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Quarterly Meeting

Empowering Diversity through Wellness

Michelle G. Rhodes, MHS, RN

Tricia Penniecook, MD, MPH

Wednesday, September 27th

Port Tampa Bay

2:00 - 4:00PM

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Michelle Greene Rhodes is a dynamic force in the field of health and wellness. As a ten-time award-winning Managed Care Registered Nurse (retired), keynote speaker, healthcare writer, author, and executive coach, she possesses a rich tapestry of experience that has uniquely positioned her as a key influencer in the health industry.

Michelle is the entrepreneurial force behind "The Color of Wellness" Digital Media, a platform committed to championing diversity in health and wellness. This venture emerged as a response to the global pandemic, as Michelle felt a compelling need to leverage her voice and platform to foster inclusivity and representation in the health landscape.

In addition to her work with "The Color of Wellness," Michelle is an esteemed Opinion Columnist at CEO World Magazine and GoodRx, providing insightful commentary and critical analyses of current health and wellness issues. Her impressive portfolio also includes features on major media outlets such as SiriusXM, Fox News, Blavity, and

Currently, Michelle holds the position of Editor in Chief at "The Color of Wellness" Magazine, where she orchestrates an array of diverse health-related narratives. Under her leadership, the magazine has become a leading resource for inclusive health education and a testament to her commitment to promoting diversity in health communication and patient education. With her remarkable blend of expertise, Michelle Greene Rhodes continues to pave the way for a more inclusive and equitable health environment. Her dedication, foresight, and relentless advocacy make her a beacon of leadership in the ever-evolving world of health and wellness.


Tricia Penniecook has over 24-years experience as a physician, educator, and public health administrator. As an educator, she is committed to the development of health professionals, and aims to leverage her own experience to provide guidance and modeled behavior for those in her charge.

She believes that it is the responsibility of public health academia to create, educate and support leaders of different passions, interests and experiences; leaders who will understand and embrace their responsibility in achieving health equity through practice, research, advocacy and policy development.

She serves as the Vice-Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development, University of South Florida, College of Public Health where she provides strategic leadership for all academic, educational, student and faculty related matters within the College. Since 2012 she has also been serving as a Site Visitor for the Council on Education for Public Health, and is a National Councilor since January 2020.

She became the first Afrolatina Dean of the School of Public Health at Loma Linda University, leading the school to be among the first to adopt the new Framework for Public Health Education, with emphasis on Health Equity, a global presence and a faith-based foundation. She also served as Vice-President of Academic Administration at Oakwood University, an HBCU in Alabama.

She is no stranger to starting over and leading change, and believes that women need to be empowered with knowledge, skills and opportunities to step confidently into their life’s purpose.

This program is pending approval for SHRM, SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and is pending approval for General Credit towards PHR, SPHR, GPHR.
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