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Rising Stars: Meet Ernesta Wright

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ernesta Wright. 

Hi Ernesta, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
The G.R.E.E.N Foundation has provided community services through outreach, community engagement, and client navigation services for many years, 25 years. We understood and experienced the lack of information that was flowing directly in the African American communities as it related to prevention and affordable access to health care. We many years of experience and collaborations with community stakeholders, business owners, faith partners, learning institutions, and experts in many sectors, TGF was able to focus on clear goals to reduce healthcare gaps. When COVID-19 severely impacted the African American community, I (we those who are up to date on data) was not surprised of the outcomes of the many deaths, the mistrust, and the lack of access to COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. In 2019, upon the earliest awareness of COVID-19, The G.R.E.E.N Foundation sprang into action to create ActNOW COVID-19 Health Hubs within their current networks throughout the state of California. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
No. With the world struggling to get a handle of what would be the next steps to reduce death rates resulted from COVID-19, those who are already experiencing disparities within the healthcare systems and public health will have the highest negative impact (data proven this case). The struggles, misinformation, lack of testing and vaccination sites within the hardest hit communities, lack of funding to properly increase staffing to manage the massive undertaking to educate, empower and encourage African Americans the importance of testing and how the vaccinations work. 2) to address historical health issues that greatly impacted African Americans through experiments and research – this mistrust and misdeeds of the current and past 3) lack of local testing and vaccination sites 4) misinformation or the continued changing of the information 5) competing for hospital beds 6) the aftercare of those who were financially impacted and 7) treatment 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am the Founder of the organization and serve as the Executive Director. I have many years providing community service in Orange, Los Angeles, and a few cities in northern California. I have owned a couple of businesses prior founding the nonprofit organization and hold a Business Administration degree. I have many years of servant leadership experience with a passion to serve in the African American community to save lives. My specialty is community and collaboration organizing to reach set milestones to ultimately assist the lives of many who are impacted by negative bias of health care. I am proud of being able to provide assistance to those who are recently diagnosed with a chronic disease, who are seeking assistance to support their overall health, and that we are a “voice” to advocate for those who are in need of general health care. 

I believe what sets me apart is the lifetime commitment of being passionate about serving in my community and how it has impacted others through their testimonies and stories. 

What do you like and dislike about the city?
This is quite broad – I would comment on if there are no accessible healthcare centers, grocery stores, and banks near all citizens in the city it need to improve. 

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