Nettye Johnson, of Denham Springs, was recently selected to join The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Leaders Program. Johnson is a certified health education specialist, author, and speaker who has done award-winning faith-based health outreach for more than 10 years in the Baton Rouge area.
She is one of only 39 professionals selected from more than 700 applicants nationwide, and one of only two from the State of Louisiana. The fact that she is a resident of Louisiana is significant as the state consistently ranks as one of the unhealthiest in the country.
“I am grateful for this tremendous opportunity to learn, collaborate, and improve my culturally appropriate health outreach in Louisiana while contributing to the RWJF culture of health movement,” she said.
The Culture of Health Leaders Program is a leadership development program that provides an opportunity for select professional to advance health and equity and help build a culture of health in the United States.
This selection recognizes Johnson’s experience providing science-based, faith-empowered education and programming addressing health disparities. She is author of Put Your Faith Where Your Fork Is and The Veganish Cookbook.
“This selection is truly an honor,” said Johnson. “My passion and work support a culture of health in which every person understands and values health and has both the expectation and the ability to live in good health. This philosophy aligns beautifully with RWJF’s national agenda to improve health, equity and well-being for all people.”
She is an American Council on Exercise-certified health coach and
holds credentials from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. She is the National Physical Fitness Coordinator of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. H.O.P.E. HHS Partnership
With more than 15 years of experiential leadership and grassroots health education engagement in the faith community, Johnson will add an important perspective to the cohort. “All of us involved in improving the health and lives of others do what we can for individuals, yet there are larger issues at play – inequities and both institutional and societal barriers to health – that can be addressed through focused collective efforts,” said Johnson. “I look forward to tackling such issues with like-minded professionals.”
As a Culture of Health Leader, Johnson will receive an annual stipend and high-touch executive coaching, and participate in a structured, three-year curriculum and development experience focused on leadership, mastery of self, relationships, environment and change. At the end of the program
experience, each leader will plan, launch, and lead a local project that engages professionals across disciplines with the community to advocate for better health and build public support for systemic change.