Kenitra Fokwa Kengne, MPH

Kenitra is an experienced public health professional with a passion for health equity and implementing strategies to prevent chronic disease and improve health for all people.

At the Horizon Foundation, Kenitra directs our equity initiative, managing our collaborative of equity grantees and helping to integrate equity strategies into all of our programs. She also oversees all Foundation grantees and our general grantmaking process. She brings over a decade of experience managing public health programs and grantees, cultivating partnerships and providing training and support to a wide array of stakeholders.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Kenitra spent seven years at the YMCA of the USA, where she managed and provided training and technical assistance to local YMCAs to support the implementation of evidence-based chronic disease prevention programs and supported collaboration and partnership development to help strengthen communities. She also led the development of the Health Equity Resource Guide, a national resource for local Ys to better serve marginalized and low-income communities. Kenitra previously worked as a prevention specialist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a health education specialist for the Alachua County Health Department in Gainesville, FL.

Kenitra is proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  She holds a master’s in public health and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Florida A&M University. Kenitra is also a 2022 Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy Fellow and holds an Executive Certificate in Philanthropic Leadership from Georgetown University. She lives with her husband Maisonobe and their two children, Cassie and Maison.

Favorite things in Howard County

  • All the food, especially brunch!
  • The diverse community.
  • The beautiful scenery at the lakes and parks.

Why I care about promoting health and wellness

Everyone deserves to live a long, healthy life to their fullest potential.  It is up to us to transform our communities to ensure we ALL have equitable spaces to live, learn, play and pray.