Jennifer Woodard brings over 20 years’ experience working in social justice, and has spent the past 10 years working to alleviate tobacco related health disparities experienced by lower income people especially those in communities of color and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities.
Jennifer completed her Masters in Social Work at DU and began her social work career at Mi Casa Women’s Resource Center where she spent 7 years as the Director of Youth Programs which addressed teen pregnancy prevention, lowering high school dropout rates in primarily Latino Denver Public High Schools and building pathways to post-secondary education for girls from families that had never been to college. She then joined the Piton Foundation where she was a leader in the sector employment movement, a national effort to work with employers to develop career paths for low income residents to work and, at the same time, be educated so that they could earn a livable wage.
Jennifer then went on to complete a certification in Organizational Development Consulting and began her own business offering management coaching, strategic planning and training to nonprofits, government and educational entities that serve a social purpose.
From 2008-2011 Jennifer led The Colorado Community Coalition for Health Equity, a group of community activists and public health professionals knowledgeable in communities of health disparities (ie: Black/African American, American Indian, Latino/Hispanic, Rural and LGBT) to research the lower rates of cessation success experienced by lower income segments of these groups. With guidance from this group, she developed culturally tailored toolkits for each community and then trained informal leaders from each community to bring these resources to their own communities. This research was also foundational for the development of a strategic plan for the State of Colorado to address the high smoking rates in diverse low income populations.