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Meet Edwina Price of How In The Health Did That Happen in Smryna

Today we’d like to introduce you to Edwina Price.

Edwina, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My late grandmother, who retired as a proud nurse is the reason why everything HEALTH matters to me. I remember performing surgery on teddy bears and reading human anatomy books as a child. My official journey into healthcare began my junior of high school when I joined the team of a local primary care practice. I credit Ms. Willotte Lowe as well as Dr. and Mrs. Roundtree for the exposure and guidance that paved the way to my success. After a few years, I transitioned to an orthopedic practice and worked part-time while attending college – Jill Yates and Jessica Slusser served as awesome mentors and leaders. During my undergraduate career, I served two consecutive terms as President after holding other officer positions in the Columbus State chapter of the National Health Education Honorary Eta Sigma Gamma, under the leadership of Tara Redmond, PhD and Paula Walker, MD. During my term, I created, organized and coordinated countless Health and Wellness programs. I also served as an officer for our CSU pre-med chapter of the American Medical Student Association. I worked in partnership with national health organizations to host, recruit, and raise funds for countless health events. I continue to volunteer my time with a few of these organizations.

While in undergrad, I often spoke with youth groups about health-related topics. During my senior year of undergrad, I was selected to matriculate through a competitive internship supported by Morehouse College and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Under the preceptorship of Starla Hairston-Blanks, MPH, I worked closely on initiatives carried out by Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved – a public health program, which is a division of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine. At the conclusion of the internship, I presented a community health research project to colleagues, preceptors and CDC staff. That same year, I traveled abroad to provide health services and health education to underserved communities. Following graduation, I continued working in Healthcare and served as an executive member of the Health and Wellness Ministry at my local church. I served as an entity co-chair of the Health and Wellness committee within my company, where I was privileged to work alongside a diverse group of colleagues who are just as passionate about Health and Wellness.

I have served in many capacities and was the keynote speaker for a signature health program on the collegiate level. I recently completed my graduate studies in Public Health Administration. My passion for taking my love for Health Promotion and Education to the next level ignited following the death of grandmother. She passed away from complications after several strokes, a preventable disease.

Has it been a smooth road?
Being a mother to a child who is involved in many activities, working full-time, engaged in my community and finding time to do what liberates my soul is a balancing act! Health, unless we’re discussing trendy topics like yoga or cross-fit is not the most popular thing to discuss. Getting people to talk about the things that essentially increase their quality of life, is oddly the most complicated task.

I have always been the person who “walks the narrow path”, there are so many people following the masses and that has never been my goal. I believe that my sole purpose in life is to serve and educate others, it is through my platform that I exercise my God-given talents to make an impact.

The most challenging part of my journey is knowing that people will refuse to listen to free knowledge and implement practices that could improve their overall health and well-being. This however never discourages me because I know that I can save the world!

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the How In The HEALTH Did That Happen story. Tell us more about it.
I am the curator of How In The HEALTH – a health promotion platform that shares health and wellness recommendations along with facts and statistics that will have you saying “How in the HEALTH did that happen?”, while leaving you eager to make lifestyle changes to improve your overall health and well-being!

The unique thing about my blog is that the content reaches a diverse audience and focuses on an array of health-related topics. The goal is not to compete but to make our readers feel empowered. While this blog, provides helpful information for people of all races and ethnicities, the goal is to encourage the African-American community to take complete control of our health. African-Americans are disproportionately affected by many diseases and the stigma within the community is great. Black people are at a much greater risk of dying at an early age, of all causes. The conversation starts with me.

I am most proud of the progress of the blog. The blog launched a year ago and has gotten hundreds of views and reposts, endless positive feedback and genuine support!

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
This blog is the platform to a holistic health movement. Within the coming year, we will be rebranding and magnifying efforts to reach a larger audience through increased promotional efforts and collaboration. Holistic Health is the new black!

We want to get the conversation started, end stigma and influence the masses.

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Yasmin Watts Photography

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1 Comment

  1. Anisa

    January 2, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Excellent work!!!

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