We are hosting Bing Turner, founder of HEG/Heritage Certified Farmers Market to share with us how a small business can provide an active concept that can be used to empower communities and to create change for a healthier perspective and healthier local environment.
HEG & Heritage Certified Farmers Markets
Bing Turner, founder of Heritage Education Group (HEG) and Heritage Certified Farmers Markets.
Bing Turner was born and raised in Compton, California and graduated from the prestigious King Drew Medical Magnet High School. While at King- Drew, Bing discovered his love of institution building community health, and education. While in high school, he served as the inaugural student advisor for the Saturday Science Academy at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, which is currently still active today. He would later graduate from Morehouse College with a degree in Education. Upon graduation, Bing taught a number of years in South Los Angeles, while also, along with his brother Donavan Turner, founded the Heritage Education Group (HEG) in 2001.
Bing is a community grounded public health professional, who courageously seeks opportunities to create systems, models, and programs that can provide access for those who have been disengaged or whom have been misrepresented. Bing views public health as a dynamic discipline and active concept that can be used to empower communities and to create change for a healthier perspective and healthier local environment. His public health interest includes food access and security, health disparity research, breast and prostate cancer research.
While holding the helm of HEG, Bing has held several prestigious professional positions. He has served as the Assistant Director of Education for Worker Education Resource Center for Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Country Director for USAID / YCARE Program in Lagos, Nigeria, and Senior Research Analyst at Loma Linda University, School of Behavioral Research. In 2014, Bing was selected as a Randal Lewis Healthy Policy Fellow and developed health policy and program for the City of Claremont, CA. He currently serves on the board of the True Legacy Foundation, Healthy RC Steering Committee, and Founding Board Member of the Black Men’s Collective. . . and still finds time to Co-host a bi-weekly podcast, The Kaleidoscope.
Since 2009, Heritage Education Group, along with Myisha Croom-Turner, developed Heritage Certified Farmers Markets, as a way of providing a sustainable model of impacting wellness and health in the region. 14 Markets later, they currently own and operate 4 certified farmers markets, co-operators of the Root 66 Community Garden, and is currently working on food insecurity issues in Northern Louisiana.
Bing is currently a resident of Claremont, California with his talented wife, Myisha Croom-Turner and their phenomenal son, Myles.
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