July 28, 2017
Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
Today, we mark a couple of milestones for the Living Local podcast: Our one-year anniversary and our youngest (and cutest) guest to date! To celebrate one year of Living Local, we invited Tonda Thompson to join us again. Tonda was our very first interview in August of 2016, when she shared her journey from losing a child to working on the issue of infant mortality here at United Way. At the time, Tonda was finishing her tenure as a Public Ally with the Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families (LIHF) Collaborative, funded by WPP, and was preparing to move on to another job. Today, Tonda is back at United Way, once again working with Lifecourse to reduce racial disparities in and prevent infant mortality in the city of Milwaukee.
Tonda has also experienced another big change over the past year: she gave birth to a beautiful son, Jehlani Rashid. Tonda brought 5-month-old Jehlani along to our podcast interview and he is just as cute over audio as he is in person.
Join Tonda, Lifecourse, and United Way at the second annual HaRUNbee 5k Walk/Run for Healthy Birth Outcomes on Saturday, August 5. This first-of-its-kind event was designed to raise awareness and to prevent infant mortality, and will take place as part of the annual Bronzeville Week.
In today’s conversation, Tonda mentions Dr. Joy DeGruy. Learn more about Dr. DeGruy and purchase her book, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome.