Synthia Britton is white women who has a deep love for her family and community. Her social justice journey began at an early age while she listened to the news and engaged in philosophical debates with her parents. She found the ability to follow her heart within the field of Social Work, which offered opportunities and layers of advocacy for and with the amazing humans who were fighting for their families every day. This passion soon took her to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services as an early childhood systems leader. She liaises between programs that are funded within the public health and education sectors. Part of that coordination is to support the sustainability and creation of opportunity for parent leadership work across systems. Much of this have come recently through partnership with leads for the Preschool Development Grant, as the grant manager of the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems grant, and as the contract manager of the Parent Leadership in State Government initiative, a training system funded by six federal funding streams in Michigan. Due to the vision of prior leaders in Michigan, Synthia has been able to use these opportunities to enhance parent leadership strategies, as their primary funding comes from more sustainable sources like MIECHV, MCH Block Grant Title V, and IDEA Part C. Her use of partnership to spread a commitment for shared power and equity, offers a parallel process perspective for empowerment and a respect for system history when developing content.
Public Health Consultant, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services