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Community Leaders Institute

The Community Leaders Institute is a 6-week leadership development training program that is designed to enhance community research and capacity building competencies in community leaders and physicians.

The overall goal of the program is to assist organizations, advocates and practices that engage and empower communities to reduce health, social and educational disparities. Participants have access to technical resources and support, and gain competencies to use data, improve services and leverage funding for their programs and organizations. The long-term goal is to improve community research capacity to address social, educational, environmental and physical health disparities in the Greater Cincinnati community.

Applications (deadline is Friday, December 5, 2014 by midnight)

Community Leaders Institute · Class of 2014

Name Organization
Emilie Graham* Great Miami Rowing Center
Jada Harris National Black MBA Association
Barry Isaacs* HOPE4CHANGE
Shawn Jeffers Public Allies Cincinnati
Gregg Kottyan* Avondale Moves!
Dinah Meister* Nurse Advocacy Center for the Underserved
Lakisha Porter FamiliesFORWARD
Paul Rudolph Growing Well Cincinnati
Evelyn Sears* Manifested Glory Ministries
Gauri Shevatekar* Cincinnati Health Department
Amanda Conn Starner Coalition for a Drug Free Greater Cincinnati
Jamie Stoneham Gorman Heritage Farm
Ennis Tait CWFF Child Development
Corinn Taylor Fetal Infant Mortality Review Program, Cincinnati Health Dept.
Claudia Velez* Santa Maria Community Service International Welcome Center
Martha Walter Reproductive Health and Wellness Program, Cincinnati Health Dept.
Brittany Wells Nutrition Council
*Community Health Advocates  

Community Leaders Institute · Class of 2013

Name Organization
Laura Brinson Santa Maria Community Services
Charisse Brown Gabriel’s Place
Katie Chadwell YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
Ozie Davis III Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation
Joellen Grady Whole Again International
Eric Hall Coalition for a Drug Free Greater Cincinnati
Donna Jones Urban Appalachian Council
Donald Jordan Cincinnati Police Department
Alexis Kidd Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses
Patricia Lee Reviving the Human Spirit (RTHS)
Lisa Newton REAL Women of Cincinnati
Stephanie Russo BLOC Ministries
Gene Seay Cincinnati Police Department
Brieanne Sheehan Starfire Council of Greater Cincinnati
Kareem Simpson Cin-Ham County Community Action Agency
James Alice Stringer The Midwest Trans* and Queer Wellness Initiative
Stephanie Vogel Northern Kentucky Health Department
Beth Wentz Talbert House School Based Services

Community Leaders Institute · Class of 2012

Name Organization
Joann Avant YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
Ellen Berninger Cincinnati Health Department
Gwendolyn Brown Sickle Cell Affected Families of Greater Cincinnati
Monica Burns HealthCare Access Now
Melissa Cornelius Urban Appalachian Council
Nikki Fannin Center for Great Neighborhoods
Sarah Halloran-Barnett The Children’s Home of Cincinnati
Kimberly Hauser Wyoming Youth Services
Gail Lewis Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church
Alfredo Mann Cincinnati Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center
Katrina Wyche Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati
Cathy Rafales Santa Maria Community Services
Mary Sehlhorst Freestore Foodbank
Leslie Stevenson Gabriel’s Place
Karen Walker-Jones Cincinnati Public Schools Early Childhood Education
Michon Woods Freestore Foodbank

Past Community Leaders