Our founder, Dr. Omolara Uwemedimo spent over 15 years as a pediatrician, researcher, professor and activist, committed to creating health equity for diverse communities in the U.S. and abroad. However, within the span of one week in May of 2019, she found herself unable to walk. Unbeknownst to her, she was about to become a statistic. After 2 weeks, she received her diagnosis — a brain lesion indicating multiple sclerosis, a chronic, autoimmune disorder.
As she tried to understand how and why this happened, she was confronted with a chilling fact. She was not alone. She was now one of the millions of Black women who are disproportionately diagnosed with chronic autoimmune disorders, infertility, cardiovascular diseases and other life-long diseases.
This experience was the result of “weathering”— a term coined by Dr. Arline Geronimus — the early deterioration of our health due to the effects of institutionalized discrimination, medical racism, and the persistent stress we endure trying to mitigate, resist, or undo the harmful effects of structural racism on our health.
This was beyond alarming. And the implications were deadly. If Black women in healthcare aren’t able to stay healthy, they wouldn’t be able to continue their work of delivering healthcare and advocating for communities dealing with health injustice who desperately need them .
Our mission became to provide these women with the support, strategies, and systems to create a life that allowed them to pivot out of toxic & taxing work environments and create a career path for themselves that allows them to pivot into their true purpose and ultimately, saves their lives.
However, we began to realize while Black, indigenous and Women of color (BIWOC) in healthcare now had the ability to uncover their vision and idealize how they wanted to use their expertise in order to create health justice, they often had multiple roadblocks finding the resources, funding, and support to start, fund, and grow enterprises that created the health justice they wanted to see in the world.
It has been exciting to see the most marginalized and minoritized women in healthcare boldly move into the space of transforming healthcare and re-entering those that have been neglected.
Melanin & Medicine now works to increase the reach of these innovations by ensuring health organizations are supporting health providers of color in order to transform diverse communities.
We use coaching, courses, and community, to support Black women In healthcare who want to grow in social entrepreneurship through consulting and/or launching their own healthcare practices.
We provide consulting and corporate trainings to support health organizations who are ready to build, and implement culturally-responsive programs that truly make an impact for their BIWOC employees
To do transformational work, Melanin & Medicine has grown into a transformational team. This includes experts in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Operations, Project Management, Marketing and Provider Wellness.
The health justice movement must happen now and we exist to make sure that BIWOC in healthcare are leading the way.
Dr. Omolara Thomas Uwemedimo is a serieal entrepreneur, business development coach, and funding strategist for women of color in healthcare.
As an intrapreneurial career as a pediatrician for over 15 years and researcher & professor for over a decade.growing two companies to multi-six figures in revenue in less than 18 months.
Dr. Omolara's work has been defined by a passion for social justice, serving as an advocate and working as a global physician across sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.
In 2019, she co-founded Strong Children Wellness, a multi-award winning, healthcare practice network in NYC, providing integrated physical health, mental health and social services for minoritized, low-income children and families. Her medical practice has been featured in the New York Times, NY1 News and Crain's for their reverse integration model, embedding care within community organizations including nonprofits and foster care agencies.
Given her expertise and success as an entrepreneur, Dr. Omolara went on to found Melanin & Medicine, a premier business development & funding coaching company to help support women of color in medicine to secure capital, without incurring debt or diluting equity, to build and grow their own healthcare businesses committed to social impact. To date, Melanin & Medicine has helped over 200 women in medicine across our workshops, courses and programs to pivot into their purpose, re-create their healthcare careers on their own terms, build social impact businesses and live more fulfilled & integrated lives. In addition, they support thousands more through their popular Melanin & Medicine weekly podcast.
Dr. Uwemedimo is an expert in purpose-led entrepreneurship, securing funding for healthcare, addressing medical racism for marginalized providers and patients and building socially-responsive healthcare spaces. Her work has been featured in several media outlets including People.com, NBC News, Medscape, Essence.com, Newsweek, Crain’s, Politico, Reuters, and NPR.
Dr. Uwemedimo lives in Long Island, NY with her husband, Ilahi, and her two powerhouse daughters, Idara & Tolani.
Raelynn is a Project Manager, Strategist & Program Specialist who is grateful to use her skill of hand and integrity of heart to serve people, organizations, and institutions that promote, protect, and provide equity, justice and love to all people.
Janae, born and raised in Richmond, Virginia is a 2021 college graduate of George Mason University. Janae is the Client Experience Lead for Melanin and Medicine. Most of her background is in Administrative work. Her interest in supporting entrepreneurs is not new, she has a background in social media management specifically focused on entrepreneurs. Her additional experience is within customer service, administrative assistance, and daily office operations overall.
Nijah is an ambitious and professional administrator with 10 years of experience managing and supporting both public and private sector entities in areas of sales, program and policy development, human resources, marketing and grant writing. Nijah’s focus within Melanin and Medicine is to bring awareness to the country’s next generation of medical leaders about M&M’s amazing resources that can leave communities in need changed for the better forever.
Kristine brings a 15-year career of operations management to Melanin & Medicine. Hailing from California, she considers herself "The Wizard behind the curtain", and has professionally supported various Bay Area start-ups and non-profits during periods of hyper-growth as Office Manager, Operations & Culture Manager, and Administrative & Communications Coordinator. A self-taught web designer and published writer, she combined her skills to VOJ Virtual Assistance, which offered brand building, copywriting, web design, social media marketing, workflow, and automation operations to a number of high-profile coaches, entrepreneurs, and influencers. Kristine overwhelmingly believes in the entrepreneurial opportunities the internet provides and is dedicated to using her skills to help women of color get their seat at the table and bring their own business visions to life.