Luana Nelson-Brown, MSPH

Luana Nelson-Brown Headshot - Iowa Sexual Violence Symposium

Luana Nelson-Brown, MSPH is the Executive Director of the Iowa Coalition for Collective Change, an organization the provides training and technical assistance to culturally specific anti-violence organizations, homicide response programs and organizations and corporations wishing to adopt and implement anti-racist policies and procedures and collaborate with marginalized communities according to best practices.  Luana has supported several federal initiatives aimed at building capacity in organizations providing services to marginalized communities in Iowa including the African American, Asian Pacific Islander, African Immigrant/refugee, Meskwaki settlement, Deaf and hard of hearing, and the Latinx communities.  Luana is also the former co-chair and current board member of Iowa Women for Progressive Change a Political Action Committee dedicated to supporting candidates committed to introducing and implementing anti-racist polices in elected offices across the State.  Luana holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Tennessee State University and a Master of Science in Public Health from Meharry Medical College.  Both are a historically black university and college respectively of which she is a proud alumna.  believes that the daily microaggressions associated with oppression are acts of violence and a public health issue that directly affect other epidemics in society such as homelessness, poverty and early death.