Health advocacy fellow , Grand Rapids African American Health Institute
The daughter of David and Nakia, Raven Odom is a strategist supporting health and civic engagement initiatives for various non-profit organizations. Prior to serving as a strategist, she accepted a position as the Health Advocacy Fellow at the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute (GRAAHI). At GRAAHI, she engaged with Black community members in the Grand Rapids area to understand their advocacy priorities and explored the tenets of participatory policymaking.
Her current work includes interrogating systems and practices to uncover pathways to more communal care and interdependence. She is actively engaged in study around relational organizing philosophies and experimenting with methods for building community power. Odom earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan and master’s of public health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.