Tila Mims is a simple woman from Chicago, IL. Her motto – Let’s keep it moving – reminds her to endure. Her mission is to help create greater opportunities for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) by helping others learn to push aside labels, and to resist the psychology of limitation.
Mims’ introduction to the disabilities movement began as a teacher in the Chicago Public School system. Teaching in elementary and secondary settings, Mims primarily worked in a high school with record numbers in this underserved population: nearly 1/3 had special-education designations. Mims holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Northern Illinois University; became a fellow to the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, FL., then worked in print news (Lakeland Ledger), and the legislature (Florida Senate) before returning home, and rounding her career in education. Retrospectively, Mims understands that life has its iterations. She is now mother to a 10-year-old son with special health care needs. What seemed a coincidence of two converging assignments has become her life’s service. Mims works in Guest Relations at Rush University Medical Center, and became in 2017, a Family Liaisons to the Friends of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As a member Family Voices, a national network of family-led organizations across the United States that supports families and CYSHCN, Mims’ charge is to chronical stories of multiculturalism and agency. As a writer of the Family Wisdom Learning Collaborative, Mims tells of stories embedded in strategic plans designed and facilitated by program coordinators across the collaborative – each working in respective states to support children with special health care needs. She is delighted to be presenting in the prestigious AMCHP 2019 annual conference.
Saturday, March 9
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM