Celebrating Diversity Within the Sickle Cell Community: Commitment, Innovation, Practice
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Selena Webster-Bass, MPH

Voices Institute, LLC
CEO/Lead Innovator
Selena Webster-Bass, M.P.H., is a Jacksonville, Florida native with more than 20 years of experience in cultural competency, health equity and community health. Selena has an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of North Florida and a Masters of Public Health from the University of South Florida. She has facilitated over 200 professional learning and community-based health education sessions with health and human services professionals, organizational leaders and the general community-at-large. She has worked in a variety of professional settings as Community Medicine Director with the pediatrics and family medicine residency programs at UF/Shands Jacksonville, Manager of the Pediatric Sickle Cell Clinic at Shands Jacksonville/Nemours Children’s Clinic, Adjunct Professor at University of North Florida – College of Public Health, Science Teacher at Northwestern Middle School and developing national disease education campaigns for pharmaceutical companies focusing on multicultural populations. Recently, Selena Webster-Bass served over five years with the Jacksonville System of Care Initiative as the Mental Health and Cultural Competency Educator. In 2016, she launched The Voices Institute; a premiere training, curriculum development, public speaking and research firm focused on multicultural consciousness, health equity and well-being. Selena facilitates on a variety of topics; sickle cell disease/trait education, diversity/inclusion, effective parenting, mental health literacy and spiritual development with faith-based partners. She is a core partner and consultant with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Technical Assistance-Cultural and Linguistic Competency Team, the National Sickle Cell Disease Association of America and The Partnership for Child Health.  Certified in Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid, she trains with a variety of community organizations. Selena shares her personal message Passages: From Pain to Purpose as a caregiver of a child with sickle cell disease, Richard Webster-Bass, who transitioned due to SCD complications (sepsis anti-resistant streptococcal infection) in 1999. A soulful encourager, motivator and advocate Selena brings a message of health, hope and healing to families overcoming sickle cell disease. Co-authors Selena and her brother, F. Anthony Webster who has a daughter, Fredrianna Webster, with SCD are launching a children’s book, Rainbows, a book of hope and SCD awareness. Selena Webster-Bass is eternally tied to her husband, County Court Judge Lester B. Bass and they have four wonderful children: Spencer, Trinity, Micah and Richard in spirit.  Her life statement is: “We must be the change, we want to see in the world.”– Gandhi   We are one world, many voices.

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, October 13

8:30am EDT