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How often do you think about the intersection of mental health, community engagement, and spirituality? Dr. Kimberly T Arnold, a dedicated health policy who received a Ph.D. in Public Health/Health Policy and Management from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, has managed to weave her passion for yoga into the fabric of her work, using it as a transformative tool for self-care and healing within the Black church. Her journey from a small farm town in South Carolina to becoming an integral part of the urban health landscape in Philadelphia is a story of resilience, mentorship, and untiring pursuit of passion that will inspire you.
Dr. Arnold's research focuses on addressing health disparities and creating comprehensive mental health support in churches. She exposes the often-overlooked impacts of policies and social determinants of health like racism, education, and income on health outcomes. But it doesn't stop at exposing the problems. She illuminates how community engagement and institutions like the Black Church can serve as anchors in the community, providing alternative systems of survival and addressing these very social determinants of health.
In a world where the acceptance of mental health in spiritual spaces is growing, Dr. Arnold has found a unique way to incorporate her love for yoga into her work within the Black church. She stresses the importance of self-care for Black women and non-binary doctoral students, sharing advice on being intentional and making self-care a priority during their doctoral journey. Join us as she shares her story, her learnings, and her advocacy for health equity. This is an episode for anyone interested in public health, mental health, or the power of community engagement.
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