Kiersten TâLeigh “Gillette” Gillette-Pierce (she/they) is a reproductive and birth justice advocate and public health practitioner with almost a decade of experience in the global sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice field. Gillette aims to improve sexual and reproductive health care and outcomes for disenfranchised communities and significantly improve pregnancy-related outcomes for people of African descent.
In working over a decade in both domestic and international spaces towards gender equity, improved access to lifesaving, quality sexual and reproductive health care service, and addressing disparities for disadvantaged communities, Kiersten has been a policy analyst, community organizer, program manager, consultant, research scientist, reproductive justice trainer, and so much more. At her transnational community organization, One Diaspora Coalition, she manages strategic partnerships, outreach, and facilitates evidence-based trainings for inclusive care provision and inclusive workplace strategies such as Moving from Allies to Co-Conspirators, Implicit Racial Bias in Birthing and Reproductive Care, as well as Reproductive justice in Practice for organizations such as the Nurse-Family Partnership of Pennsylvania, IMPLICIT Network, and No White Saviors. Kiersten also owns In the Tradition of Our Ancestors as a holistic wellness business, however, she is in the process of fundraising to open Baton Rouge’s first Black-owned, gender affirming birth center!
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