Wenonah Valentine | NAWBO

Wenonah Valentine

Wenonah Valentine

iDREAM for Racial Health Equity, a project of Community Partners

The mission of iDREAM for Racial Health Equity, a fiscally-sponsored community-based organization is committed to equipping millennial and community health advocate leaders to understand the social, cultural, economic and environmental impact on the health outcomes of mothers and babies throughout the life course. Our storied mission since 1994 stands on building a pipeline of 1,500+ inter-disciplinary "head and heart" professionals focused on coaching and skill-building Founder of iDREAM, I stand out as a health equity social entrepreneur and brought innovation to raising awareness and advocacy through digital media collaborations and health literacy campaigns aligned with Healthy People 2020 and 2030 national goals.

How can you help other NAWBO-LA members?

The birth equity movement is all about advocating for mothers to have the best birthing experiences. What you need to know that Black college graduates have worse birth outcomes than White women who did not complete high school. That means early career professionals to the C-Suite to entrepreneurs and small business owners will hire and have Black colleagues whose education and income are not protective factors from implicit bias and structural racism around maternal and infant health.#1 Commit to diversity and inclusion policies with accountability for mothers to thrive in the workplace. #2 Commit to have secure and secluded lactation rooms for breastfeeding moms who return to the workforce. #3 Provide a culture for health and wellness practices and work-life effectiveness. #4 Commit to be up-to-date on the laws pertaining to paid family leave for pregnant and parenting as well as for care giving. The millennial-age workforce are the target demographic for preterm births and low birth weight babies, the leading causes of infant deaths. In the State of California, Black women are 52% more likely to deliver a preterm or low birth weight baby, due in part to the hidden triggers of stress and racism.
iDREAM for Racial Health Equity holds California institutional memory, organizational history and lived experience around Black maternal health and birth outcomes and stands out as a community-based influencer on the national, state, regional, county and local organizational level.

What has been some keys to your success?

The iDREAM brand was birthed from the Fall 2010 Pepperdine University student consultants offered re-branding as the succession plan for continued inter-generational advocacy and action. In Fall 2014, our 14th student consulting team continues the tradition of providing solutions to business challenges with a deliverable for the 2019 calendar year. Teaming up with 10 inter-disciplinary faculty research in California, Florida and Nebraska provided a national presence with community research and public speaking. Since 2017, our team of subject matter experts headlined conference plenary sessions Maternal Mental Health-Now and keynoted for Breastfeed LA conferences. Within the State of California, we presented at the Association of Black Psychologists in Oakland, CA and the University of California, Santa Barbara. And I continue to have a local presence in the classroom as a community guest speaker with public and private universities.

What's something you would like others to know about you or your business?

The UCSB Library's California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (CEMA) will collect the papers and legacy of our 25-year mission. This is an important milestone. My maternal and infant health journey began as he 19-year-old who brought her six-week-old baby back to campus and three years later, earned a BA degree with double majors in Black Studies and Economics and recognized with an University Service Award. Thirty-nine years after graduation, I completed a six-year term as an elected member of the UCSB Alumni Association. Creating an archival collection for students and faculty to study is an amazing opportunity with my undergraduate alma mater...to document the Value Us proposition that Black mothers are subject matter experts for maternal health and infant health and supports the narrative of motherhood in the birth equity movement for 2020 and 2030. As a result of this recent news, our website is under construction through November 30 and our active Facebook handle is @IDreamnow.

Wenonah Valentine
iDREAM for Racial Health Equity
Tel: (323) 401-2929
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