Mrs. Andrews-Worthy began her lifelong interest in international affairs while studying in Canada at George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario. She continued her studies in France where she received her Diplome de Langue from the Alliance Francaise in Paris, France. While in Europe she attended the American University of Paris and the University of London in London, England. There she majored in both international affairs and radio and television broadcasting. She received her Certificate to Teach Foreign Language in the United States from Teacher’s College at Columbia University in New York City.
Both her academic and professional life has taken her throughout Europe (France, England, Germany, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Holland, Monte Carlo, Scotland), Africa (Tunisia, South Africa, Ghana), Asia (Indonesia, Singapore, Japan), and the Middle East, (Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Turkey). After returning to the United States, she became active in community development specifically addressing issues of empowerment, self-improvement and health as they pertain to women and youth.
1997 Mrs. Andrews-Worthy began Davenport Consulting, Inc. A national training and youth program development agency for nonprofit organizations. Her clients have included; W.K. Kellogg Foundation/Kellogg Youth Development Seminars/KYDS (Battle Creek, MI), After her work at the Foundation she received W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s National KYDS III Award of Appreciation. Also among Mrs. Andrews-Worthy’s clients are inclusive of but not exclusive to the Housing and Urban Development (HUD/HIV unit) (Detroit, MI), and Mary Fisher’s Family AIDS Network (Washington DC & Detroit, MI).
In 1997, she launched Gospel Against AIDS (GAA) the first HIV/AIDS preventive educational and capacity development program specifically targeting religious leaders of all denominations in the state of Michigan. GAA was featured by Juan Williams for Religion and Ethics Newsweekly (1999) for successfully empowering religious leaders to address HIV/AIDS from the pulpit. Because of increasing international demand, in 2000 GAA added to its name Global Research Education and Training Networks (GREATNES). GAA/GREATNES has 15 trainers and presenters, 5 simultaneous translators, 25 board members in 3 continents. GAA/GREATNES’ training curriculum has been translated into 7 languages Spanish, French, Hindi, Akan, Swahili, Mandarin and Albanian and has been replicated in these countries. At present it is being translated into Vietnamese. Now, GAA/GREATNES is meeting the prevention needs of people in Africa, Asia, Europe, Central America, and the USA.
GAA/GREATNES has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and HHRSA through the State of Michigan, Michigan Department of Community Health/HIV/AIDS Prevention Intervention Services for over a decade.
In 2007 Mrs. Andrews-Worthy received a Letter of Acknowledgement from Congress of the United States - House of Representatives, a Certificate of Recognition from the City of Detroit – Mayor’s Office, along with a Testimonial Resolution from the Detroit City Council acknowledging her unprecedented work in HIV prevention citywide, statewide and nationally. She received Most Distinguished Humanitarian of the Year Award from Alabama A & M University Alumni Association in 2007one of the nations remaining historically black colleges.
From 2001 – 2008 each year, Mrs. Andrews-Worthy has been the recipient of the NAACP’s (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Image Award from their Prison Division for her work in educating incarcerated men on HIV prevention
In 2004, Gospel Against AIDS (GAA) began a collaborative agreement with state of Michigan’s largest community service organization for the Hispanic community, Latino Family Services in Detroit. GAA was the first HIV/AIDS service provider to train Spanish speaking religious leaders of all denominations and their congregations in HIV/AIDS prevention.
In 2006 GAA added to it’s Board of Directors and team of trainers religious leaders and lay persons from Mexico, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico to translate and present to the Diaspora of Spanish speaking communities within and outside of the United States.
Also in that year the State of Michigan, the Governor’s Office – Governor Jennifer Granholm appointed Mrs. Andrews-Worthy to serve as a member of the first and only statewide Hepatitis C Task Force. Knowing the compounded health challenges in both HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C as a co-infection, ,one of the goals of the task force is to create a best practices model to be replicated nationwide in an effort to curtail the spread of both infections.
Since 1999, Mrs. Andrews-Worthy has received over 60 additional certifications, awards, and published works.
God has blessed her to be wed to Mr. Herman Worthy for 16 years. She has two step children and three step-grandchildren.