The Delta Population Health Institute (DPHI) honored seven individuals for their outstanding contributions to population health and health equity at the inaugural Delta Impact Awards held in Jonesboro earlier in the year. month.
DPHI, which serves as the community engagement arm of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University, chose the winners to recognize their dynamic work to impact health in the region. of the Mississippi Delta. Corey Wiggins, Federal Co-Chair of the Delta Regional Authority, was the keynote speaker at the ceremony.
“We are so grateful for the wonderful work that so many people and organizations are doing to make a difference in the delta, and it was very important for us to offer special recognition to these honorees,” said Brookshield Laurent, DO , Executive Director of DPHI and Chair of Clinical Medicine at NYITCOM at A-State.
Cherisse Jones-Branch, Dean of the ASU Graduate School, received the DPHI Excellence in Education Award. The DPHI Excellence in Policy Award was presented to Craig Wilson, director of health policy at the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement.
Loretta Alexander, Director of Health Policy at Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF), received the DPHI Excellence in Advocacy Award. The DPHI Excellence in Journalism Award was presented to Lyndsey Gilpin, founder of Southerly. DPHI’s Excellence in Community Leadership Award, which is given to champions for the well-being of their communities, was presented to James White of Elaine.
Chelsea Presley, co-founder and executive director of Coahoma County Diaper Bank, received the DPHI Excellence in Community Leadership Award, and the Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, Impact in Community Engagement Award was presented to Kristy Carter, who is director Marketing for Outreach and Community Engagement at the University of Central Arkansas.
Additionally, the DPHI recognized 16 NYITCOM medical students for their outstanding community engagement. These students include Sooji Beck, Kaitlyn Child, Colton Crain, Ethan Dominguez, Saif Fiaz, Saminul Haque, Nic Harriel, Baylee King, Erika Levy, Makayla Lund, Tina Mirzakhanian, Elli Meuller, Holleigh McMasters, Vicki Oladoyin, Andrea Pecina, and Emma. Schmidt.
NYITCOM established DPHI in 2019 to lead efforts to create equitable cultures of health through education, research, policy engagement, and community engagement.