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2021 Inspiring Mothers of Georgia Awards Luncheon – VIRTUAL

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Presented by Northside Hospital Virtual

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Every year, HMHBGA honors six Inspiring Mothers of Georgia from across the state who embody the characteristics of Strength, Sacrifice, Caring, Compassion and Generosity. Due to the public health emergency, our planning committee has decided to host this event virtually. Please join us as we celebrate these incredible honorees and their communities on April 25, 2021!

Inspiring Mothers Program

Schedule of Events:

1:00PM – Welcoming Remarks
1:20PM – Keynote Address
1:45PM – Hat Parade & Contest
2:05PM – Presentation of the 2020 Inspiring Mothers of Georgia Awards
2:55PM – Closing & Raffle Prize Winner Announcement

Wear Your Best Hat!

Each year, we hold a competition for the Most Unique and Best Overall hats! Please be prepared to show off your hat via Zoom this year to be considered for prizes and giveaways!

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Congratulations to the 2021 Nominees!

HMHBGA received nominations from all across the State and is honored to congratulate all of the mothers who display Strength, Sacrifice, Caring, Compassion, and Generosity throughout their communities!

  • Dr. Angela Leon-Hernandez
  • Jessalyn Rushin
  • Velvet Wilson
  • Claudine Miles
  • Charmaine Godley
  • Tammie Oliver
  • Tina Hicks
  • Allyson Passmore
  • Teresa Wright Johnson
  • Tami Smith
  • Debra Suzette Brown
  • Lisa Harris
  • Morgan Roan Knechtel
  • Dr. Bisa Lewis
  • Clarissa Edmondson-Bridges
  • Jacinta Bowman
  • Shenequa Gresham
  • Floyd Harris
  • Kim Dukes
  • Leah Jones
  • Lawilsharell Tolden
  • Arian T. Moore, Ph. D.
  • Nicoya Ingram
  • Fatima Bryant

Congratulations Honorees!

Dr. Angela Leon Hernandez
Tammie Oliver, CLD
Tina Hix
Clarissa Edmondson-Bridges
Charmaine Godley, M. Ed.
Velvet Wilson

2021 Keynote speaker

Dabney P. Evans, PhD, MPH

Dabney P. Evans, PhD, MPH is an exceptional public health leader, serving as an Associate Professor of Global Health in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She is a mixed-methods researcher focused on women’s health and human rights. Dr. Evans received her Master of Public Health degree in 1998 from Emory University and her doctoral degree in law from the University of Aberdeen (UK) in 2011. She is architect and Director of the Center for Humanitarian Emergencies in the Rollins School of Public Health and the Emory University Institute of Human Rights – both focus on capacity building. Between 2017-2019 she served as Interim director for the Emory University Institute of Developing Nations.

As one of the first faculty to include health and human rights in the public health curriculum, Dr. Evans is an established teacher and trainer. Since 2010, her teaching and training activities have touched over 19,000 learners from 171 countries; she is responsible for the training of one in every ten employees at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Evans was the instructor of the first English language massive open online course on Ebola Virus Disease and a Coursera on Health in Humanitarian Emergencies. She was the instructor of the “University Course” on Global Security and Leadership in a Complex World. She has mentored over forty Master’s theses. She has served as Co-Director of Graduate Studies for the Hubert Department of Global Health since 2016.

Dr. Evans’ current research projects focus on gender-based violence, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Her global research portfolio includes projects on: femicide prevention in Brazil, Zika surveillance across Latin America and the Caribbean, access to Mifepristone in humanitarian emergencies, early abortion ban legislation in the US South and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Metropolitan Atlanta.
An editor of the text, Rights-Based Approaches to Health, Dr. Evans has advanced human rights discourse across a range of public health issues. Dr. Evans has published over forty book chapters, scholarly articles and commissioned works; she has made over 100 peer-reviewed and invited presentations. Her public scholarship has appeared in the Pacific Standard, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Ms. Magazine and The Hill, where she is a regular contributor; in 2015 she presented a TEDx talk. She is on several editorial boards.

Dr. Evans is a member of the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa National Service Honor Society, past-president of the Georgia Federation of Professional Health Educators, and chair of the Human Rights Forum of the American Public Health Association. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Crystal Apple for excellence in professional school education (2015), the Unsung Heroine Award (2016), the American Public Health Association Mid-Career Award in International Health (2017) and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Early Career Teaching Award (2018). She is a Board member of the Feminist Women’s Health Center and represents Emory University on the steering committee of the Interagency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crisis. She is fluent in Portuguese.

Honorable Emcee

Neha Negandhi

Neha Negandhi is a top-rated social impact consultant and an award-winning nonprofit community leader. Social Measures, her social impact consulting company helps businesses integrate and engage social impact practices. Her former radio show on social responsibility measures social good with Hollywood leaders, insiders and athletes through their philanthropy/foundations. Her deep-rooted connections booked guests such as: Arianna Huffington, CeeLo Green, Jeff Foxworthy, Ambassador Andrew Young, Zac Brown Band members, and more. She has interviewed 100+ leaders for radio and print articles about the importance of giving. She continues to talk with leaders about their social impact practices including Dr. Mehmat Oz, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Former Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn and Malcolm Jamal-Warner for her YouTube channel. She serves on the Executive Board for The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. as well as Pratham Atlanta.

You can connect with her on LinkedIn: @Neha Negandhi and @social measures


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship packages are also available for the Awards Luncheon. Sponsors can choose between different sponsor levels that come with different perks – all of which support our mission to improve maternal and infant health in Georgia!

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Sponsorship Options

Sponsorship packages are also available for the Awards Luncheon. Sponsors can choose between different sponsor levels that come with different perks – all of which support our mission to improve maternal and infant health in Georgia!