S2, E2: End-of-life care, cultural Inclusion, and social justice with Dr. Vanessa Drew-Branch

Dr. Vanessa Drew-Branch

Dr. Vanessa Drew-Branch, Assistant Professor at Elon University and the Owner of VLDrew Consulting Inc., joins the podcast to share about her work in end-of-life care and doula services from a multicultural and culturally inclusive perspective. She also speaks to the importance of mental health care and managing grief, and loss from a holistic perspective.

Dr. Vanessa Drew-Branch is an Assistant Professor at Elon University and the Owner of VLDrew Consulting Inc.  She earned a BS/BA, Social Work/ Psychology at California University of Pennsylvania in 2005. She earned an Ed.D in Higher Education Administration, and MSW and certificate in public health with a specialty in women's health issues at West Virginia University. Before relocating to Charlotte, Dr. Drew-Branch was the Executive Director of Operations/ Mental Health Therapist at GrassRoutes Counseling Services, LLC which she cofounded in 2011.

Dr. Drew-Branch has begun a new business venture VLDrew Consulting Inc. The mission of VLDrew Consulting is to provide cultural and inclusion training and support for organizations, end of life doula and life coaching services. Her current academic scholarship focuses on advocacy and social justice through empowering marginalized communities.  Her teaching areas include mental health assessment, advocacy practice, and human diversity.

Dr. Drew-Branch is currently a Scared Passage End of life doula. She is currently offering services for end of life planning. She is interested in expanding her research and practice to include work around maternal mental health, grief, and loss. She is the proud mother for four children Kye, Brennen, Elan, and Eliea.