Yvonka Marie Hall is the Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition. NEOBHC is the first organization in Ohio dedicated to addressing health disparities in the African American community. She served as Director of the Cleveland Office of Minority Health and the Northeast Ohio Director of Cultural Health Initiatives for the American Heart Association.
Yvonka is a nationally recognized health disparities expert and serves as an advisor to numerous organizations. The 1974 murder of her mother dramatically changed her life; her childhood promise to use her life to help others has lead to the creation of cutting edge programs and impacted thousands of people’s lives. After the murders of her mother Yvonne, younger brother Antoine and best friend Tracey, she dedicated her life to working for the disenfranchised.
Her personal tragedy fuels her commitment to community and dedication to her family including son Samario Antoine. and grandson Sebastian August. She is a proud mother, grandmother and activist deeply impassioned and involved in social justice activities. Whether it’s speaking against environmental issues, systemic racism, cardiovascular disease, infant mortality, domestic violence, health disparities, mental illness, juvenile justice, employment, workforce disparities, education or hosting community forums, she uses her voice to make a difference in the lives of others.
She is a graduate of Texas Southern University and Notre Dame College of Ohio. She has the distinguished honor of being a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow.
If you would like to hire Yvonka as a keynote, workshop or leadership speaker please send the date, time and location of your request via email at or call (216) 295-0283.