Yvette Jives experience in healthcare has served as a foundation for her strong commitment to develop a program focused on the identification of gaps within the system and a desire to link communities of color to critical healthcare resources to address a silent epidemic that is impacting women of color at compounded rates. Mrs. Jives is a pioneer in the visibility of Ovarian Cancer and a eight year Ovarian Cancer survivor.
Mrs. Jives is the Founder of HERS and Cofounder of Cothinkk. HERS stands for Health Education and Resources. Mrs. Jives has enhanced community awareness and participation by presenting an array of topics through presenters to generate discussions and actions plans among participants. By creating an open form within various community and healthcare providers, HERS engages communities into conversations as to what works well for their community setting and creates dialogue amongst providers within health care settings. HERS is a navigator of a complex health and social system which help women coordinate their health care needs in a manner reflective of barriers to care. Mrs. Jives’ goals are to help shape different outcomes to women of color diagnosis with ovarian cancer and the stage of diagnosis thus increasing the survival percentage within our communities and the family unit
Mrs. Jives has served in various health care roles creating programs for women’s health, screening and preventative care. Mrs. Jives has been a nurse for thirty-three years and experienced the ever- changing structure of the health care system designed to stream line medical services for improvised underserved under insured women. Ms. Jives also holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina which she consistently utilizes to strategically mesh with her nursing background to address systemic barriers to social justice and healthcare. Mrs. Jives is a change agent for the visibility of Ovarian Cancer.
Mrs. Jives is a native of Asheville, NC and serves on the North Carolina Health and Human Services Board in Buncombe County and The Haywood Street Respite Board. Mrs. Jives is a wife of thirty-eight years, a mother of four adult children and the grandmother of twelve.