Alwyn Cohall, MD Co-Director

Dr. Alwyn Cohall has served as the Director of the Harlem Health Promotion Center (HHPC) since 1999. He is a professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Population and Family Health, and Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center. He has authored or co-authored more than 60 publications on a wide-range of health issues as they affect adolescents and adults of color. Cohall received his medical training at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, underwent his pediatric residency at Montefiore Hospital, and completed his adolescent medicine fellowship at Mt. Sinai Hospital.


Renee Cohall, LCSW-R Co-Director

Renee Cohall is the Co-Director for the BeWell Health & Wellness Program. She is also the Director of Special Initiatives for the HHPC where she strategizes, coordinates and implements new projects pertaining to adolescents and young adults within the HHPC & Project STAY programs. She was the Director of the School Health Initiative Project, a former core project of HHPC, and has also served as the director of the Adolescent Initiative Project, centralizing communication among community based programs & health clinics and spearheaded several coalitions to bring about collective community outreach in Harlem and Washington Heights.

Anne Waldman-Newman, Health Coach

Annie Walden-Newman is pursuing a dual Master’s in Social Work & Master’s in Public Health at Columbia University. Annie has worked with adolescents in a variety of capacities, including mental health counseling at an outpatient child & adolescent psychiatric hospital clinic, teaching middle school sexuality education and providing individual counseling to English Language Learner high school students in NYC public schools. Prior to attending Columbia University, Annie worked in the sexual and reproductive health policy field in Washington D.C.

Sarah Timmons, Health Coach

Sarah Timmons is pursuing a Master’s in Public Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health with a certificate in Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Health. She currently works as a Research Assistant creating a SmartPhone app aimed at providing support and information for adolescents with Long-Acting Reversible Contraception. Prior to graduate school, Sarah worked as a Health Educator and Insurance Access Coordinator for the Institute for Family Health at the High School of Fashion Industries’s school-based health center.

Janice Desmangles, Health Coach

Janice Desmangles is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Lesotho, Southern Africa from 2013 until 2015. She is currently pursuing a master’s in Public Health at Columbia University where she is studying population and family health. Janice has worked in several capacities as a counselor, direct support professional, qualified mental health professional, and health educator. Her passions include HIV/AIDS prevention, sexuality, and sexual reproductive health. She enjoys working with youth and advocating for social justice.

Jennifer Meyer, Health Coach

Jennifer Meyer is pursuing a dual Master’s in Social Work (MSW) and Master’s in Public Health (MPH) at Columbia University. Jenn has worked with incarcerated youth and adults and international refugee populations developing art programs that promote social change, advocacy, self-growth, and entrepreneurship. Prior to attending Columbia University, Jenn attended The Ohio State University studying public affairs.