Mr. Shaffer Chimere Smith
Heroes are individuals who see needs and meet them. Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, a native of Moscow, Arkansas (a small community south of Pine Bluff) is one such individual. She recognized that economically deprived women needed access to quality healthcare. This hero put her training and education in Public Health (BA and MA from the University of California at Los Angeles) to work for the community. Her compassion for underserved women and their lack of access to quality healthcare led her to establish The Center for Community Health & Well-Being, a holistic health and social service agency that includes a comprehensive women’s health care clinic, and substance abuse services.
But Hall-Trujillo was not done effecting change. For years, she watched as the nation did little to improve the birth outcomes for women of color. Infant mortality rates for these women were twice as high as the rates for other women. She then founded Birthing Project USA: The Underground Railroad for New Life. The mission of the international organization is to improve birth outcomes for women of color by providing technical assistance and support to communities and organizations. This support allows communities to replicate and sustain the Birthing Project models of providing education, support, and access to healthcare and services to at risk women and families. The model has been replicated in almost 100 communities in the US, Canada, Central America and Africa.
Ms. Hall-Trujillo now has over thirty years of experience as a public health administrator, and as a community health educator and advocate in the public and private sectors. She is also an independent consultant, providing technical assistance to government, private and community agencies regarding health administration, project development, identification of resources and community education.
Ms. Hall-Trujillo also directs an on-going research project in Cuba focusing on the Cuban Maternal and Child Health system and the role of girls and women. She works closely with the Cuban Medical Scholarship Program that is training students from the United States to practice medicine in underserved areas in the U.S.
She has been honored as