Southern Steep: Brewing Stronger Community

Keeping the Faith with MBK

Episode Summary

Mauda Monger, Ph.D., MPH Chief Operating Officer, My Brother’s Keeper, Inc. In a wide-ranging conversation, Mauda Monger of My Brother’s Keeper, Inc. joins Nicole and Isaiah to discuss lessons learned from providing technical assistance in the South, and the importance of community voices in advocating for the COVID-19 vaccine. The episode also discusses why “hard to reach populations” is a turn of phrase overdue for retirement, and why Black and Brown communities still need nuanced information about PrEP services.

Episode Notes

My Brother’s Keeper, Inc. (MBK) is a private, nonprofit, 501(c) (3) organization with three offices in the Jackson, MS metropolitan area, (headquarters in Ridgeland) and two offices in South Mississippi – Hattiesburg and Gulfport. MBK’s mission is to reduce health disparities throughout the United States by enhancing the health and well-being of minority and marginalized populations through leadership in public and community health practices, collaboration, and partnerships. Learn more about MBK at,


Southern Charm: 

Cedric Sturdevant is the executive director of Community Health-PIER, which is a new CBO in the Mississippi Delta, whose mission “is to create a platform for rural communities to decrease the vicious cycle of health disparities through education, intervention, and research.” Cedric is an advocate for HIV, working with and training HIV-positive people to be an advocate for themselves and others through a program called AIDSWatch Mississippi. In 2019, Cedric partnered with NASTAD on Ending the HIV Epidemics –