Introducing HealthPlus — a dazzling monthly digital magazine that includes fresh new topics with usable, actionable information.
HealthPlus is a digital publication dedicated to closing the gaps in health awareness, prevention, treatment and care that contribute to health disparities impacting African American people.
Each issue takes our readers on a wellness journey that underscores the importance of a holistic approach to care, focusing on mental, physical and spiritual paths to better health. Through engaging and innovative storytelling, HealthPlus will arm users with information, resources, practices and narratives that will move the health of Black populations from the margins to the center of wellness and care in this country and beyond.
Our entire team is passionate about the importance of health and wellness in the Black Community. Each also brings incredible and unique talents to bear. We’re so proud of the collective efforts of each team member. Discover more about us.
Janis Ware, Publisher
Janis Ware became publisher of The Atlanta Voice in 1991. Under her leadership, The Atlanta Voice has expanded its footprint to include all forms of social media, video production and web development. Ware currently serves as the First Vice Chair of the National Newspaper Publishers Association and Treasurer of the Board of Local Media Association.
James Washington, Editorial Director
A 2019 National Association of Black Journalists Legacy Award winner, James Washington has worked in media for more than four decades. In 1989, he acquired The Dallas Weekly, the most widely read African-American news weekly in North Texas. He is also the president and general manager of The Atlanta Voice, where he is spearheading its digital transformation. He is bringing that same dynamic to The Dallas Weekly, where he currently serves as co-publisher and where his son Patrick is now the CEO and publisher.
Nsenga Burton, Editor-in-chief
Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., is founder & editor-in-chief of The Burton Wire, an award-winning news site covering the African Diaspora. A writer, scholar and thought leader, Dr. Burton has served as editor-at-large for The Root, editor-in-chief of Rushmore Drive (IAC) and cultural critic for Huffington Post and Creative Loafing and culture and entertainment editor for Black Press USA Newswire.
Michael Grant, Creative Director
Michael Grant is an editorial experience designer and founder of Get Current Studio, a creative agency supporting ethnic-owned media through digital transformation. Grant is an alumnus of the Google News Lab Teaching Fellowship, the 2018 John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford, and Grambling State University. Former career stops include the San Francisco Business Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and The Center for Investigative Reporting.
Chia Suggs, Advertising Administrator for Print and Online
Chia Suggs is a graduate of South Georgia College who began her tenure as the Executive Assistant to the Publisher in October 2018. Following careers in the airline industry for Delta Air Lines, and law enforcement for Fulton County and Clayton County, she entered the newspaper business. Along with her duties as the Executive Assistant, she is also the Advertising Administrator for print and online ad sales.
Valerie Boyd, Senior Consulting Editor
Valerie Boyd was the Charlayne Hunter-Gault professor of journalism at the University of Georgia, where she founded and directed the low-residency MFA Program in Narrative Nonfiction. She was also author of the critically acclaimed Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston, and editor of the forthcoming Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker. Boyd passed away in February 2022, but not before sharing her experience and wisdom on this amazing product.