Thursday, October 7, 2010

Women’s Health Organization, Divas, MPH Celebrates One-Year “Just Be” Anniversary

(Washington, DC) – One hundred health advocates, media, and socialites gathered at FunXion Lounge to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Divas, MPH on Saturday October 2. The four co-founders of Divas, MPH, Tennille Daniels, Janesia Simmons, Erica Jeffreys and Maaden Eshete, launched a “Just Be” membership and awareness campaign and also awarded community service and outreach awards to prominent women in Washington, DC who have made a tremendous impact in health education.

“Support for 'Just Be' will allow Divas, MPH to provide core women's health programming to women in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. We live in a community where minorities continue to be plagued by heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and HIV/AIDS; education, awareness, and action are the only ways we can effectively teach our people how to combat these issues,” said Tennille Daniels, co-founder and director of Programming and Outreach for Divas, MPH.

Honorees included Niambi Jarvis, Director, DC Office on Women's Policy and Initiatives, who was awarded the Community Partnership Award; The Divas, MPH Community Champion Award was given to J’mia Edwards, an HIV tester from Community Education Group and Kimesha N. Mason, founder of was awarded the Community Champion Award.

“Just Be” also featured appearances and remarks by Miss Black America DMV Kamilla Collier and Heart & Soul Magazine Editorial Director, Yanick Rice Lamb.

Kristen Williams, 27, a Divas, MPH supporter shared with attendees the impact the organization has had on her life, “Divas, MPH has inspired me to be healthier for myself and for my children in the future.”

Niambi Jarvis, Community Partnership Honoree with Maaden Eshete and Tennille Daniels

Divas, MPH launched on September 9, 2009 with a screening of Crisis in the Crib, a documentary highlighting the issue of infant mortality in the African American community. The Divas went on to host the first annual S.O.S – Saving Our Sisters, a half-day summit about the alarming rate of HIV/AIDS among African-American women; Life and Lemonade—a panel discussion about mental health and stress prevention, social media campaigns – such as Pretty in Pink and Good DEEDs (diet & exercise to end diabetes); weekly blogs, a newsletter, and numerous health-education events. Divas, MPH initiatives have been featured on, Heart & Soul Magazine, The Washington Informer, and The Washington Examiner. But most-importantly these ladies have enacted change.

Special thanks to Just Be sponsors: FunXion Lounge, Alex Naini, DDS; Heart & Soul Magazine, My Mocha Makeup, NicoleAlexis, Sole Elegance, The Meta Experience, Nordstrom of Columbia, Coldstone of Largo, Sephora of Pentagon City, US Office on Women's Health and the US Office of Minority Health.

Partners included Think Brown INK, BnB Photography, DJ K-Meta, Future Band, Pupa Florals and Events and Faulkner-Chang Catering.

J'Mia Edwards, Community Champion Honoree (center) with The Divas

About Divas, MPH
Divas, MPH is committed to educating, empowering and mobilizing women to create healthier communities. The vision of the Divas, MPH is to empower women to take an active interest in achieving and maintaining total health and wellness—mind, body and souls for themselves, their families and their communities. Current work is based in the Washington, DC metropolitan area as well as Atlanta, Georgia, but the organization is always looking for opportunities to expand its outreach. Follow the Divas on Twitter at or become a fan on Facebook. Source: Press release


Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for covering. -Natasha, Think Brown INK

Tracey said...

You're welcome! Congrats to DivasMPH on a successful first year!