Dr. Tionna L. Jenkins



Dr. Tionna L. Jenkins



Who is Tionna?

Who Am I:

A mother and wife; for the past 20 years, Dr. Tionna L. Jenkins is a passionate advocate for healthy, sustainable, and mindful living.

An honors graduate (with distinction) Dr. Jenkins earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Arkansas, a Master’s degree of Public Health from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, a bachelor’s of science in Biology from Philander Smith College, and a graduate certifications in Non-Profit Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and certifications in life coaching and plant-based nutrition from Emory University and Cornell University.

Dr. Jenkins leads the public health and wellness firm, Jenkins Consulting and Services, which houses Plate It Healthy and O’nita Lee Foods & Products, LLC.

Prior to the establishment of the public health & wellness firm, Dr. Jenkins experience as an executive public health leader and senior advisor includes working alongside global foundations like, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Clinton Foundation, Bush Presidential Library, Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, Clinton Presidential Library and political leaders like, the honorable President Bill Clinton, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama, Arkansas Surgeon General Dr. Joe Thompson, Governor Mike Beebe & Governor Mike Huckabee, just to name a few.  

It’s All About Excellence:

Widely respected as one of the foremost thought leaders on public health, policy, and wellness. Dr. Jenkins is a globally sought-after speaker and consultant with an extensive client and partnership list of over two dozen academic institutions, like, the University of Roehampton (London, England), New York Institute of Technology (New York, New York), South New Hampshire University (Manchester, NH) and Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality (Little Rock, AR, just to name a few; and such philanthropy, non-profit & corporate entities as Afro-Vegan Society, Whole Foods, Riceland Foods, Atoria’s Family Bakery.

A public health expert & media contributor, Dr. Jenkins has been seen on Good Morning Arkansas (KATV, Channel 7) and The Vine (KTHV, Channel 11).

Her publications, expertise, and recognitions have been featured in the Office of the White House, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, USA Today, Heart & Soul Magazine, Clinton Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Blue Cross & Blue Shield Foundation of Tennessee, Foundation of the Mid-South, Arkansas Hospital Association, Arkansas Cancer Coalition, Arkansas Minority Health Magazine, Soiree Magazine, Arkansas Money & Politics.

A food recipe developer, Dr. Jenkins is also the founder of the wholesale food manufacturing company, named after her grandmother’s, O’nita Lee Foods and Products, LLC which specializes in crafting small-batch jams, granola, from recipes handed down from four generations.


Going Plant-Based: My Story

Never in million years would I think I would go plant-based. Although, I have worked in public health for over 20 years, never would I think that I would be living the current lifestyle that I am doing right now today.

However, I never will forget it. Here I was stressed out, high anxiety, overweight, losing my hair, and had recently given birth to our second daughter (all the while at a high-risk pregnancy age), working full-time in a very fast-paced, demanding career. I knew something had to change.

I was not feeling well, not feeling myself, unhealthy, and not happy.  I knew what was glaring me in the face, the realization that I needed to seek help.

I had been suffering from chest pains for a while and did not want to admit it.

All of these things caused me to make an appointment with a cardiologist, which forced me to wear a heart monitor also known as a Holter Monitor or electrocardiogram (ECG).

Following my results, I was told by my cardiologist to change my lifestyle or my current lifestyle would most definitely continue to change me, but not in the best way.

Seeing as though both my father (at age 35) and his father; my grandfather (early ’60s), both died from heart disease, stress, and high cholesterol, it was time for me to make an immediate change.

And so, my wellness journey began along with the birth of Plate It Healthy and I never turned back. I immediately began transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle and introduced this lifestyle to anyone who would listen including my own family.

It's been an incredible 7 years since then. I've gone on to become an award-winning and featured public health trailblazer, author, and food product developer, where our food products are licensed, FDA approved, and are sold nationwide.

I've spent the last 20 years teaching people how to include public health and wellness practices to change their lives, the lives of those they love, and their communities.  And I'd love to help you, too. Let's do this together and win!


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Dr. Tionna L. Jenkins

FeaturesClients & Partners


Arkansas Hospital Association

Arkansas Cancer Coalition

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Arkansas Minority Health Magazine

Arkansas Money & Politics

Arkansas Business

Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE)

Blue Cross & Blue Shield Foundation of Tennessee

Clinton Foundation

Fit Arkansas

Foundation of the Mid-South

Good Morning Arkansas, KATV, Channel 7

Heart & Soul Magazine

Healthcare Journal of Arkansas

Inviting Arkansas

Office of the United States White House

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Soiree Magazine

South New Hampshire University (SNHU)

Sunday Bites and Tidbits (Hosted by Celebrity Chef, Chef Babette & Award Winning Producer, Terrah Bennett Smith)

The Vine-THV, Channel 11

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

USA Today

World Woman Summit

Clients & Partners

Afro-Vegan Society

Atoria’s Family Bakery

Blue Cross & Blue Shield Foundation of Tennessee

Clinton Foundation

Foundation of the Mid-South

Natural Grocers

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)

Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts & Hospitality Institute

Riceland Foods

Sister Cities Oklahoma City

School Based Health Alliance

University of Kansas Medical Center

University of Arkansas: Hope & Texarkana

Whole Foods

Associations I am apart of:

Association of Black Foundation Executives

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

American Public Health Association

Board of Trustees, Philander Smith College

Board of Director, Arkansas Children’s Hospital



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Plate It Healthy

Dr. Tionna L. Jenkins
Behind the Scenes


Dr. Jenkins is on a mission to share healthy, veggie-rich, and delightful food that will help you feel awesome. Her approach is unique and innovative, allowing her to connect and engage her audience.  Whether you are a veteran or a novice to the plant-based lifestyle, Dr. Jenkins’ energized presentation demonstrates how adopting a plant-based lifestyle can be healthy, tasty, and fun. 

With her infectious enthusiasm, she delivers workshops that are both educational and interactive.  Our faculty, staff, and students thoroughly enjoyed her workshop.  The healthy options and indulgent treats she prepared were delicious!  We look forward to Dr. Jenkins “Plating it Healthy” again with our campus in the very near future.

Philander Smith College

Dr. Jenkins exceeded all our expectations as a keynote speaker at the Heartland Conference on Health Equity and Patient-Centered Care. Our conference attendees appreciated that she aptly balanced research with practicality and made her presentation accessible and informative. We definitely will invite her back!”

Univ. of Kansas Medical Center

Dr. Jenkins classes are amazing!  These classes have been a lifeline and I am so glad I registered and have been able to learn how to make so many different delicious meals.

Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management Institute

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