Aisha Adkins is a sought-after writer, speaker, and consultant who is passionate about building an equitable, inclusive, and comprehensive public health and care infrastructure using media, storytelling, and culture and policy change. She earned her Master’s of Public Administration and Nonprofit Professional certificate on the Nonprofit Management Track with an individual concentration in Public Health and Sociology from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in 2020.
She recently joined Love Labor Project as Co-Executive Director following the merger with Our Turn 2 Care, which will become a sector of LLP continuing OT2C’s mission to connect marginalized millennial caregivers to information, resources, and each other. Aisha is also the Constituency Organizer for Caring Across Generations, organizing family caregivers, older adults, and persons with disabilities to collectively transform the way care is given, received, and viewed in the U.S.
Ever the engager, Aisha also sits on advisory boards for:
- NIH-funded Faith Village Research Lab
- MIT-backed CareHaus
- Healthy Longevity grant-recipient Care Corps
She geeks out on classic film, live music, and the great outdoors, and aspires to become a tea connoisseur and Afro-surrealist art collector.
Millennials. The offspring of the Baby Boomer generation. We’re entitled, self-centered, and unaware. At least, that’s the popular narrative. While surely there are those 20-and-30-somethings who fit that description, there is an emerging, little-known subgroup: Millennial Caregivers.
According to AARP, there are currently 10 million millennial caregivers. As the Baby Boomer generation continues to encounter age-related disease and find themselves in need of part-time or full-time care, the outrageously high costs of healthcare and long-term care mean that they are turning to their children and other younger relatives for help.
When tasked with taking on the arduous and overwhelming task of becoming an untrained, unpaid care provider, Millennials have questions.
How do we find the right doctors?
When is it time for mom to move into an Assistant Living Facility?
And WTF is an Advanced Directive?
The role of caregiver is often made even more complex when the families are affected by discrimination and healthcare inequity as the result of belonging to historically marginalized groups of people including people of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, persons with developmental and developmental disabilities, people who are differently-abled, and the working poor.
Aisha knew she enjoyed writing at the age of 9. In 2015, she began keeping a blog of her life as an expat in Barbados. Her brief time abroad served as a springboard for her writing career. Since that time, her personal narratives and feature interviews have been featured in several online publications.
There are also many occasions on which Aisha has been asked to share her story in person or via podcast interviews. An extroverted introvert, she always enjoys the opportunity to speak publicly about causes she’s passionate about – followed by a long nap.
Sometimes Aisha finds herself on the other side of the mic or the other end of the pen. From the New York Times to Refinery29, Blavity to the Washington Post, Aisha is changing the narrative far and wide. It’s kind of weird, but she’ll take the awkward if it means amplifying causes she is passionate about. Check out some of the amazing companies and organizations who have shared Aisha’s story on their platforms.