Point Scholar 2005 – 2007
Point Foundation supported Michelle’s doctoral fieldwork in the Public Anthropology Ph.D. program (Race, Gender and Social Justice track) at American University in Washington D.C. She will be "Dr. Carnes" in 2009. Following her passion for public health as an essential human right, she now works as a Public Health Analyst and Federal Project Officer at the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). She works closely with community grantees, developing culturally-competent prevention programming, core competencies and trainings to reduce substance abuse among women, racial/ethnic minorities and LGBTQ communities. Since 2005, she continues to manage her consulting business, Mpassioned Parties by Michelle, providing fun, interactive, sex-positive educational health events.
She is currently revising her dissertation for publication, on Black, working class women's same-sex desiring erotic parties in Washington D.C., where Black women find acceptance, affirmation, encouragement to be positively sexual and to receive culturally-competent health information in a nurturing, judgment-free environment. For the rest of her life, she will support, promote and create grassroots health promotion efforts to increase linguistically and culturally comprehensive health access, health literacy and health empowerment for all people.