Shantae Johnson

Shantae Johnson has gained a solid background in community organizing. She began her humble beginnings as an International Center for Traditional Childbearing Full Circle Doula and ICTC Oregon State representative 10 years ago, which fueled her love for maternal and child health.

She is a graduate of Portland State University with a bachelor’s degree in Social
Science.

Shantae has worked at WIC as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor for the past 3 ½ years, and helped to create Oregon’s first African American Breastfeeding group during her time there. She is a Healthy Birth Initiative mom alumni and served as HBI Consortium Chair.

She helped to advocate for community health care workers by sitting on the Traditional Community Health Care workers steering committee through Oregon Health Authority. Member of ORCHWA Oregon Community Health Care Workers Association, member of MCHD CHW coordination team, currently a CHW Research Intern.

Shantae has participated in the Braave (Building Reproductive Autonomy and Voices for Equity) reproductive justice co-hort, Former Board member of Backline and a member of the African American Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon.

Shantae is very passionate about public health, social justice and, engaging the community in regards to eliminating health disparities and inequities. She is currently working for Multnomah County Health Department Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program The REACH program is looking to end health inequalities in chronic diseases for African American’s in Multnomah County. She enjoys taking a 5 minute shower by herself in her spare time, writing when she has a free moment, camping, hiking, and having dance battles with my kiddos in the living room.

At the end of the day she is a parent, healer, chef and referee to 6 beautiful children.

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