On behalf of SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW, I am pleased to announce Nia Mitchell, MPH, CPH, as the new Speak Justice Take Action Field Director. Nia joins the SPARK team effective immediately. Raised in Georgia, Nia brings a dynamic set of public health and grassroots organizing experiences deeply rooted in reproductive justice values.
For the past ten years, Nia has coordinated a number of leadership development and health promotion programs for communities of color (i.e., immigrant and refugee, LGBTQ, women, youth) in Atlanta, GA. She has also participated in and led civic engagement activities on several racial and reproductive justice issues (e.g., abortion access, comprehensive sex education, interpersonal and state violence, school to prison pipeline, sterilization abuse). In 2012, Nia received a Master of Public Health from Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). While at MSM, she organized events on health disparities impacting LGBTQ people of African descent, and worked with the Phoenix Foundation, Inc. to develop a sexual health program for HIV-positive gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men in the Old Fourth Ward community. Additionally, she was awarded funding through MSM’s Center for Community Health & Service-Learning to implement a reproductive justice program for young women at North Clayton High School in College Park, GA and Mays High Schools in Atlanta, GA.
Prior to assuming the position at SPARK, Nia was an Evaluation Fellow with CDC’s Office of Women’s Health and the Office of Health Equity in the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. She worked with the offices on planning and implementing evaluations, and developing an “easy-to-use” toolkit for community-based organizations evaluating women and girls’ health programming.
As the Speak Justice Take Action Field Director, Nia leads SPARK’s program department including our newly formed integrated voter engagement campaign efforts.
“I am honored to serve as SPARK’s new Speak Justice Take Action Field Director. As a former volunteer and supporter, I am excited to lead the organization’s leadership development and civic engagement activities to ensure that those most impacted by reproductive oppression have the opportunity to make the healthiest and safest decisions regarding their bodies, families, and communities.”
Please join the Board and staff as we welcome Nia Mitchell, MPH, CPH, to the SPARK team.
All the best,
Malika Redmond, MA