IHOTU JENNIFER ALI
Envisioning New Era Public Health,
Afrofuturist Medicine and Healing Justice
Ihotu Jennifer Ali, MPH, LMT, CLC (she/her) is a Minneapolis-based integrative medicine doctor in training, with experience in multiple healing modalities including chiropractic care, massage and craniosacral therapy, birth and breastfeeding support, nutrition, herbalism, indigenous and circle practices, conflict mediation, mutual aid and transformative justice.
Ihotu previously worked with the U.S. Congress and United Nations on maternal health policy and co-founded collectives including the Minnesota Healing Justice Network, that provided support to frontline protestors after the murder of George Floyd. A doctoral student at Northwestern Health Sciences University, Ihotu is working alongside other healers of color to build a healing justice and integrative medicine center for families and youth, with diverse programming for racial healing and holistic mental health support. She owes gratitude to teachers across the USA, Africa and the Caribbean, and particularly to her grandfather in Nigeria, Chief Ali of the Ichama Village and Council of Elders.
As a public speaker and writer, Ihotu invites audiences to envision a future where both western and traditional medicines are accessible to all, healing becomes an integral part of public safety and police alternatives, and "healing justice homes" are the next wave of innovation in health care, racial and somatic trauma healing. In Afrofuturist tradition - thru poetry, storytelling and the arts - she explores how diverse cultural views on health and the body offer guiding wisdom for the transformation from a sick care industry to a movement for healing for all.
Tania, LMT, New York City
“Ihotu is a kind and gentle healing presence, and my body trusted (her). The abdominal method she practices — which can work with emotional and physical unbalances — is necessary because the abdominal region is such a charged and ignored area in our society.”