harrisburg” on Saturday, January 23 from 11:00 am until 4:30 pm.

The day-long virtual workshop will feature opening remarks and six mental health-related sessions led by expert panelists with the intention to educate and empower African American women on mental health.

11:00 am: Kick-off
Opening remarks from Porcha Johnson, Executive Director of BGH Foundation; Lynette Chappell-Williams, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Penn State Health; Tina L. Nixon, Vice President, Mission Effectiveness and Chief Diversity Officer at PinnacleHealth Hospitals; and Karen Cullings, Executive Director of the Dauphin County Library System.

11:20 am: Building Mental Strength with Pilates
Ava Adames, Pilates Instructor, will discuss and demonstrate how to heal mind and body with an introductory Pilates course.

12:10 pm: Put Your Money Where your Mind Is
Ericka Neville, Financial Literacy Consultant, will discuss how to control expenses to free up disposable income.

1:00 pm: Young Minds Matter
Maya Penn, Entrepreneur and Local Youth Advocate, will discuss self-esteem and cognitive therapy through group talk.

1:50 pm: BLM Panel Discussion: Bridging the Racial Divide
Panelists will discuss ways to maintain mental health while being black in America. Topics include injustice, racial trauma, and pandemic stress. Panelists are Reverend Brenda Alton, City Councilwoman Danielle L. Bowers, Dr. Latesha Thompson, and Tyra Garner.

2:55 pm: Beating Depression Naturally
Dr. Julissa Hernandez, BCND, ND, CNHP, will discuss natural approaches to coping with anxiety and depression.

3:45 pm: Nourish Your Mind
Lauren C. Wells, Holistic Health and Fitness Coach, will discuss foods that are beneficial to cognitive health, balancing hormones, and reducing stress.

Registration is required. Learn more about the panelists and register for the workshop by visiting and selecting “Minds Matter Harrisburg” from the “Upcoming Events” menu.


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