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Health Equity Researcher Grief Wake Worker Digital and Performance Storyteller
Saharra Dixon Public Health Creative

About Me

Saharra (she/her) is a Black and queer digital and performance storyteller from the greater Philadelphia area passionate about decolonial and anti-racist public health practice and research. She uses creativity and narrative to identify and address fundamental causes of health inequity.

Her artistry explores grief and wake work that allows us to reimagine Blackness as life and living memory. She works with children & adults alike in using art as a tool for reflection, transformation, & radical healing. Her critical scholarship works to understand how systems and social environments (re)produce health inequities. She uses arts-based and participatory methods to promote more caring, collaborative, and community-accountable approaches to health promotion. Saharra is a Public Health PhD student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Board Director for the Collective for Radical Death Studies.

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  • Devising Theatre
  • Legacy Projects
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Death & Grief Doula
  • Arts-based Research Consulting
  • Creative Project Management

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Past and Current Projects

"I'm Picking Me"

Digital Storytelling Project

Caregiver and senior women

Exploring the experiences of Black women and femmes with body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs) through digital storytelling, a critical narrative intervention. Active Minds 2022 Emerging Scholars Fellowship recipient.

WYSH is designed to offer young people a transformative experience that fosters leadership, creative agency, an experience of community and belonging through the arts, and an understanding that there is a place for their stories and their unique voices. Culminates in an original piece of devised theatre.

Implement and evaluate a digital storytelling intervention in which healthy behaviors among African American caregivers are promoted through the creation and sharing of life stories. Our work will address the higher burden of family caregiving and worse physical health that African Americans face.

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Past and Current Projects

The #StayHome Project

STRIVE, a Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health funded study exploring how structural issues impact adolescent sexual reproductive health (ASRH). We use Photovoice, digital storytelling and other arts-based inquiry.

A COVID-19 arts response to stay-at-home orders. We explore what it means to "stay home" during unprecedented times. A virtual play was produced and shared.

Project website

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On Comorbidity & BFRBs

By Tash Williams

Co-curated by Saharra Dixon

From the “I’m Picking Me” Project

Body-focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) are a group of complex disorders characterized by excessive pulling and grooming of ones body that leads to clinically-significant distress.

We explored the experiences of Black women and gender non-conforming persons with BFRBs

You can read more about this project in the Health Education & Behavior journal:

“No One-Size-Fits-All: Critical Narrative Intervention and Archeology of Self as Anti-Racist and Anti-Colonial Practices in Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors”

My credentials

Saharra is a master community-engaged/applied theatre artist, Certified Health Education Specialist, writer/researcher, and Death/Grief Doula among other things...

New York University

MA Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities

University of Delaware

BS Health Behavior Science

Minor, Public Health


No One-Size-Fits-All: Critical Narrative Intervention and Archeology of Self as Anti-Racist and Anti-Colonial Practices in Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors

Saharra L. Dixon & MacKenzie Isaac (2023)

Health Education & Behavior

Structural Racism and Its Influence On Sexual and Reproductive Health Inequities Among Immigrant Youth

Elizabeth Salerno Valdez, Jazmine Chan, Andrea Donis, Camille Collins-Lovell, Saharra Dixon, Elizabeth Beatriz, and Aline Gubrium (2023)

Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

Turbulence: Arts-based participatory action research on the experience of creative arts therapists and creatives who identify as Black and people of colour

PElizabeth Salerno Valdez, Luis Valdez, Eddie Gorry, Jazmine Chan, Saharra Dixon, Tiarra Fisher, Alya Simoun, Mira Weil, Camille Collins-Lovell, Justine Egan, Aline Gubrium (2023)

American Journal of Men's Health

Mind the Gaps: The Need for Inclusion of Male-Identified Voices in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health

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Compulsive Hair Pulling May Be Incurable, But the Shame Around It Isn't

by Katie Banon

Symphony & Saharra honor late father, Lamont Dixon, with a poetry scholarship contest in Southwest Philadelphia

Honoring Black

History Month, 2020

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Arts Advocacy Award

Presented by International Ms. USA 2022, Symphony and Saharra Dixon, and the Dixon family

This scholarship award was created as a legacy project to honor and remember Lamont Dixon, a Philadelphia native. Dixon was a prolific performing artist, poet, and arts educator who dedicated his life to bettering his community through the arts.

Dixon passed away in 2021 at the age of 60 due to HIV-related complications. The award highlights the importance of the arts in fighting mental health stigma and promoting community activism and collective care.