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Community Health Educator
Celevia Taylor joined Sinai Urban Health Institute as a Community Health Educator for the Helping Her Live (HHL) Project in Humboldt Park. As a health educator, her first responsibility is to educate and empower women to be more aware of their breast health. Ms. Taylor goes out into the community to conduct breast health workshops in homes, churches and community centers. She helped create the HHL brochure and other written literature to be distributed in the community. Celevia first got involved with SUHI as an interviewer, in March, 2008. She helped administer over 2000 baseline surveys with women in the Humboldt Park and North Lawndale, which provided pertinent information for HHL. She was later hired full-time as a Community Health Educator in July, 2008.
Celevia worked as an Administrative Assistant for more than 5 years. She always had a desire to do the kind of work that would allow her to help people. Finding this desire hard to ignore, she decided to go back to school in pursuit of a new career that would allow her to do just that. While in school full time, she began working part time as a Tele-recruiter for Lifesource. Her current employment, at that time, sparked an interest in phlebotomy. So she enrolled into the phlebotomy program at Malcolm X. College. But while in clinical, she found this new career choice to be not as challenging as far as her community was concerned. After some soul searching, she quickly realized that the ideal career opportunity would be full time and within her own community.
With a full understanding that she had to gain experience somehow; she began to take advantage of volunteer opportunities. Already an active member of her block club, which in itself a hand full, she became a member of the Building Employment and Entrepreneur Partnerships (BEEP) for West Humboldt Park.
The first opportunity financially and in her desired direction, was a Program Assistant for the Orion’s Mind tutoring program at Morton Academy. The next opportunity came, in March of 2008 when she joined the SUHI Helping Her Live research project and it was this opportunity that paved the way to the ideal position she so desired. Yes, it was a process but worth it.
Celevia is the mother of a beautiful 11 year old boy. She is an active member of Revival Fellowship where she serves as a minister.
Certification in Plebotomy, Malcolm X. College, 2004