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8 AUGUST 10-16, 2011 Health Care


ATIYA ABDELMALIK-JOHNSON,RN,BSN Manager of Health Promotion Highmark


Withmore than 15 years of experience of heal-


ing the community’s ill and wounded, Atiya Ab- delmalik-Johnson is in a position to conduct out- reach on behalf of those without access to care. As manager of health promotion for Highmark’s department of health management services, Ab- delmalik-Johnson oversees the creation of com- munity partnerships, worksite wellness initia- tives, and manages programs to treat chronic conditions. In 2009, shewas selected to serve as special assistant on health care reform to High- mark’s chief medical officer. Prior to joining Highmark, she developed and implemented health education programs, operated a high school clinic, served as a clinical nurse and has given speeches throughout the region on vari- ous health topics. Her community commitments include serving on boards for the local chapter of the American Heart Association, the Heritage Valley Health System’s Community Advisory Board and Triumph Baptist Church, where she serves as president of the health care ministry. She graduated with honors fromEastern Univer- sity in Saint Davis, Pa., and is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society for Nurses. She is pursuing aMasters of Science in nursing administration and education. She is married to Timothy Johnson and has three chil- dren.


WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE 2011


NEW PITTSBURGH COURIER Community Service RENEE P.ALDRICH


Hill District Consensus Group


Award winning writer and


community organizer Renee P. Aldrich has been on amis- sion to address the health and well being of the re- gion’s Black community for several years. The Pitts- burgh native and freelance journalist has interviewed notable figures such as Cor- nel West, has written for several University of Pitts- burgh publications and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and is a poet who is working on a two-act play. Advocacy conducted as a community organizer for the Hill District Consensus Group encour- aged Aldrich to found Softer Side Seminars Inc., a pro- gram designed to empower women and girls. Since its inception, she has pre- sented the program before audiences at the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Child Development, Carnegie Mellon University, Gwen’s Girls and the Urban League Family Support Center, to name a few. The Softer Side Seminars lead to the creation of the “Woman two Woman Empowerment Symposium—Stream- ing Self-Esteem from One to the Other”, another initiative geared toward build- ing women’s self esteem. Aldrich is in her junior year at Carlow University and is working toward a dual degree in communications and sociology.


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