My name is Brittney Gandy-Knox, MPH. Professionally, I am the Founder & CEO of EmergeABY (Emerge “A Better You”). In addition to being the CEO of this organization, I am also an active Grant Writer and Editor, as well as Academic Coach in Mathematics, Science and Spanish (tutoring from middle school to college level students). My undergraduate degree is in Biological Sciences and in Mathematics; my Graduate School Degree is in Public Health.
In addition to having a passion for helping others in Mathematics, Science, and Healthcare, I am also a strong Woman of faith in God & Jesus Christ. I’m a Prophetic Bible Teacher who is humble and always willing to help someone in need. Lastly, I’m a proud mother who loves to spend time with her family, both immediate family and parents and sister as well.
As I worked in both Specialized Healthcare Policy and General Healthcare Policy/Advocacy and Children Legal Services for the State Government of California, I could see the day-to-day impact of mental health in patients and how these issues often manifested themselves in chronic health conditions. Later, as I concluded research for graduate school, and honors research publications, the evidence linking mental health issues to chronic health issues was astounding. Working in hospitals and educating patients, I saw the same trends. I soon realized this not only affected the patients with officially diagnosed mental health conditions, but also employees who were stressed from the many complications life can present.
While sitting on various Board of Directors including the River Oaks Center for Children, I was able to observe how prolonged exposure to and/or experience of mental health conditions potentially manifested themselves in many different ways as youth became young adults. Rather than simply continue to research and observe, I made a decision to research and get more involved for a solution.
The goal of EmergeABY is to provide: Mental Health Support Services (both traditional and non-traditional); Academic support in STEM for students (including tutoring, scholarships, mentorships, leadership opportunities, and advising; and Community Outreach (helping those in need, making helpful referrals, “hand holding” through a tough process if necessary, advice, accountability partners, fundraising, support, church activities, partnering with affiliates, campaigns, special projects and a plethora of other services and strategies).
The Board of Directors of EmergeABY consists of members of various backgrounds; however, the majority of members are in fields of mental healthcare professionally, academic education professionally, Psychology, Medicine, Public Health, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Technology, Health education, Hospital Administration, Program Coordination, Grant Writing, Politics, Social Work, Ministry and Law.