The Presidential Awards program, organized by the Office of the President in partnership with Duke Human Resources, recognizes individuals and teams from the University and Health System who best demonstrate the values that define and shape Duke as an institution. The awards are the highest honor given by Duke to staff and faculty members. Many of this year's winners helped Duke rise to the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic and the difficult national dialogue on race and social justice.
LATIN-19 Established in March 2020
LATIN-19 was established in March 2020 to address health disparities within the Latinx community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The multi-sector group includes more than 500 participants (56 from Duke University and Duke Health System) representing academic institutions, healthcare systems, public health departments, public school systems, community-based organizations, government, faith communities, and others.
We would like to single out those individuals from DCI who are part of the LATIN-19 team and congratulate them (as members of that team) on being honored with a Duke Presidential Award this year.
- Angelo Moore, PhD, RN, Program Manager (leader), DCI Office of Health Equity
- Nadia Aguilera-Funez, BA, Certified Patient Navigator/Health Educator, DCI Office of Health Equity
- LaSonia Barnett, MA, Senior Program Coordinator/Certified Patient Navigator, DCI Office of Health Equity
- Kearston Ingraham, MPH, Research Program Evaluator, DCI Office of Health Equity
- Kathryn Pollak, PhD, Professor, Department of Population Health, and Co-Leader of DCI's Cancer Prevention, Outcomes and Survivorship Research Program.
- Danielle Kennedy, MPH, Clinical Research Coordinator II, Duke Cancer Institute
At the awards ceremony on April 14, a co-founder of LATIN-19 — Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, MD, FAAFP — accepted the award on behalf of the LATIN-19 team as many of its Duke members looked on (all via Zoom). Martinez-Bianchi, director for Health Equity, and an associate professor in the Duke Department of Family and Community Health, said, "It's an honor to receive this award on behalf of LATIN-19. LATIN-19's success belongs to our comunidad latina and allies working collaboratively to lift up the community."
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