Rural Women Lead Solutions and Solidarity in the Wake of COVID-19
They are farmers, workers, entrepreneurs, teachers, and they are key to building resilient, peaceful and sustainable societies. They live in rural settings, but their contributions nurture entire nations. And as COVID-19 ravaged our lives and economies, rural women have been leading, often hidden from the limelight, in sustaining and recovering their communities.
Passerby documented his deadly encounter with the police. His crime — trying to spend a bogus $20 bill. Handcuffed, arms behind his back, laying on the street, videos showed a police officer suffocating George Floyd by kneeling on his neck. Outrage over his murder ignited protests calling for police reforms and ending social injustices in American cities and around the world that persist today.
“In Milwaukee, African Americans living in senior housing assisted living, nursing homes or homeless shelters are at especially high risk for COVID-19. Older adults are a vulnerable population likely to have multiple comorbidities increasing their risk of experiencing complications or mortality due to COIVD-19. A hotspot has emerged in the city’s northside, with the potential to spread across the city if effective measures are not taken. With this project, we aim to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in these vulnerable populations, reduce fear and confusion during this time, and ultimately save lives.”
Sherrea Jones, Ph.D. Honored with Future Doctors at Medical College of Wisconsin — White Coat Ceremony
Sherrea Jones, Ph.D., explained, “I’ve always known that serving in a medical capacity and mentoring others is what I wanted to do. I’m humbled to be a mirror image and source of inspiration for individuals from underserved populations and inspire their ambitions to heights beyond their circumstances.”
Social Work Navigator, Wisconsin Well Woman Program and Aurora Family Service Dawn Shelton Willimans
Works to Ensure Patient Needs Are Satisfied
As a Social Work Navigator for Aurora Family Service, Dawn Shelton-Williams, MSW, LCSW, helps patients dealing with health crisis plan a course of action. Through a grant from the Wisconsin Well Woman Program, she assists women with overcoming barriers and challenges that may prevent them from getting breast and cervical cancer screenings; diagnostic test follow up; or initiating cancer treatment.
Their love was incontestable. Our home was a nurturing environment filled with undying support. I was cared for and protected by two loving parents who taught me so many life lessons that have brought me to where I am today. I never felt neglected or deprived. They were firm but not harsh. I learned so many life lessons like discipline, the need for educational development, respect for myself, family, other people, my community, and God’s universe. I was also taught the importance of a strong work ethic, self-sufficiency, trustworthiness, honesty, and about being a woman of good character. These qualities and more influenced me to become the woman I feel God planned for me to be. And he’s not done with me yet!
I think God wants me to share some of the compassion with others that was given to me. My great-uncle and aunt transitioned years ago, but the compassion and love they poured into my life live in me today. It has enabled a loving relationship with my 86 years old birth mother, and 11 loving brothers and sisters whom I wouldn’t trade for the world. God gave us each other and hope for our future generations. Compassion conquers adversity!
Angela Stinson retired from Milwaukee Public Schools where she taught 40 years, and also worked 20 years in the U.S. Army National Guard.
FortuNuts is a collection of savory fiber-rich nuts for people who prefer snacks other than chips and cookies. Melanie Fortune co-owns this venture with her husband, Darryll.
Sex, drugs, alcohol and relationships are a few of the hot issues that confront today’s youth. Growing up in the 21st Century is tough.
With five teenage girls at home, it was an easy decision for Michael and Gwen Birmingham that she should not work for a while but stay at home. So Gwen devoted herself exclusively to taking care of soul mate and husband of 24 years, and their beloved girls. She currently works as an assistant administrator at a school.
Linda J. Concroft