Session #3: Community Resilience During COVID-19
Verna Laboy, is a Health Educator with Columbia/Boone Co Public Health & Human Services, overseeing the award winning, Live Well by Faith Public Health Initiative addressing health disparities in the Black community through the Black Church setting. She comes to the Public Health arena from a grassroots organizing background in the first ward Columbia community for well over 25 years. She has birthed several movements from her home "Ladies Night Out @ Worley St Manor" where she opened her home weekly, every Thursday evening to broken women who received mentoring, elegant home cooked meals & monthly diaper/wipes showers for expectant mothers. Neighborhood Associations to fight crime and stabilize a crime ridden neighborhood and beautification initiatives for her community. She is known as a community activist and a voice for the people. She has received several community leadership awards as a Columbia Community Champion to name a few: 2020 Missouri Legislatures DeVerna L Calloway Award, The Missourian 2019 Progress in Health Award, COMO Magazine 2020 Women of Excellence award, League of Women Voters 2016 Liz Schmidt Community Service Award, Fun City Youth Academy Community Champion, The Links Inc Community Service Award. She serves on The Board of Directors for FACE (Family Access Center for Excellence), Community Foundation of Central MO, Founding member of Worley Street Roundtable, an educational nonprofit organization addressing educational disparities in our public school system & supporting our own brown teacher stock. "Miz Verna" M-Motivated, I-Inspired, Z-Zealous was born to make a positive difference in the lives of others.