Recovery LIVE: Supporting Black Women’s Resilience and Recovery

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Recovery LIVE Virtual Event: Supporting Black Women’s Resilience and Recovery

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The experiences of Black women with trauma, mental health, substance use disorder, and recovery are unique in ways that have crucial implications for service delivery. Join this free, interactive virtual conversation about supporting Black women’s resilience and recovery. Our presenters will share historical context, current research, and promising strategies for improving services and supports.


  • Enola Aird, Esq, Founder and President, Community Healing Network
  • Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Yale University
  • Ashley Stewart, PhD, MSSW, Trainer & Curriculum Development Specialist, C4 Innovations


  • Courtney Williams, MPH, Program Coordinator, C4 Innovations

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Enola G. Aird, Esq, Founder and President of Community Healing Network, is an activist mother. A former corporate lawyer, Aird has worked at the Children’s Defense Fund, leading its violence prevention initiative and serving as acting director of its Black Community Crusade for Children; is a past chair of the Connecticut Commission on Children; and was a visiting scholar at the Judge Baker Children’s Center in Boston. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Barnard College and earned her law degree from Yale University. She was born in the Republic of Panama, of Caribbean heritage, and attributes much of her vision and passion for the movement for emotional emancipation to stories passed down in her family about her great-grandfather, Samuel Alleyne, a loyal follower of Marcus Garvey.

Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine at Yale University, is an associate psychiatry residency program director, assistant professor, and addiction psychiatrist. She is a community-engaged researcher, focused on providing equitable mental health and addiction treatment and preventative services for historically marginalized populations. Her extensive research, educational, and clinical work has focused on increasing access to evidence-based substance use treatment for Black, Latinx, and Indigenous persons of color both nationally and abroad. Locally, she leads the Faith based recovery project, Imani Breakthrough (Imani meaning faith in Swahili), held in 8 Black and Latinx churches throughout the state of Connecticut helping Black and Latinx individuals with addiction engage in treatment.

Ashley Stewart, PhD, MSSW, Trainer & Curriculum Development Specialist, C4 Innovations, is a higher education professional and race equity researcher focused on anti-racist practices and addressing identity-based institutionalized oppression. She promotes self-awareness and advocacy skills through the lens of decolonization and anti-oppression. Prioritizing lived narratives, Ashley takes a person-centered and collaborative approach to identify solutions to equity issues. She is passionate about the translational aspect of research and assessment, promoting evaluative measures to ensure culture-shift, and sustainability of inclusion.

Courtney Williams, MPH, Program Coordinator, C4 Innovations, assists in providing technical assistance to peer-run, recovery community, family-run, and youth- and young adult-run organizations on partnering with state systems to advance recovery; develop an integrated workforce; build infrastructure and organizational capacity; sustain access to treatment and recovery in educational settings; and support reintegration. She plans events, national meetings, and expert resource panels and provides technological meeting and event support. Prior to joining C4, Courtney worked as an applied behavioral analysis counselor and supported individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in school and home settings.


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