Bay Area Birth Justice Fair Summer 2014. Breastfeeding, A gift for Life!

Urban Montessori Charter School 5328 Brann Street, Oakland, CA 94619

Monique Sims and MEW (a More Excellent Way sponsore the Bay Area Birth Justice Fair)

Monique Sims Biography

Dr Sims is the proud mother of 2 boys and has been a Solano County resident and a public health leader for the past 25 years. Dr. Sims owned and operated a private nutrition consulting business in Vallejo entitled “Fade Away” for 8 years, where she provided nutrition and weight counseling services to individuals and organizations. Her career history includes serving as a Supervising Public Health Nutritionist for the Vallejo WIC Program and as Manager for La Clinica North Vallejo.

Dr Sims’ community service positions include serving as Vice Chairperson for the Solano County Black Infant Health Advisory Board and as choir Chaplain for Spirit of Revival Choir at Revival Center Ministries. Dr Sims founded and facilitated the “Melvin Thompson Center Walking Club” designed to target the North Vallejo Community and to encourage fitness and healthy eating habits as well as chronic disease prevention.

Ms Sims is a skilled presenter and has conducted nutrition and wellness presentations for several agencies and community groups, including the California State WIC Association, The California Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Agency, The Independent Living Program for foster children, Living the Good Life Diabetes Education Program and at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr Sims educational history includes 3 degrees from UC Berkeley, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics, Masters Degree in Public Health Nutrition and a Doctoral degree in Public Health Management.

Dr. Sims is a Registered Dietitian, Lactation Educator and currently Chief Executive Officer of her nonprofit organization, “A More Excellent Way Health” whose goal is to improve the wellness of Solano County with an aim of eliminating health inequities. MEW engages the collective faith community as partners to improve the health of the community. Its signature event is the annual A More Excellent Way Community Baby Showers that attempt to improve the health of African American infants that are twice as likely to die as other infants and suffer from generally poorer health outcomes. The Project has received several awards, including the late Pastor Ray of True Love Baptist Church receiving the Outstanding Breastfeeding Achievement Award for the 2007 MEW Project conducted at his church awarded by The Solano County Breastfeeding Coalition. In 2008, the project was awarded the Champions for Healthy African Americans Award of Excellence in Community Organizing and Capacity Building to Eliminate Health Disparities in Solano County and The California State Senate and Assembly certificate of recognition for excellence in health promotions.Image

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