2018 Bwhwc, SacramentoWORKSHOPS

This year’s conference will focus on inclusivity in health and we explore the diversity of black women from all backgrounds and their health needs!! Workshops will focus on topics such mental health, sexual health, inclusivity in healthcare for diverse groups of Black women, and the negative impacts that racism and sexism has on our health. Each workshop will aim to focus on unpacking influences that can be detrimental to our health. Workshops will take place in the morning and afternoon. Attendees have the option of participating in two of the four workshops offered. Below is a description of each workshop and our presenters.

Kasandra R. White, MD     Obstetrician & Gynecologist       

Kasandra R. White, MD

Obstetrician & Gynecologist



Educate, Empower, eLIMINATE!

Workshop Presenter: Kasandra R. White, MD is a practicing OBGYN (Obstetrician & Gynecologist) in Sacramento, CA. Dr. White graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 2011 and has been in practice for 8 years. She completed a residency at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center and her special clinical interests are in preventative Medicine, adolescent gynecology, contraception, prenatal care and health Education. Dr. White became an OB/GYN as an opportunity to care for women throughout their life stages and educate and empower women through medicine. Her philosophy of care is to help women achieve optimal health by aiding in decision making that is best fit for them, while promoting a healthy lifestyle and disease prevention. Dr. White is involved in numerous community efforts such as St. John Program for Real Change, Women’s & Children Center, Take Wings Foundation, East Oakland Youth Development Center, Physicians Medical Forum - Doctors on Board, and mentoring.

Workshop Description: This workshop focuses on the need for inclusivity in health care. The intersections of our race, gender, class, and sexuality/gender identity are often overlooked and dismissed by medical providers. This neglect leads to preventable health disparities that Black women from diverse background continue to face. This workshop will address our intersections while educating participants on health disparities and the need for inclusivity within the medical setting. The goal of this workshop is to empower Black women to be advocates for our health in order to eliminate health disparities.   


Workshop Presenter: Sherena Edinboro, RN, founder of “THE i choose me health project” an organization that empowers women, is a Registered Nurse who has been practicing nursing in Northern California for over ten years. Sherena is the current and founding president of the Capitol City Black Nurses Association in Sacramento, California.  Currently, she works as an Emergency Department nurse, providing care to numerous individuals in crisis. Sherena is passionate, diligent and compassionate in the nursing care that she provides. She has taken a special interest in mental health and access to mental health services for all individuals. Sherena advocates for patients, family and friends regarding their mental health and wellness issues, ensuring that their concerns and voices are heard.

Workshop Description: Do you possess the strong Black woman syndrome?  This is the syndrome where we have been taught to not be vulnerable and to just get stuff done regardless of the emotional impact it can take on your mind and body.  If this is you, this workshop is for you!  This workshop will discuss how depression and anxiety has impacted our community and what you can do to seek support and treatment.

Sherena Edinboro, RN

Sherena Edinboro, RN

Flojaune Griffin, PhD    Director of State Policy and Research for Public Health Advocate

Flojaune Griffin, PhD

Director of State Policy and Research for Public Health Advocate

Jasmine Thompson    Holistic Health Advocate

Jasmine Thompson

Holistic Health Advocate

The Intersectionality between racism, sexism, and health

Workshop Presenter: Flojaune Griffin, PhD, is an epidemiologist who serves as the Director of State Policy and Research for Public Health Advocates. Her professional interest is addressing emerging and persistent public health challenges through research and policy. Her work primarily focuses on metabolic disease prevention, restorative justice, and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Prior to joining Public Health Advocates, she led the preconception health initiative for the California Department of Public Health. She is deeply committee to civic engagement and currently serves on the Board of Directors for two non-profits and is a member of a City Commission and a County Advisory Board. For her professional contributions and community participation she was awarded the Young Professional of the Year Award by the Sacramento Urban League, the Exceptional Woman of Color Award by the Sacramento Cultural Hub, and the 40 Under 40 Award by the Sacramento Business Journal.  

Workshop Description: This workshop will examine the intersection between racism, sexism and negative health outcomes for Black/African American women. This workshop will identify and explore ways that racism and sexism has negatively impacted the health outcomes of Black/African American women, while unpacking micro-aggressions and implicit bias that Black/African American women face when accessing healthcare. The goals of this workshop is to provide tools and strategies to overcome these obstacles in order to achieve optimal health.


Getting the groove back: Optimizing Your Sexual Health

Workshop Presenter: Jasmine Thompson has more than 10 years of experience working in the nonprofit, public and private sectors. She has dedicated the last decade to supporting the development of education services in the Bay Area through agencies like the East Oakland Youth Development Center, Sylvan Learning Center, University of California, Davis and Youth Radio. She holds her bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and African American Studies from the University of California, Davis (2006) and completed her master’s degree in Counseling from St. Mary’s College of California (2011). Jasmine is dedicated to creating healthy families and healthy generations through education and holistic health. She is also one of the cofounders of Coco Coalition, a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to creating a world where black women and girls can connect, grow and thrive. 

Workshop Description: This workshop will guide participants in striving for optimal sexual health. Optimal sexual health can entail being able to have a transparent discussion with your partner on your sexual needs, embracing your sexuality, or ensuring participation in routine Well Woman Visits and Sexually Transmitted Infection/HIV testing. This workshop will offer tools and resources while aiming to eliminate discomfort with sexual health.