ABC Health Connection, Inc. is a nonprofit group of licensed doctors, nurses, and other retired professionals giving back by addressing health equity. ABC’s Evidenced-based health education teaches patients healthy behaviors, self-monitoring, tracking, normal lab value ranges, and assistance navigating health systems. ABC is leveraging technology to change the conversation between patients and their doctors to Improve health outcomes. ABC focuses on empowering clients through health education, increased access to resources, and assistance in navigating healthcare systems. ABC uses Marketing concepts such as consumer behavior to increase awareness and aid clients as they become informed consumers. Clients learn self-monitoring and prevention or management of chronic illness. Informed consumers have raised expectations of their health outcomes. ABC's approach of applying new tools, such as wearable technologies, with user-friendly data collection systems provides clients with real-time information to share with their providers. This team approach allows interventions to be implemented more effectively. We believe empowered consumers can begin to shift the dynamics of implicit biases in the medical system still afflicting Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), bariatric, marginalized, and medically indigent people through self-advocacy.
Danita Boyd, MBA, CNP
CEO and Co-Founder
Danita Boyd is a devoted equity advocate, A.B.C. Health Connection, Inc. co-founder with 20+ years of nonprofit leadership and experience in marketing, program development, and implementation. A community liaison with a background in nursing who leverages her business experience and networking skills to address health equity and other social determinants of health confronting underserved communities and individuals "in the gap. " Ms. Boyd decided to pursue a business degree, realizing education and credentialing would be necessary to advance the mission of their nonprofit ABC. As a mature returning student, she maintained honors while obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Houston Downtown. Also a Certified Non-Profit Professional in the American Humanics Program at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Later she obtained her Master's in Business Administration at UHD Marilyn Davies College of Business.
Danita has two successful adult children and one grandson who keeps her beaming with love and pride. Her community activities have included being an Advisory Board Member -Houston Community College Business Technology, St. John's Downtown United Methodist Church Health and Wellness Ministry Leader, and volunteering with Bread of Life, Inc. Also, public speaking and prenatal education for March of Dimes, Zeta's Stork Nest, and Kappa Silhouettes health outreach programs.
Dr. Edward A.R. Lord, Jr., M.D.
(In Memoriam 2019)
Edward A. R. Lord, Jr., M.D., the founder. and C.E.O. of Houston Care P.A., is certified and re-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has provided health care services to
the community for more than 35 years. Dr. Lord is the co-founder of ABC Health Connection, Inc. and as Medical Director lends his expertise to provide oversight and direction in the medical matters of the organization.
Mildred Ball Bright, Dr.PH
Director of Research and Development, Quality Assurance
For more than fifty years, Dr. Mildred Ball Bright has served the City of Houston, the nation and various international communities with her extraordinary abilities as a registered nurse in Health care and human services agencies and intuitions, public schools, a vocational and therapeutic counselor, urban researcher and planner, quality assurance health care professional, public health practitioner and college professor. She received her Master’s in Education from Texas Southern University and her Doctorate of Public Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health. She developed her expertise in Health Service Management and Evaluation. Her arena of service includes; health service research in the role of adjunct and full-time faculty at Prairie View A & M University, University of Texas School of Public Health, Texas Southern University, and The Houston Community College System.
As a creative scholar, Dr. Bright has served as a health professional on local, national, and international levels. She was one of thirty- five international expert Round Table panelists for Oxford University in England. There she presented novel teaching techniques in health and social research, planning and conducting symposiums, seminars, and community service through numerous local and national board positions.
During Dr. Bright’s tenure at De Bakey Veterans Administration Medical Center, she served as a Therapeutic Counselor, Quality Control Officer, Regional Medical Educator, and facilitator for health administration interns.
Dr. Bright has been married to Mr. Willie S. Bright for the past 57 years. They are the proud parents of two children and the grandparents of seven. She has provided many services to the community including an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, and a “Life Time” board of directors’ thirty-five of the Ensemble Theatre. Inc.
Alice Faye Walker Dixon, MS, RD, LD
( In Memoriam 2019)
Director of Nutrition
As a registered and licensed dietitian and nutritionist, Faye has provided individual nutrition assessments, counseling and referrals as a Pediatric Dietitian at Texas Children’s Hospital, and as a Coronary Care Dietitian at St Luke’s Hospital in Houston Texas. Faye has 30 years of executive experience in managing; Academic and Public Health Nutrition Programs, grant funds ranging from $50,000 to $9.8 million per year, quality assurance, and has served on the faculty of Prairie View A&M University since 1990.
Faye is passionate about community service and investing in others through instruction, mentorship and motivational presentations. She generously contributes to several local and national organizations. Faye has been active in leadership roles for the Texas and National Women, Infant and Children Association, the National Organization of Blacks in Dietetics and Nutrition, the state of Texas and the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is devoted to her family, church, sorority, and several charitable organizations.
Shonah P. Jefferson, Esq
Local Owner of Chefs for Seniors
A native Houstonian and proud University of Texas Longhorn, Shonah Jefferson began her culinary career at the tender age of 11 – helping her dad at his local Houston restaurant. After spending many years in business and as a practicing attorney, she returned to her culinary roots by managing the family restaurant for a few years while obtaining a degree in Culinary Arts from San Jacinto College.
Shonah has always had an interest in giving back to others because “to whom much is given, much is required.” Being a Chefs for Seniors owner and personal chef gives her an opportunity to “do well by doing good” and to combine her love of people, business and the culinary arts. She looks forward to serving the seniors of the North Houston area for many years to come.
Executive Board of Directors Member
James is an accomplished information technology program/project manager with 'Big 4' management consulting experience. He brings business solution and advisory expertise to ABC Health Connection, Inc., assisting in the areas of strategic thinking, continuous improvement, and technical innovation. James advocates for health equity to narrow the gap between underserved communities and the advantaged by advancing its mission.
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ABC is improving consumer experiences and health outcomes for marginalized groups facing implicit bias by addressing barriers to health equity, using data-driven technology, consumer awareness, self-advocacy, and increasing effective interventions while reducing costs for companies, insurance carriers, and providers.
ABC’s innovation includes creating W3C-verified software, a database, and an app to accommodate blind consumers and others with preferences for voice input. By owning the software, ABC provides access and flexibility to consumers regardless of their payer source or provider.
We aim to increase the use of ABC’s self-input mobile-friendly database and health technologies such as patient portals, wearable trackers or smartwatches, continuous glucose monitors, and personal EKG devices to provide data for effective treatment and life-saving interventions.
ABC realized that over 20 years of serving the community, self-monitoring increased positive lifestyle changes. ABC enrolled 1000 participants in two years for an American Heart Association grant with access to a blood pressure tracking database. The technology provided a tool for patients with data in real-time on their phones to share with doctors. Armed with data, the conversation changed. The doctors used the data to modify ineffective treatment plans. prescriptions or dosages. The downside was that the database needed to be ADA-compatible and had limited fields, and once the funding cycle ended, so did access to the tool for ABC and its clients.
ABC seeks technical support and funding through grants, donations, and crowdsourcing for a data architect, software developer, iterations, testing, technical support, and maintenance. We invite you to consider supporting us as ABC leverages technology to change conversations with providers to improve health outcomes for marginalized individuals.