About Janine Monico

Janine Monico is a digital marketing consultant who has managed the Healthy Minds Philly initiative website since 2015.

Juneteenth Crossroads: Music and Black Culture

Juneteenth is a significant holiday for Black Americans. It’s a time to celebrate freedom and reflect on the struggles and sacrifices of their ancestors. It is a powerful reminder of Black culture, history, and resilience in the face of adversity. Black communities come together to celebrate Juneteenth through various cultural activities, including community events, parades, and especially music, which has played a vital role in Black liberation throughout history. Enslaved Africans historically used music as a tool for communication and resistance, while hip-hop continues today to shed light on the [...]

2023-06-12T20:56:38-04:00June 19th, 2023|Awareness, Community, Racial Equity|

Healthy Habits

June is Men’s Health Month. This year’s theme is “Healthy Habits.” Given the continuing decline in men’s life expectancy, there’s an urgent need for us to increase practicing healthy habits. Let’s consider some numbers. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows life expectancy in the United States is the lowest it has been for the past 25 years. Between 2019 and 2021, the drop was 3.1 years for men and 2.3 years for women. The decline is even more drastic for racial and ethnic minorities. For those [...]

2023-06-06T16:08:11-04:00June 12th, 2023|Men's Health|

Why are Pronouns Important?

What are pronouns? Pronouns are words we use to describe ourselves and others. Examples of pronouns include: She, he, they, him, his, hers, ours, and them. Why are pronouns important? Beyond the words, pronouns are a chance to describe ourselves as we are. For many people, our names are given to us by our parents or caregivers. When we choose pronouns, we get the chance to make a choice for ourselves. When we use the correct pronouns, we show someone appreciation and respect. And when we do not use the [...]

2023-05-30T10:35:29-04:00June 1st, 2023|LGBTQIA|

Period Poverty: What is and how it harms us

What is period poverty? Period poverty is the lack of access to menstrual hygiene products, sanitation facilities, toilets, handwashing areas, and education around menstruation. Period poverty can mean that people are unable to afford pads and tampons and may be forced to use other materials to manage their periods such as cardboard, rags, toilet paper, and leaves. This can cause harm to someone's physical, emotional, and mental health. Who is most impacted by period poverty? In the United States, period poverty disproportionately impacts menstruators who are low-income, experiencing housing insecurity, [...]

2023-05-03T09:39:28-04:00May 22nd, 2023|Awareness, Women's Health|
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