Local nonprofit leader selected for national program

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Mysha Wynn


From Contributed Reports

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Mysha Wynn, founder and executive director of Project Momentum Inc., has been selected to participate in the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders program, one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s leadership development programs that equips and connects leaders across the country — in every sector, profession and field and from all backgrounds and perspectives — to collaborate in addressing systemic inequities and finding new solutions to the nation’s most entrenched health challenges.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s vision is to build a culture of health in every community across America so that every person has the opportunity to reach their best possible health and well-being.

Designed for teams of two researchers and one community leader, Interdisciplinary Research Leaders supports engaged and innovative research, crafted and conducted to explore a problem and apply a solution in real time, making an immediate positive impact in the leaders’ home communities. The three-year program provides participants with annual fellowship and research support. The total award is $350,000. As a member of the newest cohort, Wynn joins a diverse network of leaders including a team addressing the impacts of pollution on rural communities in Ohio, and a team merging modern technology with traditional Hawaiian food systems.

This team consists of Wynn as the community partner, Dionne Smith Coker-Appiah from Georgetown University and Heidi Stone Bonner from East Carolina University as academic partners.

Wynn and her team will use a Community Based Participatory Research approach and will focus on the research topic “Minding Our Business: An Intergenerational Qualitative Exploration of Adolescent Mental Health Among Rural African Americans.” The team’s goal is to change the cultural narrative from “minding your business” to “minding our business” and collectively addressing the mental health disparities that exist within rural African-American communities.

She will benefit from high-caliber curricula and coaching from national leaders, collaborate with other cutting-edge thinkers to create greater impact and accelerate her ability to build healthy communities, inform public opinion and policy, and contribute to building a Culture of Health—one that places well-being at the center of every aspect of life.

Interdisciplinary Research Leaders is one of several leadership development programs supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. These programs continue the foundation’s legacy of supporting the development of diverse leaders from across the nation. Initially focused on health care, the programs were expanded because the foundation knows that building a culture of health requires every sector, profession and discipline to work together.

Additional information is available at www.rwjf.org/leadershipforbetterhealth.