Health equity means continually developing the necessary programs and policies to right historical wrongs that resulted in various groups of people not having the same health opportunities as others.
Tezel Lightbourne hails from the beautiful island of New Providence, Bahamas. She is passionate about finding culturally relevant ways to address racial and ethnic health disparities, especially as it pertains to health literacy and access to quality care. Tezel holds a Master of Public Health in epidemiology from the University of Arkansas. There, she had the unique opportunity to work at the Arkansas Minority Barber and Beauty Shop Health Initiative as a health equity intern with the directors of health promotion and education, where she assisted with program planning and implementation. While at the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, she also co-managed the barber and beauty shop health initiative's sponsorship grant and measured key performance indicators. Tezel has also developed a brand, Regal State of Mind, which encourages communities to cultivate a positive mental health culture. In her free time, Tezel enjoys exploring her new yoga practice and searching for cultural music festivals to attend.