Better Health & Wellness Fair & Symposium

Our Better Health & Wellness segment allows us to be a vessel to inform our diverse community on healthcare issues that affect people of color. This informative health segment will also provide useful tips and resources on maintaining a healthier lifestyle.

Symposium Topic: The Mental Health Effects of Sexual Assults and Abuse as it relates to the Urban Community. #MeToo Movement.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Commander Chiquita Thomas-Butler

Chiquita Thomas-ButlerCommander Chiquita Butler is employed by the City of Miami Police Department. She has 20 years of law enforcement experience all of which have been with the City of Miami Police Department. She is a proud graduate of Miami Norland Senior High, class of 1992. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, and is currently preparing to pursue her PhD in Theology. She is also a graduate of the prestigious Southern Police Institute, Command Officer Development Course class #73.

Commander Butler began her career with the City of Miami in 1993 as a Bank Teller for the Miami Police Federal Credit Union, where she now serves as executive board member. In 1998, Commander Butler graduated from the Police Academy as a City of Miami Police Officer. During her career, Commander Butler has had the opportunity to work in various capacities throughout the agency to include: the Problem Solving Team in Coconut Grove, Neighborhood Resource Officer in Coconut Grove, Criminal Investigations, and the Training Unit. She also has several instructor certifications such as Investigative Interviews, Instructor Techniques Workshop, National Self-Defense Institute, Criminal Law, Terrorism Awareness, Case Preparation and Court Presentation, General Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Glock Armorer, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Driving Instructor, Simunition Scenario.

Formerly, Commander Butler was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Police. Her duties include, but are not limited to, community service, ensuring good relationship bonds with the community, mentoring the youth. In addition, Commander Butler has trained several recruits at Miami Dade College for Basic Law Enforcement (BLE) Classes and she has assisted in the successful graduation of approximately five Police Academy Classes (PAC) at the Miami Police College. She has also been invited to other countries such as Brazil where she was the only female and African American to teach the Brazilian police along with their Military personnel on race relations.

Commander Butler has over 35 years of Martial Arts experience. She is a four time Florida Black Belt Association Champion and a two time Florida National Champion. She is also well trained in Armed Confrontations and Hand to hand combat. Commander Butler is also deeply rooted in the community and believes in serving the City of Miami’s residents as well as Miami Dade County at large to the best of her abilities. She is the president of her own mentoring program, Butler’s Angels, and serves as a member of the Coconut Grove Negro Woman’s Club, and is a past member of the Miami Bahamas Goombay Festival in Coconut Grove, Incorporated. She has been deemed an Unsung Shero by the Miami SOL and the Helen Bentley Family Health Center, Inc. of Coconut Grove. She was also honored as Law Enforcement Officer of the year by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Commander Butler still considers it an honor and privilege to dedicate herself to serve the community.

HOST: Dr. Christ-Ann Magloire M.D.

Christ-Ann MagloireChrist-Ann Magloire, MD FACOG is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist based in Miami, Florida. She is the first female Board-Certified Haitian-American to practice in North Miami.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. While attending Temple, she became involved with maternal and infant health in designing and implementing a prenatal/parenting program to help decrease infant mortality for her thesis.  Following graduation, she returned to New York and worked with Cornell University promoting a HIV reduction program for adolescents. As well, she worked with numerous coalitions addressing the needs of women in Long Island, New York. She continued her education earning a medical degree from Howard University School of Medicine where she was awarded a NIH intramural research award to explore the breastfeeding rates among African-American women. She completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boston Medical Center – Boston University.  In residency, she received the Young Scholars Award from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals 2 years in a row and published an article due to her research work in Family Planning.  Following graduation, she migrated to Miami to complete her service commitment as a National Health Services scholarship recipient.

Dr. Magloire is extremely active in the reproductive health issues of women.  She speaks nationally in regards to health care disparities in women’s health and the need for reproductive justice.  Dr. Magloire has spoken every year since the inception of the VBAC summit in Miami. She has sat on the Board of Directors of Medical Students for Choice for two terms and was the keynote speaker at their recent meeting discussing health care disparities focusing on family planning. She received their prestigious Alumni Award in 2010. As well, she is the only obstetrician member of the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review project for Miami Dade County.

She has worked with the local midwifery community since 2004 and is sought after from clients throughout the state of Florida.  She has been instrumental in encouraging VBAC in local hospitals including reshaping their policies.  She puts her words to practice with a confirmed 5-10% C-Section rate.   She is the Vice-President of the Miami-Dade chapter of the National Medical Association and Physician Champion for Breastfeeding promotion at Jackson North Medical Center. Dr. Magloire is a member of The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the National Medical Association, Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Her proudest accomplishment is being the mother of two, the second a VBAC.

Sara Elysee

Sara ElyseeSara is the founder of SoundMind Wellness Center, a therapy practice that promotes female mental health and well-being. She creates a safe environment where women and teen girls can speak their truth, find their joy, and begin to heal. Sara is a strong advocate of living an “Amazing Life” and she supports her clients on learning how to push pass their challenges and not allow their past to dictate their future. In her work with teen girls, she helps them with improving their self-esteem and overcoming issues that are keeping them from being the best version of themselves.

Sara has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida International University and Masters of Science in Counseling from Barry University.  She is a member of the American Counseling Association, Zero to Three, and Florida Association for Infant Mental Health. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor as well as a qualified supervisor with the state of Florida. She specializes on issues that specifically affects women and teen girls, related to life transition, trauma, depression, and anxiety.

She also provides child parent psychotherapy to court ordered clients from the child welfare system, following allegations of abuse, neglect, exposure to violence and trauma exposure. Her clinical intervention includes treating the parent-child relationship, conducting relation based assessments with comprehensive recommendations for the family, collaborating with all professionals from the child welfare system

She is a counselor, a trainer, a consultant, and an advocate who is working daily to break the stigma of mental health. Her passion is to see you become the BEST version of yourself and overcome your hurt and fears.


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