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Letting Go of Superwoman: Self-Care for Women of Color

with Maiya Lanae Evans

In her 1988 memoir, A Burst of Light, Audrey Lorde wrote, “caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” This presentation will uncover the unique health challenges that women of color experience, look at how the “superwoman” mentality can be harmful to their health, and discover ways to expand the conversation around mental health.

Maiya Lanae is a health educator, entrepreneur, and consultant. She currently teaches courses in public and holistic health at San Francisco State University and Skyline College, and is a 2020-2021 EPIC fellow at Stanford University. In addition, Maiya is a lead facilitator for the anti-racism organization, The Mosaic Project. She also hosts a health and wellness podcast called The Hey Girl Health Show, which focuses on health and wellness issues that impact women of color and their communities.

heygirlhealth.com
IG: @heygirlhealth
heygirlhealth@gmail.com
Click here to take the class

Letting Go of Superwoman: Self-Care for Women of Color

with Maiya Lanae Evans

In her 1988 memoir, A Burst of Light, Audrey Lorde wrote, “caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” This presentation will uncover the unique health challenges that women of color experience, look at how the “superwoman” mentality can be harmful to their health, and discover ways to expand the conversation around mental health.

Maiya Lanae is a health educator, entrepreneur, and consultant. She currently teaches courses in public and holistic health at San Francisco State University and Skyline College, and is a 2020-2021 EPIC fellow at Stanford University. In addition, Maiya is a lead facilitator for the anti-racism organization, The Mosaic Project. She also hosts a health and wellness podcast called The Hey Girl Health Show, which focuses on health and wellness issues that impact women of color and their communities.

heygirlhealth.com
IG: @heygirlhealth
heygirlhealth@gmail.com
Click here to take the class

What is the
Black Health Matters Initiative?​

Black Health Matters Initiative promotes equity through a network of community trust, advocacy, and collaboration to improve the quality of life for Black residents in SC County.
COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting Black communities all over the country. The same is true right here in Santa Cruz County. To this end, TWDCC has teamed up with County Park Friends to bring COVID- safe, TWDCC “click and mortar” classes, cultural programs and health resources to county park spaces. We have partnered with an advisory group of local organizations; the NAACP local SC chapter, United Way of SC County, Blended Bridges, and the SCC Black Coalition for Racial Justice and Equity to help guide our work and reach our community countywide.

We lead this effort through the arts and culture, which speak to the tradition of gathering, of sharing, and our human need to have fresh air, community, and joy at the heart of a healthy life. In addition to being high-risk for COVID-19 infection, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reports serious and negative effects “across different areas of [Black] people’s lives, including...with household finances, jobs, health care, housing, transportation, caregiving, and well-being.”

TWDCC’s Black Health Matters Initiative focuses needed attention and community partnership to address the social determinants of health in our local Black community. Inviting folks outside into our beautiful county parks, with COVID-safe models, can be done. "What better way to support the community than through art-based, healthy activities together in the park?” says Cat Willis, Executive Director of the Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center (TWDCC).

“Our Parks and public spaces offer a canvas for COVID-safe health and healing during this difficult time. Together we can forge a future for our new normal that centers equity and builds from strength,” adds Mariah Roberts, Executive Director of County Park Friends.

Although this initiative is just beginning, establishing an ongoing arts and health driven platform of services and resources for Black SC families to access throughout the pandemic is our priority. We know that the work that we do to support families and individuals who are most vulnerable strengthens all of us and ensures our whole community is not just surviving, but thriving.

BHM Community
Assessment Project

Black Health Matters Initiative Call to Action: Survey Participation

Black Health Matters Initiative facilitates an arts and health driven platform of services and resources for Black SC families to access throughout the pandemic.

One factor that we have yet to touch on however, is the parallel goal of gathering information and feedback from the community to fill the gap‘s that are abundant in county data. Did you know that the Black community in Santa Cruz County was recently classified as "Other" in census reports? Based on the small population of Black and mixed families in SCC, the data collected to represent the realities and needs of the community is simply not enough. To this end, the Initiative is working in partnership with United Way SCC to conduct a community assessment that will examine the quality of life for African Americans in Santa Cruz County.

We ask that you join us in our efforts to address the impacts of COVID-19 on the Black Community by participating in the first survey of the assessment. The survey link is listed below. For your participation, your email will be included in a raffle to win 1 of 10 $50 Visa cash cards. Winners will be announced via direct contact in the coming weeks.

Plus One Campaign! This email is our soft/internal launch of the community assessment project. We go live tomorrow on our website and will have a link for public access. In an effort to gather as much data as we can during the assessment period, we ask that all participants join us in our plus one campaign - please invite, share, and spread the link within your circles and help us reach twice as many community members.

In Community,
The Black Health Matters Advisory Team
Take the survey HERE

Making the Invisible Visible

Santa Cruz County Black/ African American Health Snapshot
The BHM Initiative is proud to partner with United Way, Community Assessment Project on this critical centering of Black/African American experience of Santa Cruz County. We are thrilled at this next step in our work for the community and at the opportunity to partner with Applied Survey Research to push the impact of the initiative to the next level.
A huge thank you to all of our partners and advisors that have been vital in the process.
Click here to read the full
Community Highlight Report

What is the
Black Health Matters Initiative?​

COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting Black communities all over the country. The same is true right here in Santa Cruz County. To this end, TWDCC has teamed up with County Park Friends to bring COVID- safe, TWDCC “click and mortar” classes, cultural programs and health resources to county park spaces. We have partnered with an advisory group of local organizations; the NAACP local SC chapter, United Way of SC County, Blended Bridges, and the SCC Black Coalition for Racial Justice and Equity to help guide our work and reach our community countywide.

We lead this effort through the arts and culture, which speak to the tradition of gathering, of sharing, and our human need to have fresh air, community, and joy at the heart of a healthy life. In addition to being high-risk for COVID-19 infection, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reports serious and negative effects “across different areas of [Black] people’s lives, including...with household finances, jobs, health care, housing, transportation, caregiving, and well-being.”

TWDCC’s Black Health Matters Initiative focuses needed attention and community partnership to address the social determinants of health in our local Black community. Inviting folks outside into our beautiful county parks, with COVID-safe models, can be done. "What better way to support the community than through art-based, healthy activities together in the park?” says Cat Willis, Executive Director of the Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center (TWDCC).

“Our Parks and public spaces offer a canvas for COVID-safe health and healing during this difficult time. Together we can forge a future for our new normal that centers equity and builds from strength,” adds Mariah Roberts, Executive Director of County Park Friends.

Although this initiative is just beginning, establishing an ongoing arts and health driven platform of services and resources for Black SC families to access throughout the pandemic is our priority. We know that the work that we do to support families and individuals who are most vulnerable strengthens all of us and ensures our whole community is not just surviving, but thriving.

BHM
Community Assessment Project

Black Health Matters Initiative Call to Action: Survey Participation

As attendees and supporters of the Black Health Matters Initiative, you are aware of the leading mission of the work: to facilitate an arts and health driven platform of services and resources for Black SC families to access throughout the pandemic.

One factor that we have yet to touch on however, is the parallel goal of gathering information and feedback from the community to fill the gap‘s that are abundant in county data. Did you know that the Black community in Santa Cruz County was recently classified as "Other" in census reports? Based on the small population of Black and mixed families in SCC, the data collected to represent the realities and needs of the community is simply not enough. To this end, the Initiative is working in partnership with United Way SCC to conduct a community assessment that will examine the quality of life for African Americans in Santa Cruz County.

We ask that you join us in our efforts to address the impacts of COVID-19 on the Black Community by participating in the first survey of the assessment. The survey link is listed below.

For your participation, your email will be included in a raffle to win 1 of 10 $50 Visa cash cards. Winners will be announced via direct contact in the coming weeks.

Plus One Campaign! This email is our soft/internal launch of the community assessment project. We go live tomorrow on our website and will have a link for public access. In an effort to gather as much data as we can during the assessment period, we ask that all participants join us in our plus one campaign - please invite, share, and spread the link within your circles and help us reach twice as many community members.

Thank you for joining the first of our Black Health Matters events and for taking the time to fill out the survey questions. Your support and input is greatly appreciated.

In Community,
The Black Health Matters Advisory Team
Take the survey HERE

Making the Invisible Visible

Santa Cruz County Black/ African American Health Snapshot
The BHM Initiative is proud to partner with United Way, Community Assessment Project on this critical centering of Black/African American experience of Santa Cruz County. We are thrilled at this next step in our work for the community and at the opportunity to partner with Applied Survey Research to push the impact of the initiative to the next level.
A huge thank you to all of our partners and advisors that have been vital in the process.
Click here to read the full
Community Highlight Report

Announcements

Youth Opportunity

Ms. Brenda Griffin, NAACP Santa Cruz, would like to share this vital information to our parents of high school seniors.

The Visa Black Scholars and Jobs Program, in partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), is a new program designed for college-bound Black and African American students in the United States. Eligible high school seniors applying or intending to enroll as a full-time undergraduate in any four-year accredited college or university in the U.S. can receive a needs-based scholarship grant of up to $20,000/year. Scholars who continue to meet the criteria, remain in good standing and maintain a minimum of 3.0 GPA will be eligible for annual renewals. Upon graduation, all scholarship recipients who have met their commitments will be guaranteed a full-time job with Visa. The establishment of this program is aligned with Visa’s commitment to cultivate an inclusive and diverse workplace that supports the development and advancement of all.

African American Theater Arts Troupe at
UC Santa Cruz

Honoring Our Roots, Uplifting Black Voices

You are cordially invited to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the African American Theater Arts Troupe

This online gala will feature national leaders of Black theater, including Woodie King, Jr., playwrights, alumni, and representatives of the Black Theater Network. The African American Theater Arts Troupe (AATAT) community would be honored to have your presence.

AATAT is the only student African American theater troupe in the UC system. For thirty years, AATAT has produced outstanding performances for the campus, local communities, and high schools throughout California. Equally important is the unique place created by AATAT where African American students of all majors connect with their histories and find their voices.

UCSC's
37th Annual MLK Jr. Convocation

February 12th
5:30PM PST

The 37th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation with Mariame Kaba in Conversation with Gina Dent, Associate Professor, Feminist Studies

Mariame Kaba is an organizer, educator, curator, and prison industrial complex (PIC) abolitionist who is active in movements for racial, gender, and transformative justice. Kaba is the founder and director of Project NIA, a grassroots abolitionist organization with a vision to end youth incarceration. Mariame Kaba will present her keynote followed by a conversation with Gina Dent, Associate Professor, Feminist Studies.

The annual convocation celebrates the life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by presenting speakers who discuss the civil rights issues of equality, freedom, justice, and opportunity. The convocation also seeks to build partnerships and develop dialogue within the campus community and with the local communities served by the university.

Virtual Conversation:
Heather McGee & Alicia Garza

February 24th
4PM PST

Heather McGee in conversation with Alicia Garza: The Sum of Us

Featured live soloists are Leberta Lorál (rescheduled from December 12), Soprano, and Diane Syrcle, Soprano, both supported by Kate Alm, piano. Rich in music by women , especially women of color, this program also features Robert Schumann's song cycle: The Life and Love of a Woman. Mostly classical, the concert has a treasure from Holly Near : 'Simply Love'. Musical Soulmates again lovingly welcomes Danusha Laméris, former Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz, contributing prerecorded video of her poems. Additionally,Musical Soulmates is absolutely thrilled to welcome Victoria Theodore: past pianist for Stevie Wonder, current pianist for Beyoncé, singer, songwriter, director: top tier musician. Her contribution to our livestream, also prerecorded, will be her performance, just for us, of classical music by a Black woman composer and she will speak to her experience growing up as a Black Classical artist.

The unmasked musicians performing live at Calvary Episcopal Church for this livestream will have tested negative for COVID within days of this event; all live participants will have quarantined specifically for this live event.

Musical Soulmates: Simply Love

February 27th
5PM PST

Musical Soulmates presents a gorgeous and intimate livestream: classical art songs, poetry, and solo piano; much music by Black composers.

Bookshop Santa Cruz, in partnership with The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz, Marcus Books, and the NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch, present author Heather McGhee in conversation with Alicia Garza, Principal at Black Futures Lab and co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter. McGhee's new book, The Sum of Us, is a powerful exploration about the self-destructive bargain of white supremacy and its rising cost to all of us—including white people—from one of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers.

The Sum of Us is a brilliant analysis of how we arrived here: divided and self-destructing, still the richest country in the world, but spiritually starved and vastly unequal. At the heart of the book are the humble stories of Americans yearning to be a part of a better America, including white supremacy’s collateral victims: white people themselves. With startling empathy, this heartfelt message from a Black woman to a multiracial America leaves us with a vision for the future of our country—one whose population has ties to every place on the globe—where we finally realize that life can be so much more than zero-sum.

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