On May 25, 2023, a momentous event took place at the Second Annual WHEI (Women’s Health Equity Institute) Awards & Convening. This transformative gathering provided an opportunity to celebrate the remarkable achievements of Mrs. Madie M. Smith-Moore, a courageous Black woman and the first Black Public Health Supervisor for Mecklenburg County. Mrs. Smith-Moore’s unwavering dedication to advancing the status of Black women in public health showcased the strength and resilience of the Black American community amidst systemic inequality and racism. Alongside the recognition of Mrs. Smith-Moore’s invaluable contributions, the event featured a captivating fireside chat with WHEI student researchers and acknowledged the outstanding accomplishments of two graduate students.
The Second Annual WHEI Awards & Convening was a poignant occasion to honor the indelible legacy of Mrs. Madie M. Smith-Moore. Throughout her illustrious career, Mrs. Smith-Moore blazed a trail for Black women in the field of public health. With unyielding determination, she spearheaded initiatives that brought about significant advancements and upward mobility for Black women, defying the barriers imposed by generations of systemic inequality and racism. Her tireless efforts underscored the resilience and vibrancy of the Black American community.
One of the highlights of the event was a captivating fireside chat featuring WHEI student researchers Jaylan Cole, Sharon Gillard, and Nyja M. Grant. These talented individuals showcased their research and shared their experiences and insights on the challenges faced by Black women in various aspects of public health. The fireside chat provided a platform to amplify the voices of these emerging leaders, fostering a sense of empowerment and inspiring the audience to pursue their own aspirations.
The Second Annual WHEI Awards & Convening also provided an opportunity to acknowledge the exceptional achievements of two graduate students who demonstrated outstanding commitment and contributions to the field of public health. Their hard work, dedication, and innovative approaches to research were celebrated, serving as an inspiration to their peers and the wider community. The awards symbolized the importance of recognizing and uplifting the achievements of individuals who are shaping the future of public health.
The Second Annual WHEI Awards & Convening held on May 25, 2023, was a truly transformative event, paying tribute to the remarkable legacy of Mrs. Madie M. Smith-Moore. Through her unwavering dedication, Mrs. Smith-Moore paved the way for Black women in public health, highlighting the strength and vibrancy of the Black American community. The fireside chat with WHEI student researchers provided a platform to amplify the voices of emerging leaders and shed light on the challenges faced by Black women in the field. Additionally, the recognition of outstanding graduate students emphasized the importance of celebrating excellence and inspiring future generations of public health professionals. The event was a testament to the power of community, mentorship, and the collective efforts to create a more equitable and inclusive society for all.