M. Miaisha Mitchell is Greater Frenchtown Revitalization Council’s Executive Director and co- founder of Tallahassee Food Network’s iGrow program in the Frenchtown Area. Ms. Mitchell has a history of:
For more than four decades she has worked in diverse communities to address, diabetes, cancer and obesity among African American and Latino families who suffer most from the disparities and inequities in healthcare. Those joint efforts led to two funding cycles from the National Science Foundation for Summer Ethnographic Field School; two grants from the USDA for Building the Consumer Base: Supporting the Farmers Market Solution to Food Deserts, Childhood Obesity Prevention Education (COPE) Coalition received legacy funding from the Florida Blue Foundation in collaboration with Florida A&M University and 50+ partners to increase food access, nutrition education and youth health leadership. More recently, The Maternal Child Health Equity Collaborative and sharing interdisciplinary work and mentorship experiences with anthropology, public health and social work students has been of key interest.
Her ongoing desire is to influence policies that address healthy behaviors, health literacy, health equity, and racial disparities. She is especially interested in collaborative efforts to address Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, maternal child health, homelessness, substance use, breast cancer, infant mortality, obesity, eldercare, violence against women, affordable housing and access to nutritious food/food insecurity and youth health leadership.
She and her partners were invited to contribute to a special issue of Practicing Anthropology Journal Integrating Methods Training and Community-Based Participatory Research: Lessons from the Ethnographic Field School in Tallahassee, Florida published in October 2015.
She has been the recipient of several awards including:
August 2016 Board of Commissioners Salute for years of dedicated service to the Tallahassee Housing Authority
April 2016 National Public Health Week, Future Public Health Professionals for time, expertise and service
March 2016 Oasis Center for Women and Girls Trailblazer Award
December 2015 Tallahassee Woman Magazine: Women of Wisdom
September 2015 Governor and Volunteer Florida Champion of Service Award
August 2015 Martin Luther King Foundation Humanitarian Award
April 2014 Rueben Askew Leadership Award for Community Service, Tallahassee, FL
January 2010 Tallahassee Community College’s Cherry Hall Alexander African American History Month Calendar in celebration, “Economic Empowerment and the African-American Experience” significant contributions in Leon and surrounding counties.
March 2007 Women’s History Month Award Recipient in Health, Tallahassee Community College
May 2006 Outstanding Volunteer Service Award, Capital Area Healthy Start Program, Tallahassee, FL January 2006 National Forum on Black Service Administrators: Public Service Health Award, Tallahassee, FL
March 2005 Woman of the Year in Health, Stork’s Nest of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Tallahassee, FL
February 2002 Florida Medical Quality Assurance, Inc. extended partner appreciation working to empower members of Tallahassee’s African American community Knowledge is Power Initiative to take control of diabetes.
March 2002 National Hook Up of Black Women, Gold Star Honoree for Health, Tallahassee, FL
May 1995 Florida A&M University, Health Care Management Association: for Outstanding and Dedicated Service to the Improvement of Minority Health and the Establishment of the Florida Commission on Minority Health.
April 1994 Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health, Award for the Establishment and Work of the Florida Commission on Minority Health, Washington, D.C.
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