Saharra Dixon, MA, CHES®
We turn to the arts in challenging times because they help us to heal, to share stories, to make meaning, and to drive collective action and social change.”University of Florida, Center for Arts in Medicine
I am Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), Community-engaged Theatre Artist, and Arts in Health Practitioner from Atco, NJ, using theatre, arts-based inquiry, storytelling and other mixed-method approaches to health, wellness, and social justice. I am interested in theatre and arts’ impact on health and health research.
I’m the Founder and Executive Director of Soul Circle LLC, a Women’s Arts & Health Collective working to redefine paths to health and wellness by empowering the “artist” in each client through a holistic and cross-cultural approach. I believe the arts can break down barriers to health and healthcare, and I do this by offering cross-cultural, holistic, and positive approaches to self-liberation and wellness for the betterment of ourselves and our communities through Soul Circle.
In my freelance work as “The Dramatic Health Educator,” I curate interactive and educational arts-based health and social justice interventions, workshops, performances, and other programming. Some of this work includes theatrical projects such as The #StayHome Project and We’re Having a Party! I am particularly interested in using theatre and storytelling pedagogies in health to address Black maternal and child health, adolescent health, and intervention-based research. I have presented at the North Atlantic Drama Therapy Association (NADTA) 40th annual conference and the National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH) 4th annual conference. I received her BS in Health Behavior Science from University of Delaware and MA in Educational Theatre/Applied Theatre from New York University Steinhardt School.
I empower communities to creatively engage in their own learning process. With this, I am adamant about upholding critical pedagogy in health education. I actively work to put the “public” back into “public health”, as I guide community members and students in their own change processes. I am skilled in exploring issues in Reproductive Justice, Maternal/Child Health, Adolescent Health, Minority Health, and Sexual Health.
“I meet people where they are“