Arielsela Holdbrook-Smith

Black + Mental Health + Matters Facilitator

Arielsela Holdbrook-Smith

Arielsela (she/they) is an interdisciplinary public health educator and artist originally from Los Angeles with roots in Ghana, but currently based in NYC.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Global Health from the University of California, San Diego and Master of Public Health from New York University with a specialization in Community Health Science and Practice. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist. Much of her work focuses on social disparities impacting Afro-diasporic communities globally, health equity, urban policy, collective healing, and placemaking.

She believes in the power of the arts as a public health tool, especially utilizing multimedia storytelling and performance art in her praxis. She is interested in destigmatizing and decolonizing the ways we interact with mental health issues, and exploring liberation through creativity.

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