A Seat at The Table
Let's pull up a chair...
“It’s time to stop having meetings about the people without the people.”
~Amanda M. Turner
A Seat At The Table Consulting, Solutions, & Public Relations, LLC was created to bridge connections between organizations and their intended audience and consumer base by eliminating barriers to engagement.
Our mission is to empower those most impacted by organizational decision making. We do this by bringing voices that are often unheard to the forefront of the spaces and processes for planning, implementing, and evaluating services, products and initiatives.
Amanda M. (Dunlap) Turner
MPH, RN, BSN
Amanda is the founder and director of A Seat at The Table Consulting, Solutions, and Public Relations LLC. As a formally trained nurse and public health professional, her experience and skills span a spectrum of areas. Born and raised in the city of Detroit, she has a heart for community and for people overall
Amanda is a Labor & Delivery nurse in Detroit, MI. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from The University of Michigan with a concentration in Sociology and a minor in Women’s Studies Gender & Health in 2011. She then went on to earn her Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health with a concentration in Health Behavior and Health Education with a certificate in Global Health in 2013. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Johns Hopkins University in 2015.
In addition to her work as a clinical bedside nurse, Amanda has been the project manager for a national NIH funded study focusing on adolescents living with HIV. She also served as a research assistant on the Kresge Foundation's program evaluation team where she assessed the Sew Up the Safety Net Initiative. This project focused on structures and services that create support for women and children. During her time with the Children’s Defense Fund, she worked with youth leaders from around the country on community organizing and galvanizing youth for social justice. As a peer educator with the Pedagogy of Action she’s worked with university faculty, community members, and students on basic and accessible HIV education in Jamaica and South Africa.
Her other experience and skills include needs assessment, qualitative interviewing, protocol, program & survey development, and material design. She has a passion for community empowerment, reproductive health justice, birth disparities, and environmental health justice for vulnerable and disenfranchised communities.
Asari Offiong, PhD, MPH
Asari is an adolescent health researcher and public health practitioner with a focus on assets-based, youth-centered approaches to addressing issues pertinent to young people. She has nearly a decade of experience in leading youth development programs and conducting mixed methods, community-based research in various metropolitan areas across the U.S. with non-profits, school districts, libraries, and government agencies. She has experience designing, implementing, and managing culturally relevant programs related to substance use prevention and
reproductive health for youth in inner-city settings.
Prior to joining Child Trends as research scientist, she worked with faculty at the
Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health on community-engaged research projects
focused on evaluating youth programs, reengaging opportunity youth, preventing early substance use and promoting positive sexual and reproductive health. She recently
completed her PhD and postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her dissertation focused on using a reproductive justice lens to
understand the social context of how U.S. adolescents conceptualize their pregnancy
intentions and reproductive health decision-making. This work also led to a focus on
expectant and parenting adolescents, and how best to support their holistic wellbeing
through programs and policies. Across her work, she has expansive experience with
both qualitative (focus group and interview facilitation, photovoice, CBPR) and
quantitative (latent class analysis, data analysis of large, national surveys – National
Survey of Family Growth) methodologies. In her current role at Child Trends, she is
serving as a subject matter expert and providing technical assistance for federal
grantees, co-leads mixed methods research studies and translates research to practice
for youth-supporting professionals.
Dr. Offiong’s practice-based experiences extend to working in urban communities
where she managed a one-million-dollar state grant, oversaw youth programming for
over 2,000 youth in New York City and trained staff on numerous evidence-based
curricula in both school and community settings. Based on connections to communities, she has served as a consultant in various capacities, providing topical expertise on youth-centered approaches, evidence-based programming, and university-community partnerships. Her publications in leading journals, presentations at national
conferences, awards, and affiliations with professional organizations are evidence of her
expertise and commitment to supporting health equity for youth, particularly those in
inner-city areas, which makes her a valuable asset to the ASATT team as a consultant.
How we can help
Identify gaps in current products/service offerings according to community insight
Gather thoughts, opinions, and ideas on potential and previous actions, services & products.
Focus Group Facilitation
Hand selected group to reflect community perspective through dialogue and discussion.
Re-envision or revamp current services and products through community guidance
Genuine feedback from consumer perspective of organizational policy, procedure, and service.
Evaluate current programs and services according to community expectations and desires.