As a founding member of Black Women for Wellness, Janette holds the executive director
position of Black Women for Wellness. Her work in the health field began as an advocate during
her pregnancy, seeking a holistic practitioner to work with her concept of a gentle birth.
Today she is part of the Los Angeles Coalition for Reproductive Justice, the California Coalition
for Reproductive Freedom and In Our Own Voice; the National Black Women’s Reproductive
Justice Agenda. Jan takes great pleasure in imagining a world with powerful women, at
optimum physical, mental, spiritual, emotional and financial health leading us to justice and

Over the course of the years Jan’s journey includes The Birthing Project USA, Great Beginnings
for Black Babies, National Health Foundation, March of Dimes, California Primary Care
Association, Inglewood Healthy Mothers & Babies, South Los Angeles Health Project and
Women Infant & Children (South Los Angeles advisory board) programs as well with a member
of the community faculty with Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science.
Travel is a love she combines with my work, attending the 4 th World Conference on Women in
Beijing China inspired the creation of Black Women for Wellness. As a researcher in Cuba she
witnessed the reality of what political will accomplishes with health for all. Great food, a good
story (either book or movie), spoken word, live music, salsa dancing and a scenic walk makes
her day in Los Angeles. A victory that encourages health for women and girls grounds her
through the challenges, traffic and the struggle for freedom.