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Columnist – Randevyn Pierre

To Heal a Mocking Bird

By Randevyn Pierre

Randevyn Pierre

Randevyn Pierre is a business organizer, process innovator, and health messaging strategist. Raised in the Rocky Mountains, Randevyn earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Colorado Technical University.

His diverse professional background includes experiences in the business of infectious disease prevention and treatment, program development, health promotion, health education, health marketing, project management, and community engagement in communities of color. 

More specifically, Randevyn’s public health work portfolio includes the Georgia Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Janssen Pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson.

He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Southern AIDS Coalition

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Blogs by Randevyn Pierre



Stories from Silent Survivors of Divine Punishment: It’s Just Us, Anthony.


June 1, 2022

Since its onset in the 1980s, there have been an estimated 36.3 million people who have died from HIV/AIDS complications worldwide.To date, Ted Winn, a Stellar Award-winning gospel artist who grew up in Black churches, has personally known between 40 and 50 people who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS. “I choose to not allow them to be ‘othered’ or described as deviants, but people who were seeking love, relationship, affirmation, and happiness.” – Ted Winn



Stories from Silent Survivors of Divine Punishment: JJ and Lamont


April 18, 2022

The denial of HIV’s early impact was so severe in some African American faith communities that ‘church cancer’ became the colloquial term used when explaining the cause of death for the formerly embraced, now stigmatized (and socially-abandoned) gay men who passed away from AIDS complications. These are the anonymous stories of the lives of JJ and Lamont.



Uncovering ‘Church Cancer:’ Stories from Silent Survivors of Divine Punishment


February 28, 2022

The denial of HIV’s early impact was so severe in some African American faith communities that ‘church cancer’ became the colloquial term used when explaining the cause of death for the formerly embraced, now stigmatized (and socially-abandoned) gay men who passed away from AIDS complications.



Randevyn Pierre discusses “Black Healthcare Stigma and Its Impact: Fowlkes’ 40-Year Fight for Health Equity in HIV”


October 31, 2021

“Imagine working in an office where you know that everyone who comes through the doors is gonna die.
I remember telling one of my clients who was dying that I didn’t know if I could continue doing the work anymore, because I wasn’t making a difference and I couldn’t keep watching people die.
He told me I had an obligation to help everyone I saw, even if I only saved one life in all the time I worked in HIV/AIDS. That was over 30 years ago.” – Earl Fowlkes



Randevyn Pierre discusses “Black Healthcare Hesitancy and Its Impact: From the Desk of the Author”


September 30, 2021

Randevyn Pierre has collected and shared the experiences of a number of African Americans around healthcare hesitancy and medical mistrust.
In this piece, he exposes his own thoughts and experiences in navigating his journey through the healthcare landscape.
Pierre also infuses key learnings from his public health knowledge as well as other accounts from interviewees.

Randevyn Pierre discusses "Black Healthcare Hesitancy and Its Impact The 100 Series"


Randevyn Pierre discusses “Black Healthcare Hesitancy and Its Impact The 100 Series”


August 25, 2021

Former President Barack Obama is famously quoted as saying, “we have more in common than we have things that divide us.”
This philosophy may or may not have moved the needle on this country’s politics around human decency, but perhaps it offers us a start to reducing healthcare hesitancy in exam rooms all over the United States.

Randevyn Pierre discusses "Black Healthcare Hesitancy and Its Impact Profile 104: Healthcare Through Angela’s Eyes (Part 2 of 2)


Randevyn Pierre discusses “Black Healthcare Hesitancy and Its Impact Profile 104: Healthcare Through Angela’s Eyes (Part 2 of 2)”


August 22, 2021

During Angela Braden’s battle to preserve her sight, the medical mistrust of her support system took an unexpected turn as her Black family immediately questioned the qualifications and competence of a Black physician. Soon thereafter, they were confronted with their worse fears.



Randevyn Pierre’s Podcast Review of Black Healthcare Hesitancy and Its Impact: Profiles 102 – 103


July 22, 2021

Listen to the radio show-style break down of our conversation around Black health and its historically relevant trust-related barriers over coffee.



Randevyn Pierre discusses “Black Healthcare Hesitancy and Its Impact Profile 104: Healthcare Through Angela’s Eyes (Part 1 of 2)”


July 20, 2021

During Angela Braden’s battle to preserve her sight, the medical mistrust of her support system took an unexpected turn as her Black family immediately questioned the qualifications and competence of a Black physician. Soon thereafter, they were confronted with their worse fears.

Randevyn Pierre discusses "Black Healthcare Hesitancy and Its Impact Profile 103: Our Body Is (Nothing and Everything)"


Randevyn Pierre discusses “Black Healthcare Hesitancy and Its Impact Profile 103: Our Body Is (Nothing and Everything)”


June 26, 2021

“My grandmother was resistant to her food being heated up on a metal plate. Today, most of us don’t even think twice about warming our dinner in a microwave. Change is slow, but it is constant and inevitable. We will get there.”

Randevyn Pierre discusses "Black Healthcare Hesitancy and Its Impact Profile 102: The Brown Paper Bag"


Randevyn Pierre discusses “Black Healthcare Hesitancy and Its Impact Profile 102: The Brown Paper Bag”


June 22, 2021

“I used to see my mother and grandmother get these brown paper bags full of medications thrown at them. I was sitting there trying to help my mother read and understand them.”



Randevyn Pierre discusses “Black healthcare hesitancy and its impact profile 101: The Best Doctor”


May 30, 2021

“There are members of the Black community who find it difficult, at best, to believe that reversing age-old systematic oppression and trauma in healthcare is a top priority of our government.”



Randevyn Pierre’s Podcast Review of Black Healthcare Hesitancy and Its Impact: Profile 101


May 16, 2021

Listen to the radio show-style break down of our conversation around Black health and its historically relevant trust-related barriers over coffee.

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