Ihotu Ali

Hometown: Minnetonka, MN

high school: Hopkins HS

college: Macalester College

MAJOR: International Studies

GRAD. PROGRAM: Columbia University (2011, MPH)

Ihotu Jennifer Ali is a women’s holistic health practitioner and educator specializing in health and wellness through innovative channels including group-centered medical care and complementary public health options including nutrition, physical activity and therapeutic bodywork. She holds a masters degree in global public health from Columbia University and has worked for equal access to health care and economic justice under several nonprofit and government organizations, including community programs serving immigrants, refugees, and women of color, on health advocacy campaigns, in the Minnesota Department of Human Services, United States Congress, Save the Children, Clinton Foundation, Columbia University’s Averting Maternal Death and Disability Initiative, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, UNICEF, and under the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals in maternal and infant health.

A former rhythmic gymnast and choral singer hailing from a blended Nigerian-American family, Ihotu infuses multicultural music, dance, song, and play into her work with women and families. She is certified as a massage therapist, hatha yoga instructor, health coach, and labor and birth doula. Ihotu has studied under Cathy Calderon and the Samnyasin La Finca Retreat Center in Puerto Rico, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, DONA International, and the Finger Lakes School of Massage. She offers classes and workshops under the Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership, Harlem Yoga Studio, Roots Tribe Yoga (as Ambassador to Nigeria), and is a member of the Medical Missions Committee of the Idoma Association USA, supporting health facilities in her father's hometown in Benue State, Nigeria.

 

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