About

Walking in the Spirit is a faith-based program that will educate underserved black women and girls about breast health, wellness, and healthy lifestyles.

Making lifestyle changes such as changing your diet or exercising regularly can be difficult, but having a solid support system of family, friends, and community members can make it easier to reach your goals.

The Walking in the Spirit Program events will be both fun and educationally sound, so you’ll have a great time while also learning some simple tips to improve your health. Our events will also nurture your spiritual health; because we know your faith is important to you, we will always feature an inspirational message in our events.

Our hope is that you have fun, learn something new and share what you’ve learned with others. Together, we can make steps towards ending breast cancer forever!

Walking in the Spirit is funded by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure—Mid-Missouri Affiliate and is supported by the University of Missouri School of Health Professions and School of Medicine and area churches.

Walking in the Spirit Team Members

LaShaune Johnson, Ph.D., program manager

LaShaune Johnson is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Missouri School of Health Professions and a sociologist.

Before coming to Mizzou, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Connecticut Health Center, where she worked on a faith-based Type 2 diabetes prevention project with African Americans.

She holds a doctorate in Sociologyfrom the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Medieval/Renaissance Studies from Wellesley College.

She is a two-time cancer survivor who has previously been a volunteer for other cancer organizations, such as the Safe Circle Program for the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation and the Boston Public Health Commission’s Pink and Black campaign. She also has been an invited speaker to various community groups and colleges. She has previously done research with African American breast cancer survivors and African American breast cancer survivor organizations. In recognition for her research
and volunteering with minority cancer survivors, she received the Sociologists for Women in Society’s Barbara Rosenblum Dissertation Scholarship and the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Center for Black Studies Research Anita Mackey Scholarship and Service award.

She likes to travel, she likes to try foods from different cultures (her favorites are Thai, Burmese, Peruvian and Indian), and she is learning French.

You can reach her at (573) 882-9082.

Kate McIntyre, intern

Kate McIntyre is a graduate student at the University of Missouri in the Graduate School and the School of Journalism.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo. In addition to pursuing master’s degrees in journalism and public health and interning with Walking in the Spirit, she handles public relations for Mizzou Dance Marathon, which raises money for the MU Children’s Hospital through the Children’s Miracle Network; is planning a graduate student-only Mizzou Alternative Spring Break volunteer trip; and volunteers with Columbia’s Ronald McDonald House.

After graduations she hopes to secure a job in health promotion or education in California and eventually pursue a doctorate in public health. She is interested in researching health disparities, chronic illness, food insecurity and malnutrition, health literacy and media communication about health issues.

She enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, trying new recipes and working on crossword puzzles.

 

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