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Public Health Epidemiology Conversations Podcast

Episode #339 Public Health Through Faith-Based Organizations, With Dr. Braxton

On This Episode Of The Public Health Epidemiology Conversations (PHEC) Podcast


On Public Health Epidemiology Conversations, we welcome back one of our earliest guests, Dr. Juanita Braxton, to discuss how she makes use of faith-based organizations to educate communities on public health. Tuning in, you’ll hear all about Dr. Braxton and Dr. Huntley’s relationship, their conversation in episode four, what made our guest so passionate about public health and faith-based organizations in particular.  We also delve into the importance of making public health education easy to understand before Dr. Braxton tells us all about her incredible organization, Imani Consultants. Finally, she shares some key advice for anyone who is looking to build a career in public health. You don’t want to miss this one, so press play now!


Meet Dr. Braxton


Currently, Dr. Braxton is the Executive Director of Imani Consultants PhD, a non-profit focused on faith-based community health education and community service. She retired from the University of California, Davis Health System in 2021 after 27 years of service as the Administrative Director of Surgical Education, focusing on graduate medical education. An Air Force Veteran, wife of 42 years with two sons and one daughter.


Dr. Braxton has a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behavioral Sciences; a Master of Business Administration with a focus on Organizational Management; Doctor of Theology; an Education Specialist Degree from Liberty University with a Teaching and Learning Specialization (Thesis Topic: Disabled Students Post-Secondary Assessment Tools – Problems and Successes) and a Ph.D. in Public Health – Community Health (Dissertation topic: Health Care Provider Perceptions of High Blood Pressure Screening for Asymptomatic African American Teens). Her research passions include health disparities and adolescent health and wellness.


Dr. Braxton's current work includes working with the faith-based community to share health and wellness tips and strategies for healthy living amongst congregations and people of faith. Currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Global Campus. Dr. Braxton is a member of the following organizations: National Officer with Alpha Lambda Beta Sorority, Incorporated, a member of Pi Eta Delta Sorority: the International PHD Sisters Association, a peer reviewer for the American Public Health Association (APHA), a holder of a K-12 California Substitute Teaching Credential; a Certified Training Administrator in Graduate Medical Education and a Business and Personal Coach.


Dr. Braxton is still passionate about encouraging and inspiring others to live out their life’s goals; stay focused and attuned to your heart, it never leads you astray. Inspiring minds continues to be a personal goal of hers. Education must be personal to be effective – every path to attainment is individual and personal. Never compare your journey to others, yours is for you alone. A famous author once said, “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”



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Conversation Highlights


  • Welcoming one of our first guests, Dr. Juanita Braxton, back to the show

  • An overview of Dr. Braxton’s career and how she and Dr. Huntley know each other

  • The work Dr. Braxton is doing with faith-based organizations today

  • What made her interested in public health and the one issue she is most passionate about

  • The importance of making health education accessible and easy to understand

  • Insight into Imani Consultants and their focus for 2024

  • How her understanding of public health has helped her serve her communities

  • Dr. Braxton’s advice for anyone wanting to pursue a career similar to hers


“Health education should be talking to the level of the folks that you’re trying to reach.” — Dr. Braxton

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DrCHHuntley LLC is a public health consulting firm that specializes in epidemiology consulting, supporting large nonprofit organizations in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, and Florida that serve Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). We also provide nationwide public health consulting and epidemiology consulting support to BIPOC organizations across the United States.

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