Born and raised in Detroit, Genelle moved to Minneapolis in 2017 to serve in the Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As a PHA, Genelle worked with the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center on various projects throughout the Midwest, focusing on American Indian and Alaska Native health in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois.
As a subject matter expert, Genelle is HoC’s Community Liaison Lead for our initiative to reduce infant mortality rates and improve outcomes for Black mothers and parents. Utilizing our proprietary journey mapping process, Genelle works with Twin Cities healthcare systems to ensure that the Black Expectant Mother Journey is documented and shared in a culturally informed manner.
This effort is designed to build bridges of empathy and understanding between patients and healthcare professionals in order to help eliminate the disparity in health outcomes between white and Black mothers-to-be.
Genelle is currently a graduate student in the University of Minnesota’s Masters of Public Health program, with an emphasis on maternal and child health. She earned her bachelor’s in international/global studies at Western Michigan University.
During her free time, Genelle enjoys spending time with her dog Theodore, cooking, listening to music, and dancing.