Bio: Tenejah Mathis


Tenejah Mathis

Tenejah is a student at the University of Colorado Anschutz. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in public health with a concentration in global health systems, management and policy. Tenejah is originally from Florida and graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in public health and a minor in African American Studies. Upon arriving to college, she originally wanted to pursue a career in medicine, but ultimately decided that public health would allow her to have a greater impact and work on our health system as a whole rather than working with individual patients. Tenejah is very passionate about maternal and child health, global health, and working with minority populations. Upon graduating next year, she hopes to work in public health consulting, program design and maybe even one day work on health policy internationally.

Healing and Health
A huge part of my healing and health is accepting myself for who I am in world where I am put inside a box and expected to act or be a certain way. I give myself space to express myself however I see fit and make choices that are best for my health and wellbeing. I am constantly learning more about myself through my life experiences and I find it important to give myself grace and enjoy the journey.

I find joy in creativity. I love to take photos, paint, do yoga, anything that allows me to unwind and create something beautiful. I also find joy in little things like watching a sunset, going to the beach, stargazing, having a conversation with someone I love, or even a good cup of coffee. I find that joy for me often coincides with relaxation which has taught me to prioritize rest and relaxation. As an introvert, I find joy in simply staying home and doing something creative so I try to find a little bit of joy in every day.