Host organization: Village Health Foundation
Mark-Anthony Johnson will build a statewide network of health care professionals, criminal justice organizations, alternative wellness practitioners, and formerly incarcerated leaders to address the long-term health impacts of incarceration.
Johnson is the director of health and wellness with Dignity and Power Now, a Los Angeles-based grassroots organization. He has helped lead campaigns for civilian oversight of Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and divestment of $3 billion in jail construction funds alongside dozens of organizations in Dignity and Power Now's Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in LA Jails. Johnson, who studied at Pacific Oaks College and received an MA in traditional Chinese medicine from Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is also a licensed acupuncturist and has provided acupuncture therapy to formerly incarcerated people and loved ones in Los Angeles for pain and post-traumatic stress.