Jenné Johns, MPH is the mother of an ELBW preterm infant, author, speaker, advocate, and President of Once Upon A Preemie. As an advocate for reducing healthcare disparities, Jenné found herself advocating for the needs of her son, as his survival depended on it. She also learned the power of reading to her son daily. Jenné wrote, “Once Upon a Preemie” which is the first of its kind children’s book written for the parents of preemies while they are in the NICU. This bedside companion seeks to motivate, encourage and inspire preemie babies and families until they go home. Jenné also created the Once Upon A Preemie Academy, a virtual training program focused on health and racial equity for the NICU and Preemie Professionals.
Her preemie parent contributions include consulting and blogging for fortune 500 companies on preemie parent needs from a cultural lens and reading as a tool for growth, development, and bonding. She serves on numerous advisory committees advocating for preemie babies and eliminating health disparities including: NICU Parent Network, The National Coalition on Infant Health, and March of Dimes Prematurity Prevention Collaborative. Jenné earned a master’s degree in public health from Temple University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Ecology Nutrition with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
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