Diversity Dialogues

Health Care & Race

Join us at the Allen County Public Library, Main Branch Meeting Rooms A&B on February 16th from 12-1:30pm. Our topic is Health Care & Race and we will look at disparities in the healthcare system and how we as a community can make improvements to overcome those, as well as how we can individually ensure quality care for ourselves, our neighbors, and people we work with. We’ll involve community partners from health care.

Meet our Speakers

Antoinette Francher-Donald

Antoinette is the director of the Children’s Health Collaborative (CHC), an initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne. She is responsible for executing 3 strategic Initiatives which include 9-Healthy Habits, Academic Enrichment and Support for k-12 students, and working with organizations that provide Well-Child Exams

CHC’s vision is to create a system of care where every child in Allen County reaches their highest potential.

Antoinette earned a BS degree in Marketing with a minor degree in Spanish and her MBA in Management and Human Resources. She has worked in various industries ranging from manufacturing to education and has worked for Parkview and the Fort Wayne Urban League and taught at Indiana Tech for 10 years.

Antoinette is passionate about the health & well-being of youth and families and is known for sharing, “Children don’t choose their parents and the adults in their lives and they deserve better than what we are doing.” Antoinette loves to travel and serves on several nonprofit committees and boards.

Aisha R. Arrington

Aisha R. Arrington has 20+ years of working in the non for profit field and is currently the President & CEO of the Fort Wayne Urban League. She held previous positions with several local non-profits including; Aging and In-Home Services, Healthier Moms & Babies, and as Executive Director of the LTC Ombudsman Program; where she served for 14 years.
She is a Fort Wayne native and graduated from Purdue Fort Wayne with her undergraduate degree. Aisha is a proud warrior and graduate of Indiana Tech with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership. She participated in Indiana Tech’s Go FOR it! campaign with a TV commercial and radio spots. Her community leadership includes graduating from Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (2014), Leadership Fort Wayne (2017), and the completion of Foellinger Foundation’s Executive Leader Program (2019). She created the LTC Ombudsman Annual Pajama Drive where thousands of nursing home neighbors have been served with a new pajama or gown. Aisha was featured as a She Glow(s) community leader in Glo Magazine (2017) and was honored to receive the Alumnus of the Year Award from Indiana Tech (2021). Her passions include writing, with the publication of several Op-Ed’s with the Journal Gazette, and serving the underprivileged, underserved, and those often forgotten. Aisha was appointed to Fort Wayne Metro Human Relations Board by Mayor Tom Henry (2018) and now serves as Chair.

Antionette Johnson

Antionette Johnson currently serves as an Assistant Director at Bowen Health Clinic in Fort Wayne, IN. Bowen Health clinic focuses on an Integrated Health Care model to serve patients. She has worked in Community Mental Health and Non-profit Organizations for 22 years serving vulnerable populations in Fort Wayne, IN. Currently, she has her BS in Human Services and pursuing her Master of Social Work through Walden University to continue growing her knowledge in building community partnerships, advocacy, working on social determinants of health, and providing good equality health care. Antionette has an extensive history in working with various populations as a case manager before transitioning into leadership. Her leadership experience consists of working with immigrant and refugees’ families, various aspects of mental and physical healthcare, and intervention services through partnerships with the criminal justice system and the Department of Child Services for the last 10 years. Antionette has a true passion for helping others and developing a team that is truly passionate about serving the community with through various integrated healthcare models.

In September 2022, our dialogue was “Disparities in Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, & Substance Abuse Incidences.” YWCA staff led a dialogue about the services that are available and how to ensure that services and supports in the community support people from historically disenfranchised racial groups who are more vulnerable to crimes and who may not want to turn to the police or legal systems for support. Watch the recording here.

In May 2022, we talked about the reasons for and impact of the generational wealth gap. We learned how we can impact the wealth gap in areas such as finances, banking, education, employment, job creation etc. Speakers included Pat Ashton, Rachel Blakeman, and Kibwe Cooper. Watch the recaps for each speaker in the links above! Thank you to Indiana Tech for sponsoring this event!

In February 2022, for Black History Month, YWCA Northeast Indiana convened a panel of organizations that have worked towards racial justice and equity locally to discuss what has been done, and what needs to be done, and how people can engage. Join us for a panel discussion, Q&A time, and suggestions for action steps we can all take. Watch the recording here.