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
Hello! My name is Saharra, and thank you so much for visiting my website. I am a Certified Health Education Specialist, Community-engaged Theatre Artist, Writer, and Director based in Brooklyn, NY. I use theatre techniques like play, devising, scripting, improvisation, and Theatre of the Oppressed to explore health and social justice issues with all age groups.
I meet people where they are.
I believe the arts can be used as a powerful tool for behavioral and social change. 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“
I lead with my identity as a Black Queer Woman in hopes that the communities I work with feel safe enough to do the same. Much of my work focuses on a “social justice as public health” framework. I always aim to question and dismantle systems and institutions that perpetuate oppression.
I grew up in a small town called Atco, NJ with two loving and hardworking parents, an older sister, and an adorable Shih Tzu. I began training as a performing artist at New Freedom Theatre in Philadelphia, PA (under the direction of Walter Dallas and Patricia Scott-Hobbs), and continued working with many amazing artists and teachers at University of Delaware and New York University. I decided to explore Theatre in Health Education during my time in Delaware. I took many public health, medical anthropology, and sociology courses that inspired the connection. I’ve worked with New York University, University of Delaware, Planned Parenthood of Delaware, United Way of Delaware, and more! I’m currently working as a Sexuality and Reproductive Health Educator with Camba, Inc.
I received my Master’s of Arts in Educational Theatre and Community-engaged Theatre from New York University, Bachelor of Science in Health Behavior Science from University of Delaware, and am a Certified Health Education Specialist as recognized by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC)