“We as Black women like to wear the mask looking like we’ve got it all together. But when we take off that mask, and bare our souls, behind them many times are empty, depressed, anxious, abused, broken souls." --Dr. Gloria Morrow
Join Inland Empire poet and educator Romaine Washington for a conversation with the founders and facilitators of Healthy Heritage’s innovative Broken Crayons Still Color Program in an empowering discussion. Designed to teach members of the African American community about mental health, participants engage in a culturally-infused free eight-week course where poetry, videos, collaborative assignments, and discussions are key.
Founder & CEO Healthy Heritage Movement, Miss Phyllis Y. Clark, started Healthy Heritage in 2007. Working in the community – she began to notice the statistics mortality rates for African Americans with Chronic diseases were alarming. This included her own mother who passed away too young from Colon Cancer.
Program Coordinator for Healthy Heritage Movement, Selena Mikes is an aspiring physician who started with Healthy Heritage in 2018 as a volunteer. She first joined the organization as a Community Health Leader and now serves as the Program Coordinator for the “Broken Crayons Still Color Project,” a mental health program funded by California Department of Public Health.
April Gillis is a Project Coordinator for Healthy Heritage Movement. She started with the organization as a volunteer and program participant through her local church and has since joined the Healthy Heritage team, leading a variety of projects.
Romaine Washington, M. Ed. is the author of “Purgatory has an Address” (Bamboo Dart Press) and “Sirens in Her Belly” (Jamii Publications), 2015.