How to Build a Movement:
A Conversation with Paulah Wheeler
CPL Sheila C. Johnson Fellow
LUNCH WILL BE SERVED
Join the Center for Public Leadership for a discussion with Paulah Wheeler, co-founder of BLKHLTH—an organization dedicated to improving health conditions in black communities. As an undergraduate, Paulah's experience seeking treatment for malaria in Ghana gave her an acute sense of health disparities in communities of color—now, she’s leading a movement to improve that gap. Joined by moderator Kyle Burton (MPP/MD '19), Paulah will share lessons she’s learned creating a sustainable organization, building a social movement, and becoming a leader in the health advocacy space.
ABOUT PAULAH WHEELER
Paulah is a Detroit native with a passion for advancing the health of Black people both at home and abroad. While obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Health and Environment at the University of Michigan, Paulah traveled to Kumasi, Ghana and contracted malaria two weeks into the trip. Experiencing an African healthcare system from the patient’s perspective and witnessing skilled providers working tirelessly in an underfunded and overcrowded facility heightened her sense of urgency to create broadscale change for Black people everywhere.
After completing her undergraduate studies, Paulah tested and counseled high-risk individuals for HIV in Michigan while applying to public health graduate programs. She moved to Atlanta upon acceptance into the Health Policy and Management track at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. In order to connect her global health roots with her studies in health policy and management, Paulah conducted research on the funding, operations, and local government support of an HIV prevention program in Zambia.
Currently, Paulah works on all things BLKHLTH; she serves on the task force for a public health management training program in Kenya, Bangladesh, and Cambodia; and she blogs about her natural hair journey.
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