Jessica Brown has served in the public health field for over 10 years and has gained experience in health program development and management. She has served in both the government and private sector of public health and developed her own non profit called the Encouraging Life Organization (ELO). As the founder and director of the ELO, her focus is to coordinate community outreach initiatives and build community partnerships to combat with sexual and reproductive disparities. As director of ELO, Ms. Brown is responsible for collaborating with health organizations such as Planned Parenthood and CARES Community Clinic to disseminate sexual and reproductive health information to underserved communities. In addition, Ms.. Brown has extensive knowledge in HIV prevention and treatment. She has development trainings and conducted workshops for the Black AIDS Institute on HIV prevention and treatment topics such as Biomedical Interventions, HIV Treatment Strategies, Social Determinants of Health, Current HIV Research Direction, and the Science of HIV. She is also certified by the California Department of Public Health as a HIV Counselor and Tester and is well versed in addressing social, cultural, and environmental determinants that contribute to HIV disparities among African and Latino Americans. received her master’s degree in Public Health at San Jose State University, where she is developed a program proposal for an intervention to reduce chlamydia and gonorrhea rates among African American women, ages 15-25 in Sacramento County. She currently serves as the Manager of Training and Workforce Development for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Population Health Division, Center for Learning and Innovation. Lastly, she is one of the founders of the Black Women's Health & Wellness Conference (BWHWC), where her mission is to help Black Women prioritize their health and wellness. For more information about the BWHWC, please visit bwhwc.org
Jaynia is a health educator with Encouraging Life Organization, her background is in biology and public health. Jaynia’s passion for reproductive health and health equity was sparked when she served as a volunteer health educator with a women’s clinic in San Francisco, CA providing reproductive health education to uninsured and low income women. This work inspired her to pursue a Master of Public Health degree focused on epidemiology and maternal and child health. Jaynia’s work in reproductive public health has involved health education, research, and advocacy work. In addition to her health education work with ELO, Jaynia is currently an Epidemiologist for the California Department of Public Health focused on injury and violence prevention.
Lilly has a passion for reproductive justice and is an advocate for eliminating health disparities based on race, ethnicity, gender identity, immigration status, insurance type and income. Currently, she is a Project Manager at Sacramento Covered to implement Pathways to Health and Home, a Medicaid pilot project to improve health outcomes for people experiencing homelessness. Prior to this position, Lilly completed her practicum with the California Department of Public Health's Oral Health Program and she worked as a methadone counselor in Monterey County. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Women's and Gender Studies, Spanish, and Psychology from Sonoma State University, a Master of Public Health from University of California Davis, and a sexual health educator training certification from San Francisco Sex Information. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with family and friends, volunteering and traveling.