Justine Ang Fonte, M.Ed, MPH
"Health is the state of complete
physical, emotional, and social well-being,
and not merely
the absence of disease or infirmity."
-World Health Organization
pronouns: she, THEY
I am a strong believer that health education is social justice education. I promote allyship, exercising one's agency over their own body, and embracing one's authentic self. This is the crux of my health philosophy and pedagogy. Social justice is a public health issue and healthy students make for strong learners.
I build health and wellness programs in public, independent day, and boarding schools that address the unique character of each community. The lens in which I develop curricula is progressive, interdisciplinary, sex-positive, stigma-busting, and relevant.
With roots in education as a middle school math teacher, I experienced first hand the direct impact that insufficient health education and access to care had in the classroom.
The academic achievement gap cannot be addressed effectively without also addressing the health gap. This issue is evident beyond the schools in the U.S. and so my teaching and consulting have extended to my family's province in the Philippines.
Health and social justice include access to education, exercising agency, practicing empathy, achieving equity, and obtaining care.
In schools, I work directly with students, faculty, and parents. Outside of school communities, I work in remote areas because health is a human right and should not be limited by location or income.
How did I get here?
Watch an excerpt from the 2015 Independent School Health Leader's Conference in Raleigh, NC
Coming full Circle
Menlo School Alumna ’04, returns to her high school in the Bay Area in 2018, speaking on consent culture.
An Overview for
National Association of
October 2017 Publication
Women of Color Trailblazers
For their August 2018 episode, The LIT Network featured Justine in a web-series highlighting NYC women of color leaders and entrepreneurs who are transforming their workplaces and communities. These women are sharing their wisdom on navigating workplace challenges, work life balance and other career advice.
Answering the call for adolescent RH education
opinion piece, August 2011
Patrick Ang Photography