Syrretta Martin is a fibromyalgia warrior, runner, wanderlust(er), social entrepreneur, and founder of Collective Healing. She received her Master’s in Social Work with a clinical focus from Fordham University. Her interest in health equity began at Stony Brook University where she studied health sciences. Syrretta’s professional career in health and human services led to an increased awareness of the inequities in our system impacting vulnerable communities and underserved populations. Her various roles prior to completing her master’s included serving as a case manager, counselor, health educator, and advocate, while providing trauma-informed psychotherapy, linkage to community resources, and culturally responsive programming in support of the health and well-being of the diverse communities in which she served.
As a woman of color who has lived with a chronic illness for over 20 years, Syrretta experienced firsthand the ebbs and flows of disability and disease impacting her quality of life. Out of her own desire to heal herself her way, she founded Collective Healing, a health and wellness community for Women of Color (WOC) journeying toward healing.
Guided by her personal and professional expertise, Collective Healing supports, moves, and inspires through the power of sisterhood and shared experiences. It promotes healing through kinship by curating affordable and accessible healing spaces centered on traditional healing practices of WOC. We address the socioeconomic and interpersonal impact that WOC face while navigating life with a chronic illness or disability through partnerships and collaborations.