Rebecca Desir, Founder of the Black Health Commission, Hopes to Change the Narrative With Black Joy Festival

Rebecca Desir, Founder + Executive Director of the Black Health Commission. (Photo credit: Apryl Stevens) (WKMG 2021)

Rebecca Desir had her eyes set on one goal since her adolescent years: She wanted to be a teacher.

Jokingly, Desir says growing up the daughter of Haitian immigrants, her parents expected her to become a doctor or an engineer.

While she didn’t choose those specific career paths, her current work aligns with both health and education.

Desir graduated from Florida International University in Miami with a Master’s Degree in Public Health.

She recalls a project presented by one of her professors that tasked her class with breaking down a public health issue of their choice.

She said many of her peers chose prominent issues like HIV/AIDS. Desir, however, chose to go in a different direction for her presentation.

Living in Miami, she noticed a trend of plastic surgery, specifically Brazilian Butt Lifts.

She says while it’s a popular procedure and gained major attention on social media, many may not realize that it can kill you, especially if done wrong. Adding, the implications of trends like this should be discussed regularly.

Her professor said she had a unique way of looking at healthcare.

Now, Desir is using her perception of public health to educate communities here in Metro-Orlando.

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SOURCE: ClickOrlando, Treasure Roberts

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