EmPOWERED to Serve™ Alumni

Working to improve the conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play to affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes. 

Brandi Prichet Johnson

EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerators™

Formerly known as the Urban Health Accelerator  

2019 Urban Health Accelerator – HBCU Healthy Community Challenge Recipients

Developed to address critical needs and social issues – in and around campuses – that impact the ability of individuals to attain optimal health.

Learn more about the Urban Health Accelerator HBCU
fresh fruit at an outdoor market
Salnias Grocery Store
fresh fruit at an outdoor market

Johnson C. Smith University

In April of 2019 the university was awarded a $100,000 two-year American Heart Association EmPOWERED to Serve Urban Health Accelerator – HBCU Healthy Community Challenge. They will target healthy food access as a barrier to health on their campus and in the community.

Salnias Grocery Store

Winston-Salem State University

For its winning submission focused on food insecurity, this university was awarded a two-year, $100,000 American Heart Association EmPOWERED to Serve Urban Health Accelerator – HBCU Healthy Community Challenge. Their project is taking aim at food insecurity to address disparities in chronic disease rates which are highest among racial/ethnic minority and low-income population.

Urban Storytelling Competition 2017

Nyasha Nyamapfene
Gospel Run

Nyasha Nyamapfene launched Gospel Run, a public health organization inspiring health, transformation and expanded possibilities through connecting communities, congregations, and clergy.

Maria Rose Belding
MEANS Database

Maria Rose Belding is the co-founder and executive director of the MEANS Database.

Cecil Wilson
Goffers Inc.

Cecil continues his work with Goffers and has started a new non profit The Golden Baton Group (TGBG).