Assistant Professor Jaclynn Hawkins has been appointed as the new Associate Director of the Vivian A. and James L. Curtis Center for Health Equity Research and Training, where she is a Signature Program faculty affiliate. "I was the recipient of the Vivian A. and James L. Curtis Endowed Scholarship as a PhD student which made a huge difference in my life. I'm thrilled to be able to give back through this position in the Curtis Center for Health Equity,” says Hawkins. “I am excited to help make our center a leader in health equity research, training and community outreach. We have many exciting things on the horizon and with a strong team of staff, students and faculty, the possibilities are endless." The Curtis Center team are thought leaders, scientists, community organizers, practitioners and educators dedicated to cutting-edge research, education, training and community outreach. Since its establishment in 2008, the center has been a catalyst for social change in underserved communities.
Assistant Professor Jaclynn Hawkins received an R21 research grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases entitled "Diabetes Self-Management Intervention for African American Men." The goal of this project is to develop and preliminarily validate the effectiveness of an adapted Peer Leader Diabetes Self-Management Support intervention designed to improve diabetes-related self-management behaviors in Black men with Type 2 Diabetes.
Each year the Michigan Men’s Health Foundation holds a Men’s Health Event in Metro Detroit, which offers low-income men free health and mental health screenings. Research consistently demonstrates that these groups of men are more likely to experience undiagnosed or sub-optimally managed chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Assistant Professor Jaclynn Hawkins has received a grant to both evaluate the impact of this event on health behaviors, and to assess health behaviors and outcomes in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funded by the Michigan Institute for Clinical Health Research, this study will help health care professionals better meet the needs of this at-risk group, while taking into account the specific health needs during the pandemic.
“Low-income men in metro Detroit are one of the most at-risk and vulnerable groups during the pandemic, this research will ensure their voices are heard and their needs are met during this critical time,” Hawkins said.
Jackie Hawkins successfully defended her dissertation entitled, "Social Determinants of Diabetes Self-Management and Health Care Use in African American and Latino Men with Type 2 Diabetes". She now holds a PhD in Social Work and Sociology and has accepted an Assistant Professor position with the School of Social Work at Michigan State University.
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