Jenkins receives distinguished leadership awardCarolyn Jenkins, Dr.PH, R.N., associate professor in the College of Nursing, received the Distinguished Leadership Award at South Carolina’s first National Minority Health Month Reception on April 26. The reception honored those who have worked to decrease and eliminate health disparities for the state’s minority populations.
Jenkins spent the previous 20 years of her career working with communities statewide, especially for the underserved black population, to improve health outcomes related to diabetes. Jenkins’s work focuses on reducing racial disparities and creating effective academic-community partnerships.
Two major initiatives include the South Carolina Diabetes Initiative, for which she serves as chairperson for the Outreach Council, and Charleston’s Enterprise/MUSC Neighborhood Health Program, which she founded in 1995. Both initiatives utilize three-pronged (care delivery, research, and education), community-driven models of care, and both involve a range of people, from stakeholders at the highest levels of state and local governments to participants from the grassroots community.
Jenkins served as director of a nurse-managed interdisciplinary health center and currently acts as principal investigator of a Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) 2010 grant, one of 32 projects under the national CDC health disparity initiative.
“I accept this award on behalf of the community residents who have reached out, wanting to improve their health,” Jenkins said, “and on behalf of all the faculty and staff who have supported MUSC’s efforts to improve health in the African-American communities.
“Community residents want to lead healthy lives and learn to control
their diabetes. As health professionals, we partner with people, helping
them integrate skills and healthier lifestyles into their daily lives.
This award is a highlight in my career.”
Friday, May 7, 2004