Black Maternal Health Fair – Meet the Team

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Now in her second year of organizing the Black Maternal Health Fair, Crystal is excited to bring Philadelphia a bigger and more empowering event. Crystal is a mother, a labor and delivery nurse, and a student midwife.

Crystal Hawkins, BSN, BA, RN

Candace is a creative individual who strives to make her community a safe and expressive environment where individuals do not feel inadequate or stigmatized to the societal norms. She brings 7 plus intensive years in mental health and numerous years  with birth work. After having her baby at the of 18, she found her passion in becoming a doula and helping black women and teens find their voice and create their own birth story. Her mission is bring forth a community where people can advocate for themselves with effective and sustainable interventions, resources, and evidence based research that is going to uplift the community. 

Candace Shillingford, MSW

Dr. Peterson is a women’s health advocate with a focus in perinatal mental health issues and support services provided by community health workers, doulas and breastfeeding peer counselors. She is a member of the Birth Equity Leadership Academy (BELA) through HealthConnect One and a board member of The National Association to Advance Black Birth. Dr. Peterson is the founder of the Philadelphia Birth Equity Project, an organization developed to address disparities in maternal and child health in the city of Philadelphia. She also volunteers with the Maternity Care Coalition and is a member of the Breastfeeding Task Force here in the city.

Faith Peterson, MD, CLC

Kianna is a volunteer for Black Maternal Health Fair where she assists in the planning and execution of their annual maternal health fair. Her goals as a volunteer is to gain more insight into the field Black maternal, infant and child health while building connections with other women with a shared interest. This volunteer experience will provide her insight, guidance, and networking support to achieve her goals.
Kianna has recently transitioned her career in to Maternal, Infant and Child Health. Kianna has recently accepted a role as Program Coordinator of the Healthy Start program at Maternity Care Coalition.
Kianna hopes to become a certified Doula and Lactation Consultant providing direct care to Black mothers and children. In addition, Kianna plans to earn her PhD and through research address the Black Maternal Mortality crises.
Kianna received a B.A. in Applied Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2009. In May 2017, she received a Master of Public from La Salle University.Outside of the office, she is committed to becoming proficient in biostatistics. She continuously develops her skills in different software programs (e.g. R, STAT, and SAS).

Kianna Little, MPH

Jada is a budding herbalist, trained birth-doula, self care enthusiast and public health advisor. She has worked fight health inequalities in communities of color across the globe, and after 3 years abroad she has returned home to Philly to advocate for the communities that raised her. She is passionate about brining wellness and holistic health back to communities of color. 
She holds a B.S in Biobehavioral Health from the Pennsylvania State University. As a communications expert, she has worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and for foreign governments in Uganda and the Pacific Islands. When she’s not acting as a public health ninja, you can find participating in meditation sessions or planning a international trip. You can find her travel and wellness blog here:

Jada Walton, BS

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