Icshia Leatherwood is a wife and mother of six, with the oldest two in college and the youngest just turned one year old in January. She has served as a Washtenaw Success by 6 Great Start Collaborative Trusted Parent Advisor with the Washtenaw Intermediate School District since 2017. Icshia is especially passionate about young black mothers and their ability to access services and be heard by providers and others in their lives. Icshia promotes and attends her local WIC Black Mothers Breastfeeding group. She is a mentor for young black mothers at a local health center that serves patients under that age of 25. At the health center, she also runs Strengthening Families Parent Cafes. Parent cafes are parent-led support groups for parents to come together in community to speak about the joys and challenges of parenthood. Icshia is an advocate and voice for many mothers in the community who are not always heard.
There will be 2 components to this talk which both focus on listening to women. We hear from the “Trusted Parent Advisors” in the “Success by Six” program on creative techniques to reach low-income women of color to improve health equity and reduce disparities. We’ll hear through their patients’ eyes about life experiences of women […]